December 2016

“Putting Sin to Death: From Principle to Practice”

Most everyone has an excuse for their behavior. What's yours? Honestly, we have no excuse. Our sin lies at our own front door. We have no one else to blame but ourselves and our fallen, depraved human nature. Good News: We can have victory over our sin! The victory can only come through Christ's death, burial and resurrection. If we are IN CHRIST we have already been given the victory over our sin and the power of Satan and death. We must know the truth, reckon it to be fact and by faith yield ourselves to what God, in Christ Jesus, has already accomplished on the cross of Calvary. This is Good News Indeed for every true believer in Christ. Bring it Home as you Listen for LIFE!



What Shall We Say Then?

Can you honestly say, like the Apostle Paul said, "I am the Chief of Sinners!?" Sin, like a cancer never stays isolated in one place, it's nature is to grow, spread and infect the entire body. How does a true believer who hates his or her sin gain the victory so desperately longed for? How can the cancer of sin be cut out once and for all? The key to spiritual victory is found in Romans 6: 7: and 8: Within these three amazing chapters we see the Doctrine of Sanctification: becoming like the Lord Jesus Christ thoroughly explained. This message serves as an overview of chapter 6: "What Shall We Say Then?" (Putting Sin to Death from Principle to Practice) Romans 6:1-23 Bring it Home as you Listen for LIFE!



November 2016

The ONE Man- Jesus Christ – Part Two

In Christ we have a new identity and live in a new community. Romans 5:12-21 is an amazing section of Scripture clarifying the role of the Law of God in our salvation. One might think the giving of the law would act as a hindrance to all who break it. Just the opposite is true. Knowing the written law elicits within our fallen, sin nature a passion to break it, to dance on the line, to cross it as many times as we can without getting caught or charged. "Moreover the Law entered that the offense might abound." Romans 5:20 John MacArthur Jr. writes, "The only thing that is more powerful in the heart of God than His hatred of sin is His love for the sinner." Listen for LIFE!



The One Man: JESUS CHRIST

All I can say is, "WOW!" What a wonderful revelation of the work of God in our salvation. From our offense to Christ's grace. From our judgment and condemnation to Christ's Justification. From our disobedience to Christ's righteousness. From our sin and spiritual death to Christ's life. From the one man: Adam to the one Man: Jesus Christ. Are you thankful for your salvation? Are you saved? Let's bring it home and take it home as we Listen for LIFE!



The One Man ADAM

Surely there is someone we can blame for the mess we find ourselves in? Is there anyone we can lay all the blame on? Actually, there is and there isn't. Adam, the first man is to blame for original sin and our collective state. But you and I are also to blame for our own sin and the consequences that come intrinsically with it. The Apostle Paul moves his readers to a brilliant comparison between two men and their two directions and consequences. This week Pastor Pete shares "The One Man: Adam" (Adam and the Reign of Death) in Romans 5:12-15. In this section we will see Adam and the reign of Death, the reign of the Law, the reign of Christ and the reign of Grace. Bring it Home as we "Listen for Life!"



Good News in a Bad News World 11-06-2016 Pastor Peter Ernst



October 2016

How Do I (We) Get Motivated?

When looking at the state of the church and the church in the state we see inertia in the wrong direction. Entire theme parks are created for our amusement playing on the pull of gravity, sliding, falling and spinning downhill can be great fun until we reach the bottom. We either stay at the bottom until we die or we find ourselves seeking even more thrill rides to take us even farther downhill and away from our life goals and dreams. When will we decide to do some hard climbing for the glory of God? When will we seek once again the bliss of accomplishing difficult goals and great heights of achievement? When will we selflessly give our lives away to pull others from the flames of destruction? Unfortunately, any climbing we do often comes from a motivation of self-effort. The church and professing believers must ultimately take the blame for the state of the church and the state of the state we find ourselves in. How will things change? What will it take to move the true believer from being a couch potato to being motivated to take the hard climb as a Christ exalting believer resulting in the blood, sweat and tears of evangelism, missions and life change that affects and infects all of society? Godly, Christ honoring, Biblical motivation is the key. Whatever motivates you moves you, compels you and ultimately challenges you to choose to climb instead of slide into oblivion. Bring it Home as you Listen for LIFE!



September 2016

How Should I Vote on November 8, 2016?

What a mess! Have you ever witnessed such confusion and vitriolic hatred for the upcoming elections? What is a true believer to do when facing the 2016 elections or any election for that matter? Should we just give up sincerely believing God has it all under control and what we do or don't do won't affect the ultimate outcome? What if our vote and our involvement in government really made a difference? Can we just sit this one out believing other candidates and elections will come along where the choices are more palatable to our liking? What are the consequences to our Constitutional Republic if we choose to not get involved? Why are we where we are as a nation? What must the church and individual believer do to make a difference regardless of the outcome? Let's Bring it Home as we Listen for LIFE!



August 2016

From Sinking to Swimming

Psalm 13: seems like an unlikely song to be sung to the Lord. And yet, the Psalmist, not unlike you or me struggled with whether or not God was and is listening to our heart cry and watching our struggle here on earth. I love the psalms for their honesty and transparency. A universal weakness in all of us human beings is our impatience. We can tend to overdramatize the situation when we sing our pain aloud to anyone who will hear us. While we are being honest enough to tell Him the truth of our impatience could we, would we take a moment to consider that God does indeed care for each one of us as He does the sparrow. When we look back in time and consider all God has done for us, we should draw comfort that the same God who was there with us and for us in the past will be with us in the present and future. Our confidence cannot come from our feelings and circumstances but in an inner assurance of God's goodness and loving kindness. Let's Bring it Home as we Listen for Life!



July 2016

The Believer’s Hope of Glory

Have you ever wondered why God created the fly or mosquito? They don't seem to have any purpose whatsoever but possibly be food for other birds and animals. Their very buzzing presence seems to make our life an unacceptable and miserable annoyance. It's almost as if we can't rest until that pesky fly or mosquito is squashed and put out of its existence. In the same way we might ask what the purpose of our present day sufferings are all about? The Apostle Paul spoke to these concerns for the believer in Romans 5:1-11. In this amazing section of God's Word we find the Believer's Hope of Glory and five results of justification by faith. Paul clarifies for our finite minds the reason and purpose of suffering. Not unlike that fly or mosquito pain and suffering is a tool used by Almighty God to perfect us, grow us, mature us and assist us in our Christian walk and journey towards spiritual maturity. This lesson is of the utmost importance for every believer as we navigate the bitter experiences of life and ministry. Let's Bring it Home as we Listen for Life!