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 
2014-12-21Advent: Waiting for the King
Isaiah 33:20-22

It can be comforting to have someone else in charge. We don´t have to make all the decisions, we don´t have to provide our own guidance, and we know that ultimately we´re not fully responsible for everything. The Israelites wanted a certain amount of independence, but they, like us, were looking not for full autonomy, but a righteous ruler. What they (and we) got would be a true surprise!

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2014-12-14Advent: Waiting for Peace
Isaiah 11:1-9

There have been countless songs, petitions, protests, and arguments presented all purporting to find a solution to our conflict and bring us lasting peace. One quick check of the nightly news, however, brings those solutions crashing down. Our world, and our lives, are rarely peaceful. How then can we claim to follow one called the "Prince of Peace?" And if he is indeed the Prince of Peace, where is this promised peace?

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2014-12-07Advent: Waiting for Deliverance
Isaiah 51:3-7; Luke 1:46-55; Matthew 16:24-25

Advent is a time to reflect on the anticipation, longing, and desperate need God´s children have for deliverance. He is indeed our mighty deliverer! From Egypt, wandering, exile and in Jesus, a new deliverance from sin. The thing this, however, this new deliverance comes in the way we least expect. While we often look for power and strength, our Savior comes as a baby born to a lowly servant girl. Our unexpected deliverer promises us an unexpected deliverance.

Pastor Nikayla ReizePlay
2014-11-30Advent: Waiting for Comfort
Isaiah 40:1-5

The world is not always a friendly place, and it´s sometimes difficult to divine the presence of God amidst the struggle. Yet with believers through the centuries, we continue to wait for the comfort that is to come. Today we discover the root of the comfort.

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2014-11-23The Jesus Way: Lesson 10 - The Kingdom Of God / Gospel
Matthew 4:12-17

The scriptures tell us that Jesus and John both came preaching the same "gospel," the same good news. The word "gospel" has become so overused we sometimes forget exactly what it means. What is this "good news" and how does it apply to this "kingdom"?

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2014-11-16The Jesus Way: Lesson 9 - The Testing of Jesus
Matthew 4:1-11

We often pay lip-service to the idea that Jesus was tempted in every way we are. Yet do we really believe it? Today we explore what temptations Jesus faced, and how he faced them. How ought we to face our temptations? The Jesus Way.

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2014-11-09The Jesus Way: Lesson 8 - The Way of Baptism
Matthew 3:13-17

There is no event more exciting in the church than the baptism of believers in Jesus. Baptism is so much more than simply a bath! It is entrance into the community, declaration of citizenship, and identification with the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. What A Day!

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2014-11-02The Jesus Way: Lesson 7 - The Way of the Prophet
Matthew 3:1-12

How are we supposed to interact with John the Baptist? Almost everything about him tempts us to write him off as a crazy prophet, as a voice we should tune our because it´s probably unhealthy. Yet even in his raving style, John is compelling. What is this new kingdom he keeps talking about, and why is it so tantalizing?

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2014-10-19The Jesus Way: Lesson 6 - Hearing the Voice
Matthew 2:13-23

We live in an age of sounds and noise. Rarely are we quiet enough to even hear ourselves think, let alone hear someone else. What would happen if we followed the Jesus way and took time to be quiet, time to listen, and time to even hear the voice of God? Would we start to know that voice more clearly?

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2014-10-12The Jesus Way: Lesson 5 - The Jesus way with "outsiders"
Matthew 2:9-12

The church has not always been known for its welcoming attitude toward those outside of its walls, particularly toward those of other faith backgrounds. We tend to heavily critique prevailing culture, reject any of its propositions or truths, yet we also tend to forget that the first people to come and worship Jesus would have been those same outsiders. What does the Jesus way teach us about Christian attitudes toward the outsider?

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2014-10-05The Jesus Way: Lesson 4 - Our God is in Control
Matthew 2:1-8

Looking around at our modern world, it´s obvious we think ourselves in control of our situation, at least until something happens to break that control. If the world´s way is control, what does the Jesus way look like?

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2014-09-28The Jesus Way: Lesson 3 - Failure and Success
Matthew 1:18-25

Our society loves to see someone fall, especially when that someone is highly esteemed. We enjoy watching failure. But how do we view failure and success the Jesus way?

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2014-09-21The Jesus Way: Lesson 2 - A New Generation
Matthew 1:1-17; 1 Corinthians 1:31; Galatians 6:14; 2 Corinthians 10:17

Although it may be tempting to skim past a text like the genealogy at the beginning of Matthew, there are several reasons why it is an important part of Scripture for understanding "the Jesus Way". This isn´t the family history one would expect to lead to the King of Kings. It´s filled with sinfulness and brokenness and as such it invites us to the Jesus Way; the way of boasting in Christ alone.

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2014-09-14The Jesus Way: Lesson 1 - Beginnings
Matthew 1:1

Our world is constantly presenting us with new ways to live. Technology is supposed to free us to live any way we wish. Money is supposed to free us to live any way we wish. We are presented with paralyzing choices for ways to live, but always in the background, whispering with hope, the Jesus way waits to be embraced. Today, let´s try that way together.

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2014-09-07The Mission: Week 10
Matthew 28:18-20

This summer we´ve explored the Great Commission, learning about making disciples, baptizing them, and teaching them to obey all that Jesus commanded us. But what does all that exploration and learning really mean if it doesn´t impact our church and our lives? What would it look like for ALC to be a Great-Commission-Church?

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2014-08-31The Mission: Week 9
Matthew 28:18-20

Each of us has felt lonely. Each of us has felt abandoned at some point. Yet Jesus´ promise is that he will be with us always. Is that simply a platitude, or is his presence truly always with us?

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2014-08-24The Mission: Week 8
Matthew 28:20 & Matthew 7:24-29

In the Great Commission we´re told to teach people "all that I have commanded you" but the only way we can do that is if we ourselves know exactly what Jesus taught. Being a Christian means believing that Jesus is the risen son of God but it also means knowing and obeying his teachings. It seems that not many Christians these days know their bibles very well but Jesus says in Matt 7:24 that whoever hears his words and puts them into practice is like a wise man who builds his house on the rock.

Pastor Nikayla ReizePlay
2014-08-17The Mission: Week 7
Matthew 28:18-20

We all know we´re supposed to obey Jesus. But is our life ONLY about obedience? Don´t we get a say in how we live?

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2014-08-10The Mission: Week 6
Matthew 28:18-20

We often get upset for people who take the Lord´s name in vain. It is, after all, against one of the Ten Commandments. But just what does it mean to be baptized into the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? And how do we do so in a way that is not "in vain"?

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2014-08-03The Mission: Week 5
Matthew 28:18-20

ALC is a Baptist church. We believe in baptism, that it´s necessary and important in the life of those who believe in Jesus. But why? And why does Jesus seem to think the same thing?

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2014-07-27The Mission: Week 4
Luke 11:1 & Matthew 13:36

The Bible is clear that we should make disciples of all nations. What we have a harder time with is figuring out how to make disciples, even with our own friends, let alone all nations! Was Jesus giving an impossible command?

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2014-07-20The Mission: Week 3
Matthew 28:19 & John 20:21

Therefore,GO! Is the command we´ve been given and yet many of us live as if that simply means "GO to church". When we take a step back and realize that we worship a missionary God, who sent his son to be a missionary who then sent his church in the same way do we realize that we´ve been sent to something far greater. God´s mission is to reconcile the earth back to himself and participating in that mission is our purpose. Just like Jesus, we´ve been sent to seek and save what´s been broken and lost.

Pastor Nikayla ReizePlay
2014-07-13The Mission: Week 2
Philippians 2:1-11 & Matthew 28:18

All authority in heaven and on earth was given to Jesus and yet in Philippians 2 we are told that he did not consider equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he made himself nothing and humbled himself by becoming obedient to death. This is why he has been exalted. We as a church have been given access to the same authority, but are we willing to humble ourselves as Christ did? If authority comes as the result of sacrifice, what authority do we have in this city?

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2014-07-06The Mission: Week 1
Matthew 28:18-20

Today we begin a new sermon called "the mission". This series explores the great commission as the call of Jesus to be transformed, and to enter the work of the Kingdom of God. We are excited to explore our mission together!

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2014-06-29Walk This Way: Disciples?
Luke 9:21-27, Micah 6:8

There are many words that describe followers of Jesus, but none is so poignant as "disciple." How do we recover the full meaning of such an overused word?

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2014-06-22Walk This Way: Attentive Obedience
John 5:1-23

The call to follow Jesus seems like an impossible one. After all, who could possibly follow the perfect Son of God in any worthy manner? Yet it remains our call!

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2014-06-15Walk This Way: Expectant
Matthew 26:6-16

Many people who come to Jesus come to him expecting certain things: blessings, better lives, happier homes, and a variety of others. Have we failed to see Jesus for who he is and tried to re-create him due to our expectations?

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2014-06-08Walk This Way: Undaunted

Today we will look at Daniel, the man who was daunted by neither king nor den of lions. A man whose faith led him to courageously speak the truth without yielding and without fear of the consequences.

Pastor Nikayla ReizePlay
2014-06-01Walk This Way: Loyalty
Ruth 1:1-18

Does it sometimes seem like the Christian life isn´t worth the trouble? All this sacrifice and denying ourselves certainly isn´t fun. Are we missing something, or is this it?

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2014-05-25Walk This Way: Helper
Acts 4:32-37

I remember playing "superhero" as a young boy and everyone arguing about who got to be the hero. What happens when everyone wants to be number 1, but can´t? Where do we turn when we´re called to be a sidekick?

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2014-05-18Walk This Way: Trusting
Esther 4:11-17

Esther´s situation, like so many, seems impossible. What do we do when the choices in front of us seem like no choices at all? How do we remain faithful in the midst of impossibility?

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2014-05-11Walk This Way: Godly
1 Samuel 13:5-14

Discipleship is about conforming to the image of Christ. But how do we, as imperfect people, learn to conform to a perfect image?

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2014-05-04Walk This Way: Fearless
Romans 16:1-2

While most of the time we admire people who break boundaries, push envelopes, and turn expectations upside-down, we rarely want to be those people. Why are we so afraid of changing the world?

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2014-04-27Walk This Way: Follower
2 Timothy 3:10-15

I love bookstores. One thing I´ve noticed though: there are a lot of books on leadership, but very few on followership. As Christians, which should come first?

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2014-04-20Easter
Matthew 28:1-10

"He Is Risen!" Are there any sweeter words? They ring out with as much force today as they did thousands of years ago. But what does it mean to follow the risen Lord?

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2014-04-13King Jesus (Palm Sunday)
Matthew 21:1-11

When Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey, the crowds were ecstatic, shouting "Hosanna!" Days later the same crowd would shout "crucify him!" How could they be so fickle? How can we?

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2014-04-06Walk This Way: Zealous
1 Corinthians 2:1-5

We´ve all met them: those fanatics who obsess over their faith, rabid Christians who won´t ever talk about anything but Bible study and the latest Christian novel. What if, just what if, there´s something to fanaticism? What if it´s more than just annoyance? What if it´s our call?

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2014-03-30Walk This Way: Strength and Courage
Joshua 1:6-7

Usually when bad things happen, people tell us to ´just be strong.´ Sound nice, but where does that strength come from, and how do we tie into it?

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2014-03-23Walk This Way: Chastised
Numbers 12:1-16

Discipline isn´t a fun topic. We´d rather talk about love and warm fuzzies. But the Scriptures claim that God disciplines those He loves. How do we understand this today?

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2014-03-16Walk This Way: Trust
Genesis 50:15-21

Bad things happen. They happen every day. Good things happen, too. Often we look for God in the good and the devil in the bad. But what if God is in it all?

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2014-03-09Walk This Way: God´s Love
1 John 4:9

Imagine our potential for the Kingdom if we knew, as John did, that we were loved by God?

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2014-02-23Walk This Way: Perseverance
John 21:15-19

Every single one of us has failed. In fact, many of us view the majority of our lives as failures. Peter certainly failed his Lord. Yet we read about Peter being one of the pillars of the early church. How was he able to transition from failure to success?

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2014-02-16Walk This Way: Unsung
Matthew 12:46-50

Today´s biggest virtue is fame. We all want our moment in the spotlight, to be recognized and appreciated for what we contribute. But is there space for the unknown, the unsung? Could there be virtue in anonymity?

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2014-02-09Walk This Way: Struggle
Genesis 32:22-32

Most of us desire a spiritual life of ease. We want the blessings of God, and we want them to come easy. The life of Jacob teaches us that a big part of our spiritual walk is the struggle!

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2014-02-02Walk This Way: Long-Suffering and Obedience
Genesis 26:1-6

We often look for the "sizzle"Öfor the mountain-top experiences, in our spiritual lives. We forget that God is the God of the desert too. What does it mean to "walk this way" when the way seems less than exciting?

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2014-01-26Walk This Way: Believe
Genisis 15:1-6

The majority of people in North America claim to believe in God. Why then is our world so messed up? Where is the disconnect between belief and betterment?

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2014-01-19Take Up Your Cross
Luke 9:23-27

Have you ever heard people complaining about something, only to later exclaim that it´s just the cross they bear? Have you ever given the concept of bearing the cross serious thought? It´s a scary thing when we think about it, but it´s the way to life!

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2014-01-12God´s Commendation When We Live By Faith
Hebrews 10:35-39

During trying times, how to righteous people receive commendation and support from God?

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2014-01-05The New Covenant
1 Corinthians 11:23-26

We've heard the words of Communion so often that they can lose meaning. But some phrases continue to stick out. What is this "new covenant" that Jesus was implementing, and how do we take part in it together?

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