Manayunk Congregation

4101 Freeland Ave, Philadelphia, PA

Sundays, 8:30, 10:00, & 11:30am

Service times

Center City Congregation

1336 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA

Community: Discipleship DNA

When God redeems us, He restores community between diverse peoples in the church, united under our head, Christ. It is this community that, then, is to primarily form us as disciples.

Manayunk Sermons

Center City Sermons

As we conclude our series on community, we see that the church is led by elders who exercise oversight over the flock. While the idea of having an overseer in my walk with God feels strange and even offensive to most Americans, here we see why it is so necessary.

Resources:

Titus 1:4-9

Biblical Eldership: An Urgent Call to Restore Biblical Church Leadership, Alexander Strauch

Jesus, Justice, and Gender Roles: A Case for Gender Roles in MinistryKathy Keller

“The Church as Family: Why Male Leadership in the Family Requires Male Leadership in the Church As Well” – Vern Poythress

 

The church is an accountable community for the purpose of discipleship. Jesus calls His people to submit to the authority and oversight of a local church for His glory, our restoration, and the purity of the church. Church membership is biblical principle where the local church affirms a Christian's salvation and cares for their soul so as to present the Christian pure before God on the last day.

Resources:

1 Corinthians 5:1-13

“Church Membership” by Jonathan Leeman

“Church Discipline” by Jonathan Leeman

“The First Epistle to the Corinthians,” Revised Edition (The New International Commentary on the New Testament) by Gordon Fee

The Church is the household of God. A new family is made, and thus, a new discipling-making community, when God saves many from their sin and unites them in Christ.

Resources:

1 Timothy 5:1-8

Word Biblical Commentary: Pastoral Epistles by William Mounce

The Message of Timothy & Titus by John Stott

Disciples are formed and lived in community, and the first community a disciple is formed and lives in is the family.

Resources:

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family, Paul Tripp

Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Ted Tripp