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Authority Redeemed Together we explore what the bible teaches about authority specifically with application to the local church.
Nehemiah: Rebuilding Together The New Testament calls all Christians elect exiles (1 Peter 1:1) because we are citizens of heaven and not home where we are. COVID-19 has caused us to experience our exile in new and unique ways. The church has been battered and there are threats to growth and faithfulness on every side. In 2021, we enter into a season of rebuilding an attractively different gospel culture so that the city around us will see our good deeds and give glory to God in heaven. Nehemiah provides us with a timeless guide to rebuilding a city within the city.
Vision 2022 The theme of Citylight's 2022 Missions Conference is derived from Isaiah 66:18: And they shall come and see my glory.
Trust Your Sovereign Father In uncertain times, we are reminded that God is our compassionate and capable Father.
Acts The Book of Acts stands unique in the New Testament. While other books mention Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection, Acts carries the story into the lives of Jesus' earliest followers. Citylight will journey through this book as we desire to become a family who prioritizes evangelism and mission. It is our hope and prayer that this book will empower and inspire us through the Holy Spirit to take the message of Jesus and the Kingdom forward into our world for God’s glory.
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.”
Ecclesiastes Ecclesiastes has been described as King Solomon's report on his failed attempt to find purpose and the good life in our fallen world. Ecclesiastes helps us face reality honestly so that we become wise, cheerful, and learn to fear God in the real world as we wait with hope for the day when God the Son will ultimately rescue us from life under the sun.
Psalms: Experiencing the Truth The Psalms are written like prayers; in fact that’s what most of them are. They are a window into the experience of people walking with God. The Psalmists are taking their knowledge of the truth and using it in relationship with God. The Psalmists don’t just know the truth, they experience it, and they teach us how to do so also.
Psalms - Ancient Wisdom for Modern Living The Psalms offer us God-breathed, ancient wisdom for contemporary situations. Who doesn’t want to know how to enjoy a life of contentment, fight stress or face doubt? We all share the challenges in common and the Psalms offer a unique perspective.
Genesis Genesis is the foundational book in the whole of the canon. Without at least a cursory understanding of Genesis nothing in the Bible or the biblical worldview is coherent. In Genesis, God created humanity out of the dust in his own image to be like him and to represent him. We see the framework that holds the entire Bible together: covenants. God cuts covenant with his people and the whole rest of the Bible is about his people’s faithlessness and his faithfulness. Finally, Genesis provides the origin of the messianic hope that runs through the storyline of Scripture and finds ultimate fulfillment in Revelation 21-22.
The King Has Come: The Promise Fulfilled_ Historically, the Church has referred to the Christmas season as “Advent.” It’s the time of year Christians celebrate the entry of Jesus to our world as a humble baby. This year at Citylight we are celebrating King Jesus’s arrival by looking at Luke’s account of his birth and the stories that led to his great arrival.
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.
Christ of the Carols (2017) Christmas music is an integral part of the Advent season—you might hear it while doing your gift shopping, waiting at the train station, or listening to the radio. Some think November is a fine time to listen to these festive songs, while others religiously wait until after Thanksgiving. Either way, by mid-December, we all tap our feet and hum the tunes, but we don’t always stop to consider the significance of the lyrics these carols feature. Join us as we take up four of our favorite Christmas carols and get to know Jesus a little bit better by learning about his miraculous incarnation and the songs that have celebrated it for centuries.
Worship: Revere | Reframe | Reshape
We resemble what we revere and we become what we behold. Worship in general and corporate worship in particular are central to God’s plan of conforming us to the image of his Son. We desire to craft worship gatherings that maximize the opportunity to reshape what we revere so that we will become more like Jesus over time.
Beatitudes: Blessings of the Kingdom Life The beatitudes describe the good or blessed life because they expound the lifestyle of those who embrace Jesus Savior and Lord, Redeemer and Teacher. They describe the blessed life of taking Jesus in full rather than half measure. Over the next several weeks we will look at what the beatitudes show us about being an attractively different community.
Haggai: First Things First Haggai challenges us to consider what we value most. As Taylor says, “Preoccupation with such concerns (as food, clothing, shelter, etc.) can lead to a type of personal decision making that focuses first on meeting temporal human needs and offers God only what is left over after essential matters of personal security and comfort have first been decided.” This is the condition Haggai finds the Israelites in, and the irony of it is their neglect of the LORD is exactly what has led to their lack of security, clothing, shelter, etc. (1:9-11). Since we are a people created to depend on the LORD and a people in covenant with him, we cannot expect true prosperity while neglecting him. Communion with God is the principal blessing of life. There is nothing better. Prioritize other things over it, and they’ll kill you. God is worthy of worship; his very purpose in having them build the temple is that he may be glorified (1:8). Where this is neglected, judgment follows.
Philippians: Pressing Onward in the Gospel Through Paul's letter to the church in Philippi, we will be encouraged to joyously make progress in living out our heavenly identity. Central to our progress, is the necessity to joyously stand firm in Christ and be united in love and purpose amidst opposition, trials and apathy. The letter is profoundly Christ-centered in that the imperative to joyously stand firm and be united is consistently build upon the indicative of the gospel. Finally, we should keep in mind that thanksgiving permeates the whole of the letter. It’s important to keep this theme in mind because it reminds us that this is primarily an admonishment to keep doing the good we are already doing more and more.
Mercy & Justice: Gospel Motivated Love A six week series exploring how the Bible commands and the gospel motivates us to show mercy to and seek justice for the poor and marginalized in our families, our church and our city.
Perspectives The Perspectives series is a look at Advent / Christmas through the perspectives of four different “characters” presented in the Gospels.
10 Commandments: Words of Freedom Religious and irreligious people alike recognize that few documents have had as much influence on Western culture as the Ten Commandments. President John Adams once wrote, “As much as I love, esteem and admire the Greeks, I believe the Hebrews have done more to enlighten and civilize the world. Moses did more than all their legislators and philosophers.” Whether a fervent believer or a fervent skeptic, history has proven that the Ten Commandments are exceptionally relevant to each of our lives. The Ten Commandments are perhaps most relevant for a reason you may not suspect: they teach us how to be truly free. God gave the Ten Commandments to Israel just after He set them free from slavery in Egypt. The Commandments show them how to live the way they were intended. God set them free and then gave them the commandments to teach them how to live like free people.
We Are Citylight It's far too easy to live life on cruise control, forgetting that as Christians we have a unique calling on our lives. Specifically, as a church, Citylight exists to make disciples of Jesus to the glory of God. The key questions then are: what is a disciple and how do we go about making them? This four week series seeks to answer those questions and remind us of our identity.
Ephesians: Gospel-Driven Unity When God created the world, He created it diverse. He made a sun and a moon, land and water, earth and sky, animals that crawl, animals that swim, humans that were male, humans that were female, different ethnicities, and so on. The goal of all this was that the diverse parts of creation would come together as a sort of symphony, worshipping Him. Since then however, our differences have become a cause of division. Whether it’s gender, race, political views, or nationality, conflict is all around us. In the book of Ephesians, Paul proclaims the good news of what God has done in Christ to restore the unity He originally intended. He then spells out for us how that good news enables us to live unified lives with God and one another despite our differences. The gospel is the thing that creates unity, and it’s the only thing that can ultimately drive real unity.
The Anatomy of Prayer "Prayer in its most basic form is talking to God in response to His talking to us. Prayer is communion and communication. Prayer is the most basic act of faith. Yet many of us find rich, satisfying prayer to be quite difficult. Throughout the Anatomy of Prayer, we'll explore the four major themes of prayer: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication (ACTS). Each week we’ll look at a Psalm that provides unique wisdom about each of the letters of ACTS. We hope this series both inspires you to pray and provides you with the tools to know how!"
The King & His People The Gospel of Mark is the true story of the life, death and resurrection of the Son of God. Mark wrote his Gospel for two primary reasons: Exalt the King and encourage the King’s people to follow Him. Mark is a fast paced account of Jesus the King that, at every turn, calls everyone, everywhere to respond to Jesus’ grace by giving Him their ultimate allegiance.
Exiles - Pursuing Future Hope Now what? That’s the question burning in Jesus’ disciples mind at the beginning of the Book of Acts. Jesus lived, died and rose to forgive their sin and promise them eternal life. But now what? Jesus answers this question with three simple words: Be my witnesses! The Christian life is an exhilarating adventure of bearing witness of what we have seen, felt and experienced through the gospel of Jesus. The Book of Acts displays the Kingdom of God, in all its wonder, advancing by the power of the Holy Spirit through the planting of churches. All this activity stems from who Jesus has made us: His witnesses!
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.