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Andy Resh

Congregational Pastor (Delco)

Andy, a Pennsylvania native, graduated from Millersville University, where his faith for God was reignited. In 2010 he married his wife, Malynda, and they helped plant a church in Murfreesboro, TN where Andy led the student ministry and served as an elder. Fast forward five years, the Reshes felt the Lord calling them to plant a church in Pennsylvania. They became members at Citylight Church in 2016, started leading a Citygroup and now live in Upper Darby with their daughters, Lucy and Piper. During his downtime, Andy enjoys watching the Philadelphia Eagles and 76ers. Andy now leads Citylight’s newest congregation in Delco.

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Big Idea:  Be born again.

  1. Believe that you need it. (3:1-9)
  2. Believe in the one who can give it. (3:10-15)

Citylight Delco | October 17, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo

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John 3:1-15

Big Idea:  Worship God Rightly

  1. With zeal for His mission
  2. Under His authority
  3. In Christ, the new temple

Citylight Delco | October 10, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo

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John 2:13-25

Big Idea: The promised Messiah has come.

  1. Follow Him (35-43).
  2. Invite others to come and see (39-42, 44-46).
  3. He has done (and will do) great things.

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John 1:35-51

Big Idea: I am not the Christ, Jesus is.

  1. He is the promised one of Old (19-28).
  2. He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (29-31).
  3. He is the Son of God (31-34).

Citylight Delco | September 29, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo

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John 1:19-34

Big Idea:  Who is Jesus?

  1. The Word
  2. God
  3. The Creator
  4. The Light
  5. Man
  6. Savior

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John 1:1-18

Big Idea:  Do not be anxious

  1. Worry is fruitless.
  2. God knows what you really need.
  3. Focus on today (and today’s mercies).
  4. Seek first the Kingdom of God.

Citylight Delco | September 5, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo

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Matthew 6:25-34

Big Idea:  Honor Christ as Lord Through Witnessing

  1. Do good
  2. Be prepared
  3. Be respectful and gentle

Citylight Delco | August 29, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo

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1 Peter 3:13-17

Big Idea:  Christians Worship Through Serving

  1. The Cause (The gospel is our motivation for new life.)
  2. The Community (We are a part of something bigger.)
  3. The Characteristics (How do Christians look different from those around them?)

Citylight Delco | August 15, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo

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Romans 12

Big Idea:  Outsiders become insiders.

  1. You belong here.
  2. “They” belong here.
  3. We need prayer to make it happen.

Citylight Delco | August 1, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo

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Ephesians 2:17-3:19

Big Idea:  Sing to the LORD among the nations.

  1. God is great (scope of His power).
  2. God is good (His character).
  3. God is gracious.

Citylight Delco | June 27, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo

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Psalm 96

Big Idea: Praise the Lord for His Wonderful Deeds

  1. The Lord protects His people by defeating the enemy (vs. 3-6, 15-18)
  2. The Lord secures His people by ruling forever (vs. 7-10, 15-18)
  3. The Lord will be praised among all peoples (v. 11)

Citylight Delco | June 20, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo

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Psalm 9

Big Idea:  Praise the Lord

  1. The Glory of God
  2. The Glory of Man
  3. The Glory of the God-Man

Citylight Delco | June 13, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo

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Psalm 8

The Saving Grace of God has come:

  1. Teaching us how to live (verse 12)
  2. Giving us a future hope (verse 13)
  3. Creating a new people (verse 14)

Citylight Delco | May 9, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo

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Titus 2:11-14

Put Sound Doctrine into Practice:

  • As older men
  • As older women
  • As younger women
  • As younger me
  • As employees

Citylight Delco | April 2, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo

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Titus 2:1-10

Big Idea: Jesus truly is the son of God

  1. The witness of the Temple
  2. The witness of the Holy ones
  3. The witness of the Gentiles

Citylight Delco Good Friday Service | April 2, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo

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Matthew 27:51-54

The NIV Application Commentary: Matthew, by Michael J. Wilkins

Rebuilders are Prone to Wander

How do we stay dedicated?

  1. Stay Distinct
  2. Stay Generous
  3. Stay Rested

Citylight Delco | March 28, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo

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Nehemiah 13

Rejoice in the Lord who rebuilds.

  1. Rejoice through celebration.
  2. Rejoice through generosity.
  3. Rejoice in God’s Word.

Citylight Delco | February 21, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo

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Nehemiah 8:9-12

Rebuilding Requires Regathering

  1. Gather to hear God’s word (v 1-5)
  2. Gather to worship (v 5b-6)
  3. Gather to understand God’s word (v 7-8)

Citylight Delco | February 14, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo

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Nehemiah 8:1-8

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Dear downhearted,

I know that this time of year can be one of the loneliest seasons. That’s true any year, but especially in this year of lockdowns, social distancing, and isolation. I think we are all feeling a bit lonely. If you already struggle with feelings of loneliness, then this year is even tougher. Did you know that the Bible speaks directly to those feelings? 

Psalm 139 speaks to this in such a beautiful way. God is intimately aware of his people. He is near them, thinking of them, and watching over them. Look what the Psalmist says:

“Where shall I go from your Spirit?

    Or where shall I flee from your presence?

If I ascend to heaven, you are there!

    If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!

If I take the wings of the morning

    and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

 even there your hand shall lead me,

    and your right hand shall hold me.”

There is nowhere you can go that God is not near. He does not social distance. He is not afraid of catching anything from you. He loves you and loves being with you. I love the way the NLT translation translates verses 17 and 18.

“How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.

    They cannot be numbered!

I can’t even count them;

    they outnumber the grains of sand!

And when I wake up,

    you are still with me!”

Christian, because of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection in your place, this is true about you. God thinks so many thoughts about you that you could not even count them. In fact, for those who trust in Jesus, God sees you like his perfect son. 

When you feel lonely this season, I encourage you to read Psalm 139. Read it over and over. Let the truth and message of God’s great love for you sink deep into your soul. I love you and am praying for you.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Andy

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Dear downhearted,

Are you struggling with a heightened sense of uncertainty in this season? I don’t blame you if you do. There is a lot of uncertainty right now. We don’t know what’s coming next. There’s been so much uncertainty and change in 2020 that is has become almost like a joke at this point. But it’s not a joke. It’s very real, and it can cause us great distress and fear. I know personally the distress that can come from fear and uncertainty.

I wanted to share a verse with you that the Lord has used over and over again in my life, especially in seasons like this: Matthew 6:25-34. In this passage, Jesus is talking to worriers like me! He’s speaking to those who are anxious and overcome by uncertainty, and he uses an object lesson to teach us. He says “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?”

Jesus points us to God’s love and care for creation, in the image of a little bird. The bird does not wake up each morning wondering what new problem will arise. He doesn’t have a bank account that he seeks to fill to the brim. He doesn’t have contingency plans for every situation life could throw at him. He lives each day trusting that he will have what he needs. And the beautiful part is that God makes sure he does! If God cares for this little bird, why wouldn’t he care for us? 

God shows his love for his creation in simple acts like caring for the birds of the air and the flowers of the field. But he also shows his love and care for us in grander ways. The greatest of those ways is on the cross. Jesus Christ lived the life you and I were called to live but failed and died the death we deserve for our sin. He then rose from the dead defeating sin and death for all those who trust in him. If he handled our biggest problem, he can be trusted with everything else. He is the God of the little bird and the God who defeats death. When you are feeling uncertain, remember that God is not. He is in control and he loves you. God is your good Father and he’s also the powerful King. What a secure place to live!

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Andy

Jesus is Glorious

  1. He is the revelation of God.
  2. He created and holds the universe together.
  3. He is made purification for sin.
  4. He is ruling and reigning.

 

Citylight Delco | December 6, 2020 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Hebrews 1:1-4

Love Endures All Things:

  1. It bears all things.
  2. It believes all things.
  3. It believes all God says.
  4. It hopes all things.
  5. Love knows what God will do in the end.
  6. Therefore, love is hopeful about what God can do now.
  7. Love endures all things.

Citylight Delco | November 8, 2020 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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1 Corinthians 13

One of the words of this season has been unprecedented. I think that’s a bit overplayed, but one that I don’t hear too much that I think could aptly describe our culture right now is this: Irritated

Everybody is irritated. I don’t think it’s a stretch for any of us to identify with that word today. We feel it. It takes much less to tip the scales to be angry than it used to. We are short with our spouses and our kids. We are annoyed easily by our coworkers or even strangers out in the world. We are irritated by ads on tv. We are simply just irritated and this is a problem.

So this morning I want to look at two ways to describe this problem and then the solution to the problem. 

  1. A heart and actions problem
  2. A heart and actions solution

Citylight Delco | Online – October 18, 2020 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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1 Corinthians 13:5

Charity and Its Fruits by Jonathan Edwards

Love is Preeminent.
 
Without Love:
1. Gifts are nothing.
2. Actions are nothing.
 

Citylight Delco | Online – September 13, 2020 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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1 Corinthians 13:1-3
 
1 & 2 Corinthians by Charles Hodge
Charity and its Fruits by Jonathan Edwards

Stand Firm
1. Prepare for false charges
2. Speak about sin to sinners
3. Speak about grace to sinners

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Acts 24:1 – 25:12, ESV

When we see the work of Jesus ruling over and exposing the idols of the world around us and people are confronted, you can expect certain things to happen.

Expect that people will be angry and that there will be changes in social norms.

 

Citylight Delco | Online – July 12, 2020 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Acts 19:21-41

God opens the hearts of diverse people.  Lydia, slaves, and jailors all share a common thing; they are saved in Christ Jesus.

Citylight Delco | Online – June 14, 2020 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Acts 16

We are saved by faith through the grace of the Lord Jesus.  How now should we live?

  1. Fight for the Gospel
  2. Fight for Unity

Citylight Delco | Online – May 31, 2020 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Acts 15:1-35

 Three ways that God helps us persevere in the cause of Christ:

  • Preaching
  • Care
  • Celebration

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Acts 14

Jesus is the Savior of all Peoples

1. Of the rule follower
2. Of the rebel

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Acts 13:13-52

Be doers of the Word by listening, remembering and obeying.

Citylight Church | Online – May 10, 2020 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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James 1:19-27

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Unprecedented times. A phrase I’m sure we’ve heard 1000 times over the past month. I understand why. In many ways, we have never experienced anything like this. In one sense, this really is a unique time in history. But I find myself thinking about how, in another sense, it’s not all that different after all; Easter Sunday is still our ultimate hope.

I think the Coronavirus crisis has had the effect of hooking an amplifier up to the same types of feelings that we had when life was “normal”. It has taken the volume knob of many thoughts, fears, worries, and bad habits from a 3 and cranked them up to a 10. While this season is unique in many ways, it is really not that different after all. Think about it. A few months ago you had things that worried you. You had relationships that were on the rocks. You had personal habits that were not healthy. Do you know why that is? It’s because sin and death in all their forms are universal. They are a result of Adam and Eve’s sin in the garden. In Genesis 3 we learn what happened. 

“therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken.  He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.” 

We were cut off from the source of life. We were removed from God’s presence. Our new reality was one of death and suffering; of sin and failure; of pain and brokenness. Things were bleak. However, if we backtrack for a moment, we see a glimmer of hope. Speaking to the Serpent, who tempted our first parents to sin, God says,

I will put enmity between you and the woman,

     and between your offspring[e] and her offspring;

he shall bruise your head,

    and you shall bruise his heel.”

And then he takes animal skins and covers over the nakedness of Adam and Eve, foreshadowing what he would do in the future. This reminds me of my favorite book, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by CS Lewis. In the story, it is always winter, and never Christmas. Yet we get a similar glimmer of hope. Some of the snow starts to melt. A little blade of grass peaks through. And it all leads to the crescendo when one of the characters calls out,

“This is no Thaw… This is Spring”.

In Genesis we saw the first blade of Grass sticking out, showing us that there was hope. As the story of the Bible and of human history continues we see the hope become clearer until we can shout out “this is no thaw!”

It all culminates in the story of Easter. All of the whispers and shadows find their fulfilment in Jesus. All of our hopes and dreams come true on that glorious Sunday. Jesus died the death that we all deserve for turning our backs on God. He won the right to be back with God. He rose from the dead to prove that he was powerful even over death, and made sure our hope that one day all death would be put to an end. 

While that process has started, we haven’t made it to the end yet. There is still death. There is still sin. But Easter sunday screams with all of us, 

“This is no thaw, This is Spring”

God is working in our waiting:

  • Through the Spirit
  • For Good
  • For Christians

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Romans by Douglas Moo

Romans 8:26-30

The Spirit sends the church by calling, empowering and dispersing it.

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Acts 13:1-12

NIV Application Commentary by Ajith Fernando

Exalting Jesus in Acts (Christ Centered Exposition Series) by Tony Merida

Jesus is the Good News because:

  1. He’s the Curse Bearer
  2. He’s the Judgement Bringer
  3. He’s the Family Builder

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Acts 10:34-11:18

ESV Study Bible

NIV Application Commentary by Ajith Fernando

Exalting Jesus in Acts (Christ Centered Exposition Series) by Tony Merida

How do we walk in the fear of the Lord?

  1. At all costs by expecting opposition and being ready and with the comfort the Holy Spirit gives.
  2. With one another

 

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Acts 9

The gospel spreads in the face of persecution through ordinary Christians, to “those people”, and against all powers.

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Acts 8

Why can we depend on the One from Bethlehem? We can depend on Him because He is a ruler, a shepherd, and a conqueror!

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Micah 5

Anticipate the Root of Jesse who is Jesus! We should anticipate his coming because He is righteous and He is our rest.

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Isaiah 11

How do we all work together for the multiplication of disciples? Two answers from our passage this morning: 1. Expect challenges 2. Embrace service

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Acts 6:1-15

Jesus is still working through his people by the power of his spirit

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ESV Bible Acts 1:1-26

Exalting Jesus in Acts by Tony Merida

“Salvation belongs to the Lord” is the highpoint of not only this chapter, but of the whole book of Jonah, and the entire Bible. How do we respond to this statement?

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Jonah 1:17-2:10

Obadiah, Jonah, and Micah (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries), Desmond Alexander

The Prodigal Prophet, Timothy Keller

We all want to live a life of permanent happiness, yet we are unsure how to get there.

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We all want to live a life of permanent happiness, yet we are unsure how to get there. Psalm 1 shows us that the keys to a blessed life are 1) To be Planted in the word of God and 2) to be known by the Lord.

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Psalm 1

Treasury of David by Charles Spurgeon

Look at the Book by John Piper

 

Rejoice in the God who Redeems

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Rejoice in the God who Redeems

  1. God Redeems our unbelief
  2. God Redeems a people
  3. God Redeems through a person

 

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Luke 1:57-80

Reformation Study Bible

NIV Life Application Commentary

A look at the ways God’s redemptive plan is shown in Genesis 37-38

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Genesis 37-38

Reformation Study Bible

Preach the Word (Genesis) by Kent Hughes

Paul shows us why God alone is worthy of all praise.

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Ephesians 1:1-14

Ephesians For You by Richard Coekin

Pillar NT Commentary, Ephesians by Peter O’brien

Jesus tells us that a pure heart is required to see God. Jesus was the only truly pure hearted man. It is by clinging to him that we have hope.

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Matthew 5:1-8

“The Sermon on the Mount: Kingdom Life in a Fallen World” by Sinclair Ferguson

“Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount And His Confrontation with the World” by D.A. Carson

“Studies in the Sermon on the Mount” by Martin Lloyd-Jones

Paul encourages us to think about and practice that which is good, which is ultimately found in Jesus.

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Philippians 4:8-9
Anxious for Nothing by John MacArthur

“Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel…”

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Philippians 1:27-30

 

 

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