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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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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

Fix Your Eyes on Christ.  How?

  1. The Peace of Christ
  2. The Word of Christ
  3. The Name of Christ

Citylight Church | Online – April 19, 2020 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Colossians 3:15-17

 

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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