A Fresh Look at Justification: The Righteous Shall Live by Faith

Romans 1:16-17

August 2, 2015 • John Samson

An excerpt from Martin Luther’s Tower Experience: In the last thousand years, what came to be known as “The Tower Experience” of Martin Luther might well be the most significant historical event in the Western world. Here are Luther’s own words (translated from German) as he describes what happened as he was studying Romans 1:17 (and reading the insights of Augustine on this verse from a fairly obscure article, written centuries before):   "For in it (the gospel) the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” - Romans 1:17   "I greatly longed to understand Paul's epistle to the Romans and nothing stood in the way but that one expression ‘the righteousness of God,’ because I took it to mean that righteousness whereby God is just and deals justly in punishing the unjust.   My situation was that, although an impeccable monk, I stood before God as a sinner troubled in conscience, and I had no confidence that my merit would assuage Him. Therefore I did not love a just angry God, but rather hated and murmured against Him. Yet I clung to the dear Paul and had a great yearning to know what he meant.   Night and day I pondered until I saw the connection between the righteousness of God and the statement that ‘the just shall live by faith.’ Then I grasped that the righteousness of God is that righteousness by which through grace and sheer mercy God justifies us through faith. Thereupon I felt myself to be reborn and to have gone through open doors into paradise. The whole of Scripture took on a new meaning, and whereas before ‘the righteousness of God’ had filled me with hate, now it became to me inexpressibly sweet in greater love. This passage of Paul became to me a gate to heaven..."   John Samson Pastor/Author Sunday, August 2, 2015

Church Life: True, Saving Faith

January 17, 2016 • John Samson

A NOTE FROM LUKE Church Life: True, Saving Faith Jeff and I are so grateful for our dear friend Pastor John Samson, and are very thankful for his willingness to teach the church tonight while we are in Kauai. John had this to say about today’s message: “What is the nature of true saving faith? How can we tell genuine faith from the counterfeit?” Please make John we at home and pray for us as we return home. Soli Deo Gloria, Luke Pierson Discipleship Pastor/Elder Sunday, January 17, 2016 TODAY’S PASSAGE And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:1-10

Kingdom Vision

January 10, 2016 • Jeff Durbin

A NOTE FROM JEFF Kingdom Vision 2016 Before we dive deep into the next portion of the Sermon on the Mount, I wanted to take the opportunity at the beginning of the year to teach on some important truths from Scripture that we ought to keep as guardians of our lives. I also wanted to spend time speaking with our church community about what we are asking you to pray over as well as laying out some important Gospel-centered strategies we hope to keep at the forefront of our mission to the world. God has graciously given us another year to serve the Lord with joy and thanksgiving! We are humbled and honored to be doing it together with you! Soli Deo Gloria! Jeff Durbin Lead Pastor/Elder Sunday, January 10, 2016 TODAY’S PASSAGE for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness. Acts 4:27-31

Resolved: To Live to the Glory of God

January 3, 2016 • Jeff Durbin

A NOTE FROM JEFF Resolved: To Live to the Glory of God As we face a new year together, I feel it is my duty to encourage and equip the body to face what is ahead with the glory of God at the forefront of our affections. We are called to live for delight in God as we seek His glory in all things. The Lord Jesus taught us to pray that God's will would be done on earth as it is in heaven. That's where the world is going. How do our lives intersect with that prayer? It is my prayer that the Lord would use the people of God at Apologia to bring the earth closer to the fulfillment of the Lord Jesus' petition in His prayer. No King but Christ! Jeff Durbin Lead Pastor/Elder Sunday, January 3, 2016