By Citizens Church
Citizens ChurchMay 16, 2023
Wk 11: Colossians 3:18-4:1
Relationships matter, not for what they can do for you but what they can produce in you! Sunday, May 14, 2023.
Wk 10: Colossians 3:12-17
In response to the command to "mortify the flesh" Paul now turns our attention to the idea that we are called to "put on" the things of the Spirit! Sunday, May 7, 2023.
Wk 9: Colossians 3:5-11
While modifying our sinful behavior is easier, we are called to mortify the sins of the flesh. Sunday, April 30, 2023.
Wk 8: Colossians 3:1-4
Our God-given identity breeds holy activity
Sunday, April 23, 2023.
Wk 7: Colossians 2:16-23
Activity says "I have done it." Identity says "Jesus has done it."
Sunday, April 16, 2023.
Wk. 6: Colossians 2:13-15 / Easter 2023
Christ's resurrection has publicly disarmed and disgraced evil, forever. Sunday, April 9, 2023.
Wk 5: Colossians 2:1-7
Replace reasonableness for righteousness & rootedness Sunday, April 2, 2023.
Wk 3: Colossians 1:15-23
All things were created by Him, through Him & for Him. Sunday, March 19, 2023.
Wk 2: Colossians 1:9-14
Studying Paul's prayer for the Colossian church & how we can deepen our prayers from this example.
Sunday, March 12, 2023. Pastor Brad Wright.
Wk 1: Colossians 1:1-8
Our first week in Colossians will introduce the letter as we begin to see that "Jesus + Nothing = Everything"
Sunday, March 5, 2023
Wk. 4: God & Us
Who does Jesus relate to & how?
Sunday, February 26, 2023.
Wk. 3: Parenthood
Parenting must be rooted in the gospel.
Sunday, Feb. 19, 2023.
Wk 2: Marriage
No marriage is perfect, yet God cares deeply for your marriage.
Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023
Wk 1: Friendship
Proverbs tells us it is wise to have real friends AND it is wise to be a real friend.
Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023.
Better Together: Pt. 2
What is your next step with the Lord? What is He calling you to do? Let's do it together!
Sunday, January 29, 2023.
Better Together: Pt. 1
We were created to be better together.
Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023.
Stand Alone: "Prodigal Son" / Pastor Grant Yowe
Sunday, January 15, 2023.
The endless grace of the Father is evident as Jesus tells us a story.
Stand Alone: "2023 Pursuits" / Pastor Brad Wright
Jan. 8, 2023
What will we pursue in the new year?
"Shepherds Are Invited In" / Emmanuel Week 3
Sunday, December 18, 2022.
Shepherds are invited into the intimacy of Jesus and His birth.
"The Angel Visits Mary" / Emmanuel Week 2
Sunday, December 11, 2022.
The angel visits Mary & delivers a glorious message.
"God is a Promise Keeper" / Emmanuel week 1
Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022
God does not just make promises. He keeps promises.
"God's Angry Prophet" / Jonah 4
Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022.
God's grace is evident in the provision he shows towards angry, broken people.
"The Lord Comes to Jonah a Second Time" / Jonah 3
Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022.
The word of the Lord comes to Jonah a second time and this time, Jonah obeys.
"Jonah's Example of Prayer" / Jonah 2
Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022.
Jonah's prayer in the fish gives us a proper response to our Lord who is in control.
"Our Primary Purpose" / Jonah 1
Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022.
Pastor ZJ Cunningham - "Grace points us to our primary purpose."
"Paul Shares Jesus in Rome" / Acts 28 pt. 2
Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022.
As Paul traverses Rome he shares the gospel with Jewish leaders.
"Rome at Last" / Acts 28 pt. 1
Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.
Paul and his companions make it to Rome at last.
"An Illuminating Circumstance" / Acts 25
Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022.
Our circumstances have the capability to illuminate everything the Lord is doing in our lives!
"Welcome, Witness, & Worship" / Acts 24
Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022.
Welcome, Witness, & Worship.
Pastor ZJ Cunningham
"Trust the Process" / Acts 23
Sunday, Sept 18, 2022.
God is working a holy process in our lives, shaping us into everything He wants us to be. Trust the process!
"Let Me Tell You A Story" / Acts 22
Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022.
Paul is before the Sanhedrin and re-tells his story of conversion.
"No Matter What Comes, We Can Trust the Lord" / Acts 21
Sunday, Sept. 4, 2022.
No matter what comes our way, we can trust the Lord Jesus.
"The Mission Takes All of Us" / Acts 20
Sunday, August 28, 2022.
The mission doesn't need "me." It needs "us."
"What Do You Really Need?" / Acts 19
Sunday, August 21, 2022.
Our need for Jesus outmatches our need for anything else
"The Lord of Encouragement" / Acts 18
Sunday, August 14, 2022.
The Lord of encouragement is close to the discouraged!
"The God Who Can be Known" / Acts 16
Sunday, August 7, 2022.
Pastor Ed Davis / Missio Dei Church
"When God Shuts the Door" / Acts 16
Sunday, July 31, 2022.
When God shuts a door of opportunity, what will be our response?
"Fighting for the Far Away" / Acts 15
Sunday, July 24, 2022.
Pastor ZJ Cunningham
"Power in Perception" / Acts 14
Sunday, July 17, 2022.
Life circumstances feel overwhelming? Maybe we need a new lens to look through as the gospel changes our perception.
"Competing Voices" / Acts 13
Guided by Acts 13 we ask the question, "what voices in our spirit are we listening to?" We must train the ears of our spirit to listen to the Lord.
Sunday, July 3, 2022.
Pastor ZJ Cunningham
"The Key to Contentment"/ Philippians 4:10-23
Sunday, June 26, 2022. Pastor Dylan Dodson
Where do we find contentment? Does it come from within or does it come from outside of us?
"Nothing Compares to Christ" / Philippians 3:1-20
Sunday, June 19, 2022.
Continuing "Gospel Partnership" series, we turn our attention to Philippians 3 as Paul writes of the supremacy of Christ versus the things of this world.
"Humility Instead of Pride" / Phil. 2:1-11
Our natural self turns to pride and self-centeredness. Is there a better way?
Pastor Brandon Mercer
"Affection, Confidence, & Power" / Philippians 1
Sunday, June 5, 2022.
Kicking off our brand new study through the book of Philippians
"Facing Criticism" / Acts 11:1-26
Sunday, May 22, 2022.
News has travelled to Jerusalem that Peter ate with Gentiles and in the face of criticism, Peter retells the story of God's miraculous work in the lives of those who were saved.
"Gentile Pentecost" // Acts 10:34-48
Sunday, May 15, 2022.
Peter is invited to Cornelius' home and he shares the gospel as the entire household is saved and baptized!
"Saul's Interaction with the Risen Lord" / Acts 9:1-31
Sunday, May 1, 2022. **Recording a few minutes into message**
Saul, the persecutor, has a life-changing interaction with the Risen Lord
"Rejection Leads to Redemption" / Acts 8:26-40
Sunday, April 24, 2022.
Pastor Grant Yowe walks us through the end of Acts 8 as Phillip meets the Ethiopian eunuch.
Easter 2022 / John 20
To the skeptic, Jesus provides community, peace, & life.
"The Gospel Goes to Samaria" / Acts 8:1-25
Sunday, April 10, 2022
As Stephen's death sends a shockwave of persecution throughout the region, believers are scattered. Phillip, one of the 7 chosen to serve, goes to Samaria and experiences the Spirit breakout among the gentiles.
"Stephen's Martyrdom" / Acts 6-7
As we enter into Acts 6-7, we get to read Stephen's speech as he relates the history of Israel's patriarchy in relation to the crucified Messiah.
"Don't Hold Back" / Acts 5:1-16
Sunday, March 27, 2022
Peter engages with Ananias and Sapphira as the community experiences the seriousness of holding back and lying to the Spirit.
"Aftershock" / Acts 4:23-37
Sunday, March 20, 2022 The prayer of the apostles after their release from jail sends out a spiritual aftershock to the community of faith.
"A Prolific Moment" / Acts 4:1-22
Sunday, March 13, 2022
Standing trial before the religious leaders, Peter and John are filled with the Spirit's boldness as they bear witness to the gospel and respond to the healing that has taken place.
"More Than I Asked For" / Acts 3:1-10
Peter and John visit the temple and meet a lame beggar who experiences a miraculous healing.
"A Chain Reaction" / Acts 2:21-47
Wrapping up Acts chapter 2, we see a "chain reaction" from the gospel being preached. Thousands are added to the Christian community and believers share all things in common because they have the main thing in common, Jesus.
"The Spirit is Here" / Acts 2:1-21
The day of Pentecost has arrived and the Holy Spirit descends upon the apostles through tongues of fire. Meanwhile, Peter begins his sermon.
"Power in the Prep" / Acts 1:12-26
Having just heard Jesus' missionary call for gospel mission, the apostles return to Jerusalem. What are they to do? Sit on their hands and wait? No! The apostles show us the "power in the prep" as they unite together in prayer with one another, including the newly appointed, Matthias.
"We Need More Power!" / Acts 1:1-11
This is the first message in our sermon series through the Book of Acts. Jesus gives the missionary call, and the disciples watch him ascend into Heaven. The question is, "to do what Jesus commands to, what will be our source of strength & power?"
"Back to Basics: Love" - 1 John 4
Everything hinges on our love for God and our love for neighbor. But, why is this so important?
"Back to Basics: Evangelism" - Mark 1 / Matthew 28
From Jesus calling his first disciples at the sea of Galilee, to His command to "go" at the time of His ascension, evangelism has been the mark of Jesus's disciples. We "fish for people" because people matter to God. Time to get back to the basic practice of sharing Jesus with others!
"Back to Basics: Generosity" - Matthew 6
Jesus teaches us that "where your treasure is, your heart will be there also." With this guiding principle, we explore generosity as a follower of Jesus and evaluate our hearts.
"Back to Basics- Community" - Ephesians 4:1-6
One of the most foundational pillars of Christianity is community. Our community is centered around one calling and one Lord who is in all things. What would it mean for us to get "back to the basics?"
Christmas Eve 2021 - "The King Has Come to Bring us Hope"
In Luke 1, Mary is expressing the great joy that our hope is producing! Scripture is clear. Jesus came for the lowly, poor, hungry, & sinful. The King has come to root our hope that we can be in relationship with Him today.
"The Lord Reigns Forever" - Lamentations 5:1-22
As Jeremiah closes out this book, he does so with the eternal reminder that the Lord will reign forever even as our kingdom falls.
"The Effects of Sin Are All Around Us" - Lamentations 4:1-22
Jeremiah laments as the effects of sin are visibly seen. Children are neglected and priests are slain. The city is in ruin and the people are suffering. In the midst of it all, it may be tempting to "hide" from the Lord. However, when we are tempted to hide, let us run to God even faster.
"In the Midst of Ruin, Our God Hears Us." - Lamentations 3
If there is ever a "high point" in Lamentations, chapter 3 provides the readers with the encouragement that God does hear the cries of his people. In the midst of ruin and chaos, the Lord will hear His people.
"How Lament Points us Towards our Compassionate God" - Lamentations 2:1-22
As Jeremiah continues to describe the present state of mourning, grief, & lament in Lamentations 2, we ask the question, "can lament actually point us towards God's compassion towards us?"
"Worship in the Midst of Grief" - Lamentations 1:1-22
As we open the book of Lamentations, Jerusalem is desolate. Personified as a woman, the city "sits alone as her tears fall down her cheeks." Lamentations opens us up to the idea that our grief, suffering, & sorrow actually provide an invitation to worship God through it all.
"We Have Received Life " - Esther 9:18-10:3
As we finish the book of Esther, we find ourselves reading about the festival, Purim, a day in which all jews celebrate God sparring their people from death. We too have been spared from death! Because of Jesus, we were destined for death but have received life.
"The Day Has Arrived" - Esther 9:1-17
The day of war is here. The Jews will defend themselves against all who attack them, and in fact, Esther will ask for a second day of war in which many more enemies will fall by the sword.
"Evil is Being Reversed: The Death of Haman" - Esther 7:1-10
This week, Esther makes her request before King Xerxes and identifies Haman as the evil one who has plotted to kill all of the Jewish people. Ironically, Haman is hanged on the gallows that he had constructed for the jew, Mordecai.
"The Celebration of Mordecai" - Esther 6:1-14
Esther chapter 6 gives way for the elevation and celebration of Mordecai after he was overlooked 5 years prior. Haman, the evil one, parades Mordecai around on the king's horse and in the king's robe. Ultimately, we see that in Jesus, our story ends in banquet, not destruction.
"Esther Approaches the King" - Esther 5:1-14
Esther is now approaching the king and while she gains his favor, requests a banquet for himself and Haman. The ball starts rolling for the destruction of Human and the deliverance of the jews.
"Up Against Our Enemy" - Esther 2:19-3:15
Today we introduced to the villain of our story, Haman. Haman plots to kill all of the jews and and as we leave Esther 3, all of Susa is in confusion and chaos.
"Broken Systems, Flawless God" - Esther 2:1-18
Pastor Matt Meers turns our attention to Esther 2, as Esther and Mordecai are introduced, Esther gains favor with the king, and the characters learn how to navigate a broken system.
"A better King" - Esther 1:1-22
The book of Esther unfolds with great tragedy and oppression. As queen Vasti is vanished because of her unwillingness to expose herself, the king is faced with what he must do next. It is through the negligence and wickedness of King Xerxes, that we find our true and better king in Jesus.
"Best. Sermon Ever." - Matthew 7:24-29
This is our last Sunday in the book of Matthew. Jesus closes his sermon by talking through two different builders, one wise, one foolish. Will we hear these words as Jesus challenges our foundation? Sermon by Cameron Brooks
"Best. Sermon. Ever." - Matthew 7:13-23
Jesus is clear that there are two ways. One, the narrow way, leads to life, while the broad road leads to death. What will we choose?
"Best. Sermon. Ever." - Matthew 7:1-12
"Do not judge." What does this exactly mean for us? Jesus directs our eyes to our Father in heaven and the grace that He has in store for us.
"Best. Sermon. Ever." - Matthew 6:25-34
Jesus continues his sermon and extends the kind invitation to "look to the birds" as we replace worry with faith.
"Best. Sermon. Ever." - Matthew 6:16-24
Jesus now turns our attention to fasting and begins to discuss our heart and our treasure.
"Best. Sermon. Ever." - Matthew 5:38-48
This week, Jesus continues to "raise the bar." But the question is, "why?" Could He be telling us something about God and salvation? (message by Pastor Adam Flynt)
"Best. Sermon. Ever." - Matthew 5:17-37
What does Jesus have to do with "the law?" Today, we turn our attention to the first 3 examples of Jesus as he begins his discussion on his followers and following the law.
"Best. Sermon. Ever." - Matthew 5:13-16
Jesus now turns from blessedness to responsibility. How are we to show the goodness of our Heavenly Father?
"Best. Sermon. Ever." - Matt. 5:1-12
Jesus begins his famous, Sermon on the Mount, in Matthew 5. Today, he begins with the beatitudes and shows us that the blessed life is the life that is laid down for Jesus.
Armor of God- Ephesians 6:10-20
As Paul concludes Ephesians, he turns to the armor of God as we battle, not against one another, but against the enemy. But the question is, are we engaged in the battle?
Parents & Children- Ephesians 6:1-4
As Paul continues with Ephesians, he now turns the readers' attention to the relationship between parents and children and how to honor one another.
Marriage- Ephesians 5:22-33
As Paul continues his letter to the Ephesians, he now turns their attention to the attitude of service and submission between a husband and wife.
Unity- Ephesians 2:11-20
As Paul continues his letter to the Ephesians, today he turns our attention to this: gospel unity is oneness, not same-ness.
Mercy- Ephesians 2:1-10
Paul continues his letter to the Ephesians, turning their attention to the mercy of God in light of their sin. Because of sin, we are dead. Because of Jesus, we don't have to be.