City Life Church
City Life Church is a church that exists to renew cities socially, spiritually, and culturally with the gospel of Jesus. We gather on Sundays in downtown Austin, TX at 10am in Ballet Austin (501 West 3rd St). For more information visit
The Manger King: Luke 2:1-7 This sermon ponders the significance of Jesus' birth in a manger, a feeding trough of all places! It explores how the birth of Jesus reverses human expectation in order to accomplish redemption for those who hope in him.
Direct download: acl_12.21.08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:15pm EDT

This sermon explores our unfulfilled longing for community in all kinds of places, correcting and directing that longing to Jesus.
Direct download: acl_12.14.08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:46pm EDT

The Kingdom of God and the Incongruity of Faith: Colossians 1:24-29 This sermon explores how the incongruity of Christian faith (i.e. joy and suffering, righteousness and sin) is explained in the mystery of the kingdom of God.
Direct download: acl_12.07.08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:22pm EDT

Reconciling Our Past with the Gospel: Colossians 1:21-23 This sermon explores how the gospel of reconciliation applies to both past and present sin.
Direct download: acl_11.30.08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:41pm EDT

Perspective on Perseverance: James 1:2-4 (Guest Speaker Richard Tinsley) In this stand-alone sermon, we look at the first chapter of the book of James and seek to gain perspective on God’s purpose for us in times of difficulty and trial.
Direct download: acl_11.23.08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:45pm EDT

Lord of New Creation: The Fall Doesn't Stand Alone (Col 1:18-20) In this final sermon on the Christ poem, this message explores the themes of reconciliation and New Creation. Since the Fall doesn't stand alone, what are the implications for Christians who follow a Jesus who is Lord of New Creation?
Direct download: acl_11.9.08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:29pm EDT

Lord of Creation:Colossians 1:15-20 The first of three sermons on the Christ poem of Colossians 1:15-20, this sermon explores the relationship between Christ and creation.
Direct download: acl_10.19.08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:10pm EDT

Christian Inheritance and Communities of Light: (Colossians 1:13-14) This sermon explores why God is so worthy of thanksgiving by considering how we qualify to inherit the kingdom of God. From the beginning of Genesis to the future of Fahrenheit 451, the rescue and redemption of God in Christ charts a course for a new a world we all long for.
Direct download: acl_10.12.08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:05pm EDT

True Humanity and the Knowledge of God (Gen. 1:26-28; Col. 1:9-14) This sermon considers cultural conceptions of knowledge, the knowledge of God, what happened to knowledge of God, and how we can recover it in order to become truly human.
Direct download: acl_10.5.08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:25pm EDT

Gospel Growth: How to Grow as a Christian This sermon explores how we can grow as Christians from three angles: 1) What is Gospel growth? 2) How we grow and 3) The power to grow.
Direct download: ACL_09.28.08-2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:46pm EDT

Mission, Community, Gospel (Col 1:1-2) This sermon considers the problem of mission, as it confronts us socially and spiritually, while considering the potential solutions of community and the gospel.
Direct download: acl_9.21.08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:43am EDT

Colossians Intro: History, Story, & Themes This sermon introduces Paul's letter to the Colossians by considering the historical context, narrative context, and major themes contained in Colossians. It emphasizes the importance of detecting Paul's echoes of the six primary stories of Scripture (Creation, Fall, Israel, Jesus, Church, New Creation) in Colossians and their relevance to the letter's central theme--Jesus is Lord.
Direct download: acl_9.14.08.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:50pm EDT

The Apologetic Power of a Gospel Formed Community Looking at 1 Corinthians 12:4-31, guest speaker Jacob Vanhorn discusses spiritual gifts in the context of a gospel-formed community, its subtle enemies and apologetic power, when lived in through Jesus and the Spirit.
Direct download: ACL_9.7.08_mp3.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:09pm EDT

Great Day of the Lord": Culture in the Light of the Lamb This sermon seeks to answer two questions: "What will we do in heaven?" and "What difference should it make in how we live now?" Culture is a central part of heaven, so how does that affect the way we live now?
Direct download: ACL_8.31.08_mp3.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:44pm EDT

"Our God Above": An Ever-flowing Fountain This sermon is the first in a series that examines songs from Andy Melvin's album The Human Engine Waits. We consider one of the Old Testament texts that inspired Andy's song "Our God Above." We explore Jeremiah the prophet's message regarding "the fountain of living waters and broken cisterns that can hold no water" and its relevance for the church today.
Direct download: ACL_8_17_08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:05pm EDT

The Prodigal Sons (and a gracious father) This sermon reflections on the three characters of the so-called "Prodigal Son" story. As it turns out, there are, in fact, two prodigals and much that can be learned from their gracious father.
Direct download: ACL_8-10_mp3.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:14pm EDT

Gospel Truth: Eckhart Tolle and the Dark Knight This sermon explores the perspectives on truth in the book A New Earth and in the film The Dark Knight. How does Eckhart Tolle perceive truth? How does Batman perceive truth? How does the gospel inform our understanding of these perspectives on truth?
Direct download: ACL_8_3_mp3.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:53pm EDT

Ego or Sin: Dealing with Identity Issues This sermon launches a three part series examining the teachings of Eckhart Tolle, bestselling author of A New Earth. In it we explore the predicament of humanity by comparing Eckhart Tolle's view of the Ego and dysfunction to the Apostle Paul's view of spiritual deadness and sin. We also briefly consider the differences between the solution to the predicament of humanity (consciousness vs. salvation), which will be continued in the next sermon.
Direct download: ACL_7_20_mp3.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:54pm EDT

All Things New: A Biblical Look at Heaven 6/13 This weeks sermon is a stand alone sermon. Pastor Jonathan K. Dodson preaches out of revelation exploring popular cultural notions of heaven and how they compare to the biblical vision of heaven.
Direct download: ACL_6_13.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:54pm EDT

The Practices of the Missional Church 7/6 This sermon explores four practices of the missional church as described in Acts 2:42-47 and expressed in Austin City Life. They are: SHARE life and truth, PRAY for one another and the city, ENGAGE peoples and cultures, and LOVE one another.
Direct download: ACL_7_6.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:27pm EDT

Lord of the Story Austin City Life exists to redemptively engage peoples and cultures. Vision and teaching pastor Jonathan Dodson speaks out of Colossians 1:15-20. "Lord of the Story" answers the question, "Is Jesus a deus ex machina, a 'god from a machine'?" Taking Aristotle's critique of story seriously, that the resolution of the plot must arise from within the story, we examine how Jesus emerges from the Old Testament and what he does to resolve the conflict in the grand Story of Scripture. We also check out Shysters, Fundys, and Hypocrites along the way.
Direct download: ACL_6_29.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:40pm EDT

"Lost" in Exile Austin City Life Sermon Podcast: June 22, 2008. Pastor Jonathan Dodson is the vision and teaching pastor of Austin City Life, an Acts 29 church plant in the heart of Austin, TX. "Lost in Exile" is a part of an on going sermon series "Story of Scripture and Our Place In It".
Direct download: ACL_6_22_mp3.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:28pm EDT

Jesus: The True temple (Mk 11:15-18) This sermon is Austin City Life's Vision and Teaching pastor, Jonathan Dodson speaking from Coram Deo Church in Omaha, NB. Jonathan teaches on, Jesus: The True temple (Mk 11:15-18).
Direct download: Jesus__The_True_Temple_Mk_11_15-18.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:29pm EDT

Doubt the Serpent, Trust the Savior 5/25 May 25: Fall (Gen 3) Doubt the Serpent, Trust the Savior God wants to change our hearts so we can enjoy exalting him in all things but we don’t want exalt or enjoy him. In Adam we have rejected God’s good agenda for us and our world. This sermon will address God’s redemptive solution to our rejection of him as King.
Direct download: ACL_5_25_mp3.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:55pm EDT

The Imperfection of Creation 5/18 May 18th, 2008 The Imperfection of Creation: Did God make the world perfect or was it flawed from the beginning? This sermon explores God's plan for the creation project and how its glorious future affects the present predicament of the world.
Direct download: ACL_5_18_mp3.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:48pm EDT

True Humanity: What Does it Mean to be in the Image of God? May 4: Creation (Genesis 1:26-28; 2:5-8; Col 1:9-10) True Humanity: What Does it Mean to be in the Image of God? Where does our significance come from? What separates us from animals, if anything? What does it mean to be in the image of God? How does this inform our participation in God’s purpose to exalt himself in all things? This sermon will address our role in the creation project.
Direct download: ACL_5_4_mp3.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:57pm EDT