Now on Kindle $4.99: “Faith and Life for Baptists: The Documents of the London Particular Baptist General Assemblies, 1689-1694” [RBAP]

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Faith and Life for Baptists:
The Documents of the London Particular Baptist General Assemblies, 1689-1694

Edited by James M. Renihan

$4.99

Description:

The documents of the London Particular Baptist General Assemblies, 1689-1694, are contained in this book. Each General Assembly published a Narrative of its acts, and several supporting documents were also released. The 1677Confession of Faith (2LCF) was promoted, a defense of the necessity of financial support for pastors printed, a Catechism authorized, and other subordinate but important papers ordered. All of these documents are incorporated here, so far as the editor knows, some of them for the first time in print since the seventeenth century.

Details:

Print Length: 462 pages
Publisher: Reformed Baptist Academic Press
Text-to-Speech: Enabled
Lending: Enabled

Foreword by Larry K. Kreitzer.

Endorsements by Crawford Gribben, Tom Nettles, Michael Haykin, Robert Oliver, Sam Waldron, Jonathan Arnold, Barry Howson, and Steve Weaver.

New Book: “Faith and Life for Baptists: The Documents of the London Particular Baptist General Assemblies, 1689-1694” [RBAP]

Faith and Life Cover

Faith and Life for Baptists:
The Documents of the London Particular Baptist General Assemblies, 1689-1694

Edited by James M. Renihan

Description:

The documents of the London Particular Baptist General Assemblies, 1689-1694, are contained in this book. Each General Assembly published aNarrative of its acts, and several supporting documents were also released. The 1677Confession of Faith (2LCF) was promoted, a defense of the necessity of financial support for pastors printed, a Catechism authorized, and other subordinate but important papers ordered. All of these documents are incorporated here, so far as the editor knows, some of them for the first time in print since the seventeenth century.

Details:

462 pages
Published 2016 {Reformed Baptist Academic Press]

Foreword by Larry K. Kreitzer.

Endorsements by Crawford Gribben, Tom Nettles, Michael Haykin, Robert Oliver, Sam Waldron, Jonathan Arnold, Barry Howson, and Steve Weaver.

Evangelism, Church Planting & the 1689 [James Renihan]

How did our Particular Baptist forefathers view and do evangelism? James Renihan fills us in, with the help of some materials from his 1997 doctoral dissertation, “The Practical Ecclesiology of the English Particular Baptists, 1675-1705: The Doctrine of the Church in the Second London Baptist Confession as Implemented in the Subscribing Churches.” (also see Edification & Beauty):

church plantingIn order to account for the remarkable growth present among the Particular Baptists, one must remember this fact. Evangelism is at the heart of the doctrine of the church. New assemblies are planted as men and women are brought to faith in Christ. In these Confessions, practical theology is the necessary concomitant to ecclesiology. Doctrinal formulations are not merely theoretical constructions. They have very important implications and applications for life and ministry.

 

Historic Baptist theology brought together theology and practice. In the best puritan fashion, it was recognized that what we believe must influence what we practice, and that what we practice must rest on the theological truths we confess. These men and their churches sought to be faithful to that principle. As we strive to preach the whole counsel of God, and apply the principles of reformation in our churches, we must take hold of this perspective. Church planting ought to be at the very forefront of our agenda. In Particular Baptist Ecclesiology, the church was fundamentally the result of the personal and sovereign activity of Christ in calling sinners out of the world to salvation. From its roots in the New Testament, it was intended to be a holy community, separate from the world and focused on heaven. But, so important was the planting of churches that programs were established to promote their increase. Funds were raised, men were ordained and sent, and new congregations were organized. Does our theology of the church inform our evangelism? What more can we do?

Read “Church Planting and the London Baptist Confessions of Faith” [13 min. readout]

To The Judicious & Impartial Reader: Charity & Clarity [Reformed Baptista]

The Reformed Baptista has a helpful post considering the language and demeanor of the preface of the 1689 confession.

Blogs have an “about” page. Many books have a preface. The framers of the 2nd London Baptist Confession of Faith (otherwise known as the “1689″) penned an introduction. This introduction is not, unfortunately, always published with the Confession itself, yet it contains lessons that hold relevance in our modern age. Respect, clarity of beliefs, importance of Scripture and striving for holiness are applications we can glean from our Particular Baptist brethren’s example…

 

“Courteous Reader”: from the first salutations we are shown the tone conveyed. “Judicious”, “impartial”, and “courteous” are used to describe the reader. We may be tempted to view the framers’ choice of words as a mere formality, or even with suspicion for seeming too verbose to be sincere. However, much of the introduction demonstrates that sincerity and charity was foremost in the minds of these Particular Baptists…

Check out the rest of the post here: To The Judicious And Impartial Reader: Charity and Clarity

Interview #44 – Steve Weaver – An Orthodox Catechism

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On episode 44 of our podcast, we interview Steve Weaver about “An Orthodox Catechism” by Hercules Collins. We get into questions such as:

  • How is it different than the Heidelberg Catechism?
  • What is the history behind it?
  • Is this beneficial for today?
  • What is different with this version and the original?
  • Why did he include old creeds in it?
  • + more

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Orthodox Catechism Hercules Collins

An Orthodox Catechism
by Hercules Collins (Author) , Michael A. G. Haykin (Editor) , G. Stephen Weaver Jr. (Editor)

[RBAP $9 | Amazon $10.94 | Amazon UK £8.00]

 

 

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Interview #28 – Dr. Steve Weaver – Hercules Collins

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On episode 28 of our podcast, we get to know Pastor and Dr. Steve Weaver who fills us in on all things Hercules Collins, the 17th Century British Particular Baptist Pastor.

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Devoted to the Service of the Temple Piety, Persecution, and Ministry in the Writings of Hercules Collins (Profiles in Reformed Spirituality)

 Devoted to the Service of the Temple:
Piety, Persecution, and Ministry in the Writings of Hercules Collins
(Profiles in Reformed Spirituality)

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Sponsor:

Credopedia.org – A wiki dedicated to the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith, commonly called the 1689, and theology in accordance with the doctrines contained therein.

Eternal Justification Rejected at the First General Assembly in 1689 – Sam Renihan

An interesting little bit of history pointed out at Particular Voices:

These portions come from an anonymous work combating eternal justification. Its title is “Actual Justification Rightly Stated…” The following section shows that this question was brought up at the very first General Assembly in 1689, and that the ministers there rejected eternal justification.

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Here is a transcription of the question posed and answered at the General Assembly:

“Q. Whether Believers were not actually reconciled to God, actually justified and adopted when Christ died?

A. That the Reconciliation, Justification, and Adoption of Believers are infallibly secured by the gracious purpose of God, and merit of Jesus Christ. Yet none can be said to be actually reconciled, justified, or adopted, until they are really implanted into Jesus Christ by Faith; and so by virtue of this their Union with him, have these Fundamental Benefits actually conveyed unto them. And this we conceive is fully evidenced, because the Scripture attributes all these Benefits to Faith, as the instrumental cause of them. Rom. 3.25. Chap. 5.11. Chap. 5.1. Gal. 3.26. And gives such Representation of the state of the Elect before Faith as is altogether inconsistent with an actual Right in them, Eph. 2.1,2,3,–12.”

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