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.

When Jesus rose from the dead, there were already things in the Bible that if rightly understood, would have led Jesus’ disciples to expect him to rise from the dead. In this sermon, we look at one such part of the Bible.


Ezekiel 37:1-14

The Book of Ezekiel, Chapters 25-48 (NICOT)Daniel Block

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Before there was a Good Friday, there was a day of atonement, on which all the sins of God’s people from the prior year were atoned for. But it pointed forward to a greater day of atonement.


Leviticus 16

The Book of Leviticus (NICOT), Gordon Wenham

Who Shall Ascend the Mountain of the Lord? A Biblical Theology of the Book of Leviticus, Michael Morales

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In a world in which authority is so often misunderstood, the fifth commandment teaches us how God designed parental authority to function.


Exodus 20:12

The commandment Jesus has given us is to love one another, and those who do can know they have eternal life, whatever the world or their hearts tell them.


1 John 3:11-24

The Letters of John (Pillar), Colin G. Kruse

Who was the child born to Mary? Many call him Christ, but is he really? In this passage we see that child is truly the Christ, he is called Jesus because he is our savior, and he is Immanuel, God with us.


Matthew 1

Matthew (The Expositor’s Bible Commentary), D.A. Carson

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We are all searching for something, but there is only one thing worth selling all you have to attain: The kingdom of heaven.


Matthew 13:44-46

The Kingdom of God and the Church, Geerhardus Vos

The Kingdom of God and the Glory of the CrossPatrick Schreiner

Love is a virtue many celebrate, but what does genuine love look like? This passages gives us 6 marks of genuine love.


Romans 12:9-13

Romans (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament), Thomas Schreiner

Duties of Christian Fellowship, John Owen

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Prayer should not merely be something a church gets to when it gets to it, but praying together should be something to which a church is devoted.


Acts 1:12-14

Acts (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament), Darrell Bock

Only a Prayer Meeting, Charles Spurgeon

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God’s wisdom in salvation has been made known to us and is being made known through us to the heavenly beings.


Ephesians 3:10

Though Christians by definition know the love of Christ, here Paul prays for a deeper knowledge of it, so that we might be filled with the fullness of God for the glory of God.


Ephesians 3:14-21

Ephesians (Pillar New Testament Commentary), Peter T O’Brien

Ephesians (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament), Frank Thielman

“Paul’s Prayer”, Sermon by Timothy Keller

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Guest preacher Chris Andino shows us how in Christ we are dead to the old, alive to the new, and how we can now live in accordance with that.


Colossians 3:1-17

Already, Not Yet: How to Live in the Last Days, David Briones

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Today is the day many observe as Christmas, and we’re happy for the excuse to focus on the birth of Christ, because his birth is good news of great joy.


Luke 2:1-14

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

Expository Thoughts on the Gospel of Luke, J.C. Ryle

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For our first service as a new church, guest preacher Bobby Jamieson, Associate Pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, preached to us on the mind of Christ we have and need to accomplish the mission of Christ.


Philippians 2:19-30

From where do we as Christians derive joy? We get joy from looking to God, who is able to keep us and present us blameless.

Citylight Center City | December 26, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.


Jude 24-25


Jude tells his readers how to respond to false teachers and those mocking the faith by keeping themselves in the love of God, through building up God’s church, praying in the Holy Spirit, and waiting for the mercy of Jesus.

Citylight Center City | August 1, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.


Jude 17-23

Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 50, Jude-2 Peter, Richard Bauckham

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How do we live with the fact that we aren’t God? We’re prone to resist it, and the Devil wants us to do just that. He tries to get us to resist it by saying God is not good, but because God is good, we should trust and obey God’s Word, not the Devil’s.

Citylight Center City | June 6, 2021 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.


Genesis 2:8-9, 15-17; 3:1-15

Genesis (Kidner Classic Commentaries)Derek Kidner

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In this passage we see that we are not geniuses for Christ or experts for Christ, but witnesses for Christ. Even through our doubts, God empowers us with his Holy Spirit to be his witnesses.

Citylight Center City | December 27, 2020 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.


Luke 24:36-53

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Israel is commissioned to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem, yet they wrongly prioritize their perceived needs over trusting God to provide for them in their obedience. God’s temple is still in ruins, yet their own homes are built and finely furnished.

Citylight Center City | November 29, 2020 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.


Mike Anderson’s sermon and notes from first two weeks of Haggai series (2017)
Haggai 1
Ezra 1-6

As we begin 2020, we may have resolutions, but we struggle to endure. In the Christian life endurance is needed, and this passage shows us how to get it.


Hebrews 12:1-2

ESV Study Bible

An Exposition of the Epistle to the Hebrews, John Owen

Just as the apostles left everything to follow Jesus, we also are called to forsake everything to follow Jesus into the mission of making disciples.


Luke 5:1-11

Luke: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Darrell Bock

Exalting Jesus in Luke: Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary, Thabiti Anyabwile

We are called to remove the sin within us because our sin affects our relationship with God, our devotion belongs to God, and God’s holiness demands us to do so.


Joshua 7

Joshua (Word Biblical Commentary) by Trent C. Butler

Joshua: People of God’s Purpose (Preaching the Word) by David Jackman

The Lost World of Israelite Conquest by John H. Walton and J. Harvey Walton

In 1 Timothy, we see the Scriptures calling us to be thankful for the power of God’s Grace! We can be thankful for God’s Grace because it transforms undeserving people and highlights the indescribable God that loves them.



1 Timothy 1:12-17

Christ-Centered Exposition: 1&2 Timothy, David Platt

NIV Application Commentary: 1&2 Timothy, Walter Liefeld

The New American Commentary: 1, 2 Timothy & Titus, Thomas Griffin

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

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