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

Stand-Alone Sermons

Includes all stand-alone sermons. This will include guest-speakers, special services, and other sermons that are not part of a sermon series.

Manayunk Sermons

Was Jesus really raised? What if Jesus wasn't raised? What if Jesus was raised?


1 Corinthians 15:1-28

Historical Evidence for the Resurrection by Matt Perman (Desiring God)

In this Good Friday sermon, we explore the identity of Christ, the death of Christ, and the forgiveness of sins.


1 Corinthians 15:1-3

ESV Study Bible

Be a foretaste of God's future Kingdom by showing off the power of Jesus to unite diverse people as family right now.


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



Ephesians 1:1-14

Ephesians For You by Richard Coekin

Pillar NT Commentary, Ephesians by Peter O’brien

Jesus' attractively different community seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness in all their decisions.


Matthew 6:25-33

Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will, Kevin DeYoung,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

Marriage is one mortal life fully shared between a man and a woman in order to tell the story of Christ and the church by the power of the Holy Spirit.


Ephesians 5:18-33
The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller
Marriage & the Mystery of the Gospel by Ray Ortlund Jr.
Ephesians For You by Richard Coekin

In this sermon we look at a pivotal passage in the history of redemption that signals God's heart for the nations of the world to be blessed through his people in the Messiah.


Christopher J. H. Wright, The Mission of God (long and scholarly treatment of mission in the Bible)

John Piper, Let the Nations Be Glad (accessible and inspiring introduction to global missions)

Joshua Project

Christianity in its Global Context


Like Jesus's disciples, we face storms in life. Our temptation is to interpret storms as a sign that God does not care for us. On the contrary, the gospel produces in us an awe of God that can drive out fear in the midst of storms.


Mark 4:35-41
ESV Study Bible
*I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Paul Tripp’s sermons and writings on this passage. Dr. Tripp has provided key interpretive and applicational insights without which this sermon would not have been possible.

In this sermon we explore how to run the race of faith with endurance in 2017


Hebrews 12:1-3

New American Commentary, Hebrews, by David Allen

ESV Study Bible

God is constantly motivating our present life with promises of grace in the future.


In this sermon we focus on how the good news that God is reconciling a people to himself through Jesus Christ impacts the way we view race and racial reconciliation in America today.


Ephesians 2:11-22

The Gospel & Racial Reconciliation by Moore & Walker

The New Testament calls Christians 'exiles,' those who live in a kingdom not their own. Isaiah 40 is written to encourage exiles like us to depend on the Lord for strength as we await our future hope.


Isaiah 40:27-31

ESV Study Bible Notes – Isaiah – by Ray Orlund Jr.

New International Commentary of the Old Testament – Isaiah – by John Oswalt

The Prophecy of Isaiah: An Introduction & Commentary by J. Alec Motyer

Contentment is a rare thing in our day and age. In Philippians 4, Paul opens up the secret of contentment.


The Lord offers peace in the face of fear. Knowing this, King David encourages the reader to seek after one thing: to dwell in the house of the Lord.


Psalm 27

A Commentary on the Psalms: 1-41, Allen Ross

A Shelter in the Time of Trouble, Paul Tripp

Jesus tells us that the most important thing in life is to love God with all of who we are. How do we actually grow in love for God?


1 John 4:10

New American Commentary, 1 John by Daniel Akin

What is love? John Piper

Taking a break from our normal series, this stand alone sermon focuses on Citylight's future.


Matthew 28:16-20

Why Plant Churches (article) by Tim Keller

Planting Missional Churches by Ed Stetzer

Planting Growing Churches by Aubrey Malphurs

Our problem isn't that we are too busy, but that we are often busy with the wrong things. In Mark 1:35-41, we learn from Jesus about having our priorities determined by our calling.


Mark 1:35-41

Amidst the many blessings we have to be thankful for, the greatest is that we get relationship with God through Jesus.


Luke 6:20-23

Matthew 5:1-11

Desiring God – The Beatitudes Series


Center City Sermons

Galatians 5 as the roadmap for freedom from besetting sins.


As we continue to look at the thing of first importance to Christianity, we move to the second part of the good news: Christ was raised. Since this is news, the question isn't whether it works for you or not, but rather: Is it true?


1 Corinthians 15:1-28

Did Jesus Really Rise From the Dead?

The thing of first importance to Christianity is good news, not good advice. We must be reminded of it over and over again, lest it slip from its place of first importance. This Good Friday we focus on Part I of the good news: Christ died for our sins.


1 Corinthians 15:1-3

The Centrality of the Gospel, essay by Timothy Keller

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, we focus on racial justice, and God's vision for it in Micah 4:1-5, where God promises to gather people from all nations to worship him and dwell in justice and peace.


Micah 4:1-5

9marks E-journal: Multi-Ethnic Churches

We'll all plant ourselves in something in 2018. We'll build our lives around something. Will it make you truly happy in the long run? Psalm 1 directs us to what will.


Psalm 1

Making Sense of God, Chapter 4: A Satisfaction Not Based on Circumstances – Timothy Keller

Psalms 1-72 (Kidner Classic Commentaries) – Derek Kidner

Jesus has some inspiring words, but also some hard ones, ones he even tells us will require us to die to ourselves and be persecuted. Why listen to Him? In this sermon we'll see God's answer to that question.


Luke 9:28-36

Luke 1:1-9:50 (Baker Exegetical Commentary), Darrell Bock

We can't trust out future to our heavenly Father unless we know what he's like. In this passage, we see that our Father controls everything for our good, and therefore we need not fear anything in the way of obeying him.


Matthew 10:26-33

The Sovereignty of God, A.W. Pink

Trusting God, Jerry Bridges

Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine, Wayne Grudem (Chapter 16)

We make thousands of decisions every day without even thinking about it, but there are other decisions that feel more pressing, where we know to choose poorly could have bad consequences, and to choose wisely could have really good consequences. Instead of telling us what to choice to make in every situation, Jesus gives us something ultimate to seek with every decision: God's kingdom and righteousness.


Matthew 6:25-33

Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will, Kevin DeYoung

As we celebrate 5 years of Citylight Church and 2 years at Citylight Center City, this psalm directs us to come and praise God for all He's done, not with a directionless feeling of thanksgiving nor with a cynical spirit, but with an honest rejoicing in what God's done.


Psalm 66

The Treasury of David, Charles Spurgeon on the Psalms

Psalms 1-72, Derek Kidner

When we lack control of our tempers we act foolishly. However we can act wisely and control our anger by humbling ourselves before Christ; the one that took on the wrath that we deserved.



The Book of Proverbs (ch. 1-15), (ch. 16-31), Bruce Waltke

Civility in the Public Square, Timothy Keller


If we are blessed to be a blessing to all the families of the earth, what does that mean for those of us who stay put in one area rather than "going" somewhere else? Does God have purpose for us? He does; as a local church we promote the gospel through prayer, the way we walk, and the way we speak.


Colossians 4:2-6

One Verse Evangelism

Ordinary People on Mission

Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, J.I. Packer

It's hard to see past ourselves often, let alone to our entire world, and when we do we often only see bad news. Is God's vision bigger? Where do we fit in? In this sermon we'll see God's plan to bless the world despite the curse, and how we are blessed to be a blessing.


Genesis 12:1-3

Joshua Project: A resource on unreached people groups

Let the Nations Be Glad: The Supremacy of God in Missions, John Piper

As the New Year approaches, we have a fresh opportunity to put to death one of the great enemies of our joy: Grumbling. The problem is, we aren't capable of killing it in ourselves. So in this passage, we see what God does to put an end to our grumbling.


Numbers 17

Numbers (Tyndale Commentary), Gordon J. Wenham

All of us have been gifted by God. Yet, we often miss use these gifts when we choose not to serve others because of the cost to us or because we do not think we have much to offer. In this sermon we explore the joy God's purpose for our Spiritual Gifts offers us.


1 Corinthians 12:1-11

Discerning and Exercising Spiritual Gifts, Timothy Keller

1 Corinthians, David E. Garland

The First Epistle to the Corinthians, Gordon Fee


It is becoming increasingly hard for anyone to deny that racial division is still an issue in America, and it has a long history. How can there be genuine reconciliation? The gospel is the answer, because racial reconciliation is one of the key goals of the gospel. Here we'll explore why.


Ephesians 2:11-22

The Gospel & Racial Reconciliation, Russell Moore and Andrew Walker

Letters to a Birmingham Jail, Bryan Loritts

Across the world there is a trend of people moving into the city. We are seeing the effects of this growth in racial issues, educational problems, violence, the rise in housing prices, and so much more. In the midst of all of this, we see in Acts chapter 8, that the central message of Christianity, the Gospel, speaks life into a changing city. In this message I want to answer two questions: Why the city? How does the Gospel speak life into a changing city?


Acts 8:1-8

The Book of the Acts (New International Commentary on the New Testament), F.F. Bruce

Why Cities Matter: To God, the Culture, and the Church, Stephen Um & Justin Buzzard

Home is the place where we feel we belong, but following God requires we leave home and desire a better home, a better country. But it is those who desire a better country that will truly belong to God, because he has prepared a city for them.


Hebrews 11:13-16

An Exposition of the Epistle to the Hebrews, John Owen

The Weight of Glory, C.S. Lewis