Manayunk Congregation

4101 Freeland Ave, Philadelphia, PA

Sundays, 9:30 & 11:15am

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Center City Congregation

1336 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA

Perspectives

The Perspectives series is a look at Advent / Christmas through the perspectives of four different “characters” presented in the Gospels.

Manayunk Sermons

Christmas Eve Sermon

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The magi, or wise men, travel from the east to find Jesus the king of the Jews and in doing so teach us a great deal about who our king is and how we ought to respond to Him.

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Matthew 2:1-12

The Gospel According to Matthew, Baker Exegetical Commentary by David Turner

Through the story of Joseph, we see that God doesn't always work in the way we expect, in fact he often doesn't, But he always works in the exact way that need.

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Matthew 1:18-25
An Exposition of the New Testament (Vol. 1) Gill, J
A commentary on the Holy Scriptures: Matthew Lange, J. P., & Schaff, P. (2008).
The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way, Michael Horton

God announces through the angel Gabriel, to the virgin Mary, that he is about to accomplish the most impossible thing.

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Luke 1:26-38

Baker Exegetical Commentary: Luke 1:1-9:50, Darrel Bock

Tyndale New Testament Commentary: Luke, Leon Morris

Look at the Book, Luke 1:30-37

Center City Sermons

Christmas Eve Sermon

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In this installment of our Perspectives series, we encounter the perspective of the magi, more commonly referred to as the "3 kings" or "3 wise men." They make a treacherous journey to gladly worship a 2 year old. In this sermon we'll see this was totally the right response, because this 2 year old was both their shepherd king and ours.

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Matthew 2:1-12

The Gospel According to Matthew (Commentary), Leon Morris

The Gospel of Matthew (Commentary), R.T. France

How Can I know God?, short post by Timothy Keller

In the second week of our "perspectives" series, we hear from Joseph, who was forced to decide who Jesus was when he found out the woman he was betrothed to was pregnant. While he had many reasons to fear calling this child savior and God, he had better reasons to obey, as do we.

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Matthew 1:18-25

The Gospel According to Matthew (Commentary), Leon Morris

The Gospel of Matthew (Commentary), R.T. France

The Virgin Birth of Jesus, John Frame

Gabriel's dramatic announcement to Mary in Luke 1:26-38 was at first very troubling and mysterious but soon changed to wonder, awe, and glad submission. What changed her life could also change ours!

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Luke 1:26-38