Listen to recent sermons from the Citylight Charlotte Podcast below!

Hebrews Part 17: A Mother’s Conscience

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.

Hebrews Part 16: Falling

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.

Hebrews Part 15: Matchbox car Christianity

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.

Hebrews Part 14: Freedom

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.

Easter 2017

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.

Hebrews Part 13: Doubt and Certainty

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.

Hebrews Part 12: Living Hope

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.

Hebrews Part 9: Back to the source

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.

Hebrews Part 8: The High Priest

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.

Hebrews Part 7: Resting in God

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.

Hebrews Part 6: Trust

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.

Hebrews Part 5: Consider Jesus

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.

Hebrews Part 4: The Trailblazer

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.

Hebrews Part 3: Drifting

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.

Hebrews Part 1: Body Conscious

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.

Easter 2016

March 23, 2016

Join us as we explore the resurrected Jesus with Pastor Brian Norris at Citylight’s worship gathering.

Kingdom Citizens

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.

Given a Place

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.

Jesus is Our Unifying Peace

Text: Ephesians 2:11-18

Preaching Team member James discusses the necessary and unifying peace and love of Jesus.

We are Communing

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.

We Are Confident

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.

Forever Forgiven

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.

Light of Christmas

January 6, 2016

A special message from Pastor Brian on the final Sunday of Advent.

Missional Unity

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.

Matt Smith to North Africa

December 20, 2015

Missionaries Matt Smith and his family visit to share their story and what God is doing in North Africa.

God in the Details

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.

Listening to God

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.

The Great Commission

November 15, 2015

This week we were honored to hear from guest speaker Mike McNabb, as he explained the calling of the Great Commission.

Renew – Day 2

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.

Renew – Day 1

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.

Hold Hope

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.

Grace in Spite of You

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.

Church People

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.

Fingerprints: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

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!

Gather at the Table

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.

Face to Face

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.

Learning to Play the Background

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!

God’s Plans and Man’s Plans

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.

Rehab Through Rahab

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!

Christian Paganism

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.

Love like a Mother

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.

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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.

The Mirror of Humanity

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?

True Love

April 7, 2015

In this Easter message, Pastor Brian discusses Genesis 24.


Pastor Brian Norris preaches about the Hope derived from the grand narrative pictured throughout the Old Testament.

Sarah’s Laughter

In this message Pastor Brian teaches the parallel found in Genesis 18 & 21.

God of the Underdogs

March 2, 2015

In this message Pastor Brian teaches us why God is for the underdog.

Fingerprints: Creation

Preaching Team Member James Steinbach in CITYLIGHT’s Fingerprints Series.

Fall Redemption

Zach McNabb preaches the second message in the Fingerprints series at Citylight.

Home #2

January 5, 2015

The second message in Citylight’s HOME Series.

Home #1

November 29, 2014

Message from Colossians 3:18-19

Unlimited #3

November 18, 2014


Clothed with Christ
Living in the light of your identity
Seeing the key to forgiveness
Living the truth
Experiencing freedom

Unlimited #2: Dying to Live

November 9, 2014

In this message entitled Dying to Live Pastor Brian discusses Colossians 3:4-11

Unlimited #1: A New You

November 2, 2014

Unlimited: A New You is a message on the beginning of Colossians 3 from Pastor Brian Norris.

Rooted #4

October 26, 2014

James Steinbach preaches the fourth and final message in Citylight’s Rooted Series. Message text Colossians 2:16-23

Rooted #2

October 13, 2014

Pastor Brian Norris brings the second message in our Rooted series. This message is from Colossians 2:6-7

Rooted #1

September 28, 2014

Preaching team member Zach McNabb brings the first message in our Rooted series from Colossians 2.

Delivered #8

September 21, 2014

The final message in the Delivered series. Mystery Revealed

Delivered #6

September 14, 2014

In this message Pastor Brian discusses the subject of Transcendent Joy.

Delivered #4

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.

Delivered #3

August 23, 2014

In this third message in the Delivered series entitled “Freedom” Pastor Brian teaches Colossians 1:9-14.

Delivered #1

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.

Losing Your Religion Part 4: Gnats & Camels

July 13, 2014

In this message Citylight Preaching Team Member Zach McNabb brings a message on hypocrisy and false religion from Matthew 23.

Losing Your Religion Part 2: Stop Trusting Self

June 29, 2014

Matthew 23:15
Sermon 2 in the “Losing Your Religion” sermon series.

Live Justice

June 15, 2014

In this message Zach McNabb explains the implications of Psalm 82.

Live Real

June 9, 2014

In this third message of the series Pastor Brian encourages us to live lives of repentance.

James 1 : More Change – More Jesus

March 2, 2014

The second sermon in Pastor Brian’s series on the book of James.

The Christian Art of Winning

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.