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.
Why do you serve God? What's your motive? Do you serve God out of fear? Or perhaps, you serve God in hope that He will make you wealthy?
According to scripture, there is only one acceptable motivation to worship God and it isn't either reason listed above. Listen to find out more.
Radio broadcast for August 31, 2014.
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.
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.