What brings eternal deliverance? Talk about an loaded question! You're likely to receive any number of answers depending on the person you ask. But what does scripture say? We consider that topic in this edition of Words of Grace.
Radio broadcast for August 24, 2014.
The Bible is a straight forward book, full of literal events and plain language. Yet, at the same time, there are deep mysteries in scripture. Paul called them "shadows" of things to come or allegories. We commonly refer to them as "types and shadows."
On today's program, we look at some language in Revelation chapter 19, in which the Bride of Christ is given a linen garment to wear, a garment which is her righteousness. Interestingly enough, this very type of garment is reported to have been worn by our Saviour Jesus Christ in two different visions of Christ in His glorified state in Heaven.
What's the significance in all this? Have a listen to find out! You'll be glad you did.
Radio broadcast for August 17, 2014.
Perilous times much? From economic turmoil and political uncertainty here to aggressive dictatorships and Islamic terrorists abroad, we live in uncertain times. It's enough to give any news conscious man anxiety! However, the Christian should always remind himself that we serve an omniscience, all powerful God.
On this broadcast we consider one fundamental attribute of God, His omniscience. Omniscience means "all knowing" (onmi=all, science=knowledge). Though the future is uncertain to us, nothing is uncertain to God. Learn how this is a comforting thought on today's broadcast.
Radio broadcast for August 10, 2014.
This morning's broadcast considers two theological terms - reprobate and regenerate. All people currently fall into one of these two categories. One type, the reprobate, is void of judgment and depraved. The other, regenerate, has the laws of God written on his heart and is spiritually quickened. Find out more by listening!
Radio broadcast for August 3, 2014.
We know we should walk by faith, right? But, how often do we find ourselves leaning on our own understanding, rather than simply trusting in God to provide? In this program we discuss what faith is - who has it and where it comes from - and how it should be the guiding principle of the Christian's life.
Radio broadcast for July 27, 2014
The Christian life is one of discipleship. The word disciple means 'pupil,' or learner. It is God's will that we ever continue to grow in the knowledge of God.
Rather than divinely uploading Christian doctrine and principles into our brains, God has placed certain people in the church to teach and instruct us. Primarily, this is done by pastors. However, fathers and mothers also bear a role in the teaching of their children in the home. Additionally, scripture even instructs elderly sisters to teach younger sisters in matters pertaining to the home.
Radio broadcast for July 16, 2014.
Is the ministry a career choice? Can anyone be a preacher? How are aspiring preachers to train? What is the normal way in scripture of obtaining a pastor? We hope to answer these questions in light of scripture. Four observations we consider on this morning's program are:
- The man is called of God.
- The man has qualified himself.
- Aspiring preachers are to study under a mentor, or father in the ministry.
- Most commonly, elders should be raised up from within an area to serve the churches of that area.
Radio program for July 13, 2014.
Serious question: Will everyone who is supposed to be in heaven actually make it there? That's the subject of this morning's radio program. If you're unfamiliar with what scripture says about this, the answer may surprise you.
Radio broadcast for July 6, 2014.
The Psalms are wonderful hymns of encouragement. It was the hymnbook of ancient Israel. Within these hymns, we find many prophesies of Christ and strength to endure struggles. Our broadcast today is from Psalm 90, written by Moses. At the end of this Psalm, Moses prays to God for a series of blessings involved in his daily discipleship.
Radio broadcast for June 22, 2014.
When God designed the Earth, He was pleased to include seasons of weather. This is healthy and also beautiful. Scripture often compares the church with agriculture, and so it's logical to conclude that there will be seasons within a local church body. Seasons of growth. Seasons of training. Even seasons of pruning. Listen to learn more.
Radio broadcast for June 15, 2014.
Should men worship God in any way they choose? Or, does God expect and even desire a certain type of worship? Find out in this week's broadcast.
Radio program for June 8, 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.
Old Testament writers, namely Daniel, predicted a Kingdom in the earth which would be set up by God Himself. As the New Testament age was ushered in, first century preachers spoke of the Kingdom of Heaven or Kingdom of God. Is it here yet? What is it? Where is it? Learn what scripture has to say.
Radio broadcast for May 25, 2014.
As a followup to last week's radio program which considered the subject of church growth, today we examine the concept of making disciples. While salvation is of God's sovereign grace - literally being born OF God - discipleship is a process in which men take new converts under their wing as a mentor to them. Unfortunately, many do not realize this responsibility.
In this broadcast, Ben encourages mature saints to have a mind to disciple believers less mature in the faith.
Radio broadcast for November 3, 2013.
The local church is a place where we should experience God's power. While I am sure we feel His presence in our worship, we often experience His power through changed lives in two ways.
1) Existing disciples grow in grace and knowledge.
2) New converts hear the word and repent.
Growth should be a common occurrence in a healthy church body! But many times it isn't. Why?
I suggest two possible culprits in this broadcast. The first, a loss of our first love for Christ. The second, a failure to understand our biblical ministry of outreach as church bodies.
Radio broadcast for October 27, 2013.
The salvation of God's elect began before Creation (in purpose) and ends with Glorification, being wholly conformed to the image of Christ in the resurrection. Through this process, we were purposed for salvation (election/predestination), redeemed (justified by Christ on the cross), and regenerated (born again by the Spirit). This final phase, preservation, insists that God will preserve us - in Christ - through a life of ups and downs, victories and failures, to be finally glorified at the resurrection on the last day.
As Paul wrote the Philippians, God, who began a good work in you, WILL perform it unto the Day of the Lord. God is faithful! What He began in you He will perform to completion!
Though we can backslide into rebellion resulting in the chastening rod of God, nothing can pluck us from the nail pierced hand of our Saviour.
Radio program for October 20, 2013.
The vital phase of salvation (regeneration/quickening) is described in scripture with three main word pictures: A birth, a resurrection, and an act of creation. In all three comparisons, God is the active, working party and that which is worked upon is passive.
Ponder this for a moment. In a birth, the child born is passive. He was passive in his conception and even in his watery birth. In a resurrection, only God is active (case study - Lazarus). Those resurrected are passive, for prior to resurrection they were dead. In the creation of the Universe, only God was active. The Universe could neither accept nor reject being created.
These are the three word pictures for personal salvation from death in sin. Thus, God's grace which brings salvation is irresistible. Salvation is of the Lord!
Radio broadcast for October 13, 2013.
Today's broadcast continues our recent study on the doctrines of grace in a message entitled Limited Atonement. Our study is concerned with whether the atoning work of Jesus Christ was for all men or was it limited to a certain group - the elect (chosen) of God.
Radio broadcast for October 6, 2013.
In our second message in a series on the Doctrines of Grace, we consider the Biblical truth of Unconditional Election.
The word Unconditional means without condition. The word Election means a choosing. From scripture, we present the simple, straight forward lesson that God, motivated by His love, chose all who would be saved in Christ before He created the universe.
Not a believer in this doctrine? We ask that you listen and consider the numerous scriptural examples provided.
Radio broadcast for September 29, 2013.
Systematic Theology is a framework through which someone understands scripture and even daily life. While sometimes objected to, holding to a theology is safe because 1) Scripture cannot be broken - it will never contradict itself; and 2) We are encouraged to "rightly divide" the word - meaning to properly categorize and frame Bible concepts.
This is the first of a series on the Doctrines of Grace, a simple theological framework for presenting the Sovereignty of God in salvation. The Doctrines of Grace are commonly broken down into five points: the Total Depravity of mankind, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement or Particular Redemption, Irresistible Grace, and the Preservation of the Saints.
This first message is on the subject of Total Depravity, the Biblical concept that all men are conceived in a state of sin and shapen in iniquity. Scripture refers to this as being "dead in tresspasses and in sins," Eph 2:1. Therefore, there is no fear of God before our eyes prior to the new birth (Romans 3). Consequently, the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God.
Radio program for September 22, 2013.