What to Expect
We know that finding a church home can be a difficult and sometimes challenging experience. There are people at Northwest Community Church who are praying for our guests even before they enter our parking lot on a Sunday morning. 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, we offer two 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 one hour and thirty minutes. Choose the one that is most convenient for you and your family, or the one that gives you the chance to attend a class before or after the worship service. Our adult Sunday school classes are available during both hours. For more details, you can ask someone at the Welcome Center when you arrive.
How do I get to the church?
We are located south of 43rd Avenue and Bell Road; our address is 16615 N 43rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85053. Click here to open up a map of the church location and to get driving directions.
What is the best way to plan my visit?
Plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the service. We have designated guest parking for you in the west and the north parking lots. There are also senior and disabled parking spots available. Refreshments and warm, friendly people are available at our Welcome Center who would love to answer any questions you have, as well as escort you anywhere you wish to visit on campus. Follow the signs located around the campus to the Welcome Center. We invite you to attend one of our adult Sunday school classes, which are available during both hours. For more details, you can ask someone at the Welcome Center when you arrive.
What can I expect on my first visit?
The ultimate goal of our worship services, classes, and everything else we do is to put the glory of Jesus Christ on display. You will meet broken sinners, who have been transformed by the gospel, gathering together to be built up by the preaching of God’s Word, to share life together in genuine fellowship, to pray together, and to encourage one another.
In our worship services, we employ a modern worship style to sing beloved songs from throughout church history, as well as songs written today. Our music utilizes a variety of instruments and musicians from week to week. The foundation for both music and teaching is always first and foremost God’s Word. Our teaching, whether based on a passage or topic, is done expositionally.
We collect a weekly offering; but as a guest, we do not expect you to participate in this. We depend on our members and regular attenders for our weekly gifts.
What should I wear?
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?
Preschool kids can be checked in at A101, and elementary kids can be checked-in at C101. Stop by our Welcome Center where someone will gladly escort you and your children to the appropriate area. If you are not comfortable leaving your kids, they are more than welcome to attend the worship service with you. Students in 7th – 12th grade meet as a group in C204 during the 8:30 am service.
What is 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 minds, affect their hearts, and move their wills. Biblical exposition encourages an informed, motivated, and active body of believers, empowered by the Spirit to know their God and obey His Word.
What role does expository preaching play in worship?
Although it may be surprising to some, biblical preaching holds a central role in Christian worship. God-centered, Christ-exalting music also 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.