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Manayunk Congregation

4101 Freeland Ave, Philadelphia, PA

Center City Congregation

1336 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA

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Manayunk Series

1 Thessalonians

1 Thessalonians is uniquely encouraging among all of the Apostle Paul's letters in the New Testament. Paul writes to a beloved church that is suffering under trials and temptations in order to encourage their endurance. Along with encouragement, 1 Thessalonians mentions the Second Coming of Jesus Christ in every chapter. The message is clear: endurance in the present is empowered by hope in Jesus' future return. May God encourage us through this beautiful letter.

Center City Series

Apostles' Creed

“We believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.”

Manayunk Sermons

Our big idea this morning: embrace the gospel by accepting the family message as God's word, endure opposition to the family message, and live for the crown of the family message.

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1 Thessalonians 2

Be encouraged and encourage one another. In order to unpack this central theme of encouragement we are going to look at: 1. The way of encouragement, 2. The reason for encouragement, 3. The root of encouragement.

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1 Thessalonians
Pillar NT Commentary (1 & 2 Thessalonians)
New American Commentary (1 & 2 Thessalonians)
ESV Study Bible

Center City Sermons

Now that we've confessed our faith in the Holy Spirit, we come to the community in which He dwells: the church.

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1 Peter 2:4-12

Affirming the Apostles’ Creed, J.I. Packer

Reformed Dogmatics, Volume 4: Holy Spirit, Church, and New CreationHerman Bavinck

In the Creed, we've confessed faith in what Christ did in history. But as long as He remains outside of us, we aren't changed by it. Now we come to the Holy Spirit, whom Jesus sends to be in us forever.

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John 14:15-27

Affirming the Apostles’ Creed, J.I. Packer

Reformed Dogmatics, Volume 2: God and Creation, Herman Bavinck

Reformed Dogmatics: Theology Proper, Geerhardus Vos

Everybody's judging somebody, but there is a final day when even we will be judged by the one truly just judge, Jesus Christ.

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Matthew 25:31-46

Reformed Dogmatics, Volume 4: Holy Spirit, Church, and New Creation, Herman Bavinck

Affirming the Apostles’ Creed, J.I. Packer

“The Gospel and the Poor,” Timothy Keller

It's been said, "You're entitled to your own opinions, but not your own facts." Christian faith is based on facts, and here we look at its central fact: Jesus rose from the dead, ascended into heaven, and is seated at God's right hand.

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Acts 2:22-39

Reformed Dogmatics, Volume 3: Sin and Salvation in ChristHerman Bavinck

Affirming the Apostles’ Creed, J.I. Packer

Sacred Dissertations on the Apostles’ Creed, Herman Witsius

What did Christ come to do? He became human in order to die, ultimately to help humans like you and me.

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Hebrews 2:14-18

Affirming the Apostles’ Creed, J.I. Packer

Sacred Dissertations on the Apostles’ Creed, Herman Witsius

In Defense of the Descent, Daniel Hyde

Who is Jesus? It's a question any who's heard His names and claims has to answer. Here we see He is God's only Son, the Lord of all, and perhaps most significantly...our Lord.

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Colossians 1:15-20

Affirming the Apostles’ Creed, J.I. Packer

Sacred Dissertations on the Apostles’ Creed, Herman Witsius

Reformed Dogmatics, Volume 2: God and Creation, Herman Bavinck

In the Apostles' Creed, we begin with "I believe," but what is it we believe? Or better yet, in whom do we believe? In this passage we answer that question with "our God," and we behold Him for our comfort.

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Isaiah 40:9-31

The Prophecy of Isaiah: An Introduction & Commentary, Alec Motyer

Affirming the Apostles’ Creed, J.I. Packer

Sacred Dissertations on the Apostles’ Creed, Herman Witsius

What does it mean to begin the Apostles' Creed with "I Believe"? It's very different from the Creed by which we all naturally live: "I've done."

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Romans 10:5-13

The Epistle the Romans (NICNT), Douglas Moo

Romans (BECNT), Thomas Schreiner

“Opinion: Am I a Christian, Pastor Timothy Keller?”

Last week we looked at the freedom that comes from the truth, but is there a danger to falsehood as well? There is, and here we see if really love people and godliness, we must rebuke false teachers with sound doctrine.

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Titus 1:9-16

Pastoral Epistles (Word Biblical Commentary)William Mounce

What You Should Know About the Prosperity Gospel

 

Before jumping into the Apostles' Creed, we have to ask why we should even spend our time studying theology or doctrine. This passage gives us a few basic reasons: That Jesus' true disciples will hold fast His Word, know the truth, and that truth will set them free.

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John 8:31-36

The Gospel According to John (The Pillar New Testament Commentary), D.A. Carson

“Can We Be Sure of our Interpretation?” – Podcast by D.A. Carson