Various Sermons & Discussions

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

Body Life: Living in Community

December 27, 2015 • Jeff Durbin

A NOTE FROM JEFF Body Life: Living in Community By God's grace, we have been given a new year together. This new year to love God and love one another is a gift from God. Living in Community together is a unique gift that is meant to bring glory to God through our works of love done for one another and our being sanctified by the Lord through living together. A.W. Tozer said, "Christians are the best people on earth. They are not perfect people. However, they are the best people on earth". I believe this with all that is in me. God has called us to serve the King of Kings together in the mission of the Gospel of the Kingdom. In the midst of facing a hostile world, He has given us each other. Living in Christian community is a gift from God meant to change us. As we live together we discover things about ourselves that God intends to purge and we discover the incarnation of God's love on this side of Heaven in the face of one another. What does God call us to? What are we to anticipate? How are we to live? Let's seek God's blessing, power, and direction as we open His Word. Soli Deo Gloria! Jeff Durbin Lead Pastor/Elder Sunday, December 27, 2015

Christmas Service 2015: Merry Christmas!

December 20, 2015 • Jeff Durbin

A NOTE FROM JEFF Christmas Service 2015: Merry Christmas! We love Christmas at Apologia Church! It isn't just the special time with family, the lights, the food, the music, or the presents. We love Christmas because it represents what became the turning point in the history of the world and redemption. God became a man to rescue us from our sin and to bring in His promised Kingdom. That is something worth celebrating every minute of every day; we're grateful to celebrate the birth of the Messiah with millions of Christians on this special time of year. We want to invite you to look through the festivities and the (dare I say it?) "magic" of Christmas and reflect upon the glory of Jesus the Messiah. God with us. God condescended to redeem sinners. God the King taking His place over the world and His people. Glory in the highest! Jeff Durbin Lead Pastor/Elder Sunday, December 20, 2015

Christmas and the Incarnation

December 13, 2015 • Jeff Durbin

A NOTE FROM JEFF Christmas and the Incarnation Christmas is a special time at Apologia Church. The Eternal, Living, and Only True God became a man and walked among us. We think that is worth celebrating. One of the glories of Christmas is that during this time of year songs about our Savior are being played virtually everywhere you go. The truths surrounding the incarnation are being heralded at every turn. We love this. It's a very good thing. It's a perfect time for evangelism. Today, we are going to examine the majestic truth of the incarnation. God became man. Everything is being made new because of it. Merry Christmas! Jeff Durbin Lead Pastor/Elder Sunday, December 13, 2015

Celebrate Reformation Sunday!

November 1, 2015 • Jeff Durbin

A NOTE FROM JEFF Celebrate Reformation Sunday! October 31st is the commemoration of the day in 1517 that Martin Luther nailed the 95 Thesis to the door of the chapel in Wittenberg, Germany. He had not intention of starting any kind of revolution when he did so. He wanted desperately to reform the church and to begin a conversation surrounding the Word of God that would bring the church back in line with the Word of the Living God. What took place, in the providence of God, shook the world and sparked the Reformation. Post Tenebras Lux: After darkness, light. This Sunday we are going to celebrate God's goodness, grace, and perfect plan in the Reformation. What are some of the Biblically-based principles that were considered the pillars of the Reformation? Sola Scriptura Solus Christus Sola Gratia Sola Fide Soli Deo Gloria What does all that mean? Well, that's what you are here to find out. Get ready to open your Bibles and revel in God and His grace as we unfold the truths that brought back the full-light of the Gospel of grace. No King but Christ! Jeff Durbin Lead Pastor/Elder Sunday, November 1, 2015

Christianity 101: The Law and the Gospel

October 25, 2015 • She Ten Bruggencate

A NOTE FROM LUKE Christianity 101: The Law and the Gospel We are very excited to have our good friend and apologist Sye Ten Bruggencate with us tonight. He has done two films, How to Answer the Fool and Debating Dillahunty, with our very own Marcus Pittman. His ministry is call Absolute Apologetics and can be found at proofthatgodexists.org. Tonight he will be showing us “a basic understanding of some of Christianities more difficult concepts” through the Law and the Gospel. We love Sye very much. Please make him feel welcomed. We know you will be blessed! Soli Deo Gloria, Luke Pierson Discipleship Pastor/Elder Sunday, October 25, 2015

Finding Comfort in the Sovereignty of God

October 18, 2015 • Luke Pierson

A NOTE FROM LUKE Finding Comfort In the Sovereignty of God I have been teaching a study on Thursday nights at Renew through A.W. Pink’s book, The Sovereignty of God. Last week Jeff taught on fear, anxiety, and worry. We thought this was a good opportunity to stop and take a break from our current series, The Kingdom of God, to look at these two subjects side by side. How does God’s Sovereignty apply to fear and worry? When we are feeling anxious, how can we find comfort the Sovereignty of God? If God is truly in control, why am I in this current circumstance? Why am I hurting? Why the current status of our culture? Why, why, why? The answer to these why’s and more is found quite clearly in Scripture. I pray you are truly blessed by this message, and I trust God to comfort and encourage us in our “why?” moments. Soli Deo Gloria, Luke Pierson Discipleship Pastor/Elder Sunday, October 18, 2015

Battling Unbelief: Anxiety and Worry

October 11, 2015 • Jeff Durbin

Anxiety. Worry. Fear. These are all things that every child of God must wrestle with. All of us have. All of us, at times, do have to take up again the Word of the living God to do battle with the root of what causes these feelings and responses: Unbelief. All anxiety, worry, and fear has its genesis in unbelief. We believe our own inner monologue over God's promises. We believe our perception of our circumstances more than we believe in God's record of faithfulness. In order to be free from an anxious spirit, we must put unbelief to death. Let's all listen to His promises and be set free. No King but Christ, Jeff Durbin Lead Pastor/Elder Sunday, October 11, 2015

Apologia Church: Kauai?

August 9, 2015 • Jeff Durbin

Pastor Luke and I are back from our short mission/reconnaissance trip to Kauai to seek the Lord about a possible church plant on that island.  I have so much to share with you and I am more convinced now that we can do great things for the Kingdom of Christ if we bring the Gospel to the 68,000 permanent residents in Kauai.  We spent a tremendous amount of time searching the island, meeting with locals, meeting with a realtor, meeting with the only Reformed church on the island, meeting with one of the pastors, meeting with Christians, searching the neighborhoods, and much more.  We learned so much about the dramatic need for the Gospel there, the extremely low level of doctrinally sound churches, the presence of the cults and new age, and where we could effectively send a team of leaders and families to accomplish fulfilling our calling as a church to extend the Kingdom of Christ. This Lord's Day, we will pray about and discover the possibility God has presented to our family to one day send a team of missionaries to this island to bring the peace of Christ to every corner. Soli Deo Gloria!   Jeff Durbin Lead Pastor/Elder Sunday, August 9, 2015

Waging War on Sinful Desire

July 26, 2015 • Isaac Banegas

As Christians our desire is to please God. Sometimes, as though even contrary to that desire, we sin against Him. The questions then follow: “Why have I done this?,” “What has led me to this point?” Today, I want us to look at Genesis 3 for some clarity and help us answer these questions. I believe this study will equip us to please God in the moment that we are tempted to do otherwise. Isaac Banegas Student Ministry Director/Deacon Sunday, July 26, 2015

Reformed Pubcast Episode 84: Addiction is a Worship Problem

July 12, 2015 • Jeff Durbin

Jeff Durbin is our special guest host this week. We discuss the relationship of Christians to sin, and how Christians should view drug, alcohol, pornography, and sex addiction in light of our freedom from slavery in Christ.

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

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

Body Life: Love One Another Part II

July 19, 2015 • Luke Pierson

Last week Jeff did a great job of laying out the foundation for the command to love another. Today I wish to thoroughly unpack and further develop this idea. What does it really mean to love another? What does it look like to not love one another? Get ready to write down a lot of verses and learn a bunch of Greek! Soli Deo Gloria, Luke Pierson Discipleship Pastor/Elder Sunday, July 19, 2015