The Northern Virginia Church of Christ is a non-denominational, Bible-based Christian church committed to loving God and to loving one another. We strive to follow the teachings of Jesus, and to make a difference in the lives of those around us.
We hold regular Sunday worship services at Oakton High School , and have Wednesday midweek meetings in Oakton, as well. We also meet in homes for Bible Study, prayer and encouragement.
Please explore our site to learn more about what we believe and to see what's going on in our various ministries. If you have specific questions or need more information, please don't hesitate to contact us.
We hope you will come and worship with us!
Sacrifice is mysterious and amazing. For reasons that many of us cannot understand, people voluntarily give up their time, comforts, dreams, plans, hopes, families, and more, for the sake of others; without the guarantee of anything in return. Parents do this on a daily basis for their children and families. Employees sometimes sacrifice for the good of their companies. Siblings sometimes sacrifice for one another. Children of all ages sacrifice for their parents. Friends sacrifice for each other. People even sacrifice for causes great and small. It’s really special, however, when strangers do it for one another. Those stories are heartwarming and faith building. They remind us of the goodness that God has placed in the human heart, and that no amount of evil can overcome it.
Yesterday was Veterans Day. It was a day to honor those who have sacrificed by serving in the United States Armed Forces. I can’t even pretend to imagine the extent of that sacrifice, or the motivations that led the many men and women throughout the centuries to sacrifice in such a way. But as a mother, daughter, spouse, sister, and friend, I do understand sacrifice. I have experienced the type of love that compels one to give of self for the benefit of others. And I’m not alone. We have each been moved to sacrifice something for the benefit of another. We have also all benefited from the sacrifice of others. Sacrifice is the greatest expression of love. Jesus our Lord said, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15:13, NIV).” He also demonstrated this great love by voluntarily dying for us. He said, “I am the good shepherd…and I lay down my life for the sheep… No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. (John 10:14, 15, 18)”
I am always amazed by Jesus’ sacrifice, and how that sacrifice motivates us to live for Him and one another, rather than continue to live for ourselves. It’s a beautiful mystery that I hope you get to experience today as we worship together. And as we thank those that have served in the Armed Forces, I am happy that we can also thank our parents, coworkers, siblings, children, friends, and especially our Lord, for all the many ways they bless us with their sacrifice.
Thank you for your sacrifice.