Arvada Covenant Church


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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

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A Tale of Two Masters

May 22: A Tale of Two Masters

Matthew 6:24

Money has a way of taking over our lives. No matter how much money we have in our lives we could always use a bit more. At least it seems that way. Jesus encourages us to not allow money to master us and, instead, master it. That is where freedom is found.

Pastor John

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The End of Me

April 03: Broken To Be Whole

Matthew 5:3

Jesus’ teaching calls us to live a different kind of life. When we come to the end of ourselves, we find that Jesus meets us there and offers us real life in Him.

Pastor John

April 10: Mourn To Be Happy

Matthew 5 and various texts

When we are hurting and feeling pain our natural response is to duck and cover. Ironically, comfort from our sadness is often found in community. It is found as we share our stories and allow people to speak words of hope and healing into our lives.

Pastor John

April 17: Taken Down To Be Built Up

Genesis 11:1-9; Matthew 5:5; Philippians 2

As Jesus continues his message he says, “Blessed are those who are free of pride.” Have you wondered how to live with humility when it is so easy to indulge your pride? There was a group of people that once tried to build a tower to heaven so they could take God’s place. We can learn from that story and take down the pride in our lives.

Pastor Nate

April 24: Yearn To Be Full

Matthew 5:5

When you reach the end of yourself, you understand that you are not good enough for God. We are not even good enough for each other. But when we pursue God’s way, He will fill us up.

Pastor John

May 1: Shown Mercy To Be Compassionate

Matthew 5:7

We find over and over again in God’s story His divine acts of mercy toward humanity. Jesus invites us to come to the “end of me,” to understand the fullness we find when we let mercy and compassion become our posture toward the humanity around us.

Stacee Eggers

May 8: Made Clean To See God

Matthew 5:8

The Bible’s promise to you is that as your heart becomes pure, you will receive the most incredible blessing: you will see God. The real you will know the real Him. The relationship will not be based on performance and pretense but will be authentic. I can’t think of a greater blessing than seeing God.

Pastor John

May 15: Pursuit of Peace

Matthew 5:9-10

Our lives so often seem to be missing peace. We are busy, our relationships can be at odds, and often our hearts are divided. Jesus says it is a good thing to be someone who creates peace in the world. How do we do that?

Pastor John

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Easter at ACC – “Rediscovering Hope”

We CELEBRATE that Calvary changes everything! And we REJOICE that through Christ’s victory over death we not only receive forgiveness for sin, but if that were not enough, we also receive peace with God. This Easter we will REDISCOVER HOPE together.

March 27: Rediscovering Hope

John 20: 11-20

Easter starts at a grave, with a woman softly weeping alone. Her hope, her friend, her deliverer is gone. And then in a moment, because of Jesus’ Resurrection, her hope and our hope is restored. We can advance in life with hope because Jesus has conquered the grave.

Pastor John

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Half Truths

We’ve all experienced those moments in life when we have screamed out ‘why?’ Maybe it was an unforeseen loss, a slow journey into pain, or a moment when our security was suddenly shaken. These moments are something we all share as humans. And this question, ‘why?’ sends us on a search for hope, and for answers. We often face difficult questions as we try to understand this new reality. In an effort to help us cope we are told things like, “Everything happens for a reason,” or “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” These sayings begin to shape our perspective on God. But are we missing something? Have our views of God become so misguided that our ‘why?’ moments begin to push us away from Him? In this series, “Half Truths” we want to find a more complete view of God from the Bible which can provide us freedom from the anger and pain of our circumstances.

February 14: Everything Happens For A Reason

Deuteronomy 30:11-20

“Everything happens for a reason” is a half truth. God does bring good out of the tough stuff we face and He is with us through it, but He doesn’t cause everything that happens in our lives. He never wants to crush us. He wants to give new life to us…

Pastor John

February 21: God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle

1 Corinthians 10:11-14

Life can be difficult. Every day we encounter people and circumstances that we can’t control or change.  Our own choices and habits hurt us and those around us.  As we struggle, people may tell us, “God won’t give you more than you can handle.”  But that rings hollow when you can no longer hang on.  It certainly feels like more than we can handle.

Pastor John

February 28: You Should Be Ashamed of Yourself

Luke 15:11-32

Shame confines us and builds walls around our lives. Jesus came to set us free and release us from useless shame and pointless guilt. We are all prodigals that He is waiting to welcome home.

Guest Speaker Jay Pathak - Pastor, Mile High Vineyard

March 6: This Is A Cross You Must Bear

Matthew 16:24-26

Jesus once said to His followers, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” What did He mean when He said that? Are the challenges we face in life “the cross” we are called to carry?

Pastor John

March 13: Time Heals All Wounds

Psalm 13 and 40:1-3

Nobody likes to wait. When you sit in the waiting room of life it is easy to get frustrated especially when someone says, “Hey, don’t worry. Time heals all wounds.”  Really! It doesn’t feel that way. Does time really bring hope and healing?

Pastor Nate

March 20: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves

Matthew 20:1-16

The phrase God helps those who help themselves reveals our struggle to accept grace. We tend to believe grace is earned when we do good things. When others don’t do good things they don’t get or deserve grace. It seems fair to claim grace as God’s reward to me because I’m so good and I do such good things. I want to be rewarded not restored. And I expect others to earn their own rewards. The truth is God helps all of us by offering grace. Grace is a freeway that we travel toward God’s Kingdom.

Pastor Nate

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The Road to Becoming

Many of us don’t enjoy change. We enjoy routines and over time these routines create grooves in the framework of our lives. These grooves carve out habits and slowly become our accepted way of interacting with the world around us. The sum of these “grooves” is who we become. When a person takes inventory of their life there are qualities of who we have become that we want to change. For instance maybe we want to learn a new instrument or run a marathon. We experience the urge to change, to BECOME DIFFERENT. The first step to becoming someone who runs a marathon is to go for a run. The first step to becoming someone who has learned the guitar is to play a guitar. These initial steps are what set us up on the “road to becoming” someone we want to be. Many of us get stuck because we never take the “first step” on the road to becoming. In this series, we turn to the book of James to find commands of NEW “grooves” in the life of a Christ Follower. “Do not merely hear the Word but also DO what it says,” or “believers in Jesus must not show favoritism” are NEW habits that James declares a “first step” on the “road to becoming.” You might dread the process on the road to becoming, as you experience change, but remind yourself of WHO you are becoming.

January 3: Hear and Now

James 1:22-25

Most of us are prone to hear but hearing does not move us to action. James encourages us to not only hear but to put into action what we hear from the Gospel of Christ.

Pastor John

January 10: Finding Worth In Everyone

James 2:1-13

James writes, “My brothers and sisters, you are believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ. So treat everyone the same.” Every person you meet and see has value and is created by a God that loves them with His whole heart. Treat people as those bearing the image of God.

Pastor John

January 17: Gaining Control

James 3:1-12

The words that come out of our mouth are powerful: for good and for evil. James uses some great word pictures to capture the incredible ability our words have to direct, strengthen, and destroy lives around us. How is your control when it comes to your mouth?

Pastor Nate

January 24: What You Need Today

James 4:13-15

One of the biggest challenges on the “road to becoming” is the promise of tomorrow. We can recognize things we want to become different and then convince ourselves that we will begin “tomorrow.” We plan and strategize about our futures and if we aren’t careful we can miss out on what God is doing in our “today.” And when you miss out on your “today” you can end up with a future that wasn’t what you had hoped.

Pastor John

January 31: In The Waiting Room

James 5:7-12

One of the hardest things about change is the “process.” Being patient is something most of us don’t do very well. The time for habits to change and new results to take hold can feel like an eternity. Most of us have learned that this “waiting” is not worth it. But for the few that are willing to endure, to persevere, there is a very powerful lesson to be learned. Both about ourselves and about God.

Pastor John

February 7: When We Pray

James 5:13-20

Prayer is difficult – because sometimes our motives are selfish or our prayers have gone unanswered. The truth is, in prayer we have an opportunity to experience God’s presence and to have a conversation with Him. Prayer changes our lives because conversation with God changes us.

Pastor Nate

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One Of Us

One of the most radical claims of Christianity is that the Divine would become man and live and walk among us. In John’s Gospel he claims “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” This Christmas season we want to understand a few key reasons why God would become One of Us. In this series, we will see that Jesus not only brought about salvation for all but He also revealed a few key attributes of the Father. Join us for this great 5 week discussion called “One of Us.”

November 29: Watch Me

John 14:1-14

Why did God choose to become one of us? Why did God choose to be born into human form?  Answer: to communicate and demonstrate what God is like.  Jesus didn’t claim to HAVE the best explanation of God, Jesus claimed to BE the best explanation of God.  You and I will never get a better clue as to what the Father is like than through His Son, Jesus.   Look to Jesus – come to know the Father through the Son.

Pastor John

December 6: Displayed in Him

John 9:1-38

If living out your faith hurts other people, you are doing it wrong. That seems to have been what was happening when Jesus challenged religious people in His day. Jesus wants to bring our understanding and practice of faith closer together in a way that shows mercy and grace for ALL people.

Pastor John

December 13: The Approach

Hebrews 4:14-16

Jesus reveals things about God that we can’t find anywhere else. He is able to understand the hardships, joy, struggles, and hopes of our lives because he experienced them as well. We can approach God with confidence.

Pastor Nate

December 20: The Problem With Religion

Mark 2:23-28

God created people and God created rules, but the rules were created second to serve the people.  Jesus came to put religion in its place, which is ALWAYS second place to people.

Pastor John

December 27: Run Strong

Hebrews 11:23-28 & 12:1-2; Exodus 5:1-9

Jesus came to show us that everything is spiritual. What we touch, what we see, who we talk to, how we treat them – it all has spiritual implications. You are constantly investing in spiritual realities and things that may or may not travel with you into eternity. Let’s allow 2016 to be a year when we join God in the work He is doing all around us, if we would open our spiritual eyes and see it.

Pastor Nate