“And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day’s journey. And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James [the son] of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas [the brother] of James. These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.” – Acts 1:9-14
The born again child of God is, in a sense, a living contradiction. By that, we mean to say that there are two opposing natures at constant warfare within our hearts and minds at all times. In this message, Pastor Vaughn Winslett expounds on Romans chapter 7, a portion of scripture in which The Apostle Paul shares the struggle we all have with fleshly lusts. Continue reading →
And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine. Ezekiel 47:12
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
One of the most interesting and important figures in the Bible is Jacob. It was Jacob who was chosen of God and renamed Israel. It was Jacob who fathered the twelve tribes of Israel. And relevant to us, it was Jacob who is used by the Apostle Paul as a figurehead for the elect in Romans 9. Join Pastor Vaughn Winslett for this interesting study of the life of Jacob. Continue reading →
One of the most heartbreaking scenes in all of the Bible is when David sinned with Bathsheba. To someone who doesn’t understand God’s grace, such a moment might give reason to believe David had lost any hope of being in Heaven. However, sad and horrific as moments like these are, for the child of God, where sin abounds grace does much more abound. Join Pastor Vaughn Winslett for this message from 2 Samuel chapter 11. Continue reading →
The Christian’s life is one of spiritual warfare. Thankfully, God’s word provides us with information regarding how we should “arm ourselves” for the conflict. Join Pastor Winslett as he continues his exposition of Ephesians, coming to the Armor of God.
Here in this world, we wrestle against many spiritual foes. Where do we find our strength for this battle? We find it in the Lord, Jesus Christ. Join pastor Vaughn Winslett in this sermon from Ephesians chapter 6, entitled Be Strong in the Lord. Continue reading →
How ought Christians to live, structure their homes, or raise their children? Pastor Vaughn Winslett considers these subjects as he continues his exposition of Ephesians, coming to Ephesians 5:21 through 6:9. Continue reading →
“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
Pastor Vaughn Winslett continues his exposition of the book of Ephesians, coming to chapter 5, and Paul’s admonition to follow God, as dear children.
This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Ephesians 4:17-24
Pastor Vaughn Winslett shares thoughts from Ephesians 4:12, that the ministry has been given for the edification of the saints of God.
“Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men…And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ…”
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. – 1 John 4
Join Pastor Vaughn Winslett, as he continues his study of Ephesians, coming to chapter 4, verses 1-10.
I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) – Paul, Ephesians 4:1-10
Join Pastor Vaughn Winslett in this sermon from Ephesians 3:1-13, from his recent series through the book of Ephesians.
Ephesians 3:1-13 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; And to make all [men] see what [is] the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly [places] might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.
Through God’s grace, all who are in Christ are equal, fellow citizens, built up together as a habitation of God through the Spirit. Join Pastor Vaughn Winslett in this message of grace from Ephesians chapter 2, verses 14-22. Continue reading →
Continuing his series through the Book of Ephesians, Pastor Vaughn Winslett speaks of the purpose of God to save outsiders to the nation of Israel, gentiles like most of us here in America! We praise God for choosing to save us, people who for centuries had no knowledge of Him. Continue reading →
Sometimes we just want to give up. But so many times, victory is found right after that moment when we must press forward, with extra effort, amidst the temptation to quit. In this message, Elder Joe Nettles shares accounts of believers who fainted not, and received great blessings.
Pastor Winslett continues his series on Ephesians, coming to chapter 2, verses 6-10. This beloved passage of scripture is emphatic: Salvation is by the grace – unmerited favor – of God! Listen and rejoice with us.
In the new birth, we’re raised to a position of spiritual life in Christ Jesus. In this message, Pastor Vaughn Winslett continues his study through Ephesians, coming to chapter 2 and the subject of spiritual quickening, also called the new birth.
Jesus Christ will return in supreme authority over creation and all men. His coming will be one of deliverance for all His elect children. While many words could be used to describe Christ coming in all His glory, one words in particular certainly applies: Exalted. That is, Christ Jesus will be exalted in that day.
God’s elect children, out of both the Jewish lineage and the Gentiles (non-Jews) have been predestinated unto the same inheritance! Join Pastor Vaughn Winslett in this continuation of his recent series through Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians.
Ephesians 1:10-14 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
Ephesians 1:8-10, “Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him…”
In this message, Pastor Winslett expounds on the knowledge imparted to us in the gospel. Continue reading →
Continuing his study through the book of Ephesians, Pastor Vaughn Winslett comes to verse 6, in which Paul plainly states that our salvation is “To the praise of the glory of his [God’s] grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.” That is, knowing the truth of salvation by sovereign grace should cause us to praise God! Continue reading →