Welcome! We know that finding a church home can be a difficult and sometimes challenging experience. There are people at Northwest Community Church (NCC) who are praying for our guests even before they enter our parking lot on a Sunday morning. If you are thinking about visiting us, please know that you will not be here by accident. Below are answers to questions that have been asked of us in the past. Hopefully, they will be helpful to you as you seek to find a church home.
WHEN ARE YOUR WORSHIP SERVICES?
Every Sunday morning, NCC offers two friendly, casual worship services at 8:30 and 10:30 am designed for people of all ages. Both include heartfelt worship and passionate teaching from the Bible. Each service runs about 1 hour and 30 minutes. Choose the one that is most convenient for you and your family, or the one that gives you the chance to attend a Growth Group before or after the worship service.
HOW DO I GET TO THE CHURCH?
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The address is:
16615 N. 43rd Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85053
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO PLAN MY VISIT?
Plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the service. We have guest parking for you in the West and the North parking lots. Look for the designated guest parking areas. There are also Senior and disabled parking available. Upon exiting your car proceed to the tables with orange umbrellas. These are called Connection Points and are staffed by warm, friendly, helpful people. They will escort you anywhere you wish to visit on campus and answer any questions you may have. After the service, we would love to meet you at the Welcome Center for a time of refreshments and fellowship. Follow the signs located around the campus to find the Welcome Center.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT ON MY FIRST VISIT?
Friendly people will help you find your way around the campus. Our worship service combine God-centered music from the past and present with expositional preaching from the Bible. Adult Sunday School classes known as Growth Groups are available each hour during the morning services. For more details explore our website or ask someone at the Connection Points or Welcome Center. We also have great children classes where they are taught about God in creative ways. However, if you are not comfortable leaving your children, they are more than welcome to attend the worship service with you. We want you to know you matter to us and to God.
As a first time guest, we do not expect you to participate in the offering. We depend on our members and regular attendees for our weekly gifts.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
At NCC you will see people who dress casually for church and others who like to dress up. Feel free to wear whatever makes you comfortable.
WHERE DO I TAKE MY KIDS?
WHAT IS EXPOSITORY PREACHING AND WHAT ROLE DOES IT PLAY IN WORSHIP?
THE ESSENCE AND IMPORTANCE OF EXPOSITORY PREACHING
Expository preaching is the proclamation of the real and central meaning of a passage of Scripture as it was intended by the original author to his original audience, in a plain, understandable, and relevant way for present-day hearers. If the preacher is not saying what the original author was saying, he is not preaching expositorily.
Expository preaching is vitally important to the life and growth of God’s church. Through biblical exposition, God’s people can understand His person and discern His will; they can trace God’s plan for His people in the past and what awaits them in the future. Exposition unearths God’s paradigm for local church ministry as well as God’s requirements for those who would lead His church. Finally, it is God’s primary method to change the lives of His people. As people listen to expository sermons, the Holy Spirit uses His Word to inform their mind, affect their heart, and move their will. Biblical exposition encourages an informed, motivated, and active body of believers, empowered by the Spirit to know their God and obey His Word.
THE CENTRALITY OF BIBLICAL PREACHING IN WORSHIP
Although it may be surprising to some, biblical preaching holds a central role in Christian worship. God-centered, Christ-exalting music plays a necessary part in corporate worship. Theologically-weighty songs that rehearse the lofty character of God and His gracious redemptive acts, inform our minds, stir our hearts, and provide a platform for us to lift our voices in engaging worship.
But the worship doesn’t stop with the music. Christian worship rises to a higher level as the preaching begins. Surprised? Don’t be. When we sing, we address God. When God’s Word is preached, God addresses us! When the preacher is faithful to proclaim the biblical message, the voice of God can be heard speaking from the pages of Scripture. Through expository preaching, God speaks to His people in a clear and powerful way. He reveals His ways and His will. Worship continues as God’s message is given to a people who hear it and respond in humble obedience.