Peter admonished his readers to make their calling and election sure. While the context of passage is very much practical - how God expects us to live and the assurance which comes with obedience - the fact remains that we can't make our calling and election sure if concepts such as election and divine calling were't Biblical truths.
In this two part message, Pastor Winslett shares Peter's admonition with us, first considering these two fundamental concepts, and then the practical admonition which follows.
Radio broadcast for February 19, 2017
In our last broadcast, we considered the fact that God can and does intervene in the lives of His children, overruling the terrible things they experience and leave a blessing in the wake of pain. But what do you do in the moment of pain itself? Pastor Winslett shares insight into this concept in today's broadcast, In The Moment.
Radio broadcast for February 12, 2017
As children, we dream of a life that is epitomized by the typical storybook ending, "and they all lived happily ever after." But many times, the experience of life as an adult is quite different that of a storybook. Disease, accidents, abandonment, etc., are a part of life for many believers. What counsel does the Bible give to those whose dreamed are not realized? Single mother? Widower? Betrayed by family or friends? In this broadcast, Pastor Winslett shares some Biblical instruction to those who have suffered loss.
Radio broadcast for February 5, 2017
When Jesus first approached Peter and his brother Andrew to be among His first disciples, they were professional fishermen. His first words to them, were "follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." From that time forward, their lives were to be devoted to fishing, but rather than catching fish, they were to catch men. Jesus reminded Peter of this after His resurrection, by asking Peter if he loved Christ more than he loved his profession. If so, Jesus said, "feed my sheep!"
Do we feel an urgency today to fish for men? If not, something is amiss and we need to seek repentance. In this broadcast, pastor Winslett shares some insight into evangelism, fishing for men.
Radio program for January 29, 2017
In our day to day lives, we are on one of two roads. One road is destructive. The other road abounds with spiritual blessings. In this broadcast, Pastor Winslett shares Jesus' sobering warning from Matthew chapter 7 to enter the strait gate and walk the narrow way.
Radio broadcast for January 22, 2017
Does the word of Christ abide in your heart? One of the keys to a successful discipleship is being rooted in the word of God. In today's message, Pastor Winslett shares a passage from Colossians chapter 3, admonishing us to let the word of Christ dwell richly in us, so that we may be rooted and built up in Christ, able to withstand the storms of this life.
Radio broadcast for January 15, 2017.
The passing of another year marks a new beginning. The struggles and victories of 2016 are now behind us, and we can look to run our race with patience in this fresh, new year. The plans are developed for many of the things we set out to do, both personally and professionally, in the early weeks of the year. Even now, we're laying the foundation for things we'll hope to accomplish months from now.
My believing friend, spiritually speaking, have you ever stopped to consider if you are building on the correct foundation? It is a sobering question. In this broadcast, Pastor Winslett shares some fundamental doctrines which should serve as the foundation for your discipleship in Christ.
Radio broadcast for January 8, 2017
We need role models. In scripture, we are admonished to both avoid negative influences and seek out godly examples. While this is very important regarding the company we keep, a Christian can also look to the Bible for many examples of faithful living. In this broadcast, Pastor Winslett considers the character of Joseph and Mary.
Radio broadcast for January 1, 2017
Continuing last week's message, Pastor Winslett shares Old Testament prophecies regarding the fact that our Christ would be born into the world as a descendant of king David.
Radio broadcast for December 25, 2016
At the turn of 2016, we were conducting a study through the life of king David at Flint River. On this and next week's program, we share the message from the Sunday before Christmas 2015, in which we considered the fact that the Messiah, Jesus Christ, was to come through the lineage of king David, according to prophecy. As Matthew and Luke record, both Jesus' biological mother Mary and adoptive father Joseph were descendants of David.
Radio broadcast for December 18, 2016
Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. - 1Th 5:14-15 KJV
Message 12 in our series through 1 and 2 Thessalonians
The fool is a notorious, biblical character. Not only is the fool one who lives contrary to the word of God, in the most extreme form he is also one who lacks a knowledge of God on the level of the heart. Primarily from the Proverbs, Pastor Winslett takes an in depth look at the character and actions of this type of person and also biblical exhortations to avoid the company of such.
Radio broadcast for December 11, 2016
The health of a church or even a region of churches is never static. That is, spiritual health can wax and wane. Churches go through periods of revival and also periods of coldness. When we survey the landscape of our church and the trend is to bury more than we baptize, or to close more churches than we constitute, it should cause us to stop and assess our behavior. Have we grown cold? Are we distracted? As the prophet Haggai exhorted, we should "consider our ways!"
In this broadcast, Pastor Winslett considers spiritual indifference and the chastening which occurs as a result, and also the first steps towards revival.
Radio broadcast for December 4, 2016
The gospel message is good news, even the best news a sin-sick sinner could hear! As cold waters refresh a thirsting man, so does the good news of the finished work of Christ refresh the souls of those who hear and believe it. What happens when one ingests polluted water? Their body is sickly. Yet one who drinks pure water healthy. This serves as an excellent comparison to the benefits of the gospel message! The true gospel, is one which makes the soul fat.
Radio broadcast for November 27, 2016
Concerning a man's eternal salvation, there are three basic camps into which people generally fall: 1) Salvation by grace; 2) Salvation by grace and works; and 3) Salvation by works. While opinions about this crucial subject are about as vast as the number of Christian denominations, the Bible present a singular message. Salvation is by the grace of God!
This being said, how does one reconcile this truth with passages which seem to teach that salvation is by human choice or works? We answer this question in today's broadcast.
Radio broadcast for November 20, 2016
In our prior two broadcasts, we considered how important a task the spreading of the gospel should be to the disciple of Christ, and also some methodology involved in evangelism. Today, we return to this crucial subject, as Pastor Winslett a few more observations from scripture and personal experience about sharing the word. Please listen to this series of message and engage in biblical evangelism!
Radio broadcast for November 13, 2016
In our last broadcast, we address the ease with which this present evil world sidetracks us in our Christian walk, noting that God's main purpose for us today - aside from living righteous lives - is the spreading of His gospel. While it's easy to talk about the need, how do we actually go about sharing this glorious gospel of salvation by grace? In this message, Pastor Winslett expresses the need for evangelism and also shares some tips about spreading the gospel in our own personal lives.
Radio broadcast for November 6, 2016
We all have our obsessions. Some of us are very consumed with politics. Others with sports. Then there is recreation or career empire-building. But are these wordly concerns what God Almighty considers to be the most important issues for disciples to invest their time in? Not likely. From the scriptures, Pastor Winslett exhorts us to keep in mind the admonition to "seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness," reminding us that God's Kingdom is not of this world.
Radio broadcast for October 20, 2016
Have you ever stopped to ask yourself why you believe the Bible? There are billions of the people in the world, most belonging to many different religions. Each religion has its own doctrine, practice, and manuscripts. And yet, we trust this one volume to teach us not only the identity of God Himself, but also our own origin and deliverance from this evil world. So this presents the question, why the Bible?
In this broadcast, Pastor Winslett shares five reasons why we trust this book, even to the point of being willing to suffer for adhering to its teachings.
Radio broadcast for October 23, 2016
Life is, many times, difficult. There is a great deal of suffering in the world. But how should we react to the problems and potential negatives of this life? In today's radio broadcast, we consider various causes of human suffering and then finally the simple expression from the Model Prayer, "thy will be done."
Radio broadcast for October 16, 2016
My believing friend, are you worried about your salvation or the salvation of another? I invite you to take comfort in today's message, entitled The Foundation Stands Sure. From Paul's 2nd epistle to Timothy, we consider the bedrock truth that the foundation of God stands sure, the Lord knows them that are His. As Jesus said in John 6, all given to Him of the Father shall come to Him and not be cast out!
Radio broadcast for October 2, 2016
It's common for people to ask "what is a Primitive Baptist?" Good question! In short, a Primitive Baptist is a Christian who endeavors to believe the original teachings of the primitive church while observing the practices of the first century believers. In this message, Pastor Winslett makes the case for Biblical tradition from Paul's admonition in 2 Thessalonians, to observe the traditions given to us by Apostolic word or epistle.
Radio broadcast for September 25, 2016
Do you feel a closeness with God? Oh, how often we slide into a desert wilderness as we sojourn here. In today's broadcast, pastor Winslett teaches about growing closer to God through the study of His word from Psalm 1.
Radio broadcast for September 18, 2016.
While eternal salvation is accomplished solely by God Himself, the Lord has given the responsibility to sound out God's word to His church. Listen as pastor Winslett considers this very fundamental subject, the spreading of the gospel.
Radio broadcast for September 11, 2016
Are you a disciple of Jesus Christ? "Sure," you reply! "Why, I am a church member and I believe." In today's broadcast, we learn from John 8 that being a disciple actually involves more than merely believing in Jesus, but learning and obeying His word on a daily basis. While sonship (being born of God) is by God through free grace alone, discipleship is a daily activity.
Radio broadcast for September 4, 2016.
It's amazing to note that in Jesus' day, He often condemned the religious elite (people assumed to be holy) and found friendship with the publicans and sinners (people assumed to be unholy). In today's broadcast, we look through scripture at a few examples in which God's grace is found in unusual places. Who would expect to find a grace changed person working as a harlot in Jericho? Few, for sure. And yet there is Rahab, who justified herself (declared herself just) by receiving the Israelite spies. Then there is the thief on the cross. Yet again, there is the sinful woman of the city who washed Jesus' feet with her tears.
As Paul rightly said, Jesus came into the world to save sinner. While the Pharisees condemned Jesus for this attribute, a sensible sinner finds great peace in their accusation that Jesus is the friend of sinners.
Radio broadcast for August 28, 2016
Concluding our study on God's sovereignty, we explore the fact that the end of the world will be an act of God's sovereign will and by His sovereign power.
Radio broadcast for August 21, 2016
In this recent series, we've studied God's sovereignty as a general principle and His sovereign will in our eternal salvation. In today's broadcast, we consider His sovereign dominion over principalities and powers, including Satan, fallen angels and evil spirits, governments of men, and the wicked.
Worried about the climate of this world? Be reassured - God reigns supreme!
Radio broadcast for August 14, 2016
Previously in this series, we've studied the sovereignty of God as a principle, as well as God's sovereignty in the election of grace and in redemption. In this broadcast, we shift our focus onto God's control over the new birth, the act of God in a person's life in which they are drawn from death in sin to new life in Jesus Christ.
Radio broadcast for August 7, 2016
Continuing our series on the sovereignty of God, today we consider the sovereignty of God in redemption. Aspects of this include the salvific covenant of grace between God the Father and God the Son before time began, God's timing in sending His Son as the chosen redeemer, the cross itself, and election of those who were redeemed.
The day of Christ's offering was indeed, as prophesied in Psalm 118:24, "the day the Lord hath made," in which He brought salvation and in which we are glad.
Radio broadcast for July 31, 2016
Part 2 in our series on the Sovereignty of God
Let's talk about election. No, not the political election, but God's election of a people to salvation. Did you know such a concept existed? Sadly, many believers today have a lack of understanding of this most basic and fundamental theological concept. Listen as we examine the scriptures.
Radio broadcast for July 24, 2016
In the coming weeks, we plan to engage in a study of a most fundamental subject: the sovereignty of God. Today, we consider the basic concept of God's sovereignty. In short, God is the King of Creation, doing what He wants when He wants.
Radio broadcast for July 17, 2016
Warfare is severe! And yet, that's one of the metaphors the Apostle Paul used to describe discipleship. However, unlike physical combat, this is a battle of information and the battleground is the hearts and minds of men.
Could you imagine a soldier being sent to combat while being ignorant of the fact that he was actually in a war? What about a soldier being sent to war unarmed? That sounds ridiculous, but that's exactly how many believers in our age approach discipleship. Want to arm yourself? Listen to today's program.
Radio broadcast for July 10, 2016
God blessed us with the church, not only as a institution to facilitate worship and learning, but also as a community of believers to edify one another and provide accountability. Learn more in today's broadcast.
Radio broadcast for July 3, 2016
In today's broadcast, Pastor Winslett considers a very elementary passage of scripture found in Paul's epistle to the Galatian churches, Galatians 5:22, in which Paul teaches us the fruit of being born of the Spirit. The lesson here is two fold: We learn that for a person to bear this fruit in his life, he must be born of the Spirit. But also, we are exhorted to "walk in the Spirit," actively living out the character attributes in our day to day lives.
Radio broadcast for June 26, 2016
Does it seem to you that anger and violence are increasing in our culture? Why do you think this is the case? Certainly theories are both plentiful and various.
In the Olivet Discourse, Jesus made a profound statement regarding a direct correlation between iniquity and love, specifically when iniquity abounds, the love of many shall wax cold. As a rule, when iniquity abounds, brotherly love grows faint in a society. So then, we learn that the solution isn't the mere feigning of a loving attitude, but a sincere repentance towards God accompanied by a turning from sinfulness.
Radio broadcast for June 19, 2016.
Scripture presents a very clear set of guidelines on what constitutes marriage as well as what God has defined as sexually immoral. Sometimes in defending the Biblical pattern of marriage, well-meaning Christians use the prohibition on homosexual behavior in Leviticus as their "proof text" against such a lifestyle. However, relying solely upon this text presents a serious problem when confronted by skeptics: Leviticus also prohibits the eating of creatures such as shrimp or catfish. The skeptic then condemns the Christian for embracing one law and ignoring another. How does the believer answer this criticism?
In this broadcast, pastor Winslett explains the timeless principles of God regarding marriage and intimacy, while placing such passages in Leviticus in the overall message of scripture.
Radio broadcast for June 12, 2016
Distractions! We all have them, but sometimes we fail to realize just how spiritually disabling they can be. In this broadcast, Pastor Winslett addresses the all too common occurrence of spiritual distraction.
Radio broadcast for June 5, 2016.
In our culture, we don't necessarily work out in a hot field all day. Rather, we tend to hyperextend ourselves with busy schedules, hurrying from one event to the next, leaving ourselves frazzled ad gasping for breath. The solution is to force yourself to find time for rest, even if the purging of some activities is necessary.
In this broadcast, we consider the importance of rest from a physical and spiritual perspective.
Radio broadcast for May 29, 2016
Things are stressful out there in America. I get it. No matter what your opinion is, you're probably really concerned and want to do something. Our facebook newsfeeds are full of doom and gloom. My email box is full of calls to action about any number of issues: gambling, marriage, bathrooms, political candidates. In all the noise, it really does a believer good to stop and ask, but what would God have me to do?
This broadcast contains 5 things which ought to be the concern of every disciple of Christ.
Radio broadcast for May 22, 2016
Words have meanings. Sometimes, a single word can have many definitions. Other times, one word can be used in many different contexts. This is true for our every day speech, but it's also true regarding the language of the Bible. Determining the application of a term is a practice called "rightly dividing the word of truth." When rightly dividing, the reader takes the definition, context, and overall theology of the Bible into consideration to determine the author's original intent. Since scripture is of no private interpretation, it is the disciple's responsibility to seek the original message in a passage.
One might be puzzled or even alarmed at the premise of "rightly diving," but this practice is commonly engaged in by theologians and scholars. For example, preachers often distinguish between the Divinity of Christ and the Humanity of Christ. Also, we recognize the different between our eternal sanctification through God and a practical sanctification through obedience and discipline. Further, it is understood that God, for Christ's sake, forgave our sins once and for all at the cross, yet we ask for forgiveness in a parental sense every time we pray.
In this broadcast, Pastor Winslett considers the biblical usage of the word "save." When most believers in our culture come across the word save in the Bible, their first assumption is that the word is describing regeneration (the new birth). However, as with many other words, the term save is used in reference to other phases of our eternal salvation (redemption, glorification) and also deliverance from various forms of ruin in our daily lives (enemies, sickness, sinful behavior, error, etc).
Radio broadcast for May 15, 2016.
Do you struggle with guilt over the sins and mistakes of your past? Do you let this guilt hinder your service to God, feeling unworthy to begin your personal ministry? If you answered yes, you really should take the time to listen to the thoughts presented in this week's radio program as we consider how the imputed righteousness of Christ was sufficient enough to enable a persecutor, Saul of Tarsus, to become the writer of much of the New Testament books and also the Apostle to the Gentiles. Understanding the sufficiency of Christ on your behalf truly sets you free from the bondage of personal guilt.
Radio broadcast for May 8, 2016.
Do you feel yourself to be a great sinner with too terrible of a past to serve God? I have good news for you: your sufficiency is in Christ! Because of the grace of God, even the chief of sinners himself, Paul, became the writer of a majority of the books in the New Testament! God's grace is truly a comforting subject, but it's also one which invigorates us to an increased service in the Lord. Listen and be strengthened!
Radio broadcast for May 1, 2016.
The New Testament commonly refers to a group of people called "the elect." Who are these people? How did they become such? When did they become such? What is their relationship to Jesus Christ? We answer these questions from the scriptures in today's edition of Words of Grace.
While election was a commonly believed concept in generations past, it is hardly understood in today's world. For this cause, we definitely invite you to share this program with your friends and family.
Radio broadcast for April 24, 2016.
How about the single most important question a person can ask: Who is Jesus of Nazareth?
In today's broadcast, we answer this question from the scriptures as we consider Jesus' work as Saviour and also His identity as the Son of God, who became the son of man for the purpose of dying for the elect of God.
Radio broadcast for April 17, 2016.
Last week on Words of Grace, we considered the many ways Jesus suffered on the cross as well as His sufferings in the hours leading up to His crucifixion. Today we return back to the cross as we share Pastor Winslett's 2016, Easter Sunday sermon at Flint River on the many marvels, mysteries, and miracles which occurred during Jesus' crucifixion.
Radio broadcast for April 10, 2016.
Last week Christendom remembered the crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. This holiday serves to focus our minds on the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. In this broadcast, we look at seven ways in which Jesus suffered in the events leading up to and during the crucifixion.
Radio program for April 3, 2016.
The resurrection of Christ is so important to the believer in Christ that you can hardly find a recorded sermon in the Book of Acts that does not mention this bedrock truth. In fact, every other Christian doctrine hangs upon this one central truth - Christ arose the third day!
In this radio program, we consider just what the Lord Jesus Christ's resurrection from the dead means to a believer.
Radio broadcast for March 27, 2016
Proverbs 14:34 says "righteousness exalteth a nation." This means a country whose citizenship, on average, pursues a godly, righteous standard of living will experience great peace and blessings as a derivative of their actions.
In recent weeks, we've seen the hostility between polarized fringes of the American population escalate to levels of mob violence. In some cases, demonstrations and protests have approached the level of all out anarchy. As the ministry of the gospel, it is our responsibility to declare God's standard, even in such cases as this.
The first principle Pastor Winslett shares in this broadcast, is that the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God (James 1). Actions carried out in anger are usually regretted later. Secondly, as often observed by the framers of the United States, only a morally upright people can enjoy lasting liberty. Since public violence is immoral and sinful, we all stand at risk of losing our personal freedom when a substantial number of our citizenship engages in riotous behavior. And lastly, as believers in Christ, we must interceded to God in fervent in prayer for our elected officials.
Radio broadcast for March 20, 2016
Last week on Words of Grace, we considered several attributes of God, especially His position as Creator, Lord, and Judge over all men. Today we revisit this topic as we study the fact that all men are accountable to God for their actions.
Without God's forgiveness for our sins, we would most certainly be cast into the Lake of Fire for eternity. What was the price paid for this forgiveness? His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and God the Father has forgiven us unconditionally on the basis of His Son's redemptive work. But even after salvation, as children to a parent, we ought to ask God to forgive us of our sins each day. When we do, He hears, and spares His chastening rod.
Radio program for March 13, 2016.