Sermon Series

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April 16: “Not What We Expected”

Luke 24:13-35

When is the last time you felt your heart “burning within you”?  We all want to live lives that count, that have passion and focus. Jesus’ resurrection reminds us that a passionate life starts with His passion.

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Our new series is about the future, and about change, and all of the responses we are prone to have when we find ourselves in uncharted areas of life. We look at several examples of people who followed God into situations where the outcome was unknown and all they had to rely on was the promises of God. Join us as we begin a discussion about how to trust God when it seems like life doesn’t make sense and you are unsure about what lies ahead.

March 5: “Strong and Loving”

Ecclesiastes 3:1, Psalm 62:8-12

We can tell when the seasons are going to change. The sun sets earlier, the wind blows chillier, the leaves look browner… and we know something is about to change. When the season of your life shifts, God is strong and loving.  He knows the way through uncharted territory.

March 12: “Afraid of Giants”

Joshua 1

When we move into uncharted territory we don’t know what to expect. We know something is going to change but we don’t know what. The fear of this unknown can keep us from growing. God promises to be with us in the face of that giant.

March 19: “The Courage To Ask”

2 Kings 2:1-12

The next season of your life may be uncharted but God knows it completely.  That’s why it makes sense to ask Him to give you what you need to make it through. Take courage! Your Father cares and will respond to your request for His presence and power.

March 26: “Looking Forward”

1 Chronicles 22:11-16, John 14:12-14, Deuteronomy 31:7-8

Scripture is filled with people that pursued God’s calling on their life and handed that calling on to others. Some of them didn’t even realize their dreams but entrusted them to the next generation. Maybe the greater things God wants to do through your life will come through those you inspire.

April 2: “Fulfill Your Ministry”

2 Timothy 4:1-5

Paul encouraged his friend Timothy to stay committed to the mission of the people of God, the Church. The Word of God, the people of God, and the world He created continue to call us to love and sacrifice so that people may see God’s love and grace.

April 9: “A Change To Your Plans”

John 16:4-11

That small band of followers had a plan for Jesus.  He was going to be the new king over Israel to establish a new Israel and new kingdom.  Jesus had a plan to be a different kind of King.  God’s plans for our lives don’t always fit neatly into our own plans.  Whose will you follow?

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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.

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.

January 29: “A Slave Owner”

Philemon

Our series continues this week with a story of a slave and a slave owner. Neither was what we would normally think of as a “saint”, however, through the grace of God, both were able to go beyond their normal human nature and practice forgiveness, sacrifice, and blessing.

February 5: “A Tax Collector”

Luke 5:27-32

Matthew was a tax collector who was a Jew.  Romans didn’t like him because they didn’t trust the Jews – Jews didn’t like him because he collected money from them for the hated empire.  Matthew illustrates how we sometimes believe we are unqualified for God because of what other people believe (or say) about us.  Jesus gave Matthew a new identity – his “qualification”.  Who are you today?  This story illustrates the Lord’s call on our lives and the possibility for NEW identity in him.  Grab hold and see where it leads.

February 12: “A Deserter”

Acts 15:36-41

This week, our story starts out with the premise that we all fail. The Bible includes many stories of failure. The good news is that the redeeming grace of Jesus takes us beyond our failures. The key is in allowing God to pick you up, brush you off and restore you to His calling.

February 19: “A Coward”

Luke 22:54-62

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the willingness to push through it and do what needs to be done. Peter’s impulsive spirit, and his susceptibility to fear, were tamed and redirected by the empowering love of Jesus Christ in his life.

February 26: “An Ordinary Follower”

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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.

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.

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.

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What comes to your mind when you hear the word “Church”?  It doesn’t mean what it used to.  In our changing culture and community we are still called by God to love and live life with our neighbors and friends. God is looking for a church to join Him in His mission on earth.  Are we up for the challenge?

November 6: “We Can’t Stay Here”

Luke 19:10

What comes to your mind when you hear the word “Church”?  It doesn’t mean what it used to.  In our changing culture and community we are still called by God to love and live life with our neighbors and friends. God is looking for a church to join Him in His mission on earth.  Are we up for the challenge?

November 13: “Show Up”

Matthew 26:36-39

Are we willing to do whatever it takes, whatever is within our ability to reach the next generation for Christ? Our church can commit itself to being a powerful influence in our students’ and children’s lives in order to see them engage with the Gospel message and be influencers for this community and the kingdom of God.

November 20: “Love Without Limits”

John 4:4-10; Matthew 21:28-32

God loves people that are different than you. God loves people that don’t believe the way you do and do things that you don’t do. Can we be the kind of people known for our love, even when those we love don’t become followers of Jesus?

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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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?

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.

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.