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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.

Citylight Manayunk | November 27, 2022 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

Our passage this morning is 1 John 4:7-12 and wastes no time getting to the Big Idea of the text which is:

Love One Another.

Why?
(1) God is Love (1 John 4:7-8)
(2) God manifests Love (1 John 4:9-10)
(3) God perfects love (1 John 4:11-12).

Citylight’s very own Nick Dastolfo starts right at the beginning and works our way through the text, verse by verse.

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In reflection upon our last year in the Gospel of John, Pastor Matt walks us through Psalm 51 and the BIG IDEA: Come to the Lord for complete cleansing. Now, how do we do that? Psalm guides us through four:
1. Approach the Lord on the basis of His love and mercy
2. Admit your sin honestly to the Lord
3. Ask the Lord to renew and restore your heart
4. Live in the joy of your salvation

Citylight Manayunk | September 4, 2022 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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A Commentary on the Psalms (Volume 2) by Alan Ross

Psalms 1-72: An Introduction and Commentary by Derek Kidner

ESV Study Bible

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Big Idea:  Jesus is our great High Priest.  So what?

  1. So hold fast to your confession.
  2. So remember His sympathy.
  3. So draw near to the throne.

Citylight Delco | December 26, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo

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Hebrews 4:14-16

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Hebrews by F.F. Bruce
Wonderful Works of God by Herman Bavinck

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This week, Pastor Paul teaches us how to Hope in the Glory that Awaits You. 

How?

1. Groan longingly in suffering

2. Wait expectantly for glory

Citylight Manayunk | December 26, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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  • The Message of Romans, John Stott 
  • Epistle to the Romans, John Murray 
  • “The Christian Life: Suffering Unto Glory,” Lane Tipton 
  • “The Glory of the Groan,” Robert Smith, Jr. 
  • “The Freedom of the Glory of the Children of God (8:18-21),” John Piper
  • “The Redemption of Our Bodies (8:22-25),” John Piper

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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

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Near the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount, as recorded in Matthew 5, Jesus describes the life of the Christian, the one who lives according for the kingdom of Heaven as salt and light.  But, followers of Christ are not to live their lives for their own glory, but in order that others might glorify God as a result of their lives.

Citylight Delco | June 6, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo

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Matthew 5:13-16

The Gospel of Matthew (The New International Commentary on the New Testament), by RT France

Matthew: An Expositional Commentary by RC Sproul

ESV Study Bible

 

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The big idea is, pour it all out for Jesus. And we’re going to see how this woman, first, boldly fought for nearness to Christ, then, how she gave Jesus absolutely all she had to give, and finally, how her action points to the good news of Jesus’s death on the cross for our sins. So, pour it all out for Jesus. How do we do that? We fight for nearness, give all you have to give, and remember the gospel.

Citylight Manayunk | June 6, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer

Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper

Why God Calls Us to Dangerous Places by Kate McCord

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The big idea of our passage this morning is: we become what we behold. Based on Jared Mellinger’s book Think Again, Pastor Matt looks at five areas of life where the gospel frees us from beholding ourselves so that we can behold Christ and become more like Him: identity, self-esteem, doubt, goodness, and confession.

Citylight Manayunk | May 30, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Think Again: Relief From the Burden of Introspection by Jared Mellinger

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The big idea of our passage: plant yourself in the Bible in 2021. As strong as our longing may be to experience the fullness of joy in 2021, we all can use a little motivation to plant ourselves in the Bible this year. Psalm 1 provides that for us. Why should we plant ourselves in the Bible in 2021? Psalm 1 provides three reasons: 1. You’ll be happier. 2. You’ll be more stable. 3. You’ll stand in the judgment.

Citylight Manayunk l January 3, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Psalm 1

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Referenced Mike Anderson

https://citylightphilly.com/biblereading/

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After beginning his ministry in Galilee, Jesus returns to his hometown of Nazareth and proclaims the good news of grace. In a shocking turn of events, his hometown friends run him out of town and reveal the offense of grace.

Citylight Manayunk Service | December 27, 2020 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Luke 4:14-30

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

The Gospel of Luke, The New International Commentary on the New Testament by Joel Green

ESV Study Bible

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Be thankful to God.

How?

  1. Acknowledge Your Need
  2. Acknowledge Your Sin
  3. Acknowledge Your Savior

 

Citylight Delco | November 29, 2020 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Luke 17:11-19

Exalting Jesus in Luke, Thabiti Anyabwile

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Like most New Year’s resolution, the great challenge of the Christian faith is not motivation to start, but endurance to finish. And that brings us to the big idea of our passage this morning: run with endurance in 2020. Run the race of faith with endurance this year so that you will experience the eternal joy of finishing well. As Hebrews 12:1 says: let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. Our passage this morning provides us with three keys to running with endurance: (1) Listen to the witnesses, (2) Lay aside weights and sins, and (3) Look to Jesus.

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Hebrews 12
Looking Back to Witnesses, Up to Jesus, and Forward to Joy
Word Biblical Commentary by Law
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Keep your faith in Jesus by knowing your faith and practicing your faith

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Hebrews 10:1-25

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Embrace missional living by seeing, feeling, and praying.

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  • Matthew, R.C. Sproul, St. Andrew Expositional Commentary
  • Matthew, R.T. France, New International Commentary on the New Testament
  • Matthew, David Platt, Christ-Centered Exposition
  • Matthew, Michael Green, The Bible Speaks Today

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Know God as your confidence when enemies surround you by understanding your enemy, by depending on your God, and buy crying to your God.

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Psalm 3

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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

 

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In Hebrews 12:1-2, we are exhorted to run with endurance after Jesus, laying aside anything that would hold us back, knowing that Jesus has not only run the race before us, but finished it on our behalf.

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Hebrews 12:1-2
Hebrews, William Lane
The Epistle to the Hebrews, Paul Ellingworth
The Epistle to the Hebrews, FF Bruce
“Running With the Witnesses,” John Piper

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

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1 Corinthians 15:1-28

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

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

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1 Corinthians 15:1-3

ESV Study Bible

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

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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

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

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Matthew 6:25-33

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

https://www.amazon.com/Gospel-Matthew-International-Commentary-Testament/dp/080282501X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1510847944&sr=8-1&keywords=rt+france+matthew

https://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Sermon-Mount-Confrontation-World/dp/0801065313/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1510847971&sr=1-1&keywords=da+carson+sermon+on+the+mount&dpID=41gVqKNqxSL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

 

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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.

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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.

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

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Hebrews 12:1-3

New American Commentary, Hebrews, by David Allen

ESV Study Bible

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

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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.

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Ephesians 2:11-22

The Gospel & Racial Reconciliation by Moore & Walker

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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.

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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

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

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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.

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Psalm 27

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

A Shelter in the Time of Trouble, Paul Tripp

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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?

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1 John 4:10

New American Commentary, 1 John by Daniel Akin

What is love? John Piper

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

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Matthew 28:16-20

Why Plant Churches (article) by Tim Keller

Planting Missional Churches by Ed Stetzer

Planting Growing Churches by Aubrey Malphurs

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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.

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Mark 1:35-41

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

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Luke 6:20-23

Matthew 5:1-11

Desiring God – The Beatitudes Series

 

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