Listen to recent sermons from the Citylight Charlotte Podcast below!
May 14, 2017
Text: Hebrews Chapter 9.
On this Mother’s Day, Pastor Brian relates today’s text to a struggle all mothers face: feeling like we’re not good enough for our kids. But what if our conscience could be free? If we stop pretending we have all the answers, we can fully experience the love of God for ourselves. Only then will we be able to share it with our children and everyone else in our life.
May 7, 2017
Text : Hebrews Chapter 8.
Our loving obedience to God is an opportunity, not an obligation. Walking in the freedom of the New Covenant means allowing ourselves to fall and letting Jesus help us back up, again and again. Pastor Justin shows us that the Law was given to us not with the purpose of making us perfect, but to reveal that we cannot obey it.
April 30, 2017
Text: Hebrews Chapter 8.
In this section of Hebrews, the three themes of Sanctuary, Sacrifice and Covenant are explored. We can use this text as a reminder to watch out for our tendency towards “matchbox car Christianity”, where we get attached to replicas instead of having faith in the real, immaterial truth.
April 23, 2017
Text: Hebrews Chapter 7.
What do we do with our freedom? Being free means choosing who to trust. In a world where everything is temporary and must eventually be replaced, we can always look to Jesus. This High Priest, who lives to make intercession for us, will never become sinful and will never need replacing.
April 16, 2017
As we celebrate the resurrection of Christ, we reflect on the darkness and the light in our lives. Evil exists in each of us and in the world around us, but today we are reminded that God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.
April 9, 2017
Text: Hebrews Chapter 6.
Are God’s promises too good to be true? We shouldn’t deny the existence of doubt. Rather than waiting for God to prove himself to us, we can look for certainty in the consistency of His character.
April 2, 2017
Text: Hebrews Chapter 6.
Pastor Brian delves into one of the most contested passages of the Bible. From it, we learn the difference between believing things to be true and believing they are necessary to our lives. We can often get lost in the details or start going through the motions, but getting past this leads us to mature Christian living based on hope in God.
March 12, 2017
Text: Hebrews Chapter 5.
Christ’s humility is evident when we see that he never took any honor for himself, always valuing the glory of the Father over his position.
March 5, 2017
Text: Hebrews Chapter 4
In this passage, we understand Jesus as the Great High Priest. In order to avoid sin as Jesus did, we are encouraged to yield to God’s embrace.
February 26, 2017
Text: Hebrews Chapter 4.
Sometimes it’s difficult to avoid distractions and keep our eye on Jesus. But when we do, we can let go and rest in God.
February 19, 2017
Text: Hebrews Chapter 3.
Pastor Brian encourages us to hold fast to our trust and confidence in God, making sure that we’re always building on Christ’s solid foundation.
February 12, 2017
Text: Hebrews Chapter 3.
As Jesus followers, let us remember that the builder is bigger that what he has built by trusting Him instead of our own experiences.
February 5, 2017
Text: Hebrews Chapter 2.
How much does Jesus really understand our lives? The answer: He is intimately familiar with our struggles. Pastor Brian illustrates how he is our trailblazer and heritage-maker.
January 29, 2017
Text: Hebrews Chapter 2.
In Chapter 2 of the book of Hebrews, we see that Jesus is the anchor that keeps us from drifting back to our default position.
January 22, 2017
Text: Hebrews Chapter 1
January 15, 2017
Text: Hebrews Chapter 1.
In this message, Citylight begins our series through the book of Hebrews. Pastor Brian explains how culture’s loud voice can make the voice of truth hard to hear. Jump into the conversation as we discuss the ways we can each contribute to our community’s health.
April 27, 2016
March 23, 2016
Join us as we explore the resurrected Jesus with Pastor Brian Norris at Citylight’s worship gathering.
February 24, 2016
The final installment of the “Where We Stand” series. Pastor Brian shows how our position in Christ calls us to relate to one another at a higher level. This message will change Charlotte.
February 14, 2016
Where We Stand – Given a Place
Text: Ephesians 2:1-10
Preaching Team member Zach discusses our undeserved place and position in God’s Kingdom through faith in Christ.
Text: Ephesians 2:11-18
Preaching Team member James discusses the necessary and unifying peace and love of Jesus.
January 31, 2016
We are Communing – Living in the Good of Our Reconciliation
Text: Ephesians 1:15-23
Pastor Brian celebrates the joy and goodness we can know as we experience reconciliation and communion with God.
January 26, 2016
We are Confident – Living in Promised Power
Text: Ephesians 1:13-14
Pastor Brian challenges us to move past just knowledge of God’s power. If we trust and believe with our entire being, we can experience His power and provision through His Holy Spirit.
January 19, 2016
We are Forever Forgiven: Living with purpose
Text: Ephesians 1:7-13
Pastor Brian and Zach from the Preaching Team discuss Paul’s mission in drawing the Ephesians’ attention to the goodness of God found in Jesus.
January 14, 2016
We are Sons and Daughters: Living in Love
Text: Ephesians 1:4-6
We as followers of Christ can know that we are sons and daughters of God. Pastor Brian shares how we are chosen, adopted and accepted by God.
January 12, 2016
Pastor Brian teaches on Paul’s passionate introduction to the church at Ephesus.
January 6, 2016
A special message from Pastor Brian on the final Sunday of Advent.
December 27, 2015
Text: Ephesians 2
On the final Sunday of 2015, Pastor Brian prepares us for the coming series of 2016 by explaining and challenging us with the concept of Missional Unity.
December 20, 2015
Missionaries Matt Smith and his family visit to share their story and what God is doing in North Africa.
December 19, 2015
November 29, 2015
Text: 1 Samuel: 9, 10
What we see as random events and details, God works into an artistic masterpiece of His plan and provision. The trick is not to miss the larger beauty for the details. And it’s a win win as God receives the glory, and we enjoy his love and provision.
November 21, 2015
Text: 1 Samuel 1
We’ve all heard phrases like “Let go, and let God.” And we’ve probably all rolled our eyes at them. This week, Pastor Brian preaches from 1 Samuel 1 to see if the truth in these statements can be redeemed.
November 17, 2015
Text: 1 Samuel: 3
Pastor Brian explores the power of God available to His Church if we listen to His commands and promises.
November 15, 2015
This week we were honored to hear from guest speaker Mike McNabb, as he explained the calling of the Great Commission.
October 29, 2015
Each year we celebrate Citylight’s life and renew our focus on the mission God has given us. This year we will celebrate by hosting one of our favorite preachers – Pastor Tom Hogsed. This is the second of two messages he shared during the weekend.
October 28, 2015
Each year we celebrate Citylight’s life and renew our focus on the mission God has given us. This year we will celebrate by hosting one of our favorite preachers – Pastor Tom Hogsed. This is the first of two messages he shared during the weekend.
October 26, 2015
Text: Ruth 1 – 4
Planning for the future can sometimes feel futile. When our best laid plans have spiraled out of control, we are reminded that God is not surprised, and His plan is still intact. We can know peace in the present and hope for the future.
October 13, 2015
Text: Judges 13 – 16
Pastor Brian preaches from the story of Sampson, to demonstrate how failure and destruction is caused when we keep our “self” at the center of our own life. We see how God offers healing and forgiveness when we remove our self from the center and replace it with the only one strong enough to redeem.
October 6, 2015
David Whetstone – founder of Mentor Leaders – describes his experiences sharing Jesus love in tangible ways in the areas of water, orphans, and education in Africa and Haiti.
September 26, 2015
Text: Judges 6 and 7
When you’re flat on your back you can only look up. Pastor Brian teaches from Judges 6 and 7 as we see an oppressed people rescued and learn how an encounter with Christ will free us to embrace the future. Listen in and discover how life is more about who you’re becoming than where you’re going!
September 14, 2015
In these excerpts from Gather at the Table, Pastor Brian and Preaching Team Member Zach taught concerning the incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection, and active presence of our Lord we can experience in communion.
September 10, 2015
Text: Judges 4
In this message, Pastor Brian shows how Kingdom thinking moves us out of assumed cultural constructs. We see how looking for the face of our Lord motivates us with love, glory and purpose.
September 1, 2015
Text: Joshua 9 & 10
In this message, Pastor Brian unpacks the narrative in Joshua 9 and 10, to show how we can live a heroic life and retain humility – by embracing transparency. We acknowledge God as our ultimate source of power and love!
August 25, 2015
Text: Joshua 6
In this message, Pastor Brian explains why God’s plans are often different than ours and shows how God always meets the needs of those who risk it all for him.
August 17, 2015
Text: Joshua 2
We desperately need to get a fresh look at God’s work in our day! We need to get a proper perspective of what Jesus was all about. If we aren’t very careful, we will become so self-absorbed that we will miss the big picture. The Church needs rehab.
We have an extraordinary opportunity to experience divine unity and real community in a way that will enable us to be a part of God’s mission on earth… Listen in as we find out how we can experience rehab through Rahab!
August 10, 2015
Text: Numbers 22-24
In this world plagued with doubt and distraction, it’s so easy to get lost in the dark, not knowing who to trust or on what to focus our attention. In today’s message Pastor Brian show’s us how a talking donkey beautifully illustrates the way eye-opening experiences can shift our focus and redirect our trust.
August 2, 2015
Text: Numbers 16 and 17
July 27, 2015
Text: Numbers 13
July 25, 2015
Text: Exodus 19-20 and 32
July 19, 2015
Text: Exodus 15
July 17, 2015
Special song by Selwa and Sam
July 16, 2015
Text: Exodus 15, Psalm 22, Proverbs 24 and Romans 8
July 8, 2015
Text: Exodus 14
June 29, 2015
Text: Exodus 12
June 21, 2015
Text: Genesis 46
June 15, 2015
Text: Genesis 41
June 14, 2015
Text: Genesis 39
June 2, 2015
Text: Genesis 33 & 34
May 24, 2015
Text: Exodus 7-12
May 17, 2015
Text: Exodus 3
May 14, 2015
Text: Exodus 1 and 2
The Moses story pictures redemption really well. In fact, it typifies the Jesus story. Both stories are accurate and real but this one foretells God’s redemptive heart in a way that blazes a trail for the ultimate REAL story of Jesus.
Both were born under foreign domination (Moses – Egyptian bondage & Jesus – Roman bondage)
Both had rulers that tried to kill them shortly after their birth (Exodus 1:15-22; Matthew 2:16-18)
What can all mankind learn from maternal love?
A Mother’s love is like Summer weeds.
A good Mother’s love survives/even thrives in the harshest conditions.
A Mother’s love is like an unexpected Garden.
Mothers make impossible circumstances work to benefit their blessings. When it comes to those little ones, “no” is not an option. Good mothers have a never give up/I’ll find a way mentality. This thinking serves progress and innovation well in many realms.
A Mother’s love is like a worker bee.
(from en.wikipedia.org/) Kin selection is the evolutionary strategy that favors the reproductive success of an organism’s relatives, even at a cost to the organism’s own survival and reproduction. Kin altruism is altruistic behavior whose evolution is driven by kin selection. Kin selection is an instance of inclusive fitness, which combines the number of offspring produced with the number an individual can produce by supporting others, such as siblings. (from en.wikipedia.org/)
Here’s the BIG IDEA— the GOSPEL idea: Good Mothers absolutely value the identity found in Motherhood BUT they find joy in their blessings’ well being OVER their own identity.
It’s more blessed to give than to receive.
Do you see the implications for us all?
What if our individual recognition was subject to the greater good? What if our role and desire for recognition was submissive to our desire for human flourishing? Natural motherhood takes us halfway; a willingness to sacrifice and protect is seen in most. However, Christian motherhood takes us the rest of the way home. They are able to be open handed with their gifts because they readily recognize that they aren’t the hero of the story. Their personal identity isn’t that which props up human existence. In a word, they have “perspective.” This perspective allows one to rise above her present circumstance and find rest. It’s transcendent perspective.
Moses’ mom created all that she could, she sent her blessing to the bulrushes, and she trusted God!
A Christian Mother’s love can be open handed because her ultimate identity (like all Christians) rests beyond motherhood!
A Mother’s love is a gift from God
Because all good gifts are from God. James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
Because God is the source of all true love. 1 John 4:8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
Because God is the giver of life, says that children are blessings, and calls parent’s into stewardship of his children.
We celebrate the good gift of maternal love! We are instructed by it and we go beyond it to celebrate God of heaven who lovingly blesses us all.
May 3, 2015
In this message, James teaches from Genesis 32.
April 27, 2015
Text: Genesis 29:1-30
Other people are useful in God’s process of refining us.
Sometimes they do so in pleasant ways and at other times in painful ways. Most of us will seek the path of least resistance over that of progress ten out of ten times.
In personal development, the two are rarely the same path.
In God’s sovereignty He sees fit to benefit our lives; he shows us ourselves via the mirror of humanity. It seems that when Jacob met Labon it was like Jacob was meeting Jacob.
Progressive sanctification occurs within community.
Make no mistake—many of us hide from opportunities to engage true community for good rea-son. We are willfully seeking the human path— the path of least resistance. But, what happens when we come to an intersection (a meeting) with an individual who gives us (in God’s sovereign grace) a healthy dose of our own medicine?
These events are intended to communicate to us the truth of our own desperate need. They are intended to humble us to a place of teachableness.
Notice that when we react in humility God grants grace to work through the pain and progress takes place.
James 4:6 But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
However, when we react in pride we move into a holding pattern that stops progress.
Illustration: It’s like being stuck on a plane that arrives early to it’s destination but keeps circling and never lands.
Eventually we will run out of fuel and our “plane” will plunge out of the air.
1) First, they teach us that even the natural world affirms justice.
2) Second, if we are to be Godly, simply living justice isn’t enough.
3) Third, we learn that the One who has blessed in spite of our injustice is the anti-dote—the solution—our hope.
It’s His love that will overcome injustice and propel us to ministries of mercy and grace.
When you’re met with injustice do you seek to contrive ways to overcome it/ to reconcile it/ to get back at it? Are you tempted, like me, to “take the law into your own hands.” Or,
do you recognize that you have contributed to the world’s injustice and look for a solution beyond yourself? Do you look to the one who has blessed you in spite of you?
April 20, 2015
In this message Pastor Brian teaches from Genesis 25 and 27.
April 13, 2015
In this message, James teaches from Genesis 25, 27 and Hebrews 12.
April 7, 2015
In this Easter message, Pastor Brian discusses Genesis 24.
March 30, 2015
In this message, Zach teaches from Genesis 22 and Hebrews 11.
March 22, 2015
Pastor Brian Norris preaches about the Hope derived from the grand narrative pictured throughout the Old Testament.
In this message Pastor Brian teaches the parallel found in Genesis 18 & 21.
March 8, 2015
March 2, 2015
In this message Pastor Brian teaches us why God is for the underdog.
Preaching Team Member James Steinbach in CITYLIGHT’s Fingerprints Series.
Zach McNabb preaches the second message in the Fingerprints series at Citylight.
January 5, 2015
The second message in Citylight’s HOME Series.
November 29, 2014
Message from Colossians 3:18-19
November 18, 2014
Clothed with Christ
Living in the light of your identity
Seeing the key to forgiveness
Living the truth
November 9, 2014
In this message entitled Dying to Live Pastor Brian discusses Colossians 3:4-11
November 2, 2014
Unlimited: A New You is a message on the beginning of Colossians 3 from Pastor Brian Norris.
October 26, 2014
James Steinbach preaches the fourth and final message in Citylight’s Rooted Series. Message text Colossians 2:16-23
October 19, 2014
October 13, 2014
Pastor Brian Norris brings the second message in our Rooted series. This message is from Colossians 2:6-7
September 28, 2014
Preaching team member Zach McNabb brings the first message in our Rooted series from Colossians 2.
September 21, 2014
The final message in the Delivered series. Mystery Revealed
September 14, 2014
In this message Pastor Brian discusses the subject of Transcendent Joy.
August 24, 2014
In this fourth message in the Delivered series entitled “New News, Old News, Your News, My News”, Pastor Brian teaches from Colossians 1:15-20.
August 23, 2014
In this third message in the Delivered series entitled “Freedom” Pastor Brian teaches Colossians 1:9-14.
August 17, 2014
August 12, 2014
In this first message entitled “Grace & Peace” Pastor Brian introduces the book of Colossians, talks about Paul’s heart, and explains why Colossians is so relevant for CITYLIGHT in Charlotte, NC.
August 11, 2014
This is the 6th and final message in the “Losing Your Religion” series.
July 25, 2014
Sermon 5 in the “Losing Your Religion” sermon series.
July 13, 2014
In this message Citylight Preaching Team Member Zach McNabb brings a message on hypocrisy and false religion from Matthew 23.
June 29, 2014
Sermon 2 in the “Losing Your Religion” sermon series.
June 22, 2014
June 15, 2014
In this message Zach McNabb explains the implications of Psalm 82.
June 9, 2014
In this third message of the series Pastor Brian encourages us to live lives of repentance.
June 1, 2014
March 30, 2014
Sermon on James 4:8-10
March 24, 2014
March 2, 2014
The second sermon in Pastor Brian’s series on the book of James.
February 25, 2014
May 26, 2013
May 23, 2013
May 22, 2013
Too many Christians seem to think they are doomed to lose when in reality we’ve already won!
We’d love for you to join our winning team in Charlotte, NC.
April 28, 2013
April 21, 2013
April 14, 2013
April 9, 2013
March 31, 2013
March 24, 2013
March 17, 2013
March 10, 2013
March 7, 2013
March 3, 2013
February 10, 2013
February 1, 2013
Message 1 in #love2life
January 8, 2013
December 16, 2012
December 15, 2012
December 9, 2012
December 2, 2012
November 25, 2012
November 18, 2012
November 12, 2012
November 4, 2012
Text: John 10
October 30, 2012
Text: John 6
October 22, 2012
Text: John 8
October 8, 2012
October 7, 2012
October 3, 2012
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