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The Kingdom of God

Jesus and the Law Part I

September 20, 2015 • Jeff Durbin

We are now beginning a very controversial portion of the Sermon on the Mount. It is not controversial due to whether or not the Lord Jesus is sufficiently clear. No. The text presently before us is controversial due to the nature of the host of theological sys-tems of thought we often bring to the text of God's Word. What was Jesus' attitude toward the Law of God? Does God do away with the Law He gave in the Old Testament? In what way is the Law of God fulfilled? Aren't Christians under grace? How are believers under the New Covenant supposed to relate to God's Law under the New Covenant? We hope to faithfully answer these questions and many more as we unpack this vitally important section of God's Word. My hope, as a pastor, is that God would use this study to transform us as a body and allow us to be used by Him to proclaim the excellencies of His Gospel and His Law. Soli Deo Gloria! Jeff Durbin Lead Pastor/Elder Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Killer’s Heart

January 24, 2016 • Jeff Durbin

A NOTE FROM JEFF The Kingdom of God: The Killer’s Heart Today, we are beginning our way through the next section of the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus just finished explaining to the disciples that He did not come to destroy the Law and that they ought to not begin thinking that He had come to do so. He told His disciples that they must have a righteousness greater than that of the Scribes and Pharisees or they will never enter into the rule of God. The only righteousness that will ever avail before God is the righteousness we receive by faith in Jesus Christ. Further, the righteousness of Spirit-born believers (in actual practice) IS a righteousness that focuses on true conformity to the Law of God and not merely external conformity to it. This next section presents a difficulty. The difficulty is present in at least two-ways: 1. Many of us have wrongly interpreted the Lord Jesus’ words in this text in a way that has Him subverting the Law of God. This is a great error considering the fact that He just told the disciples to not even let that idea enter into their minds. 2. The text is difficult to grapple with because our Savior presents the true intention of God’s Law in such a way as to cut through all of our sin-stained attempts to obey the Law externally without a focus on internal obedience. It’s difficult because we have to come face-to-face with our own hypocrisy; that is always tough, however it is completely necessary to bring glory to God and find delight in Him. I’m truly excited to begin this next study with you. I pray that God uses the weeks ahead to challenge us all and conform us to the Image of His Son! No King but Christ! Jeff Durbin Pastor/Elder Sunday, January 24, 2016 TODAY’S PASSAGE You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison. Truly, I say to you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny. Matthew 5:21-26 ESV

Exceeding Righteousness

November 22, 2015 • Jeff Durbin

A NOTE FROM JEFF The Kingdom of God: Exceeding Righteousness We've spent a considerable amount of time contemplating, unpacking, and exegeting the text of Matthew 5:17. It is my earnest prayer that our time in this section of Scripture has been transformative and edifying for the Saints and Apologia Church. Today, we will be looking at and listening to the Lord Jesus' statement about the righteousness of the Pharisees. What does He mean that our righteousness has to exceed the righteousness of those disciplined religious people? Is Jesus teaching moralism as a way to God? Is He teaching that only a stellar obedience to God's Law will avail before Him on the Last Day? I pray the truth we search out today will be a blessing to your life for now and eternity. Truthfully, this is where the whole message of what God does in the Gospel rests. No King but Christ! Jeff Durbin Lead Pastor/Elder Sunday, November 22, 2015

Jesus and the Law Part III

October 4, 2015 • Jeff Durbin

We are now beginning a very controversial portion of the Sermon on the Mount. It is not controversial due to whether or not the Lord Jesus is sufficiently clear. No. The text presently before us is controversial due to the nature of the host of theological sys-tems of thought we often bring to the text of God's Word. What was Jesus' attitude toward the Law of God? Does God do away with the Law He gave in the Old Testament? In what way is the Law of God fulfilled? Aren't Christians under grace? How are believers under the New Covenant supposed to relate to God's Law under the New Covenant? We hope to faithfully answer these questions and many more as we unpack this vitally important section of God's Word. My hope, as a pastor, is that God would use this study to transform us as a body and allow us to be used by Him to proclaim the excellencies of His Gospel and His Law. Soli Deo Gloria! Jeff Durbin Lead Pastor/Elder Sunday, October 4, 2015

Jesus and the Law Part II

September 27, 2015 • Jeff Durbin

We are now beginning a very controversial portion of the Sermon on the Mount. It is not controversial due to whether or not the Lord Jesus is sufficiently clear. No. The text presently before us is controversial due to the nature of the host of theological sys-tems of thought we often bring to the text of God's Word. What was Jesus' attitude toward the Law of God? Does God do away with the Law He gave in the Old Testament? In what way is the Law of God fulfilled? Aren't Christians under grace? How are believers under the New Covenant supposed to relate to God's Law under the New Covenant? We hope to faithfully answer these questions and many more as we unpack this vitally important section of God's Word. My hope, as a pastor, is that God would use this study to transform us as a body and allow us to be used by Him to proclaim the excellencies of His Gospel and His Law. Soli Deo Gloria! Jeff Durbin Lead Pastor/Elder Sunday, September 27, 2015

Salt and Light Part IV

September 13, 2015 • Jeff Durbin

We are continuing our exposition of the Gospel According to Matthew. We call this se-ries: The Kingdom of God. Matthew's Gospel contains the repeated affirmation of the rule and kingship of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus comes on time and as planned. His coming is not a "plan B" in the redemptive purposes of God within history. With that said, we must remember that the Old Testament promised that God was going to do something in history that changed the shape of history, people, and the world... forever. The Messiah was to rule in history. This rule would be redemptive in nature: it was about salvation. This salvation would extend to the ends of the earth and would bring forth the light of God, justice, and the law of God (Isaiah 2, 9, 11, & 42). The Lord Jesus sits upon the Mount and begins to pronounce His blessings of divine happiness upon His people. The Beatitudes wrap up with something that ought to give us a moment or two of meditation and thoughtful reflection. We are the preservative of the world. We are the means of God's grace for the darkness scattering and fleeing once and for all from the world. This is big. This little section says something about God's purpose for the people of God in the world. He means to use us for something. The truth that Jesus saves sinners must never been relinquished or abandoned. However, the lie that Jesus simply saves sinners must be repudiated and rejected with horror. God is remaking the world in Jesus Christ. Jesus is the beginning of the New Creation. We are all new creations in Jesus Christ. God intends on reshaping the world through the means of His peo-ple: the church. How? Let's open His Word. Soli Deo Gloria! Jeff Durbin Lead Pastor/Elder Sunday, September 13, 2015

Defying Tyrants is Obedience to God

Jeff Durbin

With the recent lawless kidnapping of Kim Davis for Christian beliefs, it’s important for us to understand the law of God and God ordained spheres of authority. God, in the Scriptures, gives us a full orbed world and lifeview. This includes law, procedural law, case law, laws regarding civil magistrates, interposition, and more. How are we to be salt and light in light of Kim Davis’ kidnapping? Jeff Durbin explains by starting in Matthew and then moving into Romans 13. Listen and share.

Salt and Light Part III

September 6, 2015 • Jeff Durbin

We are continuing our exposition of the Gospel According to Matthew. We call this se-ries: The Kingdom of God. Matthew's Gospel contains the repeated affirmation of the rule and kingship of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus comes on time and as planned. His coming is not a "plan B" in the redemptive purposes of God within history. With that said, we must remember that the Old Testament promised that God was going to do something in history that changed the shape of history, people, and the world... forever. The Messiah was to rule in history. This rule would be redemptive in nature: it was about salvation. This salvation would extend to the ends of the earth and would bring forth the light of God, justice, and the law of God (Isaiah 2, 9, 11, & 42). The Lord Jesus sits upon the Mount and begins to pronounce His blessings of divine happiness upon His people. The Beatitudes wrap up with something that ought to give us a moment or two of meditation and thoughtful reflection. We are the preservative of the world. We are the means of God's grace for the darkness scattering and fleeing once and for all from the world. This is big. This little section says something about God's purpose for the people of God in the world. He means to use us for something. The truth that Jesus saves sinners must never been relinquished or abandoned. However, the lie that Jesus simply saves sinners must be repudiated and rejected with horror. God is remaking the world in Jesus Christ. Jesus is the beginning of the New Creation. We are all new creations in Jesus Christ. God intends on reshaping the world through the means of His peo-ple: the church. How? Let's open His Word. Soli Deo Gloria! Jeff Durbin Lead Pastor/Elder Sunday, September 6, 2015

Salt and Light Part II

August 30, 2015 • Jeff Durbin

We are continuing our exposition of the Gospel According to Matthew.  We call this series:  The Kingdom of God.  Matthew's Gospel contains the repeated affirmation of the rule and kingship of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Jesus comes on time and as planned.  His coming is not a "plan B" in the redemptive purposes of God within history.  With that said, we must remember that the Old Testament promised that God was going to do something in history that changed the shape of history, people, and the world... forever. The Messiah was to rule in history.  This rule would be redemptive in nature:  it was about salvation.  This salvation would extend to the ends of the earth and would bring forth the light of God, justice, and the law of God (Isaiah 2, 9, 11, & 42).  The Lord Jesus sits upon the Mount and begins to pronounce His blessings of divine happiness upon His people.  The Beatitudes wrap up with something that ought to give us a moment or two of meditation and thoughtful reflection.  We are the preservative of the world.  We are the means of God's grace for the darkness scattering and fleeing once and for all from the world. This is big. This little section says something about God's purpose for the people of God in the world.  He means to use us for something.  The truth that Jesus saves sinners must never been relinquished or abandoned.  However, the lie that Jesus simply saves sinners must be repudiated and rejected with horror.  God is remaking the world in Jesus Christ.  Jesus is the beginning of the New Creation.  We are all new creations in Jesus Christ.  God intends on reshaping the world through the means of His people:  the church. How? Let's open His Word. Soli Deo Gloria! Jeff Durbin Lead Pastor/Elder Sunday, August 30, 2015

Salt and Light Part I

August 23, 2015 • Jeff Durbin

We are continuing our exposition of the Gospel According to Matthew.  We call this series:  The Kingdom of God.  Matthew's Gospel contains the repeated affirmation of the rule and kingship of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Jesus comes on time and as planned.  His coming is not a "plan B" in the redemptive purposes of God within history.  With that said, we must remember that the Old Testament promised that God was going to do something in history that changed the shape of history, people, and the world... forever. The Messiah was to rule in history.  This rule would be redemptive in nature:  it was about salvation.  This salvation would extend to the ends of the earth and would bring forth the light of God, justice, and the law of God (Isaiah 2, 9, 11, & 42).  The Lord Jesus sits upon the Mount and begins to pronounce His blessings of divine happiness upon His people.  The Beatitudes wrap up with something that ought to give us a moment or two of meditation and thoughtful reflection.  We are the preservative of the world.  We are the means of God's grace for the darkness scattering and fleeing once and for all from the world. This is big. This little section says something about God's purpose for the people of God in the world.  He means to use us for something.  The truth that Jesus saves sinners must never been relinquished or abandoned.  However, the lie that Jesus simply saves sinners must be repudiated and rejected with horror.  God is remaking the world in Jesus Christ.  Jesus is the beginning of the New Creation.  We are all new creations in Jesus Christ.  God intends on reshaping the world through the means of His people:  the church. How? Let's open His Word. Soli Deo Gloria! Jeff Durbin Lead Pastor/Elder Sunday, August 23, 2015

Living with Hunger and Thirst

June 14, 2015 • Jeff Durbin

Today we are going to unpack the truths surrounding the Lord Jesus' promise of blessing upon those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.  Over the last couple of weeks I attempted to faithfully handle the biblical possibilities and meaning of the term righteousness in this verse.  It seems unavoidably clear that the Lord Jesus' is speaking here of hungering and thirsting for true 'uprightness' or the righteousness that comes from a pure heart.  How do we live in light of this blessing?  Have you ever struggled with doubt, discouragement, and depression in your walk with the Lord?  How do you maintain a hunger and thirst when we often feel conflicted and even defeated? Open the Word of the Living God.  Let's seek His promises. Soli Deo Gloria! Jeff Durbin Lead Pastor/Elder Sunday, June 14, 2015

Hunger & Thirst for Righteousness Part III

June 7, 2015 • Jeff Durbin

The Lord Jesus pronounces divine blessing upon and defines the person who inherits the Kingdom of God.  He tells of our spiritual bankruptcy (poverty), describes our repentance (mourning), teaches of our humility (meekness), and promises to fill us with righteousness.  People who are blessed by God with divine happiness are the ones who recognize their lowly and broken estate and hunger and thirst for freedom.  People who are ruled by God and redeemed desire to be righteous in His sight. Are you one of those?  You will be satisfied.  Not 'might be'.  You will be satisfied.  That is the promise of life, reconciliation, and peace with the God of love and righteousness. Soli Deo Gloria! Jeff Durbin Lead Pastor/Elder Sunday, June 7, 2015

Blessed Are the Merciful Part II

May 24, 2015 • Isaac Banegas

Hunger & Thirst for Righteousness Part II

May 17, 2015 • Jeff Durbin

The Lord Jesus pronounces divine blessing upon and defines the person who inherits the Kingdom of God.  He tells of our spiritual bankruptcy (poverty), describes our repentance (mourning), teaches of our humility (meekness), and promises to fill us with righteousness.  People who are blessed by God with divine happiness are the ones who recognize their lowly and broken estate and hunger and thirst for freedom.  People who are ruled by God and redeemed desire to be righteous in His sight. Are you one of those?  You will be satisfied.  Not 'might be'.  You will be satisfied.  That is the promise of life, reconciliation, and peace with the God of love and righteousness. Soli Deo Gloria! Jeff Durbin Lead Pastor/Elder Sunday, May 17, 2015

Blessed Are the Merciful Part I

May 3, 2015 • Jeff Durbin

The Sermon on the Mount is the most popular sermon in the history of the world.  In the beginning of the sermon, the Lord Jesus pronounces divine happiness (blessings) upon His people.  He promises blessings upon His people for things that seem upside-down.  Blessed are those who mourn?  Blessed are the meek?  Blessed are the persecuted?  And in today's message: Blessed are the merciful. Seems out of place for many.  What if we are wounded?  What if we are abused?  Doesn't God care about justice?  Isn't God concerned with truth?  How can Jesus pronounce divine blessedness upon those who are merciful and tell us that the mercy-ing ones are the ones who receive mercy? Open your Bibles and ask God to open your hearts and minds to this glorious truth. Soli Deo Gloria! Jeff Durbin Lead Pastor/Elder Sunday, May 3, 2015

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