Past sermon series
An important part of our history as a church are the extended seasons we've spent in God's Word. Sermons are not isolated events, nor are they experienced in isolation. Neither are sermons just intellectual events. They are also physical, emotional, and relational experiences. We listen shoulder-to-shoulder on Sundays, and then we wrestle together in conversation and repentance and prayer throughout the week.
If you haven't joined us on a Sunday, we hope to meet you soon! In the meantime, below are all our past sermon series. Click through and listen to some of where God has taken us over the years.
an Introduction to the book of LUKE (ADVENT 2018)
Just as Ruth began “in the period of the judges,” so the New Testament begins in a dark period of Roman occupation and Jewish unfaithfulness. During Advent, we remember both the darkness and the anticipation of God’s coming light. This season, we highlight the songs of Advent — Zechariah’s Benedictus, Mary’s Magnificat, and the angelic song.
The Book of Ruth
As we approach the season of Advent, we remember that the people of God have often endured dark times. Sometimes, God changes Israel’s fortunes dramatically. Often, though, God works through the committed kindness of faithful people. In the Book of Ruth, we are encouraged by the examples of Naomi, Ruth, and Boaz. More than their faithfulness, we are encouraged by God’s sovereign faithfulness to send a King to save his people. And if he did it once, he can do it again.
Ephesians: Made One
In the Book of Ephesians, Paul writes to encourage the church to fight for what Christ accomplished for them: unity, diversity, maturity, purity, and harmony. Situated in a highly-spiritual, magic-obsessed culture (not unlike our own), Paul wants to remind them that they have everything they need in the gospel. God the Father predestined them for adoption before the foundation of the world, sending his Son to obtain their redemption. Even now, the church possesses the Holy Spirit in themselves as a downpayment for the eternal inheritance awaiting them. And, to top it off, this great salvation is the church’s by grace through faith in Christ, not of works.
In the beginning, when God created the world, He declared everything good. Everything, that is, except human aloneness. "It is not good that man would be alone." God has always intended for people to live in fruitful relationship not only with him, but with others. He wants us to be in relationships marked by mutual giving and receiving, never taking. But how? In Spring 2018, we asked God to open our eyes to the beauty of flourishing relationships and lead us forward in repentance and faith.
Story of god
Every January, we set aside four weeks to walk through the Story of God together. This is a narrative overview of the whole Bible, from beginning to end. Opportunities for reflections, questions, and frustrations are interspersed, which makes these longer than a typical sermon. The time is worth it, though, as we are challenged by the collective insight and experience of others.
O Antiphons: yearnings from isaiah (advent 2017)
In 2017, we extended Advent by a few weeks and considered seven names for Jesus Christ drawn from the book of Isaiah. We didn't choose these titles on our own, but took them from seven Advent prayers from the early church called the O Antiphons. Listen as we reflect on Jesus as Wisdom, Lord, Root, Key, Dayspring, King, and Emmanuel.
jesus: the final word (the book of hebrews)
In 2017, we spent six months in the Book of Hebrews. Addressed to a persecuted church facing the temptation to turn back from Christ, the author pleads with the church to hold fast to Christ. He is the Final Word, the Great High Priest, and the Perfect Sacrifice. These terms feel clumsy and archaic in our secular context, but it turns out we are just as devoted to priests as our first-century ancestors. And our modern sacrifices are just as worthless when placed next to Christ, the one Mediator between God and man.
There are many churches in San Francisco today who we embrace as full partners in the gospel. And yet Citizens is unashamed of the unique character of our church community. In this present age, God is pleased to reach the world through a diversity of churches. Additionally, we believe that context and opportunity cries out for a certain kind of church. Because of God's work in our lives and in our city, we feel called to be a certain kind of church with specific convictions. In particular, Citizens embraces five distinctives. This Vision Series walks through each one.