How is a man just with God? How does a man perceive his own right standing with God in his conscience? How do others come to recognize us as being saved people?
Continuing our series in which we define Bible concepts, we come to the subject of justification. As with any Bible concept, the disciple must approach this subject in a scholarly manner, seeking to "rightly divide" the word of truth. Similar to sanctification, the word justify has different settings and contexts in scripture and in short, there are different ways a child of Grace can be justified. The word itself is a legal term meaning "to declare one righteous," and so depending on the "court room" under consideration, we're justified by different things (blood, faith, works). Listen to learn more.
Radio broadcast for August 23, 2015.
It would be an understatement to say we don't exactly live in theological times. In our LOL and BRB culture, technical and precise communication is a rarity. But the scriptures use very detailed and intentional words to express divine concepts. To quote Solomon, preachers are to seek out to find acceptable words. Words have meanings, and help us wrap our minds around the reality of God's actions on our behalf.
In this broadcast, we consider the concept of sanctification, or being sanctified. Think sanctification is a simple, one size fits all occurrence? Think again! From objects and days to people, this word describes not only things God instructed to be used in His service and Holy days or worship, but also His eternal purposes and work on our behalf and our choice to abstain from carnal desires. Listen to learn more!
Radio broadcast for August 16, 2015.
Are you familiar with the doctrines of election and predestination? Ever heard of them? Maybe even afraid of them? These theological concepts are totally biblical and lay the framework for the concept of salvation itself. Don't shy away - listen and familiarize yourself with this truth.
Radio broadcast for August 9, 2015.
Scripture is emphatic that sinners are saved by God's grace, but what does that actually mean? In this broadcast, pastor Winslett defines the biblical concept of Grace and it's implications in your life.
Radio broadcast for August 2, 2015.
Is eternal salvation certain? If you follow a lot of contemporary ministries, you sure wouldn't get that impression. But a study of bedrock doctrinal statements from Bible writers such as Paul and the Lord Jesus Himself presents a totally different story! In fact, in John chapter 6, Jesus promised ALL that the Father gave Him shall come to Him, never to be cast out! How many? All! Listen and rejoice in the good news - Salvation is of the Lord!
Radio broadcast for July 26, 2015.
"For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another..." Romans 2:14-15
In Romans 2, Paul makes a parenthetical comment that there were Gentiles who lacked the Law of God, but lived according to the morality of the Law because God had written His laws on their hearts. Some take this to mean that everyone has God's law written on the heart - some sort of holdover from Adam being created in God's image. However, considering what other scriptures say about this concept and also the context of Romans 2, it becomes clear that Paul has something completely different in mind in this text: The change of heart made at the new birth! Listen to learn more.
Radio broadcast for July 19, 2015.
Last week on Words of Grace, we featured part 1 a message by Pastor Winslett in reaction to the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across the United States. Contrary perhaps to what you were expecting, the main focus of that sermon was the fact that many times, our eye has not been single. We have neglected to "seek first the Kingdom" because our concerns have been so great for our particular country. Obsession might not be strong enough of a word - yet Jesus' disciples are members of a kingdom not of this world.
On this broadcast we share part 2 of this sermon, specifically focusing on things we CAN do. Is your spirit stirred within you as you survey our present culture? Listen to find out what you should do about it.
Radio broadcast for July 12, 2015.
The pulpit is not a place for politics. In fact, some argue that one thing hurting American Christendom today is our obsession with politics and political candidates. At the same time, there are occasions when national events are so disturbing that Pastors must instruct and comfort the Church of God.
On this and the following edition of Words of Grace, we are sharing the message Pastor Winslett delivered at Flint River Primitive Baptist Church on the Sunday morning after the Supreme Court decision allowing same-sex marriage nationwide. Today's broadcast, part 1, jars us into renewing our focus on God's Kingdom, rather than the kingdoms of men. Part 2, which airs next Sunday, will be specific instructions concerning our place in any culture and also what to do when our spirits are rightly "stirred" within us because of the moral decay of society.
Radio broadcast for July 5, 2015.
Bible students recognize that in the Old Covenant, men observed a Saturday Sabbath. Yet, throughout the New Covenant era, the worship of God has been on Sunday, a day known as The Lord's Day. Why is that? Are we in error? Pastor Winslett reasons through this important concept on today's broadcast.
Radio broadcast for June 28, 2015.
While the Bible doesn't use the word, a concept appears from cover to cover which we refer to as the sovereignty of God. We use this term to describe God's ultimate authority and dominion over His creation.
The subject of God's sovereignty is one that at present needs more emphasis and clarification from Bible teachers. Why is that, you ask? Some Christians are grossly unaware of the concept in general. At the same time, others take it to a perverse extreme, insisting God orchestrates all events here in time. There is a great need for precise, "rightly divided" teaching on the subject. Listen to learn more.
Radio broadcast for June 21, 2015.
Do you find yourself succumbing to sinful lusts? Sounds like you need to strengthen some spiritual muscles! Interestingly enough, Paul used this analogy of "exercise" or strength building to describe people who have become spiritually mature enough to abstain, to a greater degree, from giving way to their sinful inclinations. In short, because of our inherited sin nature we all fail - but we can all fail a lot less by developing a resistance to sin. Listen to find out more.
Radio broadcast for June 14, 2015.
Have you been on Facebook or watched national news lately? If so, odds are you've seen a story the media has sensationalized about a former Olympic medalist undergoing surgery and declaring himself to be a woman.
That begs the question: Can a person change his or her gender? Is gender even something we must officially decide, or does God and nature decide this for us?
In today's broadcast, we consider this topic in light of God's inspired word and also basic science.
Radio broadcast for June 7, 2015.
While there is absolutely no way for an elect person to be severed from the love and preserving care of God, Christ warned His disciples in John 15 that as vine branches only live and thrive if they abide on a vine, so we only thrive and bring forth fruit if we abide in Him. Worse still, the consequences of leaving our "Vine" here on Earth are outright destructive! Listen and be encouraged to abide still in Christ.
Radio broadcast for May 31, 2015
Near the end of the highly symbolic book, Revelation, a mysterious and intriguing concept is introduced - a "thousand" year reign with Christ. This is commonly called the "millennial reign" or "1000 year reign" of Christ and believers usually fall in to one of three theological positions in their understanding of this subject, post-mil, pre-mil, or a-mil.
In this broadcast, we define each camp in brief and then consider the passage itself along with other portions of scripture which teach about Christ's second coming, framing a Biblical understanding of the subject.
Radio broadcast for May 24, 2015.
Recently we discussed the concept of Spiritual Autopilot on Words of Grace. One of the areas wherein we often set our "cruise control" is personal evangelism. Either our lives are so busy or we've never realized this responsibility, so we leave sharing the gospel to someone else.
In this broadcast, we consider evangelism from a Biblical perspective. Paul wrote to Timothy, instructing him to "do the work of an evangelist," but what does that mean? Obviously this is a command but how does one do this work? Listen to find out more.
Radio broadcast for May 17, 2015
One historic metaphor Bible writers utilize to describe the relationship we have with our Heavenly Father is the relationship between a Shepherd and His Sheep. From the Psalms through the ministry of Jesus, God refers to us as sheep.
But that presents some questions: How did I become a sheep? What does Jesus do for His sheep? What do His sheep need to do for each other?
If you're unfamiliar with the concept of salvation by grace, this is a message for you.
Broadcast for May 10, 2015.
Recently, we've been studying through Old Testament prophesies of Jesus Christ in our Wednesday night meetings. This study has included some interesting ways people, things, or events have foreshadowed Christ. One such is the manna which fell from Heaven, called Angel's food, in the wanderings of the children of Israel in the wilderness. God sustained Israel with special provision.
Jesus, in John 6 says the manna foreshadowed His coming, and He was the true Bread of God. How so? what does this mean? Pastor Winslett discusses this interesting and comforting passage of scripture in this edition of Words of Grace.
Radio broadcast for May 3, 2015.
When God appeared to Moses from the bush that burned but was not consumed, Moses asked for God's name. His reply was both intriguing and comforting: I AM.
While some may find that to be confusing, this revealed title of God is actually intended to be a statement of His immutability and sovereignty in the midst of a time of sorrow and trouble. God is! Further, He does as He pleases, which includes delivering His children, ultimately from sin itself.
Radio broadcast for April 26, 2015.
One of the greatest dangers facing individual church bodies today is spiritual autopilot or cruise control. You might ask, "what does that even mean?" Let's define it is a discipleship without intention, purpose, and focus. When someone falls into this condition, service to God becomes an automated routine rather than an action born out of love and true zeal. This affects us as individuals and as church bodies.
For example, a person or church body on autopilot isn't concerned with evangelism. They may meet on time, every time, sit in the pews and listen and even enjoy the service. However, as they leave the four walls of the church building there is no drive to "do the work of an evangelist," seeking to harvest God's elect from fields already white unto harvest into His church. Autopilot is comfortable and easy. Our task to make disciples suddenly becomes less crucial. The problem is God never gave us permission to slack off on our duties to inform His elect of their salvation! Autopilot bears little resemblance to the Church depicted in Acts. This is but only one example.
In this broadcast, we consider the danger of autopilot and also several ways to be intentional in discipleship.
Radio broadcast for April 19, 2015.
One of the single most important questions in the history of the world was asked in Matthew 16, when Jesus asked His disciples "whom say ye that I am?" Who is Jesus of Nazareth? Not only is this question pertinent for discipleship, but His identity is crucial for salvation itself. In short, if Jesus was just another prophet or philosopher, we have no hope.
From the scriptures, elder Winslett shows that Christ was in fact, God Incarnate. Scripture records that there are three that bear record in Heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost and these three are one. Rather than being three separate deities, these three persons make up the one true and living God. The Word, God's Son, came to earth as Jesus of Nazareth. In short, God loved His people so much, He came to Earth via the womb of a virgin named Mary, lived among us, died for our sins, and was raised again the third day.
Radio broadcast for April 12, 2015.
This broadcast features a message preached "Resurrection Day" 2015 at Flint River Church.
The law was a "shadow" of good things to come, according to Paul in Hebrews chapter 10. That means even though the law was fulfilled by Christ on the cross, we can still look to it for lessons about Christ and His work. One might say Christ was concealed in the Old Testament and revealed in the New Testament.
One particular feast in the Old Testament which foreshadowed Christ was the Passover, in which a lamb was slain per house in Israel, and its blood applied to the door of their home. As you know, this feast was instituted in Egypt, when God judged that nation with one final plague - the death of their firstborn in a single night. As God passed through in judgment, He saw the blood of the lamb and passed over each Hebrew house.
In the New Testament, not only was Christ crucified on the Passover and raised the Sunday after, but Paul said in 1 Corinthians that "Christ our passover" was slain for us. Jesus was our Passover Lamb. As this past week was the anniversary of His crucifixion and Resurrection Day, our broadcast considers our Passover Lamb, Jesus Christ.
Radio Broadcast for April 5, 2015.
Angels are an intriguing subject. Most everyone claims to believe in Angels, but when discussed the image that comes to mind is a blonde female in a while dress with a halo and fluffy white wings. But is that depiction accurate from a Biblical perspective? Nay, not in the least.
In this program, we study through the Bible in search of the origin, nature, description, and purpose of angels.
Radio Broadcast for March 29, 2015.
He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. - Matthew 11:15
How does a man know God? Is a knowledge of God - or even spiritual truth about God - the product of human learning? Or does it take something more, something special? Keeping in mind that men, naturally, are enemies of God who reject His truth as folly, the words of Christ as quoted above become very clear. We must be given "spiritual hearing" to grasp spiritual truth.
In this broadcast we study the subject of Divine Revelation, when God reveals either Himself or truths about Himself to human beings.
Radio Broadcast for March 22, 2015
When a believer expresses a hope for eternal deliverance - rather than a boastful insistence in their own state righteousness - their experience with Christ is sometimes castigated as inferior or invalid. However, Scripture has some very positive things to say about true hope! Perhaps the idea that hope is a subpar expression or longing comes from a misunderstanding of the concept itself. You see, hope isn't merely a wish. No, it is defined as the expectation of something desired!*
Paul wrote in Romans chapter 8 that we are "saved by hope." What does that mean? How does hope save us? Is this salvation from sin, or from something else? We hope to answer those questions in light of the context of this verse.
Radio broadcast for March 15, 2015
Most Christians are aware, at least to some degree, of the work of Christ Jesus in their individual salvation from sin. But did you know that God the Father and God the Spirit had distinct roles in your deliverance as well?
In this broadcast we consider the mysterious triune nature of the Godhead and also the work each distinct person within the Godhead (Father, Son, Spirit) accomplished to deliver you, His child, to Heaven.
Radio broadcast for March 8, 2015.
Is your worship experience fulfilling? Yes? No?
It's our conviction that the way Christ and His Apostles conducted themselves in public worship is a superior way to worship, rendering to God the utmost glory and generating the most fulfilling experience for the worshiper possible. Our efforts aren't merely an attempt to be "old fashioned" or an indulgence in nostalgia but a sincere pursuit of the primitive worship found in the book of Acts.
So, how did the primitive Christians worship? Listen to find out, then visit us to see.
Radio program for March 1, 2015.
A little over a couple of weeks ago in Alabama, homosexual marriages were performed for the first time due to a single federal judge's decision to overturn state law and grant marriages outside of the traditional "one man, one woman" format. Understandably so, it was a time of sorrow and in some cases anxiety in our state.
This occurrence prompted pastor Winslett to deliver a message at Flint River on what we can and should do in the wake of this, but at the same time reminding us that we belong to a "Kingdom not of this world." God never expected us to establish a theocracy, and each church body is blessed in her obedience directly from God, regardless of the culture around us. Futher, there is no guarantee that a revival in the church's health in America will translate into more of a godly society. Remember human depravity.
Yet there are two ways in which the church can always have an impact. In short, today's broadcast intends to tug us back to the most primitive aspects of the church and our true work.
Radio broadcast for February 22, 2015.
What do you believe about God or salvation? Can you articulate it? Do your views contradict one another?
A person's beliefs about God is called their "theology," a word properly defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as the science of things divine. While many people today aren't bothered with taking the time to chart out a Biblical theology, God calls us to be informed, systematic believers! Learn more in today's program.
Radio broadcast for February 15, 2015.
Scripture goes to great lengths to explain our deliverance from sin in ways we can understand. Sadly, outside of the word "save" few people have a working knowledge of the various terms and metaphors the Bible uses to express what God has done for His people. This broadcast considers, in brief, ten terms used to express our relationship with God.
Radio broadcast for February 8, 2015.
In the theology of some Christian groups, a place called Purgatory exists. Wikipedia defines this place as "an intermediate state after physical death in which those destined for heaven "undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven"*
But a more important and crucial question: Does the BIBLE say such a place exists? The answer to that is a resounding NO. In fact, a study of death in scripture teaches that a person's placement in either Paradise or Torment at death is instant. Scripture contradicts this false theology. Moreover, Christ's work in redemption is so efficacious, His elect children MUST join Him in Paradise at death. He purchased that right with His own blood.
Learn more by listening to today's program.
Radio broadcast for February 1, 2015.
How about some good, old fashioned gospel?
What does it take for a man to go to heaven? His belief? Good works? Baptism? Perseverance? Sin free living? Perhaps one might even say all of the above are required.
But scripture is adamant. Men are made righteous through Christ and Him alone! Jesus Himself is THE way, the truth, and the life. No man can come to God except through Him, and none but those given to Him by the Father can come! (John 14, John 6).
As the old hymnwriter Edward Mote penned, My hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus' blood and righteousness!
Radio broadcast for January 25, 2015.
Let's consider another sometimes controversial subject, shall we? Intermarriage - marriage between different nationalities or races. Throughout human history, many have held ideas (some quite strange) about this topic. But, what does scripture say? Remember, the disciple of Christ is form his or her views based on "thus sayeth the word of the Lord." As hear in this program, God places only one such restriction on choosing a husband or wife (and it isn't race). Have a listen!
Radio program for January 11, 2015.
A growing number of people today claim to be spiritual but have no need for organized religion. However, God has placed pastors in His flock for the purpose of shepherding and teaching His people. It's no hidden secret that believers are to also be disciples, or students of Christ. A pastor is one who teaches you the word, equipping you for daily discipleship.
In a word, if you're a believer in Christ, having a true pastor is crucial to your spiritual walk.
Radio program for January 4, 2015.
This time of year, many consider the coming of Christ into the world. What was His work? Why did God send him? Find out in this broadcast take from Galatians chapter 4.
Radio program for December 28, 2014.
Want to delve into a difficult Bible passage? Romans chapter 9 says God loved Jacob but hated his twin brother Esau. Does that mean what we think it says, that God has a divine hatred for some individuals? How does that fit with the common teaching that God loves every single human being on Earth? Listen as we consider this passage of Paul's most famous epistle, Romans.
Radio program for December 21, 2014.
"Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour." - Ephesians 5:1-2
Ephesians chapter 5 says that followers of Jesus should walk in love. The mission of the Lord Jesus Christ on earth was one of love and mercy towards His children. As His followers, we should emulate that same love in our own lives.
So, what does that mean and how do we do it? That's the subject of today's radio program.
Radio broadcast for December 14, 2014.
This isn't a radio program, but an audio sermon from a recent series on Ephesians. However, so it is featured in the Words of Grace podcast section on iTunes, we'll feature it here.
When Paul wrote that sinners were "saved by grace through faith, and that not of themselves," what did he mean? That's the subject of this audio sermon.
You are undoubtedly familiar with the recent Ferguson Missouri riots and subsequent violent demonstrations around the country after the Grand Jury decision not to prosecute Police Officer Darren Wilson after he fatally shot a young man named Michael Brown. It's been one of the hottest topics in national and even local news.
What is the Christian response to such protests? We generally avoid political topics on Words of Grace with the exception of when they bleed over into the spiritual realm (for example, issues such as homosexuality and abortion). How should a Bible believer view these violent demonstrations? Should a Christian participate in such if he or she senses an injustice? Should law officers have the right to shoot another person? We consider these questions from scripture in this broadcast.
Radio program for December 7, 2014.
Are you resting in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ? From his birth to his death on the cross, both angels and Christ Himself proclaimed that His work would be a successful work - He came to save His people from their sins. To to make them savable, not to offer salvation, but to actually save. Are you resting in this information?
A proper knowledge of the gospel causes one to cease from attempts to establish their own righteousness. Listen to find out why.
Radio broadcast for November 30, 2014.
What will life be like after the resurrection of the dead and judgment? Ever given it much thought? The common notion that we'll fly in the clouds, fully equipped with harps and halos, is not only boring but also simply untrue.
Scripture comforts us with a glimpse into that day in 2 Peter 3 and also Revelation 21, assuring us that after life on Earth ends, glorified elect people will live with God for eternity on a new Earth.
Radio broadcast for November 12, 2014.
Romans chapter 11 is one of the most puzzling chapters in scripture to a great many Bible students. How should a Christian understand it?
It's actually quite simple. Paul previously set forth the concept of God's sovereign grace (chapters 8-9). He then expressed his desire that elect Israelites would be saved from the wrath of God to come on their nation in 70 A.D. (Romans 10). In Romans 11, he discusses the engrafting of the Gentiles into the service of God, but also the finale deliverance of God's children among the nation of Israel, even though they were rebellious in this life and were destroyed!
In short, God's love for His people is so strong that even if we fall into sin to the point that we are destroyed from the face of the earth, His grace abounds!
Radio broadcast for November 16, 2014.
As a follow up to last week's program, Pastor Winslett considers the importance of taking the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D 70 into consideration as you study the New Testament, particularly when it concerns interaction with first century preachers and their Jewish contemporaries. In short, their entire way of life was coming to an end in a swift act of Divine Judgment.
Should this have been a surprise? By no means. God had warned Israel from their founding as a nation that His judgment would befall them in the event that they rejected His commandments.
Radio program for November 9, 2014.
How does Romans 10 "fit" with the doctrine of Predestination and Sovereign Grace?
Paul expressed his heart in Romans 10:1 when he said his prayer was for Israel to be saved. He had great sorrow in his heart for his kinsmen according to the flesh, the nation of Israel. His fervent desire was for their deliverance. But, deliverance from what?
In the minds of most believers today, Paul was praying for the eternal salvation of Israel from the penalty of sin. That would make logical sense were select passages of Romans 10 the only portion of scripture a person had ever considered on this topic. However, when one begins at chapter at chapter 8 and continues through chapter 11, they see that eternal salvation is secure in Christ Jesus, even for rebellious Jews.
For what then does Paul pray in Romans 10? In this broadcast, we examine contextual clues from the actual context of Romans 9 and 10 for clarification of the deliverance Paul had in mind.
Some helpful hints in advance:
- Remember the full lesson of Paul's epistle - he won't change his mind or contradict himself mid stream.
- Remember the context including the audience, identity of persons discussed, and the era in which it was written.
- Consider any Old Testament passages the writer quotes. The point he is making can be clarified by the scripture he uses to make it.
Have a listen!
Radio broadcast for November 2, 2014
Think the church is an invalid, pointless institution? Think again. In this program, I reflect on some of the differences God's Kingdom has made in my life - as it should have a "saving" effect on all Disciples of Christ.
Radio program for October 26, 2014.
Did Jesus descend from Heaven, hand us a leather bound KJV, and ascend back up to Heaven? As nice as that would have been, no He didn't. That not being the case, how did we get our Bibles? We explore the answer to that question on today's broadcast.
Radio broadcast for October 19, 2014.
As a followup to last week's broadcast, we consider the words of Jesus in John 3:8. In this text, Jesus affirms that there is only one way for a person to be born again - the Spirit moves as does the wind. We hear the sound (effects), but are unable to force it to come upon us and are ignorant of where the Spirit will go next, in this life giving work.
This statement by Christ excludes all forms of "decisional regeneration" from being scripturally accurate. For everyone that is born again, was born again the same way.
Radio program for October 12, 2014.
Does it matter if a person knows how Jesus took up residence in their heart? Short answer - Yes! Long answer - God is a God of truth. We should strive - earnestly contend - to be as precise as possible in our theology, including defending Biblical principles when called upon to do so.
So how does Jesus take up residence in your heart? Well...listen to find out.
Radio program for October 5, 2014.
Is an English speaking person required to learn Hebrew to call upon the name of the Lord? Does God hear us when we simply pray to "God" or "The LORD?" According to some believers today, knowledge of secret names of God are necessary to be real disciples. But most importantly, what does the Bible actually say about this subject?
Radio broadcast for September 28, 2014.
Are you familiar with the concept of Sovereign Grace? Election? Predestination? Redemption? If not, you should be! In this program, we deviate from our normal routine and share a message delivered by Pastor Winslett in the pulpit of Flint River Church from Ephesians chapter 1.
Radio broadcast for September 14, 2014.
Each group among Christianity has distinct beliefs and practices. One of the most common questions people ask when learning we are Primitive Baptist is "what is the difference in a Primitive Baptist and other Baptists?" Listen to find out!
Radio program for June 1, 2014.