Arvada Covenant Church

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5555 Ward Road
Arvada, CO 80002
(303) 422-1235

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The (UN)Qualified

We are launching into an 8 week adventure known as the Community Bible Experience. Our small groups and sermon series will align around this resource. It’s an exercise Covenant churches are doing across the country. We will be reading through the entire New Testament in a version of the Bible that has removed all the study aids that were added long after the books were written, such as chapters and verses. We will be reading Paul’s letters, for example, in a format that feels much more like a letter, and less like a textbook for a class.

We decided that we would look at the authors of these books we will be reading, and get a window into their lives.

And here’s what’s interesting: every single one of them had something in their life or an aspect of their character that led them to be less than adequate to the task. That their qualification for being a contributing author to the most influential book in the history of the planet came not from their innate adequacy, but from God’s empowerment.

And my prayer is that if we don’t learn anything else in these 8 weeks, we will learn that we ARE qualified, because it is GOD HIMSELF who makes us so.

January 8: “A Gentile”

Luke 1:1-4

Our first author, Luke, was not a Jew but a Gentile.  This alone might have caused him to be eliminated from being included in the writings of the New Testament.  However, we end up reading much of Luke’s writing in the New Testament – almost 1/3 of it was written by this “unqualified” Gentile.  He also was not an eyewitness to Jesus.  He was a relative late comer.  However, because of his faith, God used him in mighty ways.

Pastor John

January 15: “The Killer”

1 Corinthians 15:9-11

The Bible’s authors were far from perfect – and Paul was no exception. Even though he was well-educated, intelligent, and had the ability to straddle both the Roman and Jewish worlds, he was a murderer. But God, in His infinite grace, turned Paul around and made this unQualified man into one of the most influential people in history.

Pastor John

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New Years

January 1: “Be Here”

Isaiah 43:16-19

We often feel like time is flying by, and even though we are busy, we are not satisfied. The God that created and formed us invites us to forget the past and be here; be in this moment, be present, and perceive what He is doing.

Pastor Nate

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Christmas 2016 – Christmas Eve services

Christmas services at ACC were wonderful. Thank you to everyone who joined us!

December 24: “The Scandal of This Night”

John 1:14

The claim of the Gospel that God chose to become human and put on flesh is both wonderful and scandalous. Scandalous because the notion that the spiritual or divine would actually defile itself with the human experience is something that many religions simply cannot believe. And yet, here in this notion is the wonder of Christmas. That God DID become like us in every way, and share in our every experience in order to fully redeem us is what makes this claim of the Gospel so life altering. What would make the Divine do something so outrageous? Scriptures are clear that this was all done because of the supernatural love that God has toward humanity.

Pastor John

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Wonderfilled

Do you remember that feeling of wonder? The first time you held your newborn child. Or the first time you soared above the clouds in a plane. Or maybe it was that moment you felt how grand the universe truly is and how intricately life is held together. Wonder connects to the depths of our soul. But something odd happens in most of our lives. Things that once might have stopped us in our tracks or taken our breath away are now pushed aside by the next item on our “to-do” list or other more important “adult” things. Most of us aren’t filled with wonder very often anymore. Then there is Christmas. “God with us”…a baby born in a manger, God becoming man for the salvation of ALL. An act motivated by pure love. Christmas is truly filled with wonder. Join us as we journey through advent together, reawakening our sense of wonder this Christmas season.

November 27: “Free To Wonder”

Matthew 2:1-18

While many of us have the capacity to experience wonder, we also have the tendency to want to eliminate wonder altogether. There is something risky about something filled with wonder. Wonder can pose a threat to our capabilities, our control, our securities. We all find ourselves in this struggle of how to respond to the wonder of “God with us.”

Pastor John

December 4: “Finding Wonder”

Luke 1:26-34; 2:19

When you believe something, when you are intimate with something or someone, there is no need for wonder.  You don’t wonder about things you know about intimately. In this way, the longer we pursue God and walk with Jesus, the harder it is to hold on to wonder.

Pastor Nate

December 11: “Starting at the Bottom”

Luke 2:8-20

When something needs to change, people usually start at the top and work their way down.  Instead, God started at the bottom, the shepherds. Their humility allowed them to wonder.

Pastor John

December 18: “A View From The Choir”

1 Peter 1:10-12

Our point of view of Christmas is very different from the point of view of the angels.  They wonder about Christmas just like we do.  They wonder what redemption feels like in the human soul.

Pastor John

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The Book of James

True faith produces fruit. A faith without action and without life change is ultimately a dead faith. The book of James speaks to the realities of a living faith in Jesus—the kind of roll-up-your-sleeves and get-your-hands-dirty discipleship that is borne out of an authentic relationship with the risen Lord. James writes to believers who know suffering, who’ve faced trials, and who ultimately desire a deep relationship with God. We’ll spend the next few weeks diving into this book through videos and small group discussion.

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Alaska College Mission Sunday

We were so fortunate to have Dr. Keith Hamilton with us to share the story of Alaska Christian College and the way that God is using this school and ministry to change many lives in Alaska through the Gospel of Jesus. If you would like more information about how to support Alaska Christian College please contact the church office.

October  30: “Is He After You?”

Jonah 1

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Thessalonians: No Tomorrow

There was a time when early followers of Jesus modeled for the world that people who lived as though “tomorrow” wasn’t guaranteed, lived more passionate, committed lives of sharing the Gospel with the world around them. Join us for this series as we study the books of Thessalonians and dare to ask the question: how could our lives change if we completely surrendered to what God wants to do in and through us TODAY.

September 4: “The Kids Are Watching”

1 Thessalonians 1:6-10; Acts 17:2-5

Paul’s letters to his friends in Thessalonica remind us to live with urgent passion for the way of Jesus. If we commit to living each day as though tomorrow wasn’t promised we could live with more focus.

Pastor Nate

September 11: “Entrusted”

1 Thessalonians 2:1-20

God changes lives every day and usually He uses someone just like you. When you invest yourself into the lives of those around you, you experience something divine and beautiful – joy.

Pastor Nate

September 18: “Our Daily Ambition”

1 Thessalonians 4:1-12

As we look at how Paul leads his friends, we are challenged to embrace the few things that Paul says should be a priority in the daily lives of those who follow Christ.

Pastor John

September 25: “Our Hope”

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Death has caused pain and questions and doubt throughout history. Paul listens to his friends wrestling with death and grief and re-frames their fear of death. He points to a hope in Jesus Christ that is much larger than this life.

Pastor John

October 2: “Live Differently”

1 Thessalonians 5:1-28

Paul asks an important question, “Are you awake spiritually or have you drifted off to sleep?” He then gives a list of ways to check your spiritual blood pressure. It is good news that we can join God in His work of transformation all around the world.

Pastor John

October 9: “Is It Worth It?”

2 Thessalonians 1:1-12

There is a cost for following Jesus with your life. Paul reminds us that it is worth it. We don’t need to worry about what we lose or what we gain. Whatever happens on the scales of life God is trustworthy and able to use it for His Kingdom and our good.

Pastor John

October 16: “Anchored”

2 Thessalonians 2:1-17

Paul’s friends in Thessalonica were unsettled about the return of Jesus. Their misunderstandings led to anxious days and sleepless nights. When we know and embrace the truth of life we can find an anchor that will hold us in the storms.

Pastor Nate

October 23: “The Called Out”

2 Thessalonians 3

Those who follow Jesus are called out to live a different way with a different goal in life. Paul reminds this young church in the ancient world to live like Jesus did come and will come again.

Joel Adams

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This Functional Family

Have you ever wondered where you learned to respond to conflict in the manner you do? What about how you formed your ability to communicate to people around you? In this series about families and relationships we will consider how influential our family dynamics can be in the formation of our identities. Our hope is that God’s Word will inform the way we live and connect in our families and in our relationships. And that as a community of faith we might join together to consider that God can redeem the way we interact in our homes and change our hearts in our relationships.

August 7: Competition – Living in a “zero-sum” reality

Genesis 37:1-11

We see very early on in Joseph’s family that things were not going according to the system. Joseph was selected as the favorite son, which sent their family into competition mode. Brothers became jealous of each other and plotted how to ruin one another. Many of the same dynamics are still at work in our hearts today. Let’s learn from scripture how God changes our inherent value so that we no longer need to live threatened in our relationships.

Pastor John

August 14: Conflict

Genesis 37:12-36;   James 4: 1-3

Conflict happens every day.  Sometimes it is good and it draws us closer together.  Sometimes it is bad and it pushes us further apart.  Joseph and his brothers had some “conflict”; they wanted to kill him. What can we do when our families don’t know how to fight fair?

Pastor Nate

August 21: Communication

Genesis 44:1-27

Was Joseph being manipulative when, instead of being straight up with his brothers about his identity and his plan for them, he hid a cup in Benjamin’s sack and falsely accused him of stealing? While that may have been to a good end in this story, open, transparent communication is almost always preferable to deceit and manipulation.

Pastor John

August 28:Connections

Genesis 45:1-15; 50:15-21

At the end of the day, what matters most? To be right, or to be in relationship? Joseph put his own pain, and the years of conflict, behind him in the name of mutual reconciliation.

Pastor Nate

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Storytellers: Living Your Life to Tell God’s Story

Each one of us tells a story to the world around us based on how we live. The stories we are telling are largely influenced by what we give value to in this life. We believe Jesus offers the best set of beliefs and values that we can build our life upon. When our lives are transformed by God we begin to tell a story that more clearly shows the world who He is. Join us for our “Storytellers” series and learn about the kind of story Jesus invites you to live.

June 05: Building on a Solid Foundation

Ephesians 4:17-24; Romans 12:1-2

Jesus transformed the world when he introduced a new way, a perspective from Heaven, to look at the world around us. The beliefs and values that he established created a NEW LIFE that transformed people, communities and countries throughout history. His worldview continues to have the power to change our lives and our world. We want to be a church that embraces God’s life for us in order to best tell God’s story in our world.

Pastor John

June 12: Fully Alive

Acts 4:23-31

Jesus’ gospel ignited a passionate movement of followers giving their lives for the values and beliefs Jesus initiated. This is what the Good News does in people. It gives them a new purpose. As we allow God’s Spirit to invade our hearts we will find passion and purpose for things that make the world a better place. 

Pastor John

June 19: Playing It Safe

Matthew 14:22-33

There is an inward struggle within all of us to either give in to the notion of achieving safety and security in our lives or to live in the sometimes risky mission of Jesus. “When you say yes to God, incredible things happen. On the other hand, nothing much happens to people who always say no. You want adventure? You want a sense of purpose? Say yes, and then hang on for the ride of your life.”

Pastor John

June 26: The Invitation

John 15:1-9

Jesus invites you and me into His family and into God’s Kingdom adventure. It is not just a general calling to all creation. It is personal, intimate, and for you. Have you responded?

Joel Adams

July 10: You Matter

Mark 2:1-12

Friends make a difference in our lives. The story of the friends of a paralyzed man made it onto the pages of the New Testament to show us that God’s sovereignty and human initiative intersect and change lives every day.

Pastor John

July 17: Come and See

Psalm 63, John 1:43-46

When people are passionate about something, they become witnesses; when they are hungry for change, they become ambassadors for that change. Maybe the question is not, “How do I share my faith with my friend?” Instead, we should ask, “How do I create a hunger in my life for Jesus and His Kingdom?”

Pastor Nate

July 24: When We Get It Right

Acts 2:42-47

The sad truth is that the American church is in decline. And another sad truth is that too often the church does not live up to either its calling or to its potential. People state many varying reasons for being fed up with the Church. The interesting thing is when you compare the early Church’s characteristics and modern churches’ characteristics, there can be very drastic differences. Join us this morning as we look to the compelling image of what beliefs motivated the early Church to become a force in our world.

Pastor John

July 31: They Had Been With Jesus

Acts 3-4

When we become so motivated by what God wants to do in and through us it will change our families, neighborhoods, schools, work environments and our communities. Join us as we challenge each other to wake up to what our faith might be if we surrendered everything to God.

Pastor Bill

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The Limits to my Obedience

May 29: The Limits to my Obedience

Mark 12:28-31; Galatians 5:13-14

The local church has the unique ability to influence the consciousness of our city and our country. We at ACC are uniquely positioned to impact our community and remind each other of the one mandate from Jesus that has the power to change everything.

Joel Adams