Manayunk Congregation

4101 Freeland Ave, Philadelphia, PA

Sundays, 9:30 & 11:15am

Service times

Center City Congregation

1336 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA

Matt Cohen

Manayunk Sermons

The people we imitate determine the direction of our lives. In this passage, Paul urges the Philippians to carefully imitate the lifestyle of those who press on toward Christ and the resurrection.

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Philippians 3:17-21
NIGTC by Peter O’Brien

Paul calls the Philippians to walk the path of rejoicing in the Lord by counting their gain as loss so that they can gain the infinitely valuable Christ.

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Philippians 3:1-16
NIGC by Peter O’brien
http://www.desiringgod.org/messages/treasuring-christ-together-because-he-is-more-valuable-than-all-else

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.

Sometimes we learn best when we have concrete examples. Throughout Philippians, Paul has been exhorting the Philippians to adopt Christ's attitude toward one another. In Philippians 2:19-30, Paul provides Timothy and Epaphroditus as concrete examples of what it looks like to adopt the very attitude of Christ.

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Philippians 2:19-30
NIGC by Peter O’brien

The gospel makes us a family who shows the world what our Heavenly Father is like.

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Philippians 2:14-18
NIGC by Peter O’brien

On Good Friday we saw how Jesus' death in the past secures our future, but here we see how the resurrection secures our future. Since Jesus died and is risen, we who are on with him will die and rise again. This hope for the future is certain and enables us to rejoice in the present.

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1 Peter 1:3-6

Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?

The Resurrection of the Son of God, N.T. Wright

Good Friday Proves that God Loves You!

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Romans 5:6-9

Work on godliness because God is working in you

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Philippians 2:12-13

 

Let your union with Christ unite you with one another by forgetting yourself, remembering others and treasuring Jesus.

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Philippians 2:1-4 https://www.esv.org/Philippians+2/

New International Greek Commentary by Peter O’brien

The biggest question we can ask, and the one we cannot avoid, is what is my purpose in life? Here we see we've been given a purpose by God: the honor of Christ.

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Philippians 1:21

Risk is Right, John Piper

Making Sense of God, Timothy Keller (Chapter 3 especially)

In Philippians 1:12-26 Paul provides a window into his ability to rejoice in all circumstances. Paul can rejoice in the worst of times because what is most important to him, Jesus and his gospel, can advance in all circumstances.

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Philippians 1:12-26

NIGC, Philippians, Peter O’brien

In this passage we get a glimpse through Paul's prayer into what Paul, and ultimately God, wants for us, his people. We'll see that God's ultimate desire and our ultimate joy climax in a life that results in God's praise and glory. Does God's desire match ours? How can it?

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Paul opens the body of his letter by thanking God for the Philippians because God has made them partners in the gospel and because God will complete his work in the Philippians.

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Philippians 1:3-8
Biblearc.com
NIGTC, Philippians, Peter O’brien

In this sermon we explore how the gospel of grace creates churches where we show one another mercy and seek just on one another's behalf.

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Acts 4:32-37 & Acts 6:1-7

Pillar New Testament Commentary, Acts, by David Peterson

How the Bible commands AND how the gospel of grace motivates us to do mercy and seek justice for the poor and the marginalized in our family, in our church and in our city.

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Isaiah 58

Ministries of Mercy: The Call of the Jericho Road, Timothy Keller

Letter from Birmingham Jail, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Letters to a Birmingham Jail: A Response to the Words and Dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., ed. Bryan Loritts

In this sermon we explore both the necessity and motivation Jesus' followers have to show mercy to our poor and marginalized neighbor.

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Luke 10:25-37

Luke, New American Commentary, by Robert Stine

Luke, ESV Study Bible

Ministries of Mercy by Tim Keller

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

Christmas Eve Sermon

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The magi, or wise men, travel from the east to find Jesus the king of the Jews and in doing so teach us a great deal about who our king is and how we ought to respond to Him.

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Matthew 2:1-12

The Gospel According to Matthew, Baker Exegetical Commentary by David Turner

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

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In this sermon we focus on the prohibition against coveting by exploring biblical contentment from Philippians 4:10-13. We will see how the Bible defines contentment, the secret of contentment and how we learn to be content.

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Exodus 20:17

Exodus: Saved for God’s Glory, Phil Ryken

https://www.amazon.com/Ten-Commandments-Twenty-First-American-Commentary/dp/0805447164/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1478610577&sr=8-1&keywords=ten+commandments+ethics

https://www.amazon.com/Rare-Jewel-Christian-Contentment/dp/1494424797/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1479470566&sr=8-1&keywords=the+rare+jewel+of+christian+contentment+by+jeremiah+burroughs

What is false-witness? Why are we tempted to bear false-witness against one another? How does Jesus the true witness change everything. In this sermon we explore these questions together as we continue our journey through the Ten Commandments.

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Exodus 20:16

Exodus: Saved for God’s Glory, Phil Ryken

https://www.amazon.com/Ten-Commandments-Twenty-First-American-Commentary/dp/0805447164/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1478610577&sr=8-1&keywords=ten+commandments+ethics

Continuing the prohibitions of the ten commandments, after protecting life by prohibiting murder, and marriage by prohibiting adultery, God now protects property by prohibiting stealing. God is a generous God who has given some things to some, and different things to others. Here we see what it means to take from that, why we do it, and how God responds.

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Exodus 20:15

Exodus: Saved for God’s Glory, Phil Ryken

https://www.amazon.com/Ten-Commandments-Twenty-First-American-Commentary/dp/0805447164/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1478610577&sr=8-1&keywords=ten+commandments+ethics

VII. Do Not Steal

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

In this sermon we focus on the command to not commit adultery. Specifically, we will explore what adultery is, why adultery is forbidden and how to fight adultery of the body and the heart.

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Exodus 20:14

Exodus: Saved for God’s Glory by Phil Ryken

The Ten Commandments: Ethics for the 21st Century by Mark Rooker

The Ten Commandments divide into two parts. The first four commandments teach us how to relate to God and the final six teach us how to relate to one another. The fifth commandment, to honor father and mother, is unique. The fifth commandment is a bridge as parents both participate in the divine activity of creation and are the first neighbor many of us will ever know. Therefore, we are to honor them.

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Exodus 20:12

Exodus: Saved for God’s glory by Phil Ryken
Keeping the Ten Commandments by JI Packer
The Ten Commandments: Ethics for the 21st Century by Mark Rooker

Commandment Five by Mark Driscoll

Nearly all of us feel incredibly busy. That's not a bad thing. If you love Jesus & people, you'll be busy. Busyness, however, can have catastrophic affects on us spiritually, physically, emotionally and relationally if not kept in check. God's remedy for unchecked busyness: Remember the Sabbath.

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Exodus 20:8-11

Exodus: Saved for God’s glory by Phil Ryken
Keeping the Ten Commandments by JI Packer
The Ten Commandments: Ethics for the 21st Century

What's in a name? The third commandment reminds us that God's name is synonymous with his nature and attributes and calls us to live for the glory of God's name, rather than our own.

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Exodus 20:7

Keeping the Ten Commandment by JI Packer
Exodus: Saved for God’s glory by Phil Ryken
The Ten Commandments: Ethics for the 21st Centruty by Mark Rooker
ESV Study Bible

Then Ten Commandments teach God's free people how to live freely. True freedom is first found in worshiping the right God and, as the second commandment teaching, worshiping the right God in the right way.

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Exodus 20:4-6

Exodus: Saved for God’s Glory by Philip Graham Ryken

Keeping the Ten Commandments by JI Packer

The Ten Commandments: Ethics for the 21st Century by Mark Rooker

ESV Study Bible

The Book of Exodus is a story of liberation. God set his people free from slavery in Egypt so that they could worship God in the Promised Land. The Ten Commandments teach God's free people how to live free. The first mark of a truly free people is that they have no other gods but the Lord.

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Exodus 20:1-3

Keeping the Ten Commandments by JI Packer
Exodus: Saved for God’s glory by Philip Graham Ryken
Ten Commandments: Ethics for the Twenty-First Century by Mark Rooker

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

As the Father sent the Jesus His Son, so Christians are meant to be a community that foregoes temporary comforts to send and be sent in order to expand the reach of the gospel of grace.

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Acts 13:1-4

Pillar NT Commentary, Acts, by David Peterson

Gaining by Losing by JD Greear

What does a people who follow Jesus together look like? So far in the We Are Citylight series, we've explored worship and community. In this sermon, we take a closer look at our identity as a people on mission who share the gospel and our lives with our neighbors.

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1 Thessalonians 2:1-8

ESV Study Bible

Exegetical Commentary on 1 Thessalonians by J. Hampton Keathley

Why We Don’t Evangelize

The first mark of a disciples of Jesus is true worship. In this sermon, we explore the power, scope and path of worship.

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Romans 12:1-2

Baker Exegetical Commentary – Romans – Tom Schreiner

New International Commentary – Romans – Douglas Moo

Counterfeit Gods – Tim Keller

While the book of Ephesians has given us incredible hope for a reconciled community of peace, it seems so far from our experience sometimes. This is because we are in a battle, and the enemy and warfare may not be what we think. This passage shows us how to be strengthened to stand in the battle.

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Ephesians 6:10-24

The Letter to the Ephesians, Commentary by Peter T. O’Brien

Ephesians For You, Richard Coekin

In Ephesians 5:15-33, Paul unfolds how the Holy Spirit empowers husbands and wives to reflect the cosmic marriage between Christ and the church.

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Ephesians 5:15-33

Ephesians For You by Richard Coekin

Pillar NT Commentary on Ephesians by Peter T. O’brien

10 Things You Need to Know About the Filling of the Spirit in Ephesians 5:18

While a lot of this passage focuses on sexuality, it goes deeper than sexual behavior to the covetous desires that fuel it. These covetous desires leave us in darkness, but through faith in Christ we can actually become light. How do we now relate to those in darkness? For their good, this passage shows us how to live as the light we are.

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Ephesians 5:3-14

The Letter to the Ephesians, Commentary by Peter T. O’Brien

Ephesians For You, Richard Coekin

Sexual Sanity for Men, Dave White

Sexual Sanity for Women, Ellen Dykas

We have been called to unity with God and one another through Jesus Christ. Therefore, we are to align our conduct with our calling to unity by loving one another as God loves us.

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Ephesians 4:17-5:2

Ephesians For You by Richard Coekin

Pillar Commentary, Ephesians by Peter O’brien

According to Ephesians 1-3, God has called us to unity with himself and one another through Christ. In todays passage, God calls us to align our conduct with our calling to unity.

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Ephesians 4:1-16

Ephesians For You by Richard Coekin

Pillar NT Commentary Series, Ephesians by Peter O’brien

Every Christian community exists to show the rulers and authorities just how brilliant the gospel of Jesus Christ is.

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Ephesians 3:1-13

The Compelling Community by Jamie Dunlop & Mark Dever

Ephesians For You by Richard Coekin

Pillar NT Commentary Series, Ephesians by Peter O’brien

In Ephesians 2:1-10, Paul tells his readers that God lavishes grace on us so that you can show off his grace in us.

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Ephesians 2:1-10

Ephesians For You by Richard Coekin

Pillar New Testament Commentary, Ephesians by Peter O’brien

God calls us to glorify him with our lips and our lives in response to His three greatest blessings in Christ: adoption, redemption and glorification!

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Ephesians 1:1-14

Ephesians For You by Richard Coekin

Pillar NT Commentary, Ephesians by Peter O’briend

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

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Since the whole world is our Father's world, we should praise God and ask whatever we want.

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Since the whole world is our Father’s world, we should praise God and ask whatever we want.

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Psalm 86

A Praying Life by Paul Miller

Prayer by Tim Keller

Kregel Exegetical Commentary, Psalms, by Alan P. Ross

The Psalms command us to offer thanksgiving to God because joyful gratitude to God glorifies God and completes our joy in Him.

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The Psalms command us to offer thanksgiving to God because joyful gratitude to God glorifies God and completes our joy in Him.

In Psalm 51, David instructs us to seek God's mercy through prayer by saying the same thing about our sin that God does and seeking renewed joy in God.

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In Psalm 51, David instructs us to seek God’s mercy through prayer by saying the same thing about our sin that God does and seeking renewed joy in God.

In Psalm 63 we learn that adoration is the first order of prayer and that adoration is fueled by meditating on God's steadfast love.

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In Psalm 63 we learn that adoration is the first order of prayer and that adoration is fueled by meditating on God’s steadfast love

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Jesus is risen! Stand in holy and happy awe of Him.

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Mark 16 : 1-8

Why do we call it Good Friday? Why do we call it Good Friday when everything about it seems awful? The answer is: The Curtain.

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Mark 15:1-38

On Palm Sunday Jesus declares his kingship. Following king Jesus means glorifying him through internal holiness and outward expansion

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Mark 11:1-19

Jesus the King by Tim Keller

Mark (BECNT) by Robert Stein

Jesus Declares his Kingship by John Piper (sermon)

A person can only serve one Lord and be made secure by one Savior. In this passage, we explore Jesus' call to lose our money in order to gain a greater treasure.

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Mark 10:17-31

Jesus the King by Tim Keller

Baker Exegetical Commentary, Mark, by Robert Stein

Jesus doesn't require us to bring anything when we come to him, but he does ask us to leave everything when we come. Lose yourself to gain Jesus.

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Mark 8:27-38

Baker Exegetical Commentary, Mark, by Robert Stein

Jesus the King by Tim Keller

The religious leaders claim that Jesus' disciples are unclean. Jesus responds by telling them that we all need to be made clean because we have hearts far from God.

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Mark 7:1-23

Jesus the King by Tim Keller

Baker Exegetical Commentary: Mark, by Robert Stein

When Jesus calms the storm the disciples are filled with awe of him. Only awe of Jesus can drive fear out of our hearts.

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Mark 4:35-41

Baker Exegetical Commentary on Mark by Robert Stein

Jesus the King by Tim Keller

When Fear Defeats Fear by Paul Tripp

Jesus' conflict with the Pharisees over the Sabbath reveals that He is our true rest.

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Mark 2:23-28

Jesus the King by Tim Keller

Baker Exegetical Commentary on Mark by Robert Stein

ESV Study Bible Notes – Mark

The crowds come to Jesus for healing, but Jesus responds by offering them a greater healing that only He has the authority to give.

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Mark 2:1-12

Baker Exegetical Commentary, Mark, by Robert Stein

Jesus the King by Tim Keller

Mark wastes no time at the beginning of his Gospel. Jesus, the Son of God, is calling you!

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Mark 1:1-20

Baker Exegetical Commentary: Mark by Robert H. Stein

Jesus the King by Tim Keller

ESV Study Bible – Mark

Since the Messiah is Light in the darkness, we have every reason to rejoice, especially in sadness.

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Isaiah 8:22-9:7

New American Commentary, Isaiah

ESV Study Bible, Isaiah Notes

Since the Messiah is Immanuel, you need not be afraid!

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Isaiah 7:1-14

ESV Study Bible (Isaiah notes by Ray Ortlund)

New American Commentary, Isaiah, by Gary Smith

How do we respond when inevitable future suffering become our present reality? Peter reminds us of three way we can trust God in the midst of our trials.

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1 Peter 4:12-19

NAC, 1 Peter, Tom Schreiner

Depression: Looking up from the Stubborn Darkness by Ed Welch

 

If we're honest, we all know some degree of difficulty is coming for us in the future. In this passage, we see three keys for preparing for our future: knowing who we live for, looking further down the line, and looking outward.

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1 Peter 4:1-11

Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering, Timothy Keller

1 Peter, Baker Exegetical Commentary, Karen Jobes

1 Peter, New American Commentary, Tom Schreiner

As followers of Jesus, the goal of our lives is to live so other see our good deeds and glorify God. In 1 Peter 3:1-7, Peter addresses how that goal transforms the pattern of our marriages.

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1 Peter 3:1-7

New American Commentary, 1 Peter, by Tom Schreiner

Marriage on the Edge of Eternity by Francis Chan (article)

As people who have been brought into relationship with God, Christians have a new purpose. We live so others will see our good deeds and glorify God by believing in Jesus.

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1 Peter 2:11-25

1 Peter, New American Commentary, Tom Schreiner

1 Peter, Baker Exegetical Commentary, Karen Jobes

Through the gospel, you've been given a sure, joyous inheritance. Therefore, hope, live and love like you have an inheritance.

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1 Peter 1:13-2:3

1 Peter, Baker Exegetical Commentary by Karen Jobes

1 Peter, New American Commentary by Tom Schreiner

Peter writes his letter to encourage people who are no longer home where they are because they worship Jesus. In 1 Peter 1:1-12 he offers them the greatest possible hope: Though you're not home, you can worship God now.

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1 Peter 1:1-12

1 Peter: Baker Exegetical Commentary by Karen Jobes

1 Peter: New American Commentary by Tom Schreiner

1 Peter: Tyndale New Testament Commentary by Wayne Grudem

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

At the heart of Jesus' plan to expand the Kingdom of God is a Spirit-filled, compelling community

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Acts 2:42-47

Acts: An Exegetical Commentary by Craig Keener

Exemplary Life: A Theology of Church Life in Acts by Any Chambers

Kingdom Community (Sermon) by Mark Giaccobe

Church planting is New Testament strategy for being witnesses. In this sermon we explore what this strategy means for the life of every Christian.

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Acts 1:8; 13:1-4

Pillar NT Commentary: Acts by David Peterson

Many of us love the idea of living as witnesses but feel powerless to align our desires and our experience. In this sermon we explore how the Holy Spirit uniquely empowers Jesus' witnesses.

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Acts 1:1-8

Pillar New Testament Commentary: Acts by David Peterson

NAC Commentary: Acts by John Polhill

Various sermons by John Piper

The worldwide movement known as 'the church' all began with three simple words: "Be my witnesses!" This command is an invitation to join in the exhilarating adventure of exalting our King and expressing His Kingdom.

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Acts 1:1-8

NAC Acts Commentary by John Polhill

ESV Study Bible

Total Church by Timmis & Chester

Matt shares for 20 minutes about the state of Citylight Church.

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We can display the truth of the gospel by the way we share our meals.

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Galatians 2:9-14

A Meal with Jesus by Tim Chester

WBC Galatians by Longenecker

Galatians by Schreiner

The man after God's own heart has fallen hard. How will God's people handle it? In answering that question, we learn how to deal with sin in Jesus' family.

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2 Samuel 12

New American Commentary 1-2 Samuel

After experiencing the greatest blessings of his life, in 2 Samuel 11 David takes his greatest fall leaving us much to learn from his example and much to hope in Christ.

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2 Samuel 11

NAC 1-2 Samuel Commentary

ESV Study Bible

In 2 Samuel 7 God makes one of the most incredible promises in all of Scripture...a promise that makes all the difference for us!

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2 Samuel 7

New American Commentary 1-2 Samuel

After His Own HeartThe Gospel According to David (Book)

ESV Study Bible (2 Samuel)

 

King David has finally been crowned king and peace is all around him. What he does next will tell us what life is really all about.

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2 Samuel 6

NAC 1-2 Samuel 

After God’s Own Heart

ESV Study Bible

What it Takes to Worship Well

In this sermon, we explore the friendship between David and Jonathan and see common themes for all life-giving, spiritual friendships.

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1 Samuel 18-20

NAC 1-2 Samuel Commentary

ESV Study Bible

King Saul's reign didn't last long. In this sermon we'll explore why his kingdom was short-lived and how it challenges us to devote ourselves completely to God.

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1 Samuel 15

NAC 1-2 Samuel 

In 1 Samuel 8, God's people ask for a human king. On the surface it seems like a reasonable request, but as we venture beyond the surface we find a temptation common to us all.

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1 Samuel 8

NAC 1-2 Samuel (Commentary)

After God’s Own Heart by Mark Boda

Counterfeit Gods by Tim Keller

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

King David did not have a quiet life, but he had a quiet heart. In Psalm 131, the Poet-King offers a window into how we can learn to enjoy soul-quiet

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Psalm 131

The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness by Tim Keller

Peace Be Still: Learning Psalm 131 By Heart by David Powlison

Celebration is a lost art in the 21st century church, but Psalm 145 gives us a guide to this joyous, ancient practice.

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Psalm 145

ESV Study Bible

Psalm 1 offers us a portrait of the truly content person.

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Psalm 1

A Commentary on The Psalms by Allen P. Ross

In Paul's closing doxology, we learn the ultimate reason why Paul wrote Romans and are faced with the question: Is Romans having its intended affect on me?

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Romans 16:25-27

Romans (NIC) by Doug Moo

Romans 8-16 For You by Tim Keller

Four implications for our lives from Paul's final words to the Romans.

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Romans 16:1-23

Romans (NIC) by Doug Moo

Romans 8-16 For You by Tim Keller

Where will peace be found? It's a question that nags us all. It's a question only the resurrected Jesus can answer

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John 20:19-21

Running Scared by Ed Welch

Jesus cry of dereliction shows that Good Friday is about being God Forsaken. But that's not the whole story...

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Mark 15:1-39

Psalm 22

In Romans 15:14-33, Paul begins to draw Romans to a close. In this passage, Paul focuses on his gospel-motivated ambition and what it means for everyone who follows Jesus.

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Romans 15:14-33

NIC Romans by Doug Moo

The cost of life-giving community is high! Paul offers some closing thoughts on why the high-cost is more than worth it.

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Romans 15:1-13

Romans 8-16 For You by Tim Keller

NIC Romans by Doug Moo

Be willing to lay down your liberties for the sake of love.

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Romans 14:13-23

Romans 8-16 For You by Tim Keller

NIC Romans by Doug Moo

Matt shares for 15 minutes about the state of Citylight Church.

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The Apostle Paul continues to unpack what it means to love one another by focusing on how to love despite our differences.

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Romans 14:1-12

Romans 8-16 For You (book) by Tim Keller

NIC on Romans (Book-Commentary) by Doug Moo

Romans 12-16 focuses on the gospel in action. In Romans 13:1-7, The Apostle Paul tackles the individual Christian's responsibility to the government.

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Romans 13:1-7

Responsibility-Romans 13 (sermon) by Mark Dever

Romans 8-16 For You (book) by Tim Keller

NIC on Romans (Book-Commentary) by Doug Moo

How do we genuinely love difficult people without becoming phony or sporadic with our love? This is the question the Apostle Paul tackles in Romans 12:9-21.

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Romans 12:9-21

Romans 8-16 For You by Tim Keller

Romans Commentary by Doug Moo

The gospel brings us into rich community. In Romans 12:6-13, the Apostle Paul describes two primary marks of the kind of community we all long for.

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Romans 12:6-13

Romans by Doug Moo

Romans by Tom Schreiner

 

In Romans 12:3-8, Paul begins to describe in detail what a life built on the mercies of God, lived for the glory of God looks like. In this first snapshot, Paul addresses the gospel's power to help us view ourselves accurately.

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Romans 12:3-8

Romans by Doug Moo

Romans by Tom Schreiner

A Beautiful Design (Pt. 8) by Matt Chandler

Assessing Ourselves with Our God-assigned Measure of Faith by John Piper

In Romans 12, Paul applies gospel-doctrine to gospel-living by calling us to build lives of worship on the foundation of God's mercy.

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Romans 12:1-2

One-to-One Bible Reading PDF guide

Romans by Doug Moo

Romans by Tom Schreiner

Romans 12:1-2  (Various sermons) by John Piper

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

What child is this? It's the most important question any of us will ever answer. In this sermon we explore the identity of the Christ child through the lens of What Child is This?

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Luke 2:10-11; 2 Corinthians 5:21

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing! What are these angels so worked up about? In this sermon we explore Jesus as the God's long-promised redemption

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Luke 2:8-14

New American Commentary Luke by Robert Stine

O Come O Come Emmanuel reminds us that anticipation is a central theme of Advent and the Christian life. In this sermon, we explore what it means to live faithfully with Jesus during this time of anticipation.

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Hebrews 4:14-16

History of O Come O Come Emmanuel

http://www.aproundtable.org/history-blog/blog.cfm?ID=880&AUTHOR_ID=9

https://www.christianhistoryinstitute.org/magazine/article/o-come-o-come-emmanuel/

Paul responds to eleven chapters of grace with the only thing that makes sense: a song

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Romans 11:33-36

Romans by Tom Schreiner

Romans by Doug Moo

The hope of the world hangs upon how we respond to God's grace.

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Romans 10:14-21

Romans by Tom Schreiner

Romans by Doug Moo

There is a right and a wrong response to God's grace and it makes all the difference.

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Romans 9:30-10:13

Romans by Tom Schreiner

Romans by Doug Moo

The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ by Ray Ortlund

If God sovereignly chooses to only save some people, then is God unjust? Paul tackles this most important and practical question in Romans 9:14-29

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Romans 9:14-29

Romans by Doug Moo

Romans 9:14-29 (5 sermons by John Piper)

The Justification of God by John Piper

Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem (Chapter 32)

Paul's anguish over those who don't yet love Jesus leads him to raise a key question: Why aren't all saved?

Resources:

Romans 9:1-13 Romans by Doug Moo Q&A with Tim Keller Doctrine of Election (various by John Piper)

How can you be sure that God is for you? Can that ever change? What difference does it make? These are the questions Paul tackles in this last installment of Romans 8.

Resources:

Romans 8:31-39

Romans by Doug Moo

Romans by Tom Schreiner

Romans 8 (various sermons) by John Piper

How can we rejoice in suffering? Paul offers us four key resources in Romans 8:18-30

Resources:

Romans 8:26-30

Romans by Doug Moo

Romans by Tom Schreiner

In Christ Jesus: How the Spirit Transforms Us by Tim Keller (sermon)

The Spirit Led Life gives perspective and patience in the midst of suffering

Resources:

Romans 8:17-25

Romans by Doug Moo

Romans by Tom Schreiner

Walking with God Through Pain & Suffering by Tim Keller

The Holy Spirit adopts us as God's children, which gives us hope in a world of fear.

Resources:

Romans 8:14-17

Romans by Doug Moo

Romans by Tom Schreiner

Supernatural Living for Natural People by Ray Ortlund Jr.

Running Scared: Fear, Worry & the God of Rest by Ed Welch

The Spirit led life is freedom from and death to the flesh that once controled us!

Resources:

Romans 8:5-13

Romans by Doug Moo

Romans by Tom Schreiner

Supernatural Living for Natural People by Ray Ortlund Jr.

Overcoming Sin & Temptation by John Owen

The Holy Spirit indwells and leads the Christian life. In this installment of Romans 8, we will explore the first great benefit that the Spirit brings every Christian's life: no condemnation

Resources:

Romans 8:1-4

Romans by Doug Moo

Romans by Tom Schreiner

One essential means of beholding Jesus is by giving your money away!

Resources:

2 Corinthians 8-9

2 Corinthians Commentary (NAC)

Should the Local Church Receive Peoples’ Tithes Before Other Worthy Needs? by Randy Alcorn

First Service Sermon by Mike Anderson

We become like Jesus by beholding Jesus and we behold Jesus through prayer.

Resources:

Matthew 5:6-13

A Praying Life by Paul Miller

Matthew (NAC) by Craig Blomberg

 

We become like Jesus by beholding Jesus and we behold Jesus through the Bible

Resources:

2 Timothy 3:14-17

Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney

ESV Study Bible (2 Timothy)

New American Commentary (1, 2 Timothy & Titus)

New Bible Commentary

Bible.com

 

In this sermon we look at the Christians hope for change and the blue print for how we change.

Resources:

2 Corinthians 3:17-18

2 Corinthians (NAC) by Garland

Exodus culminates and concludes with the construction of a tent that is far more than a tent.

Resources:

Exodus 40

Exodus: Saved for God’s Glory by Philip Ryken

Exodus (NAC) by Douglas Stuart

God institutes the Passover as a feast to remember his holiness and mercy. The problem with the Passover is that it needs to be repeated. Jesus is the true and greater Passover Lamb who is the final sacrifice for our sins. Through Jesus we have a new and greater Passover Meal.

Resources:

Exodus 12:1-28

Jesus the King by Tim Keller

ESV Study Bible (Exodus Notes & History of Salvation)

In Exodus 3-4 we see God call a most unlikely man to rescue his people. God's calling is great, but his presence is greater.

Resources:

Exodus 3-4

Exodus in NAC by Doug Stewart

ESV Study Bible

The hope for the divided man!

Resources:

Romans 7:13-25

Romans by Tom Schreiner

Romans by Moo

Romans 1-7 For You by Tim Keller

Romans 7 Sermons by John Piper

The gospel produces love for Jesus and love is the greater motivator for Christian growth.

Resources:

Romand 7:1-12

Romans by Tom Schreiner

Romans by Moo

Romans 1-7 For You by Tim Keller

Motivation for holy living comes through grace alone.

Resources:

Romans 6:15-23

Romans by Tom Schreiner

Romans by Moo

Romans 1-7 For You by Tim Keller

Our identity determines our activity. In Romans 5:12-21, Paul raises the critical question: Are you in Adam or in Christ?

Resources:

Romans 5:12-21

Romans Commentary – Tom Schreiner

Romans Commentary – Doug Moo

Romans For You – Tim Keller

Ephesians Part 2 – Mark Driscoll

What does it mean to believe like Abraham?

Resources:

Romans 4:13-25

Romans by Tom Schreiner

Romans by Moo

Romans 1-7 For You by Tim Keller

Paul calls Abraham and David to the stand to defend justification by faith apart from works.

Resources:

Romans 4:1-12

Romans by Tom Schreiner

Romans by Moo

Romans 1-7 For You by Tim Keller

Is the resurrection intellectually plausible? What happens if I believe it?

Resources:

1 Corinthians 15:17

Raised: Finding Jesus by Doubting the Resurrection by Dodson & Watson

What does it mean to live in the upside down kingdom of Jesus?

Resources:

John 12:12-26

John’s Gospel by DA Carson

John’s Gospel by Andreas Kostenburger

The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness by Tim Keller

 

How can God make the unrighteous righteous?

Resources:

Romans 3:21-31

Romans For You by Tim Keller

Romans by Tom Schreiner

The gospel is good news for the skeptic!

Resources:

Romans 3:1-8

Romans Commentary by Schreiner

Romans Commentary by Moo

Objections Answered by Steve J. Cole

Conversations with Tom Mathew & Mike Anderson

Paul presents a gospel that can even save us from the bonds of religion.

Resources:

Romans 2:17-29

Baker Romans Commentary by Schreiner

Romans For You by Keller

The good, upstanding, religious folks need the gospel as much as anyone.

Resources:

Romans 2:1-16

Baker Romans Commentary by Schreiner

Romans For You by Keller

Paul accents the beauty of the gospel against the dark backdrop of human sinfulness.

Resources:

Romans 1:18-32

Baker Romans Commentary by Schreiner

NICNT Romans Commentary by Moo

Romans For You by Keller

Al Mohler Q&A on homosexuality (video)

Everything in our lives pushes us toward being ashamed of the gospel. In Romans 1:16-17, Paul explains why we can be truly confident in the gospel.

Resources:

Romans 1:1-15

Romans (Schreiner)

Romans (Moo)

Paul opens his letter to the Romans by unpacking the goal of the gospel

Resources:

Romans 1:1-15

Romans (Schreiner)

Romans (Moo)

Desiring God by John Piper

The repentant city is a greater miracle than the giant fish!

Resources:

Jonah 3:1-10

Salvation Through Judgment & Mercy: The Gospel According to Jonah

NAC Commentary (Jonah)

NIV Application Commentary (Jonah)

Meet Jonah the running prophet and his relentless, merciful God.

Resources:

Jonah 1:1-16

Salvation Through Judgment & Mercy: The Gospel According to Jonah

NAC Commentary (Jonah)

NIV Application Commentary (Jonah)

Philippians 4 teaches that Jesus has brought a new joy, but we must fight for it.

Resources:

Philippians 4:1-23

NIGTC (Philippians Commentary) by O’brien

Desiring God by John Piper

In Philippians 3, Paul explains that Jesus brings the joy of a new treasure.

Resources:

Philippians 3

NIGTC (Philippians Commentary) by Peter T. O’brien

Joy to the world! The Advent of Jesus brings a new family. In this sermon we explore the marks of and power for new family in Philippians 2:1-11.

Resources:

Philippians 2:1-30

NIGTC (Philippians Commentary) by Peter T. O’brien

In Philippians chapter one, Paul describes the joy of a sure salvation in Christ.

Resources:

Philippians 1:1-30

NIGTC (Philippians Commentary) by Peter O’brien

Guard your heart above all guarding for from it flow the springs of life.

Resources:

Proverbs 4:23

Keep Your Heart with all Vigilance by Wayne Grudem (Sermon)

How To Read Proverbs by Tremper Longman

Wisdom that Works by Ray Ortlund

Proverbs (NAC) by Duane Garret

Proverbs (Tyndale) by David Kidner

Week 12 Reading Plan [pdf]

Life and death are in the power of the tongue.

Resources:

How To Read Proverbs by Tremper Longman
Wisdom that Works by Ray Ortlund
Proverbs (NAC) by Duane Garret
Proverbs (Tyndale) by David Kidner

Week 11 Reading Plan [pdf]

What does Proverbs say about wealth, poverty, and our duty to the poor?

Resources:

How To Read Proverbs by Tremper Longman
Wisdom that Works by Ray Ortlund
Proverbs (NAC) by Duane Garret
Proverbs (Tyndale) by David Kidner
What is the Mission of the Church by Gilbert & DeYoung
Bible Summaries in One Sentence

Week 10 Reading Plan [pdf]

The wisdom of Proverbs on the topic of friendship

Resources:

How To Read Proverbs by Tremper Longman

Wisdom that Works by Ray Ortlund

Proverbs (NAC) by Duane Garret

Proverbs (Tyndale) by David Kidner

Friendship by Mark Driscoll (sermon)

Week 9 Reading Plan [pdf]

This week we take a look at what Proverbs has to say about the family.

Resources:

How To Read Proverbs by Tremper Longman

Wisdom that Works by Ray Ortlund

Proverbs (NAC) by Duane Garret

Proverbs (Tyndale) by David Kidner

Honor Your Father & Mother by Mark Driscoll

Pastor Dad by Mark Driscoll

Week 8 Reading Plan [pdf]

If you will get wisdom, wisdom will bless you with shalom, or wholeness & peace

Resources:

Proverbs 3:1-12

How To Read Proverbs by Tremper Longman

Wisdom that Works by Ray Ortlund

Proverbs (NAC) by Duane Garret

Proverbs (Tyndale) by David Kidner

Week 7 Reading Plan [pdf]

Wisdom for sex, marriage, and relationships.

Resources:

Proverbs 5:15-19Proverbs 31:10-31

How To Read Proverbs by Tremper Longman

Wisdom that Works by Ray Ortlund

Proverbs (NAC) by Duane Garret

Proverbs (Tyndale) by David Kidner

Week 6 Reading Plan [pdf]

Wisdom protects us from foolishness

Resources:

Proverbs 2:10-12, Proverbs 3:21-24, Proverbs 4:11-12, 1 Corinthians 1:27-31

How To Read Proverbs by Tremper Longman

Wisdom that Works by Ray Ortlund

Proverbs (NAC) by Duane Garret

Proverbs (Tyndale) by David Kidner

Week 4 Reading Plan [pdf]

Exploring how we grow in wisdom from Proverbs chapter two.

Resources:

Proverbs 1:8-19Proverbs 2:6-15Proverbs 9

How To Read Proverbs by Tremper Longman

Wisdom that Works by Ray Ortlund

Proverbs (NAC) by Duane Garret

Proverbs (Tyndale) by David Kidner

Week 3 Reading Plan [pdf]

Proverbs describes life as a path that requires wisdom to navigate.

Resources:

Proverbs 1:8-19, Proverbs 2:6-15, Proverbs 9

How To Read Proverbs by Tremper Longman

Wisdom that Works by Ray Ortlund

Proverbs (NAC) by Duane Garret

Proverbs (Tyndale) by David Kidner

Week 2 Reading Plan [pdf]

The purpose of Proverbs is to make us truly wise!

Resources:

Proverbs 1:1-7

How To Read Proverbs by Tremper Longman

Wisdom that Works by Ray Ortlund

Proverbs (NAC) by Duane Garret

Proverbs (Tyndale) by David Kidner

Week 1 Reading Plan [pdf]

Jesus builds his church through sending.

Resources:

John 20:19-21

The Gospel According to John by DA Carson

Jesus builds His Church through generosity.

Resources:

2 Corinthians 8-9

2 Corinthians by David E. Garland

Jesus builds His Church through community.

Resources:

Ephesians 2:16-22

Community by Brad House

Gospel-Centered Discipleship by Jonathan Dodson

The Acts of the Apostles by David Peterson

Jesus builds His Church through baptism.

Resources:

Romans 6:3-6

Colossians 2:11-12

Galatians 3:26-27

Believers Baptism (book) by Tom Schreiner & Shawn Wright

Vintage Church (book) by Driscoll & Brashers

Brothers We Are Not Professionals (book) by John Piper

Jesus Gives Us Baptism (sermon) by Mark Driscoll

What is Baptism & Why is it Important (sermon) by John Piper

Jesus builds His Church through worship

Resources:

Colossians 3:16-17

Acts 2:42-47

Rythms of Grace by Mike Cosper

Vintage Church by Mark Driscoll

Jesus builds His Church through leaders.

Resources:

1 Timothy 2:11-3:13

Vintage Church by Mark Driscoll

Biblical Eldership by Alexander Strauch

What is Jesus' Church and how was it born?

Resources:

Matthew 16:18; Matthew 28:18-20; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; Colossians 1:18; 1 Peter 5:4

Vintage Church by Mark Driscoll & Gerry Brashers

Jesus Loves His Church sermon series by Mark Driscoll & Dave Bruskas

 

Jesus transforms our work

Resources:

Colossians 3:22-4:18

WBC Colossians Commentary by O’brien

NAC 1 Peter Commentary by Schreiner

I am Rewarded by Mark Driscoll (Sermon)

Jesus transforms marriage and parenting

Resources:

Colossians 3:15-21

WBC Colossians Commentary by Peter O’brien

The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller

I am Loved (sermon) by Mark Driscoll

7 Ways Fathers Provoke Their Children (article) by Mark Driscoll

Wearing the clothes that fit our new identity

Resources:

Colossians 3:1-14

WBC Colossians Commentary by Peter O’brien

What kind of life results from new life with Christ?

Resources:

Colossians 3:1-7

Mortification of Sin by John Owen

Colossians WBC Commentary by Peter O’brien

Jesus is all we need to be loved and approved by the Father.

Resources:

Colossians 2:16-30

Jesus + Nothing = Everything by Tullian Tchividjian

WBC Colossians Commentary by Peter O’briend

Paul addresses the great Colossian Heresy of Jesus + Something...

Resources:

Colossians 1:1-15

Jesus + Nothing = Everything by Tullian Tchividjian

WBC Colossians Commentary by Peter O’brien

When we become followers of Jesus we also become ministers of the gospel.

Resources:

Colossians 1:23-29

WBC Colossians Commentary by Peter O’brien

Jesus makes us holy!

Resources:

Colossians 1:21-23

Apostate in Pergamum: Good Deeds Bad Doctrine (sermon) by Mark Driscoll

Colossians WBC by Peter O’brien

Paul's intercessory prayer for the Colossians

Resources:

Colossians 1:9-14

A Praying Life by Paul Miller

WBC Colossians Commentary by Peter T. O’brien

 

God has given us faith, hope, and love through the gospel.

Resources:

Colossians 1:1-8

WBC Colossians Commentary  by Peter O’brien

Christ Resurrected: This changes everything!

Resources:

1 Corinthians 15:1-21

Romans 6:1-5

The Reason For God (Chapter 13) by Tim Keller

Can a Scientist Believe in the Resurrection? (lecture) by N.T. Wright

Jesus makes us generous!

Resources:

Luke 12:13-21

2 Corinthians 8-9

Luke – New American Commentary by Robert Stein

2 Corinthians – New American Commentary by David Garland

The cross brings hope and transformation to our relationship with food.

Resources:

Hebrews 12:1-2

1 Corinthians 6:12

Disorderly Eating…For the Rest of Us (Article) by Elyse Fitzpatrick

Helping Overeaters (Article) by Elyse Fitzpatrick

How Can I Conquer Gluttony by John Piper

Eating Disorders (article) by Ed Welch

How the gospel makes us patient

Resources:

Ephesians 4

1 John 2:1-2

Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges

NAC Commentary: 1 John by Daniel Akin

Celebrating one year of God's faithfulness to Citylight church!

Resources:

2 Corinthians 5:17-21

Jesus Our Redemption: Our hope in the fight against lust.

Resources:

Matthew 5:27-30

Death by Love by Mark Driscoll

Lust by Dan Allendar (Article)

Getting Serious About Lust in an Age of Smirks (article)

Pornography, Masturbation, & Other Misuses: A Perversion of Intimacy (Article)

Fighting the root of anxiety with the power of the cross

Resources:

1 Peter 5:6-7

Respectable Sin by Jerry Bridges

The Cross of Christ by John Stott

The Secret to Dealing with Fear & Anxiety (Article) Ed Welch

Is there Good Anxiety, Battling the Unbelief of Anxiety, Anxieties: to be cast not carried (Sermons) John Piper

Walking with Jesus through the complications of life.

Resources:

Ruth 3

NAC Ruth Commentary

Redeeming Ruth by Mark Driscoll

God's grace on display in the life of Boaz.

Resources:

Ruth 2:14-23

NAC Ruth Commentary

WBC Ruth Commentary

Redeeming Ruth by Mark Driscoll

The providence of God shining in even the darkest places.

Resources:

Ruth 1:22-3:13

NAC Ruth Commentary

WBC Ruth Commentary

Redeeming Ruth (Mark Driscoll)

Running the Christian life in 2013

Resources:

1 Corinthians 9:16-27

In Advent, we learn to rejoice, though now, for a little while, we suffer trials of various kinds.

Resources:

1 Peter 1:1-7

Psalms Series: Wisdom for trouble by Matt Cohen

1 Peter by Tom Schreiner

Through Advent we celebrate the arrival of one gift!

Resources:

1 Peter 1:3

Finally Alive by John Piper

1 Peter (NAC) by Tom Schreiner

Celebrating Advent by looking forward to the coming of Christ with the Old Testament saints.

Resources:

1 Peter 1:10-12

1 Peter (NAC Commentary) by Tom Schreiner

ESV Study Bible (Overview of the Bible)

The impossible command: no complaining!

Resources:

Philippians 2:14-15

Jesus models prayer as an avenue of hope in a cynical world.

Resources:

Matthew 6:5-15

Matthew – New American Commentary

Matthew – Tyndale Commentary

A Praying Life by Paul Miller

Our Daily Bread: What can I pray for?

Resources:

Matthew 6:5-15

A Praying Life by Paul Miller (Ch. 15-16, 21, 27)

Matthew: Tyndale NT Commentary by R.T. France

Your Kingdom come, your will be done...

Resources:

Matthew 6:5-10

Matthew (TNTC) by R.T. France

A Praying Life (Chapters 17-18) by Paul Miller

The Presence of the Future by G.E. Ladd

 

 

Jesus teaches us to pray like children.

Resources:

Matthew 6:5-9

Matthew 7:7-11

A Praying Life (Chapters 3-8) by Paul Miller

Galatians: Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the NT by Thomas Schreiner

How NOT to pray...

Resources:

Matthew 6:5-15

Resources:

A Praying Life by Paul Miller

ESV Study Bible

Jesus' disciples are missionaries.

Resources:

Matthew 28:18-20

2 Corinthians 5:17-20

Resources:

Desiring God (Missions – Chapter 9) by John Piper

Disciple – Bill Clem

Finding our Place in the Biblical Story by Bartholomew and Goheen

Jesus redeems community.

Resources:

Genesis 1:26-28

Ephesians 2:11-14

Resources:

The Letter to the Ephesians (PNTC) By Peter O’brien

Community by Brad House

Disciple by Bill Clem

How does our new identity in Jesus change the way we relate to God?

Resources:

We apologize, but due to technical difficulties we do not have audio from Sunday’s sermon. Attached you will find the written manuscript for the sermon, as well as the powerpoint.

Powerpoint: I AM a worshipper

Manuscript: I AM | Worshiper

Scripture: Romans 12:1-2

Resources:

Romans: An Expositional Commentary (Vol. 4) by James Montgomery Boice

Counterfeit Gods by Tim Keller

Desiring God (Chapter 3) by John Piper

Disciple: Getting Our Identity From Jesus – by Bill Clem

Why do we (the church) exist?

Resources:

Scripture

References

Exploring an identity that cannot change.

Resources:

Romans 1:18-21

Romans 5:1

Enjoying God in the normal grind of life.

Resources:

Psalm 16

How do we walk with God in seasons of trouble?

Resources:

Psalm 42

How do we interact with God when all is well and ordered in our world?

Resources:

Psalm 103

Putting God's instruction into practice in major areas of life.

Resources:

Psalm 1

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