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Haggai: First Things First Haggai challenges us to consider what we value most. As Taylor says, “Preoccupation with such concerns (as food, clothing, shelter, etc.) can lead to a type of personal decision making that focuses first on meeting temporal human needs and offers God only what is left over after essential matters of personal security and comfort have first been decided.” This is the condition Haggai finds the Israelites in, and the irony of it is their neglect of the LORD is exactly what has led to their lack of security, clothing, shelter, etc. (1:9-11). Since we are a people created to depend on the LORD and a people in covenant with him, we cannot expect true prosperity while neglecting him. Communion with God is the principal blessing of life. There is nothing better. Prioritize other things over it, and they’ll kill you. God is worthy of worship; his very purpose in having them build the temple is that he may be glorified (1:8). Where this is neglected, judgment follows.
Philippians: Pressing Onward in the Gospel Through Paul's letter to the church in Philippi, we will be encouraged to joyously make progress in living out our heavenly identity. Central to our progress, is the necessity to joyously stand firm in Christ and be united in love and purpose amidst opposition, trials and apathy. The letter is profoundly Christ-centered in that the imperative to joyously stand firm and be united is consistently build upon the indicative of the gospel. Finally, we should keep in mind that thanksgiving permeates the whole of the letter. It’s important to keep this theme in mind because it reminds us that this is primarily an admonishment to keep doing the good we are already doing more and more.
Mercy & Justice: Gospel Motivated Love A six week series exploring how the Bible commands and the gospel motivates us to show mercy to and seek justice for the poor and marginalized in our families, our church and our city.
Perspectives The Perspectives series is a look at Advent / Christmas through the perspectives of four different “characters” presented in the Gospels.
10 Commandments: Words of Freedom Religious and irreligious people alike recognize that few documents have had as much influence on Western culture as the Ten Commandments. President John Adams once wrote, “As much as I love, esteem and admire the Greeks, I believe the Hebrews have done more to enlighten and civilize the world. Moses did more than all their legislators and philosophers.” Whether a fervent believer or a fervent skeptic, history has proven that the Ten Commandments are exceptionally relevant to each of our lives. The Ten Commandments are perhaps most relevant for a reason you may not suspect: they teach us how to be truly free. God gave the Ten Commandments to Israel just after He set them free from slavery in Egypt. The Commandments show them how to live the way they were intended. God set them free and then gave them the commandments to teach them how to live like free people.
We Are Citylight It's far too easy to live life on cruise control, forgetting that as Christians we have a unique calling on our lives. Specifically, as a church, Citylight exists to make disciples of Jesus to the glory of God. The key questions then are: what is a disciple and how do we go about making them? This four week series seeks to answer those questions and remind us of our identity.
Ephesians: Gospel-Driven Unity When God created the world, He created it diverse. He made a sun and a moon, land and water, earth and sky, animals that crawl, animals that swim, humans that were male, humans that were female, different ethnicities, and so on. The goal of all this was that the diverse parts of creation would come together as a sort of symphony, worshipping Him. Since then however, our differences have become a cause of division. Whether it’s gender, race, political views, or nationality, conflict is all around us. In the book of Ephesians, Paul proclaims the good news of what God has done in Christ to restore the unity He originally intended. He then spells out for us how that good news enables us to live unified lives with God and one another despite our differences. The gospel is the thing that creates unity, and it’s the only thing that can ultimately drive real unity.
The Anatomy of Prayer "Prayer in its most basic form is talking to God in response to His talking to us. Prayer is communion and communication. Prayer is the most basic act of faith. Yet many of us find rich, satisfying prayer to be quite difficult. Throughout the Anatomy of Prayer, we'll explore the four major themes of prayer: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication (ACTS). Each week we’ll look at a Psalm that provides unique wisdom about each of the letters of ACTS. We hope this series both inspires you to pray and provides you with the tools to know how!"
The King & His People The Gospel of Mark is the true story of the life, death and resurrection of the Son of God. Mark wrote his Gospel for two primary reasons: Exalt the King and encourage the King’s people to follow Him. Mark is a fast paced account of Jesus the King that, at every turn, calls everyone, everywhere to respond to Jesus’ grace by giving Him their ultimate allegiance.
Exiles - Pursuing Future Hope Now what? That’s the question burning in Jesus’ disciples mind at the beginning of the Book of Acts. Jesus lived, died and rose to forgive their sin and promise them eternal life. But now what? Jesus answers this question with three simple words: Be my witnesses! The Christian life is an exhilarating adventure of bearing witness of what we have seen, felt and experienced through the gospel of Jesus. The Book of Acts displays the Kingdom of God, in all its wonder, advancing by the power of the Holy Spirit through the planting of churches. All this activity stems from who Jesus has made us: His witnesses!
Witness Now what? That’s the question burning in Jesus’ disciples mind at the beginning of the Book of Acts. Jesus lived, died and rose to forgive their sin and promise them eternal life. But now what? Jesus answers this question with three simple words: Be my witnesses! The Christian life is an exhilarating adventure of bearing witness of what we have seen, felt and experienced through the gospel of Jesus. The Book of Acts displays the Kingdom of God, in all its wonder, advancing by the power of the Holy Spirit through the planting of churches. All this activity stems from who Jesus has made us: His witnesses!
Food & Drink - All to the Glory of God Food and drink are basic to life. Most of us eat three meals a day. Without food and water, our bodies cannot survive. Yet for being such a large part of our lives, we don’t talk much about eating and drinking to the glory of God. Food features prominently throughout Scripture. One of the first things God does in creation is give the man and the woman food. The first fall of humanity has food (the fruit of the tree) as its medium. Esau sells his birthright for a meal. The Israelites grumble in the wilderness over food. God shows his care for them through food. Feasts and fasting make up key rhythms in the life of God’s people. The Son of Man comes eating and drinking, Jesus presents himself as the bread of life, and calls us to eat his flesh and drink his blood. The Bible itself ends with a feast: the marriage supper of the lamb. Indeed, God calls us: “So whatever you do, whether you eat or drink, do all things to the glory of God.” – 1 Cor 10:31
Psalms - Ancient Wisdom for Modern Living The Psalms offer us God-breathed, ancient wisdom for contemporary situations. Who doesn’t want to know how to enjoy a life of contentment, fight stress or face doubt? We all share the challenges in common and the Psalms offer a unique perspective.
Romans Paul’s letter to the Romans has been called the greatest letter ever written. The great reformer Martin Luther called Romans the most important piece of the New Testament and the purest gospel. Paul’s letter to the Romans sparked the Protestant Reformation and continues to captivate the masses. Over the next year, Citylight Church will journey into the heart of the Christian gospel as we learn together from the greatest letter ever written.
Easter Week - 2015 Fear has separated us from God. Our fear will keep us distrusting Him into eternity. Fear is no mere benign reality. Fear not is the most common command in the OT. Therefore, it’s no surprise to us that Jesus’ first words to his disciples are: peace be with you (John 20:19). Only Jesus can extend true peace. Only Jesus can assuage our stress concerning the future because only Jesus can reverse the curse. Apart from Christ, stress about the future is perfectly legitimate because deep down we know we are alone as we face it. However, the resurrection means peace. Jesus died to remove all that can truly hurt us. Jesus’s resurrection raises us to new life with God as our Father. The one who owns the future is our beloved Father. Peace is truly with us!
The Gospel & Race Guest speaker Rev. Watson Jones III preaches from Philippians 2. Afterward, a Q&A with the reverend and Dr. Timothy Welbeck focuses in on issues of race and the church.
Christ of the Carols Who doesn’t love Christmas Carols? From pop icons to the millions of us that just can’t make it to Thanksgiving without our Christmas tunes, carols have stood the test of time. The beauty of Christmas Carols make them popular among people of various belief systems. But if you dig a bit deeper, Christmas Carols, along with musical beauty, carry some of the richest theology. This Advent, Citylight Church will celebrate Jesus first coming and look forward to His second coming by exploring one of our favorite Christmas Carols each week. Join us as we celebrate Christ of the Carols.
The Essentials One of the universal characteristics that we all share is the desire to change. We want to become better husbands, wives, parents, students and workers. We long to be more patient, loving and courageous. But how? How do we grow? How do we become more like Jesus? That’s what The Essentials series is all about. Over the next five weeks we’ll explore what the Bible teaches about how we change and some of the time-tested disciplines that God’s people practiced in the Old and New Testaments in order place themselves on the path of grace and growth.
Exodus In The Book of Exodus, God rescues his people from death and slavery and leads them toward a promised land. God raises up Moses as the great prophet and ambassador of freedom. Through his triumphs and failures, Moses points us beyond himself to Jesus, the true ambassador, savior and prophet greater than Moses.
Jonah The Book of Jonah has been a children’s Sunday school staple for generations. Far from being childish, Jonah is an epic story about God’s relentless, merciful pursuit of rebels like us. The story stars a running prophet, a wicked city, a giant fish and the Great Savior Jonah points us toward. As Citylight Church enters a new season of bringing Jesus’ grace to Philadelphia through multiple services and new Citygroups, the Book of Jonah unfolds for us the hope behind our mission: Our relentlessly merciful, missionary God!
Joy to the City Advent (coming/arrival) is a time of preparation and celebration as we lead up to the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ commemorated each Christmas. As a church, Citylight will celebrate Advent by exploring the joy Christ has brought to the world through is Advent by studying the New Testament’s joy letter: Philippians.
Proverbs | The Power of Wisdom Proverbs is a book written from by a father to help his son become truly wise. Wisdom, according to Proverbs, is skill in living that comes through fearing the Lord. Jesus, our true wisdom, helps us navigate the complexities of life through the wisdom of Proverbs. This 12-week series will focus on practical, wise living in light of the Gospel and the book of Proverbs.
Psalms - Instructions for Happiness The Psalms are given as instruction. Originally, many of the Psalms were written as words of personal praise and prayer. However, when canonized, they become God’s instruction to us concerning prayer and praise. Just what are the Psalms instructing? Instruction in happiness is a focal point. Happiness as the well being & joy that results from life, endurance, and fruitfulness in the Lord (Ps. 1). The Psalms are instruction in happiness.
Jesus Builds His Church There is one, and only one thing Jesus promises to build: His Church. Jesus is keeping his promise. Throughout the world the church is growing and expanding. In the sermon series “Jesus Builds His Church,” we’ll explore how Jesus builds His church and our role as Jesus’ people.
Colossians | It's All About Jesus What reigns supreme in your life? There is only one supreme power that will set you free and bring lasting hope to the world: Jesus Christ. It’s all about Jesus! In the Colossians series, we’ll explore the supremacy of Jesus over every nook & cranny of daily life.
Lent 2013 In the early Christian Church, Lent was a season of intense preparation for the catechumens, or new converts, as they journeyed toward their baptism on Easter Sunday. By about 325 AD, the whole of the Christian Church observed lent as a season of preparation and fasting for the celebration and feasting of Easter. During Lent 2013, Citylight will spend the Sundays of Lent meditating on the cross together as we prepare to celebrate the resurrection at Easter!
Ruth In the 3,000 year-old Book of Ruth, we read about the suffering, hope, risk, and redemption of an ancient Israelite family whose lives are messy and strangely similar to ours. In the book we learn about a redeemer named Boaz whose loving-kindness foreshadows the true and greater Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ. Join us for the adventure!
Running to Win the Prize A sermon series based on 1 Corinthians 9:19-27 about maximizing your life for the glory of God in 2013.
Our Father Listens ‘Lord, teach us to pray!’ This is the request that sprang from the lips of Jesus’ first disciples when they observed his life with the Heavenly Father. Prayer is hard, confusing, and sometimes downright disillusioning. Yet, like Jesus’ first disciples, we long to get to know our Heavenly Father. We yearn a praying life. In Our Father Listens, Citylight Church explores the praying life through Jesus’ teaching on prayer in his famous Sermon on the Mount.
I AM I AM a –insert noun here–. We fill that space with many different things, but who are we in light of Jesus Christ? And how are we to live in light of that? Citylight explores our identity as Christians through the lens of the Holy Bible.