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.
Jesus warned His disciples against the "leaven of the Pharisees." While they misunderstood His words (Mth 16), the lesson is plain and obvious. We should self examine and avoid the mindset of the Pharisee at all cost. How does a Pharisee behave? That's what we consider in this broadcast from Matthew chapter 23.
Radio broadcast for September 21, 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.
Do you know the purpose of a television commercial? To cause you to be so dissatisfied with your current product that you'll toss it in favor of getting another one. Did you know that same circumstance can happen in a marriage? In this broadcast, we consider Solomon's admonition in Proverbs 4 to keep (guard, fortify) our heart from outside influences because FROM the heart are all the issues of life. Want to save or strengthen your marriage? Listen to this program!
Radio broadcast for September 7, 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.
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.
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.