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 Godís Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self control. Weíre 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 doesnít matter where we meet (in fact, we have celebrated worship several times in parks and community centres)! Whatís 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 anotherís 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 weíve 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 Godís great love, and we now have the ability to share that love, because we received it. itís 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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DateSeries / TitleSpeaker 
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, itís selfishness. Sometimes, itís charity. Sometimes weíve fallen into a routine and we donít even know why! Paulís letter to Titus says thereís 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: itís all GRACE!

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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.

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

It seems like itís easy for the church to get a bad reputation these days. All sorts of scandals and bad behavior bring rebuke and scorn. Things havenít changed all that much since the time of Paul. But he writes to Timothy in order to ensure that the church in Timothyís 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?

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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 theyíve 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. Whatís a good church to do? Paul addresses these concerns with the hope they have in Jesus, a hope that is more important now than itís ever been!

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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
2019-02-17Godīs 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.

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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 Jesusí?

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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?

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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 enemiesí attacks, Paul consistently maintains that he is nothing, simply a clay pot into which is poured Godís 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 Godís ministry to, and through, us?

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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.

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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