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Audio messages from National Community Church in Washington, DC. For more information please visit us at national.cc

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Audio messages from National Community Church in Washington, DC. For more information please visit us at national.cc

Beloved, Part 2: Incomprehensible - Heather Zempel

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Pastor Heather Zempel continues our Beloved series!
In order to step into our belovedness, we must first encounter and be transformed by the unimaginable, inconceivable, incomprehensible love of Jesus. In 1 John, the disciple reminds the churches of Asia Minor of the final teachings of Jesus in John 13-17- that God is love, that God demonstrates his love towards us at the cross and the empty tomb, and that we demonstrate God to the world around us when we love one another.

Feb 27 2021

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Beloved, Part 1: Characteristics of a Beloved Community - Joshua Symonette

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Pastor Joshua Symonette kicks off our new series!

Many years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. described his longing for a beloved community. It was not something he created or came up with on his own. It was what he read throughout the Gospels and reflected in his pursuit to bridge a segregated America. God's beloved is what he calls those who are submitted to him wholeheartedly. The Apostle Paul, repeatedly in his writings to the early Church, both encourages and clarifies for them what it means to be God's beloved.

Feb 20 2021

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State of the Church 2021 - Dr. Mark Batterson

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Dr. Mark Batterson gives our annual State of the Church message. Together, we’ll look back at all God has done in and through NCC in 2020 and look ahead into 2021 and beyond.

The church ought to be the most CREATIVE place on the planet. The church ought to be the most DIVERSE place on the planet. Those two things are not unrelated. In fact, you can’t have one without the other. Unity does NOT mean uniformity! Unity is CORPORATE HUMILITY. Maturity does NOT mean conformity.

Maturity is UNITY in DIVERSITY. Then, and only then, can we become the BELOVED COMMUNITY God has destined us to be.

Feb 13 2021

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Win the Day, Part 8: Yesterday, So What - Dr. Dick Foth

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As we conclude our Win the Day series, Dr. Foth riffs on Pastor Mark Batteron's "Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is mystery. Win the day!" Through the lens of Hebrews 13:8—"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever"— Dr. Foth helps us explore what we believe about what really matters.

Feb 06 2021

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Win the Day, Habit #7: Seed The Cloud - Dr. Mark Batterson

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Sow today what you want to see tomorrow. Over time, one of two things happens. Either MEMORY overtakes IMAGINATION or IMAGINATION overtakes MEMORY. The difference? Prophetic imagination. It’s seeing the invisible, hearing the inaudible, and believing the impossible. Add to it patient persistence and bold prayer, and it’s game on.

Jan 31 2021

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Win the Day, Habit #6: Wind the Clock - Dr. Mark Batterson

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Dr. Mark Batterson continues our Win The Day Series with Habit #6!

Time is measured in MINUTES, but life is measured in MOMENTS. You don’t FIND TIME, you have to MAKE TIME. How? For starters, curse the barren fig trees. These are the things that waste time, waste energy. How do you curse the barren fig tree? You establish boundaries and establish priorities.

If managing minutes is a science, then managing moments is an art form. It’s recognizing teachable moments and making the most of them. It’s accumulating experiences, rather than possessions.

Jan 24 2021

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Win the Day, Habit #4: Fly the Kite - Dr. Mark Batterson

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How you do ANYTHING is how you’ll do EVERYTHING. The good news? If you do little things like they’re big things, God will do big things like they’re little things. The key is kaizen—an uncompromising commitment to continual improvement. It starts with a growth mindset, and there is no finish line. You keep setting stretch goals until the day you die!

Jan 16 2021

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Such A Time As This - Dr. Mark Batterson

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There are weeks when nothing happens, and there are weeks when decades happen. This felt like one of those weeks. This weekend we hold space—we catch our breath and collect our thoughts after a difficult week in Washington, DC. We are here for such a time. We are here for such a place as this. We stand in the gap as peace makers, grace givers, and tone setters. We believe God for racial reconciliation and political healing. We remind ourselves of who we are, where we are, and why we are as a church.

Jan 10 2021

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Win the Day, Part 1: Flip the Script - Dr. Mark Batterson

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If you want to change your life, you have to change your story. You can’t just flip the calendar, you have to FLIP THE SCRIPT. It’s the first of seven habits in Win The Day, and it’s a high leverage habit. In the science of cybernetics, there are two kinds of change. First-order change is behavioral—it’s doing something more or less. First-order change can facilitate a quick-fix, but second-order change passes the test of time. Second-order change is conceptual—it’s mind over matter. At the end of the day, your explanations are more important than your experiences. Long story short? The best story wins!

Jan 02 2021

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Christmas Eve 2020 - Dr. Mark Batterson

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Dec 24 2020

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Hope, Part 3: Revelation of Hope - Campus Pastor

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When Jesus was born into the world, He didn’t just bring hope with Him. He WAS and IS hope and is a revelation to every person that encounters Him. To one, a revelation of hope brought confirmation, to another joy, to another redemption. He was the fulfillment of prophecies of old. He was the embodiment of comfort in the now. But what we found in the incarnation is that He is a God who reveals His presence in any and all circumstances. We believe that He still reveals hope today – even in the midst of a year like 2020!

God’s revelation often comes in different ways through different vessels, so this weekend we thought it was appropriate to share a tag team message. As our Campus Pastors all speak to a unique dimension of hope, we pray that God would enlighten our hearts to see our world, our neighborhood, ourselves as He sees...with eyes of eternal hope.

Dec 19 2020

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Hope, Part 2: Celebration of Hope - Joshua Symonette

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Pastor Joshua Symonette continues our advent series with a celebration of Hope! Hope is a powerful force that can propel us forward like a canon or a rocket. But there are times when our hope fades or takes a hit. It is usually in the "in-between" times or in the middle of our current reality and our anticipated reality. In Matthew 2, the Magi, who are on their way to find baby Jesus, give us an example of the celebration of hope and what it looks like to pursue with only a revelation and no evidence.

Dec 12 2020

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Hope, Part 1: Proclamation of Hope - Joel Schmidgall

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Hope had and has been at the core of Jewish faith for its entirety of existence: hoping for freedom from slavery, hoping for justice, hoping for peace, hoping for a savior. When Christ came, heaven touched earth in a new and profound way. God’s glory was being shown, not by splitting a sea, with a pillar of fire, or by the glowing face of Moses. God’s glory was embodied in the small and breakable form of the human life of Jesus. Jesus is our hope. He is THE hope.

When the shepherds found Christ, they couldn’t help but proclaim hope to the world around them. The Magi’s natural reaction was to celebrate hope in the presence of Christ. And all who came across Jesus’ path were confronted with a revelation of hope. During this series, we want to light a candle to the profound gift of hope that we find in Christ.

Dec 06 2020

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Heaven on Earth, Part 13: First Love - Dr. Mark batterson

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You can get an A for EFFORT. You can get an A for TRUTH. Are you getting an A for LOVE? Many decades after the Ephesians receive a letter from the Apostle Paul, the Apostle John calls them back to their FIRST LOVE. How? One, REMEMBER. Two, REPENT. Three, DO WHAT YOU DID AT FIRST.

Nov 29 2020

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Heaven on Earth, Part 12: We Have a Destination - Dr. Dick Foth

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Ephesians 6 is a message Paul gives the Ephesians to wear the full armor of God, every piece. From warrior to a wrestler, their context was fighting for life or death. Dr. Foth imparts to us the same hope Paul gave back then reminding us to not duck or run away but to stand firm and fight the good fight. We are not going down no matter the situation because we have a destination.

Nov 22 2020

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Heaven on Earth, Part 11: Me To We - Dr. Mark Batterson

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There are 59 one another statements in the New Testament. Two of the most significant are found in Ephesians 5—SUBMIT to one another and SING to one another. When practiced in two-part harmony, marriage turns into a melody. Marriage is an ICON—an earthly representation of this eternal reality called the Trinity. You have to make sure the ICON doesn’t become an IDOL. That puts an impossible burden to bear on your spouse because you’re asking them to do for you what ONLY CHRIST CAN. But with Christ at the center, marriage mirrors the diversity and unity of the Trinity.

Nov 15 2020

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Heaven on Earth, Part 10: Live Not By Lies - Dr. Mark Batterson

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It takes moral courage to STAND AGAINST what is WRONG and STAND FOR what is RIGHT.
It takes moral courage to SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER, to SPEAK THE TRUTH IN LOVE.
Living not by lies is refusing to bow to cultural idols or ideologies if they don’t pass the TRUTH TEST.
It’s living according to your biblical convictions even if it’s COUNTERCULTURE. It’s RISKING YOUR REPUTATION for what you know is GOOD and RIGHT and TRUE. It’s DISAGREEING FREELY yet LOVING REGARDLESS. It’s a conscience taken captive by the Word of God and Spirit of God.

Nov 08 2020

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Heaven on Earth, Part 9: Hang a Street Light - Joel Schmidgall

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From the very beginning of our lives, we learn and grow from imitating others. The question over time becomes WHAT and WHO should we imitate? When you find faith in Christ, you are given both an identity as a child of God and a calling to imitate God (Ephesians 5:1). Identity and action are interlinked. Things like love and purity and sacrifice are virtues that we should strive to imitate. But that only happens when we know who we are. What you believe about yourself determines how you live your life! Our passage today gives both guidance in who we are as well as what we should do. We are love, we are light, we are God’s children. You can’t control anyone else’s action, but when you live out God’s light, you shine brightness into darkness. We hope and pray that as a church community we are people that don’t stand by complaining, but instead go out and hang a street light to provide warmth and direction for those around us. Join us we talk about what it looks like to imitate God.

Nov 01 2020

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Heaven on Earth, Part 8: The Creative Minority - Dr. Mark Batterson

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The disintegration of civilization is caused by the deterioration of what British historian Arnold Toynbee called the CREATIVE MINORITY. The church is the creative minority, as well as a moral minority. It must swim upstream and go against the grain. Then—and only then—can it catalyze revivals, reformations, and renaissances. The key to this creative minority? Unity in diversity. That is what results in spiritual maturity. That is what nets this BELOVED COMMUNITY we call the church. In the words of NCCer David Grizzle, “Unity among DISSIMILAR people serves the purpose of being INDISPUTABLE PROOF that God is in the house!” Let’s not settle for the façade of UNIFORMITY. Let’s strive for biblical unity!

Oct 25 2020

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Heaven on Earth, Part 7: Walk The Wire - Dr. Mark Batterson

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Whether it’s racial tension or political polarization, cancel culture or social media shaming, navigating this cultural moment feels like a high wire act. How do we stay balanced? How do we stay positive? How do we shift the atmosphere? The Apostle Paul shares four cardinal virtues that guide our cultural engagement—humility, gentleness, patience, and tolerance. When we practice those principles, heaven invades earth. Instead of politicizing, we theologize the world around us.

Oct 18 2020

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