Sermon Series

Stories carry power. Your story can work in life-changing ways, just like the stories captured here. If you would be willing to share your story of God’s ongoing work in your life, we would love to hear it. Send your story to us now! For help in telling your story, check out this resource: Telling Your Story brochure.

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2911, 2017

Christmas is not our local shopping mall’s story to tell. Christmas is the Church’s story to tell. So in 2006, 5 pastors decided to do Christmas differently. They called it the Advent Conspiracy, and came up with four tenets—Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More, Love All—to guide themselves, their families, and congregations through their season of preparation for Christmas.

November 26: “Worship Fully”

Luke 1:26-35; 46-55

Mary’s reaction to the shocking news that she would give birth to God’s son was one of worship. In the craziness of the Christmas season, how can we too, respond this way to God and the call he has for us?

December 3: “Spend Less”

Matthew 6:19-29

In Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount he speaks to God’s propensity to provide for and take care of things of the earth. If God is concerned about the well being of the earth he is also deeply concerned about our well being. We are invited to consider, this holiday season, to make space for God by eliminating our need to accumulate things in our attempt to find meaning and happiness. Trust God to fill your longings and use your resources to impact the world around you.

December 10: “Give More”

Matthew 1:18-25

The Christmas story is full of real life, much grittier than the sanitized version that we often think of. The story is also filled with generosity that serves as a great example to us. Come find out how the generosity of that first Christmas can intersect with your life.

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2111, 2017

Saying “Thank You” is important. So often we feel thankful for the way someone has helped us, but we forget to say it. When we don’t say thanks we appear entitled and ingrateful. Luke 17 gives us some clues about how people who have been changed by God’s grace can respond with a grateful heart.

November 19: “Thank You Notes”

Luke 17:11-19

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2510, 2017

We often think that “mission or missions” is something that happens over there or somewhere else – not where we are. But we serve a God on a mission and that mission includes us. God demonstrates this mission over and over again in the story of God and His people in the Old Testament and in His relationship to us. We are not only the objects of that mission, but participants in it too.

October 22: “The Mission of God”

Genesis 12: 1-5

Abram was never meant to be the end of God’s blessing. He was invited to be a conduit of God’s blessing to the rest of the world. He was told to go and share this blessing with those who did not know God yet. We are invited into the same mission, the same call. It is a wonderful opportunity to live a life that matters for people around you.

October 29: “The Mission of Jesus”

Mark 1:15; Matthew 28:19-20

The incarnation is a demonstration of God’s missionary nature. In order for us to join the mission of Jesus, we first have to hear his call to us. Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.

November 5: “The Bridge to Nowhere”

Acts 17:15-32

Jesus equipped us with the Holy Spirit so we might join God at work in the world, but what do we do when the times are confusing and overwhelming? The story of Paul in Athens provides us a glimpse into mission in unfamiliar settings.

November 12: “What’s So Great About the Great Commission?”

Matthew 28:16-20

Jesus called us to GO and MAKE disciples every where we find ourselves. We call this His Great Commission. What makes it great? Why would you want to give your life to going and making?

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509, 2017

September 3: “Full Life”

John 19:41; John 20:11-18

Jesus declared in John 10:10 that God desired that His children would have life to the full, so how do we begin to reframe our categories in life around the promise in John 10:10?

September 10: “Sharing Faith on the Road of Life”

Luke 24:13-38

This week we will see the power of community. Two friends of Jesus have an unexpected meeting with Him that moves them towards shalom and a more full life.  It’s interesting to note the fruit of their encounter–their hearts burned, they gained courage and they recognized Jesus in that moment.

September 17: “Even the Parts We Cannot See”

Psalm 139: 1-16

One of the hardest places to find peace is inside our own hearts and minds.  This can be really difficult when we struggle with mental illness.  What is God doing when we are in the dark places of life?

September 24: “Unconditional”

Romans 14, Colossians 3

Finding peace and wholeness in our families can be difficult.  The expectations we place on our parents, on our kids, and on our siblings can set us up for pain and anger.  Let’s find shalom in our families this weekend.

October 1: “It’s Mutual I’m Sure”

Ephesians 5:21-30

God created marriage so that two can become one – and that is a mystery. As each submit to one another, love one another, and find mutual respect God’s nature is reflected to the world.

October 8: “Abundance or Scarcity?”

Psalm 50:1-15

As we continue our study of Shalom we look at a promise from God to provide for all our needs. As we look at our possessions and finances it is clear that most of us feel the stress of trying to gain more and hold on to what we have. God offers a better way to view what we have been given and how we can trust Him with what we have in our lives.

October 15: “What our bodies are meant for”

1 Corinthians 6:12-20

As we continue our study of Shalom we look at a promise from God to provide for all our needs. As we look at our possessions and finances it is clear that most of us feel the stress of trying to gain more and hold on to what we have. God offers a better way to view what we have been given and how we can trust Him with what we have in our lives.

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1007, 2017

The story of David in the Bible is the story of a real life. A complicated, messy, and oftentimes broken life, but real life nonetheless. In the midst of that real life, we learn of David’s real faith. Faith that engages that messy, broken life head on. David teaches us that real life requires real faith. This is the kind of real faith we need in the midst of our own real lives.

July 9: “The Little Things”

1 Samuel 16: 1-13

David was tending sheep when God told Samuel to anoint him as Israel’s next king. David had every reason to leave the menial task of taking care of sheep but he did not. It’s in this dedication to the little things that God was forming David for what was to come in his life. It’s in these moments that we find David developed a strong faith in God. David’s commitment to the “little things” enabled him to face much larger and complicated situations in his life.

July 16: “Be Prepared”

1 Samuel 17: 12-16; 32-50

David learned he could trust God while he was a shepherd. He was prepared for something bigger. Because he was prepared he approached the situation with Goliath with outstanding clarity. He saw something that King Saul could not see. His confidence was in God.

July 23: “When Things Unravel”

1 Samuel 21

David’s life gets difficult and he is forced to trust in God or trust in his own ability. He loses sight of God’s faithfulness and he abandons many of his beliefs in an effort to gain control. David’s failures show us how quickly we can spiral out of control when we forgot that God is faithful.

July 30: “Abigail’s Way”

1 Samuel 25:23-31

As David continues down a path of harmful decisions, he is interrupted by Abigail, who offers some much needed perspective. Abigail reminds David that getting even, or righting a wrong by doing wrong, is not the way of the Lord. As David relents, he learns a valuable lesson that is valuable for all of us today.

August 6: “Generosity Explained”

1 Samuel 30:1-25

It is easy to be generous with those who meet our expectations, but more difficult to be generous toward those who don’t meet those expectations. This week, we will be exploring what it means to truly have our hearts aligned with God, and to imitate His generosity. What if we lived life with fewer expectations and more generosity?

August 13: “Undignified”

2 Samuel 6:1-23

Worship is more than songs we sing or hands we lift to God.  Worship is an invitation to God to change us and change our world. One of David’s stories shows us there is a right way to worship God and a wrong way.

August 20: “This Is Not What I Had Planned”

2 Samuel 12:1-10

As we look at the final years of David’s rule as king it is safe to assume that he did not envision his rule to be marked by so much dysfunction and failure. What do you do when you find yourself in a situation that is not at all what you would have planned? How would you respond?

August 27: “The Son of David”

Matthew 12:9-23

Jesus is often called the Son of David in the gospels. The David story helps us to understand what it means that God became flesh. Jesus wants for us to have a real faith for a real life. Join us to see what that might look like in our real lives.



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805, 2017

Help us welcome our new Transition Pastor, Corey Johnsrud, as he kicks off several weeks reflecting on Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus.

May 7: “Where It All Begins”

Ephesians 1

In the first chapter, Paul writes about the origins of our faith and explains what God has done in Christ.

May 14: “Dead or Alive?”

Ephesians 2:1-10

Paul reminds those early followers of Jesus that their lives are dead to sin and alive in Christ. What does it mean to die to sin and embrace a life that finds its existence in Jesus?

May 21: “Bridge Builders”

Ephesians 2:11-22

Jesus brings people together, into the family of God.  He calls all people and unites them together for one mission, to love God and love those God created. Jesus brings peace and allows us to call one another brothers and sisters.

May 28: “We’re On A Mission From God”

Ephesians 3:14-21

God has a mission for the world and He has brought together a group of world-changers – you and me. As we encounter God’s amazing love, we are transformed and God’s Spirit calls us to express love to others.

June 4: “Called Together”

Ephesians 4:1-7

The Apostle Paul urges us to be unified as we follow Christ together. Unity was as difficult to achieve then as it seems to us now. Come learn what it really takes to be unified in Christ.


June 11: “Politics, Road Rage, and Speaking Peace”

Ephesians 4:25-32

Anger seems to be an ever-present companion in our lives these days. We scream at one another in our cars and belittle each others’ beliefs. Why are we so angry? What do we do about it? Come join us as we learn together what it means to speak peace to one another.

June 18: “How Goes Your Walk?”

Ephesians 5:1-20

Daily life, everyday choices, moment-by-moment conversations – these things matter.  They define how we walk through life; the kind of existence we live. Paul calls us to walk in love and live in the light.

June 25: “Suit Up and Stand”

Ephesians 6:10-18

Life can be tough. Sometimes life can be really tough. Standing up under the pressures and losses we experience takes a toll on our spirits. In daily battles, God invites us to gear up spiritually. This Sunday we will finish up our study of the book of Ephesians and focus on the defensive and offensive spiritual armor.

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205, 2017

If you want to love like Jesus it will cost you.  His kind of love is not cheap or easy to dismiss. He made himself nothing so that we might have something, a life of power, purpose, and love.

April 30: “Love Will Cost You”

John 13:3-15 / Philippians 2:6-8

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2404, 2017

Pastor John finishes up his ministry at ACC.  John has spent almost 4 decades leading churches and pastoring communities. As he moves into this new season of life, we get to celebrate with him and release him as God continues to call him to impact lives.

April 23: “Final Thoughts”

Luke 19:10

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1804, 2017

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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703, 2017

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?