vibrant

(adj. pulsating with life)

Our name says it all! Jesus said He came to give us life, and that the life we have would be abundant. We believe this abundant life means embodying the qualities of God’s Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self control. We’re not perfect, but God is working in us to bring these traits to LIFE!

diverse

(adj. celebrating difference and variety)

In the Bible, God says that one day people from every language, tribe, and nation will worship Him. At Abundant Life, we try to embody that truth today. We celebrate our diversity in age, gender, ethnicity, culture, and belief as we come together to worship our creative God.

church

(n. a body of Christian believers)

At Abundant Life, we have a building, but the building is not our church. Our church consists of the people who gather together to worship God together. It doesn’t matter where we meet (in fact, we have celebrated worship several times in parks and community centres)! What’s important is who is there.

community

(n. a group of people working toward a common goal)

Relationships are important at Abundant Life Church. We celebrate our community by meeting together on Sundays, in one another’s homes for care groups on a weekly basis, at the building for prayer meetings, and in coffee shops and restaurants to strengthen our friendships. God loves it when people spend time together for His common purpose!

growing

(v. to develop and mature;
to increase)

At Abundant Life, we like to think of growth in an organic sense, like a plant. For a plant to be well established, it needs deep roots. at the same time, it grows up and outward. We want to grow deep roots, being faithful to the teaching of Jesus Christ, and we want to grow outward, to meet, interact, and better our community, that everyone we meet would experience the love that we’ve experienced!

love

(n., v. a passionate affection; to have concern for the well-being of others)

At Abundant Life, we love to love. We learn in the Bible that everything was created because of God’s great love, and we now have the ability to share that love, because we received it. it’s our desire that everyone in our community (and indeed, the world) would experience what it means to be loved by their creator, and to experience that love through his creation, the church.

Jesus Christ

(n. a first-century Jew from Israel; the Son of God)

Jesus is the reason we are together, the reason we do what we do, and the reason we are who we are. He is the head of the church and cares for the church and for all of humanity. in fact, he loves humanity so much that he died for us, and was raised back to life. We worship Jesus as fully God, who came to earth as a human man and who lives and reigns over everything forever.

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2019-08-11Teach us to Pray: Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us
Matthew 6:9-13

Have you considered why some Bible translations say, "forgive us our debts" while others say, "forgive us our sins"? Are we in debt to God? I´m in debt to the bank and the visa company and I can´t imagine how life changing it would be for the bank to forgive me! This week we will explore forgiveness as a matter of releasing people from their debts and saying, "you are free, you don´t owe me anything anymore!"

Pastor Nikayla ReizePlay
2019-08-04Teach us to Pray: Give us this day our daily bread
Matthew 6:9-13

The Pharisees, mentioned in the opening remarks found in Matthew 6, prayed at set times in the most
public places. They wanted recognition for their commitment to God. The words “give us this day our
daily bread” would probably NEVER come from their lips but Jesus told His followers that such words
SHOULD come from their lips. What is the difference in praying for “needs” rather than reciting routine
prayers before our God? As it turns out, quite a lot.

Pastor Peter WagarPlay
2019-07-28Teach us to Pray: Your Kingdom Come
Matthew 6:9-13

We’re too often tempted to think that it is our job to somehow build or bring God’s kingdom to earth, that we can wrench it from God’s grasp and make sure we’re able to control its arrival. Far from this, the Lord’s Prayer reminds us that God is king, and God brings and builds God’s kingdom. God accomplishes God’s will on earth as it is in heaven. God invites us graciously into the process, and it is in this invitation that our identity is found.

Pastor Mike SwalmPlay
2019-07-21Teach us to Pray: Hallowed be Thy name
Matthew 6:9-13

In reciting the Lord’s prayer, do we have a tendency to “gloss over” this extremely important phrase? What’s in a name? When it comes to God-everything. The dead are raised, the demons tremble, and every knee shall bow-all in His name. There is complete power and authority in the name above all names. Historically some cultures have been most reluctant in saying His name- have we become a little too casual in speaking to our Creator?

Pastor Peter WagarPlay
2019-07-14Teach us to Pray: Our Father in Heaven
Matthew 6:9-13

Jesus teaches his disciples how to pray beginning with ‘Our Father in Heaven.’ What does it mean for Christians all over the world to call God ‘Father’ and what does it mean to pray to a God who is ‘in Heaven?’ How do we reconcile the closeness of Father with the distance of Heaven?

Pastor Mike SwalmPlay
2019-07-07God´s Heartbeat: for Presence
The Whole Bible

The Bible, from beginning to end, is the story of God’s interactions with a specific people, who grow to be the people of God. It’s also the story of God’s longing for those people, and for all people. From Genesis to Revelation, God wants to be with his people, LONGS to be with them, and we constantly reject his advances. Yet we serve a God who does not give up. God’s heart beats to be with us.

Pastor Mike SwalmPlay
2019-06-30God´s Heartbeat: for the Beloved Community
John 13:34-35

In Acts we see the Spirit move among the early believers in incredible ways, uniting believers from all different backgrounds. Sadly, it isn´t far into the story before we see division and strife. When we look at the Epistles as a whole we can see a deep longing in Paul for the church to be unified in its diversity and to truly do life together with the humility of Christ. These books have a deeply relevant message for us here in Calgary at ALC!

Pastor Nikayla ReizePlay
2019-06-23God´s Heartbeat: for His Son´s Story - A summary of the Gospels
Matthew 16:15

From His lowly birth to His resurrection, the gospels "Good News" tell the story of God in the flesh, living
with humanity that cannot save itself but through belief in Him, can be part of a Kingdom whose King is
the One to save all who come to Him. He asks us the universal question: "and who do you say I am?" that
all of humanity WILL answer and He asks it with love. His story reveals His purpose and His nature. May
we live His story and cling to "The Truth".

Pastor Peter WagarPlay
2019-06-16God´s Heartbeat: for a Faithful People
Revelation

Revelation (notice there´s not an "s"!) stands as the biblical culmination of the story of God with His people, but it´s more often remembered and studied as an "end-times" textbook. If we look carefully at what God is revealing, we see less scary "whisked-away" theology and a robust picture of a God who longs to be with His people, and who carries them in faithfulness until He brings all things right, and can join them eternally. It´s a GREAT way to cap off an incredible story!"

Pastor Mike SwalmPlay
2019-06-09God´s Heartbeat: for Good Theology
Jude

Jude was one of Jesus´ brothers and an important leader in the early church. He writes that while preparing to write a letter about salvation, he had to stop and address the problem of false teachers and bad theology. There is a bad theology going around that twists God´s grace into a message of licentiousness - a theology that teaches selfish gain and a theology that confuses prophecy with grumbling and complaining. Jude knew his scriptures well and also refers to sources that aren´t in the Bible to make his case. This is a fascinating and deeply relevant book for us today.

Pastor Nikayla ReizePlay
2019-06-02God´s Heartbeat: for Receiving and Walking in Truth
3 John

Truth is a funny thing. We believe strongly in its value but often disagree in its meaning. Because we often can’t agree, we tend to compromise to make truth “relative” to our perceived reality. What does this mean in light of the One who says He is “the Truth” and how can we walk in the “Truth” we haven’t received?
Let’s see if we can unpack the “truth” from “The Truth”.

Pastor Peter WagarPlay
2019-05-26God´s Heartbeat: for Lived Love
2 John

Love is a wonderful thing. All the movies we watch and songs we listen to tell us that love is fantastic, but what we rarely get to see (or hear) is what love really looks like when it’s married to truth and lived out. If love isn’t just a feeling and truth isn’t just a category, but they both have feet and hands and a body, our lives should be radically different when we embrace them both. Let’s explore!

Pastor Mike SwalmPlay
2019-05-19God´s Heartbeat: for Loving First and Fearlessly
1 John

In 1 John 4:8 the elder declares that whoever does not love does not know God because God is love. It doesn´t get any clearer than this -- to love is to know God and to know God is to love. In John´s Gospel, Jesus tells the disciples that the world will know we are disciples by our love for one another. What is God´s definition of love and how does it compare to the world´s cheapened version of it? This Sunday we will dive deep into what the scriptures say about the heart of God -- the heart that loved you first and fearlessly and has richly blessed you with the capacity to love as you have been loved.

Nikayla ReizePlay
2019-05-12God´s Heartbeat: for Holy Living
1&2 Peter

We want to avoid moralism in the church, making lists of things that are allowed and not allowed. In our hurry to jettison this kind of thinking, have we thrown out the proverbial baby with the bathwater? The two letters of Peter bear witness to a gospel that calls for changed lives that may result in suffering for the gospel. This is not easy-believism or moralism; this is the good news that God accepts us as we are and changes us into who we are becoming!

Pastor Mike SwalmPlay
2019-05-05God´s Heartbeat: for "Wise Living"
James

We know the author of this letter as James. It is Ya´akov in Hebrew or Jacob in English, but regardless of what we call him, he has a lot to say about the daily living practices of believers. He tells us that "to do" requires a wisdom that is not natural and comes form above. Our wisdom "frees" our actions for a much more abundant life. Are you tired of living every day in your own wisdom? I know I am. Let´s study this much better wisdom together.

Pastor Peter WagarPlay
2019-04-21HE IS ALIVE
1 Corinthians 15

The Easter story never changes. We read it every year and we marvel at the glory of a God who can raise the dead. But at some point the Easter story loses its luster and becomes another story we know too well. “He is Risen!” we cry, and “He is Risen Indeed!” and then settle back for a nice message and another helping of ham. What if we’re meant to live differently because Jesus is alive? What if we’re supposed to live a resurrection life?

Pastor Mike SwalmPlay
2019-04-07God´s Heartbeat: for Perseverance
Hebrews

The early church faced great persecution and those suffering made many attempts to understand why they´d be suffering when they were the ones living according to God´s rich promises in Jesus. In the book of Hebrews we are told clearly: you´re not suffering because of your sin, and you´re not suffering because you deserve it. The work of Christ on the cross is sufficient and we have been completely forgiven. We need not have fear but rather, we need to demonstrate our faith. We can look to the faithful heroes of the past, look boldly into the future, and with perseverance, run the race set before us. The big thing God is going to do among us, has already begun.

Pastor Nikayla ReizePlay
2019-03-31God´s Heartbeat: for Radical Reconciliation
Philemon

Paul´s letters to Philemon is a fascinating look into exactly what reconciliation looks like according to Paul. In the Roman world there is a certain way things are done - people have their place and it´s just the way things are. Paul challenges everything about the status quo, however, when he challenges Philemon to accept Onesimus as a brother - as an equal. Let´s study this challenging call to reconcile radically together.

Pastor Nikayla ReizePlay
2019-03-24God´s Heartbeat: for Grace
Titus

Why do we do what we do? Why are our families the way they are? Our work relationships? Our church? Do we have a good sense of motivation? Sometimes we do what we do out of duty. Sometimes, it’s selfishness. Sometimes, it’s charity. Sometimes we’ve fallen into a routine and we don’t even know why! Paul’s letter to Titus says there’s only one true motivating factor for the church to be the way God created it to be, and for the people of God to be the way God created us to be: it’s all GRACE!

Pastor Mike SwalmPlay
2019-03-17God´s Heartbeat: for Authentic Godliness
2 Timothy

We are told in 2 Timothy that all of us have a form of godliness but it´s quite possible to DENY the power of it. The words are positioned within the context of the last days. We are living in "last days". What do these words mean for us? What do these words mean to a world that watches our godliness in action? Let´s take a look at this epistle from prison - it´s personal, it´s raw, and its necessary.

Pastor Peter WagarPlay
2019-03-10God´s Heartbeat: for an Exemplary Church
1 Timothy

It seems like it’s easy for the church to get a bad reputation these days. All sorts of scandals and bad behavior bring rebuke and scorn. Things haven’t changed all that much since the time of Paul. But he writes to Timothy in order to ensure that the church in Timothy’s care believes and teaches the right things, because Paul knows that what we believe comes out in how we live, and how we live reflects what we believe. So what do WE believe, and how do WE live?

Pastor Mike SwalmPlay
2019-03-03God´s Heartbeat: for the Hopeless
2 Thessalonians

The poor church of the Thessalonians. Not sure if Jesus will come back, and now convinced Jesus has ALREADY come back and they’ve been left behind! All this suffering and persecution, and for what? And in their midst, folk who are so entitled that they refuse to do ANYTHING to help anyone but themselves. What’s a good church to do? Paul addresses these concerns with the hope they have in Jesus, a hope that is more important now than it’s ever been!

Pastor Mike SwalmPlay
2019-02-24God´s Heartbeat: for Hope in the Midst of Heartache
1 Thessalonians

The church in Thessalonica was every missionary´s dream: they received the Gospel with joy and commitment and they were prepared to fully dedicate their lives to the mission of God. They were facing one major headache, however. They really believed Jesus was returning soon and so when some of their loved ones passed away the weight of grief brought them to despair. Paul writes this letter to those who´ve lost loved ones before the return of Jesus. There is hope - the day is coming - when the dead will rise in Christ to greet us and we will never say goodbye again!

Pastor Nikayla ReizePlay
2019-02-17God´s Heartbeat: for Spiritual Radicalization
Colossians

Yes, you are reading those words correctly! When you received Christ as Savior and Lord of your life, did you expect your attitude and behaviors to remain relatively the same as before you were saved? I hope not. To know Christ and to be led by His Spirit is going to provoke a drastic change in beliefs, values and lifestyle and if you haven´t yet received Christ, would you like a radical change in the way you see and live life? The believers at Colosse required loving instruction in these truths. Exercising your ambassadorship is truly radical. God wants radical living. I trust we do too.

Pastor Peter WagarPlay
2019-02-10God´s Heartbeat: for the Jesus Story
Philippians

In his letter to the church in Philippi, Paul retells the story of Jesus, and the rest of the letter revolves around his invitation to the church to align their stories with His story. Our church, like that in Philippi, has had the same invitation extended to it. What would it mean for us to align our story with Jesus’?

Pastor Mike SwalmPlay
2019-02-03God´s Heartbeat: for New Life
Ephesians

It seems like God is always at work to transform people, but that we´re always in need of more transformation. Paul calls the Ephesians to be transformed, to shake off the old and put on the new, but they always end up with more to shake off and more to put on. Is there any point to this back and forth?

Pastor Mike SwalmPlay
2019-01-27God´s Heartbeat: for a Big Family
Galatians

In Paul´s letters to the Galatians we see a very passionate side of Paul - he´s angry and anguished. The Galatians are showing partiality and competing for honor based on their own achievements but Paul makes it clear: God our Father has adopted us into his huge family based on the work of Christ and nothing else. We are made new in Christ and born into the family of God and so let us boast in Christ alone.

Pastor Nikayla ReizePlay
2019-01-20God´s Heartbeat: for Clay Pots
2 Corinthians

It must have been frustrating for the Apostle Paul to be attacked and chastised when all he really wanted to do was preach the gospel! Yet in spite of his enemies’ attacks, Paul consistently maintains that he is nothing, simply a clay pot into which is poured God’s Spirit and power. In the midst of a world that worships strength and ability, what would it look like for the church to revel in our status as clay pots, and to glory in the power of God’s ministry to, and through, us?

Pastor Mike SwalmPlay
2019-01-13God´s Heartbeat: for a Healthy Body
1 Corinthians

Healthy Spiritual Communities produce fruit, which bears the image an character of Christ. The world benefits from such a community. What happens when the same community digests the fruit of the world in seeking to be healthy? I believe the church at Corinth answers that question. Let´s explore that answer together.

Pastor Peter WagarPlay
2019-01-06God´s Heartbeat: for Revealing Righteousness
Romans

The early church faced an unbelievable challenge. The movement of the Spirit to bring the gentiles into the family of Abraham was scandalous and offensive to most people - the Jews and the gentiles had been sharply divided for centuries. This new humanity, as Paul calls it, led to great fear in some and arrogance in others but Paul reminds the church in Rome that all have sinned and fall short the glory of God. Our shortcomings, however, are no match for our righteous God. He is faithful to fulfill the promise made to Abraham. In Christ we see God´s plan for justice and righteousness revealed triumphantly to and THROUGH the faithful.

Pastor Nikayla ReizePlay