January 2017

“Putting Sin to Death: from Principle to Practice” Part Three

Not all slavery is bad. Now there's a controversial statement! The Apostle Paul referred to himself as the writer of Scripture in many of his New Testament books as a slave of Jesus Christ. Romans chapter 6: suggests we are either a slave of Satan and of sin or we are a slave of righteousness and of God as our Master and LORD. We have already been given victory over sin. Claiming it, living in it, choosing to experience it is something else entirely. The old illustration of Fact: the Steam Engine, Faith: the Coal Car and Feeling: the Caboose serves as an excellent reminder of how we must choose to Know the Truth, Reckon it to be fact by faith and then to choose to yield our feelings and members to the truth by faith. When we climb out of the caboose of feelings and into the engine of faith we begin to see spiritual progress as we collect momentum in our life of faith. This week's message is part three in "Putting Sin to Death: from Principle to Practice" (The Doctrine of Sanctification in Practice - YIELD) Romans 6:15-23 Bring it Home as you Listen for LIFE!



Putting Sin to Death: from Principle to Practice Part Two

This week's message from the heart of God is: "Putting Sin to Death: From Principle to Practice" (The Doctrine of Sanctification in Practice - RECKON) From Romans 6:18,19. This message from Pastor Pete is the nuts and bolts of putting sin to death in our practice. We may know what's right and even believe what's right but how do we practically put sin to death in our practice. Perfect makes practice! Listen for Life as we Bring it Home!



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!