Cu o biblicitate lipsită de curaj, creștinii de astăzi afirmă adevărul scriptural privitor la evanghelizare și misiune, însă, așa cum ne amintește autorul cărţii, Jeremy Walker, “nu putem pretinde că știm şș credem adevărul despre oameni, suflete, Rai, Iad și mântuire dacă acesta nu ne face să fim diferiţi în felul în care gândim, simţim, ne rugăm, vorbim și acţionăm”.
Cum își dezvoltă creștinii acest simţ al urgenţei în a vedea pe păcătoși mântuiţi? Ce ne motivează în evanghelizare? Trebuie să avem caracterul evanghelistului cu inima zdrobită, a lui David în Psalmul 51, care recunoaște grozăvia păcatului lui, privește la Dumnezeu după iertare, apoi își recunoaște obligaţia incontestabilă de a învăţa căile lui Dumnezeu pe păcătoși.
Într-un stil angajant și cu căldură pastorală, Walker îi îndeamnă pe creștini să își exerseze această obligaţie și acest privilegiu de a învăţa pe păcătoși căile lui Dumnezeu. Autorul le oferă credincioșilor atât adevăr spiritual cât și călăuzire practică care să îi ajute în împlinirea acestei îndatoriri evanghelice necesare.
Jeremy Walker este pastor al Bisericii Baptiste Maidenbower din Crawley, Anglia, și co-autor al cărţii A Portrait of Paul: Identifying a True Minister of Christ.
“So the Lord said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.” And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.”” (Exodus 33:17-18) Moses hungered to see God’s glory. He pleaded: “Show me, I pray you, your glory.” This should be our prayer as we study the doctrine of God. Reverent hunger to see God’s glory should motivate us. We must hunger to see the glory of his existence, knowledge, nature, names, and decree. We must hunger to know God and thirst after the knowledge of God. Further, the Lord promised to give Moses the desire of his heart: “I will make all my good-ness pass before you, and will proclaim the name of Jehovah before you.” God also fulfilled this promise. When we come to God with reverent hunger, he will fill our hearts with the knowledge of himself. He will not disappoint us. He will surely show us his glory, and satisfy us with the display of his Name. …We should not approach the doctrine of God with a critical spirit, or as a philosophical quest with a hunger for speculation. If any course in systematic theology should evoke spiritual hunger, this one should. The doctrine of God should never be dull, or dry, or speculative, or philosophical. It should pulse with spiritual life and hunger. Let’s approach this subject with Moses’ disposition. (Excerpt from the book)
Table of Contents:
Prologue: Introduction to Systematic Theology
Introduction: Overview of the Doctrine of God
Part 1: The Existence of God
Part 2: The Knowledge of God
Section 1. The Knowability of God
Section 2. The Incomprehensibility of God
Part 3: The Nature of God
Introduction to Part 3: Overview of God’s Nature: Simple, Supreme, and Spiritual
Division 1: God’s Supreme Being: God’s Existential Attributes
Section 1. God’s Ideal Being: Ideality
Section 2. God’s Self-Existent Being: Aseity and Independence
Section 3. God’s Infinite Being: Spatial Supremacy
Section 4. God’s Eternal Being: Temporal Supremacy
Section 5. God’s Unchangeable Being: Immutability
Division 2: God’s Supreme Spirituality: God’s Spiritual Attributes
Section 6. God’s Incorporeality: The Majestic Form of God
Section 7. God’s Animacy: The Vivacity and Omnipotence of God
Section 8. God’s Faculty
Unit 1. God’s Supreme Mind: The Omniscience of God
Unit 2. God’s Supreme Will: The Sovereignty of God
Unit 3. God’s Supreme Affection: The Emotivity of God
Section 9. God’s Morality: The Supreme Virtue of God
Introduction: God’s Moral Capacity and Character: Overview of God’s Supreme Virtue
Unit 1. The Goodness of God
Unit 2. The Holiness of God
Unit 3. The Justice of God
Unit 4. The Faithfulness of God
Conclusion: God’s Self-Esteem: God’s Consciousness of his Supreme Virtue
Section 10. God’s Personality: The Trinity
Part 4: The Names of God
Part 5: The Decree of God
Conclusion to the Doctrine of God
The Lord’s Day is a thoroughly up-to-date consideration of the Fourth Commandment and its ramifications for modern Christianity. Its four sections include the Presuppositions that influence our thinking; Proofs at creation, by Moses, and in the New Testament; Precedents in the Apostolic Fathers and John Calvin; and finally its Practice. While precise and careful, the author avoids extremes and makes the nuances and complexities of the theological issues clear for most Christians.
Drawn from the early years of Spurgeon’s remarkable London ministry, these 138 testimonies of conversion form part of an archive of some 15,000 such accounts at the Metropolitan Tabernacle. Here is a powerful reaffirmation of the transforming power of the Gospel in individual lives. Also provides insights into the signs of conversion looked for by the elders, and the questions put to converts.
Here too is a fascinating glimpse into life in Victorian London, with accounts of servants, crossing sweepers, hatters and factory workers, artisans and middle class converts, brimming with social interest.
Illustrated with facsimile pages of notes by C H Spurgeon and elders, and photographs of London life at that time.
Dr. James Renihan interviews Dr. Fred Malone on the importance of Believer’s Baptism. What is baptism? Who is to be baptised? How are they to be baptised? And what role does baptism play in the church?
The infallible rule of interpretation of scripture is the scripture itself; and therefore, when there is a question about the true and full sense of any scripture, (which is not manifold, but one,) it must be searched and known by other places that speak more clearly. (2LCF 1.9)
Coxe said, “. . . in all our search after the mind of God in the Holy Scriptures we are to manage our inquiries with reference to Christ.”
Their Christocentric interpretation of the Bible was a principle derived from the Bible itself, and an application of sola Scriptura to the issue of hermeneutics. In other words, they viewed the Bible’s authority as extending to how we interpret the Bible. Or it could be stated this way: they saw the authority of Scripture extending to the interpretation of Scripture.
FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION THE GOSPEL & THE CHURCH IN EVERY AGE
It seems that the practice of good churchmanship has fallen by the wayside in modern times. Even within the resurgence of “New Calvinism” of the past decade of so, where there has been a growing recognition of God’s sovereignty in salvation, many have observed that ecclesiology, or the doctrine of the church, has not received the attention it deserves and is therefore not well understood by many young believers.
Since its inception in 2008, BTC has sought to encourage the up-and-coming generation of believers—specifically Reformed Baptists—in their commitment to Christ as demonstrated in part by their commitment to the local church. Promoting the biblical doctrine of the church has always been at the center of BTC’s purpose.
10 years later we are still seeking to reach the next generation of confessional church members with an emphasis on glorifying Christ through service to His Bride. To reaffirm our desire to see young people involved in their local churches and churches built up as a result, the theme of BTC 2017 centers on the importance of the visible church in every generation since it was established by Christ over 2,000 years ago.
The 10th annual Building Tomorrow’s Church conference will be held in Flagstaff, Arizona, June 23-26, on the campus of Northern Arizona University.
Pastor Richard Barcellos joins the Regular Reformed Guys to talk about his upcoming, as yet unnamed book about the Covenant of Works, the Garden of Eden and a number of other questions in relation to the New Covenant Theology…
When our Lord Jesus ascended into heaven, He gave a command to His disciples to preach the gospel throughout the world and organize those who believe the gospel into churches where they will be taught all the things Jesus Himself instructed them. Jesus was thinking of the future and the spread of the gospel for at least the next 2000 years.
As we consider the theme, Building Tomorrow’s Church, we must think about Jesus words. What has the church been like over these 2000 years ? What instructions did Jesus give? How should we follow them,? We will think about such subject as the nature and purpose of the church, the preparation of leaders for tomorrow’s church, and the growth of tomorrow’s church. May the Lord bless our time together !
Dr James Renihan Professor of Historical Theology The Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies Westminster Seminary California, USA
Since my book first came out in January of 2013, I wanted to revise it. At first it was minor corrections and typos, but along the way came some important precision that I wanted to include in my work. I have written this blog post to explain what’s new in the revised edition of the Distinctiveness…
THE MINOR CHANGES
The minor changes (in addition to correcting typos) concern a small update of the bibliography with new works on covenant theology that became available since the first publication of the Distinctiveness. Also, thanks to the helpful remarks of Pastor Samuel Renihan, I have corrected some overstatement I had made concerning the views held by Particular Baptists as if there was only one common view regarding the Covenant of Grace and its relation with the Old and New Covenants. I did not revise the book to the point of presenting these other views held by some Particular Baptists, but I have nuanced some affirmations at least to acknowledge them. Regarding that matter, the readers will most certainly profit from the doctoral dissertation of pastor Renihan that will hopefully be published in a near future.
CLARIFYING SOME PAEDO/CREDO DISTINCTIONS
I greatly benefited from fruitful exchanges with Presbyterian pastors and brothers that helpfully critique the arguments I have presented. This brought me to a more refined understanding of the visible/invisible distinction of the church which led me to rewrite some areas of the book. Without endorsing the full paradigm of the normal paedobaptist mixed visible church, I came to a more robust ecclesiology and I think a more biblical and Baptist understanding of this important distinction. Also, I have modified some comments regarding paedobaptism that were perceived as being a little too harsh or unnecessarily provocative. I still wanted to offer a critique of the Presbyterian view, but in the irenic spirit of our forefathers. The readers will find, near the end of this revised edition,a new comparative chart that summarizes the differences between the Presbyterian view and the Particular Baptist view on the covenants.
REVISITING THE MOSAIC COVENANT
Finally, I was sharpened by a lot of discussions among the Reformed Baptist community that forced me to articulate a more precise and consistent covenant theology on some specific points. In the process I have rejected the idea that the Mosaic Covenant offered eternal life as an absolute republication of the Covenant of Works. I came to the understanding that the Mosaic Covenant was strictly limited to life in Canaan and was only typologically tied to the heavenly realities brought by the New Covenant. I had previously endorsed Samuel Petto’s view that understands the Mosaic Covenant both as an earthly covenant of works for Israel in Canaan and an absolute covenant of works for Christ to obtain eternal life. I still believe the former (Israel), but I now believe that the latter (Christ) is only typologically true. In other words, Christ didn’t accomplish the Old Covenant but the New Covenant which was set forth as a covenant of works between him and the Father (the Covenant of Redemption), the terms of which were prefigured but not properly stipulated in the Old Covenant.
The main issue, in my opinion, was that I used to blend the type with the antitype or the shadow with the reality in the same covenant by attributing eternal life as a promise proper to the Mosaic Covenant. I believe that this mixed approach to covenant theology is the essence of paedobaptism with its internal/external distinction that blends earthly kingdom with heavenly kingdom, Old Covenant with New Covenant, etc. 1689 Federalism, on the other hand, relies on the fundamental distinctions between Old and New, type and antitype, shadow and reality and, therefore, distinguishes between the Mosaic typological republication and Christ’s established New Covenant: typologically related, but essentially distinct.
This revised edition of The Distinctiveness of Baptist Covenant Theology now reflects this view and I believe that this was Coxe and Owen’s view. Many brothers were involved in important discussions that led me to this clarification. I especially want to thank brother Brandon Adams who was very instrumental in that regard and I want to commend him for all his laboring for the cause of the Gospel by his defense of 1689 Federalism. The readers will find lots of helpful resources by visiting his website: www.1689federalism.com
Watch as Trent Horn of Catholic Answers and Dr. James R. White of Alpha and Omega Ministries debate the theology surrounding the topic: “Can A Christian Lose Their Salvation?” This debate was moderated by Michael O’Fallon on January 18, 2017. Sovereign Alliance sponsored the event at the 2017 G3 Conference in Atlanta, Georgia with over 1,300 audience members in attendance.
Here is what the creator of the video (Suhylah Claudio) says about it:
“There’s no overarching title for the series of videos yet, but the focus is the same for all of them:
To share the varying perspectives on race, ethnicity, culture, and nationality from various ethnic backgrounds. The purpose is to dispel myths and stereotypes and expose points of view from those whom we may not feel are “like us” and ultimately to think about what Scripture says about these things. My goal is to help unite us as one race of Christians who are aware of the perceptions and experiences of one another so that we can be more sensitive and loving as brethren in Christ.”
Reformed Baptista has begun a series of articles to help women walk through The Baptist Confession. It has been a tremendous privilege to have her as a contributor on CredoCovenant. The following is a compilation of her study helps for the first chapter of the confession. Enjoy.
Preface: I have written that one of my goals for this blog is to go through the 1689. This year, Lord willing, I will do so. It is my hope that this devotional will appeal to women who may be new to the whole “Reformed Baptist” idea, who may find the idea of studying the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith overwhelming. While I have some trepidation in wading in such waters, the knowledge gained will be beneficial for myself, and I pray it will be for you as well. So let’s dip our toe in this stream, shall we? I will mainly use the facsimile edition for my work, copies of which can be found at RBAP.