New Reformed Baptist Group in the Works: Reformed Baptist Network

Over the past several months this new forming group has already met several times. First on November 17-19, 2015 at the Rocky Mountain Conference on “Reformed Baptist Missions”.

Reformed Baptist Network

There 89 attendees from 40 churches gathered to hear 20 mission reports from every continent of the world and gathered to network for the sake of the Gospel. On the final day they had a “guided but open-ended discussion, devoted to exploring the future prospects of a network of Reformed Baptist Churches for mutual edification and cooperation in home and foreign missions and perhaps other things as well.”

Gordon Taylor
Gordon Taylor

They “finalized an initial vision statement and appointed three planning committees (on confessional subscription, organization, and communication. Also, Gordon Taylor has volunteered to serve as a missions liaison).

Initial Vision Statement:

The Vision of the Reformed Baptist Network is to glorify God through fellowship and cooperation in fulfilling the Great Commission to the ends of the earth.

You can read the conference report here and watch the two minute video report:

Audio from the conference is also available here.


They then held an organizing conference on February 23-24, 2015 in Rincon, GA. Pastors and missionaries from 28 churches gathered.

From the report of that organizing meeting:

RBN Organizing Conf…In the end, we agreed that the Network would be based around subscription to the 1689 Confession, and would be formally organized for fellowship and cooperation in Missions. In addition, the Network will allow different levels of Membership (full member churches subscribing to the 1689 and associate members holding to a Reformed statement of faith) and different levels of Missionary support. Concern was expressed to avoid the partisanship of the past, and to encourage outreach and cooperation with a broader communion of churches as much as possible. In light of this, the meeting gladly received formal greetings and cooperation from the Board of FIRE (Fellowship of Independent Reformed Evangelicals).

Three ad-hoc committees have been formed to draft a Constitution and Policy Manual. Gordon Taylor was formally approved and called to serve as Coordinator. Also, we voted to incorporate as a 501c3 entity.

Over the next few months, the planning committees will complete drafts of the Constitution and Policy Manual.

A Constituting Conference is being planned for the Fall. More details will be published as they become available.

It was also decided that Gordon Taylor would be RBN’s Interim Coordinator.

One minute video report:


Save the date and join us for the constituting conference of the Reformed Baptist Network at Grace Baptist Church in Taylors (Greenville) South Carolina on November 15-17, 2016. Sign-up and booking details to follow…

 constituting conference of the Reformed Baptist Network

 

 

The 1689 Baptist Confession: Its Purpose & Theology [Dr. Michael Haykin | RBS | 2 AUDIOS/VIDEOS]

1689Dr. Bob Gonzales:

Dr. Michael Haykin
Dr. Michael Haykin

The confessional standard of the seminary I serve is the Second London Baptist Confession, a.k.a., the 1689 Baptist Confession. In the two lectures below, Dr. Michael Haykin, one of our seminary lecturers and the Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, looks at purpose and theology of the Confession. What were some of the historical factors that motivated 17th century Particular Baptists to draft and, later, adopt the Confession in 1689? And what are some of the unique theological contributions that distinguish the 2LCF? Watch the videos or download the audios and learn. Also note that these lectures form part of the curriculum for the seminary’s course HT 501 Creeds & Confessions, which you may audit here.

The 2LCF: Its Purpose [20 min.]

In this lecture, Dr Haykin looks at the reasons why the 17th century Particular Baptists drafted and adopted the Second London Baptist Confession, rather than simply reprinting and continuing to use the First London Baptist Confession.

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The 2LCF: Its Theology [25 min.]

In the second of his two lectures on the 2LCF, Dr Haykin highlights some of the theological distinctives and contributions of the Second London Baptist Confession.

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Discipleship & Church Ministry [Bob Selph | RBS | 2 VIDEOS & MP3s]

Selph MinistryReformed Baptist Seminary:

In the two-part lecture series below, Pastor Bob Selph addresses the topic of discipleship and church ministry. The first lecture, subtitled “Purposing Reproduction,” highlights the importance of discipleship in church ministry as a vital element of the Great Commission. Discipleship is defined and models for discipleship set forth. The second lecture, “Implementing Reproduction,” stresses the need to cultivate a culture of discipleship in the local church and offers suggestions for accomplishing this goal. These lectures are part of the curriculum for PT 701 Church Ministry, which anyone may audit here.

Purposing Reproduction:

https://vimeo.com/140858386

Audio MP3: Discipleship and Church Ministry, Part 1 – Selph:

Implementing Reproduction:

Audio MP3:  Discipleship and Church Ministry, Part 2 – Selph

How Sanctification Works [Dan Horn | 1 Min. Vid.]

Dan Horn is a speaker at our upcoming conference The Highway of Holiness. In this video, he explains how God, as a kind father, works in the lives of every one of His children to make them a holy people.

Is it possible for someone to be justified, but not very sanctified? Well in a sense, none of us are very sanctified. All of us are sinners, all of us continue to have sin that’s manifest in our lives. I think that I’m a much worse sinner when I look at myself now, than when I looked at myself 20 years ago, even though I can see that God has freed me from many sins, but many things that I consider serious sins, I wouldn’t have considered to be sins at all 20 years ago. In this sense, no one is very sanctified.

In another sense, God says He scourges every single son He receives. There is not one who is not sanctified by God the father. He is a father to His adopted children, and when we say that He does not constrain evil, but lets you continue to run in the same path, what you’re saying is that God is a horrible father. – That’s blasphemy. God is not a horrible father. He trains every child he receives. Every son he adopts, He treats as a son. He constrains their evil, He purges them, cleanses them, and moves them along the path towards righteousness.

To hear more from Dan Horn, please consider joining us next month in Asheville, NC, at the Highway of Holiness conference.

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“Adoption Improved the Perfect Little Family”: The Baucham’s on their 7 adoptions [5 min. VIDEO]

Desiring God:

Bauchams AdoptionYoung and recently married with a girl and a boy, the Bauchams were told they had “the perfect little family.” But God had other plans — that eventually involved seven more children through adoption. Today the Bauchams are approaching fifty, and their youngest is two years old. Hear how their adoption journey began, and what God has been teaching them through it.

5 min. vid.:

The following is [part of] a lightly edited transcript…

Pastor Voddie Baucham
Pastor Voddie Baucham

Voddie: For me, adoption has helped me both as an individual Christian and as a pastor. Until I became a father to adopted children and was able to look at my children and know these are as much my children as those children who are related to me biologically, until that moment I wasn’t able to fully understand and grasp what it means to be a child of God, because we are his children by adoption. When you understand adoption, you get that. We are his children. And he is not going anywhere.

Adoption is about the gospel.

Bridget: For me adoption is important, because it is a beautiful picture of God’s grace in my life. I was really the forerunner in doing something to prevent us having more children biologically. I was insane. I was wrong. I wanted to be in control and I didn’t allow God to be in control. God is so faithful to give us back what the locusts have eaten. I get a chance to love on some kids who are actually my kids and raise them. It has been a blessing. I did not think that I would be almost 50 years old with seven little kids, but I tell you: I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Voddie: When we started this journey, we were on the downhill side of parenting. We had two kids. They were 14 and 11. We were just a few years away from an empty nest and now we are almost 50 and we are looking at 10, eight, six, five, four, three, and almost two. So no, we are not doing the empty nest thing. What else are we going to do? What else are we going to do with our lives that would be more important than what we are doing right now with our lives? I can’t think of anything.

Grace Baptist Partnership Interviews Dr. Haykin on “The Christian Lover” & Anyabwile on “The Gospel for Muslims” [VIDEO]

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Just got wind that Grace Baptist Partnership has been doing some interviews via Google Hangout. Here are some of particular interest:

Dr. Michael Haykin on his book The Christian Lover: The Sweetness of Love and Marriage in the Letters of Believers” [35 min. vid.]:

Thabiti Anyabwile on his book The Gospel for Muslims: An Encouragement to Share Christ with Confidence” [33 min. vid.]:

What is Holiness? Legalism? + more [20 Short VIDEOS on Holiness] feat. Botkin, Brown, Dohm, Horn & Pollard [NCFIC]

Sanctification VidIn light of their upcoming national conference, the NCFIC has released several short videos regarding holiness. 

You may view them all on their blog.

Here are just the ones from fellow 1689’rs:

Holiness Captures Everything About God

What is Holiness?

Highway of Holiness or State of Holiness

Holiness – an Error Identified

Loving your Neighbor

What is Legalism?

Sanctification is a Marathon

What is the Sign of a Pharisee?

A True Experience of Grace

The Happiest People in the World

The Holy Spirit Who Sanctifies

Holiness and Pragmatism

Hypocrisy, Legalism and Phariseeism

Holiness – God’s Master Attribute

The Law For Believers

How Sanctification Works

​The Law Drives Unbelievers to Christ

Without Holiness No One Will See the Lord

Oct. 29 – Nov. 1, 2015 “The Highway of Holiness” NCFIC Nat. Conf. feat. Brown, Simmons, Pollard, Dohm, Horn + more in Asheville, NC

Highway Holiness NCFIC 2015

NCFIC:

Please accept our invitation to our 2015 National Conference – “The Highway of Holiness.” Using Isaiah 35:8-10 as our touchstone, we will unfold the doctrines of the holiness of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. After laying this foundation, we will then explain how the holiness of God relates to various aspects of our lives here on earth, for these great doctrines have wonderful practical applications. You will learn about progressive sanctification, wrong views of holiness and sanctification, the means of sanctification, and how holiness relates to family relationships, work, stewardship and the church of our Lord Jesus Christ. We will examine what it means to be a holy church as Peter described, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Pet. 2:9).

The subject of holiness addresses both the opportunities and the dangers of living in the midst of fallen cultures, and it provides guidance for the rising generation who are being assaulted with the worldliness that could deprive them of their happiness.

Join us on Oct. 29 – Nov. 1, 2015 as we examine, “holiness, without which no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14).

Speakers | Schedule | Register

Invitation to Highway of Holiness


 

Reformed Baptist Piety [Dr. Michael Haykin | RBS | 3 VIDEOS]

Reformed Baptist Seminary:

HaykinReformed Baptist Seminary asked Dr. Michael Haykin to deliver three lectures on the practical piety exemplified in the teaching and practice of early English Baptists of the 17th and 18th centuries. In the first lecture, Dr. Haykin demonstrates how the 17th and 18th century Calvinist Baptists stressed the importance of the “means of grace” for promoting spiritual growth in the church.

65 min. vid. The Means of Grace in English Baptist Piety, 1660s – 1810s:

Baptist theologian Andrew Fuller’s teaching on the spirituality of baptism is the topic of lecture two.

33 min. vid. “A Garden Enclosed”: The Spirituality of Baptism in Andrew Fuller:

Finally, Dr. Haykin focuses on the life and ministry of Samuel Pearce, a contemporary and friend of William Carey and Andrew Fuller.

51 min. vid. “A Mind Wholly Given to God”: The Piety of Samuel Pearce:

These lectures constitute part of the curriculum for RBS’s course PT 501 Call & Cultivation. If you’d like to audit the lectures of the entire course, click here.

 

“The Gay Revolution” roundtable on recent SCOTUS ruling on “gay marriage” feat. James White + more [AUDIO | VIDEO]

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Apologia Radio:

Please watch and share this very important film with Dr. James White (aomin.org), Dr. Michael Brown (askdrbrown.org), and Jeff Durbin (apologiaradio.com). These well-known and respected Pastors, Christian Apologists, and radio show hosts have a vitally important discussion about the recent United States Supreme Court ruling about gay “marriage”. This roundtable discussion engages with this important social issue and the gay revolution in the context of the Gospel of Jesus the Messiah.

What are the historical roots of the gay revolution? What happened at Stonewall? What is the loving and faithful response of a biblical church? How do we reach out and resist in a way that glorifies God and shows compassion and commitment to our neighbors? What are the arguments against proponents of this ruling? How do we answer challenges against the Christian position?…

86 min. vid:

Audio:

Modern Trends in Missions [Trevor Johnson | RBS | VIDEO]

Reformed Baptist Seminary:

Trevor Johnson
Trevor Johnson

Over the last several decades, the modern missionary movement has continued to undergo important changes and developments. Any church or individual interested in missionary endeavor needs to understand these trends and assess them in light of biblical principle. In the lecture below, Professor Trevor Johnson highlights and evaluates some of the major trends in missions today. This lecture serves as part of the curriculum for RBS’s course ET 801 Missions.

45 minute video: