Al Martin’s 105 Lectures in Pastoral Theology [AUDIO | 8 semesters of material from Trinity Ministerial Academy]

Dr. Albert N. Martin
Dr. Albert N. Martin

Chapel Library:

Pastor Albert N. Martin [pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Montville, New Jersey for 46 years] regularly taught Pastoral Theology at the Trinity Ministerial Academy in Montville, New Jersey. His lectures, spanning eight semesters of material, have assisted many pastors unable to obtain this type of training through other avenues.

You can find all these lectures in MP3 format below or at this alternative link.

Unit 1: Essential Elements of a Biblical Call

Unit 2: Essential Elements of Effective Pastoral Ministry:In the Man

Unit 3: Essential Elements of Effective Pastoral Ministry:In the Message (Part 1)

Unit 4: Essential Elements of Effective Pastoral Ministry:In the Message (Part 2)

Unit 5: Essential Elements of Effective Pastoral Ministry:In the Act of Preaching

Unit 6: Essential Elements of Effective Pastoral Oversight

Unit 7: Essential Elements of Effective Pastoral Oversight

Unit 8: Essential Elements of Effective Pastoral Oversight

[HT: Scott Brown]

Today is the 50th Anniversary of the first gathering of the modern Reformed Baptists in America [Tom Chantry]

Tom Chantry:

Walter J. Chantry
Walter J. Chantry

“…Thus many of us seem to be as men without a country, or as odd individualists in other fellowships. Yet we do not relish the spirit of total independency which is plagued with weakness. Perhaps it is time to begin a Fellowship of like-minded brethren for mutual edification and encouragement…” – Walter J. Chantry, 1966

It is possible to posit a variety of dates for the beginning of the Reformed Baptist movement in America. The first of the modern Reformed Baptist churches was started in 1951. The same church adopted the 1689 Confession in 1958. Ernie Reisinger and Walt Chantry met Al Martin for the first time in 1965. However, if the question is when a movement of churches began, the answer must be fifty years ago today – June 7, 1966.

That day, which in 1966 also fell on a Tuesday, was marked by the opening of the first of the Carlisle Pastors Conferences which were the first attempt to form a more formal communion among those churches which subscribed to the 1689 Confession. The conferences were hosted by Grace Baptist Church of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, of which Chantry was pastor. The reason is expressed in the quote above, drawn from the letter of invitation sent to those Calvinistic Baptists known to the Carlisle church…

Read “Remembering June 7, 1966

Upcoming Book: “The Forgotten Fear: Where Have All the God Fearers Gone?” by Al Martin [RHB] + 1st Chapter PDF

Coming October 2015 from Reformation Heritage Books:

Forgotten Fear

The Forgotten Fear:
Where Have All the God Fearers Gone?

by Albert N. Martin

[ preorder from RHB: $11.25 | AMZ: $15.00/£9.75 ]


The fear of God is an important theme in the Bible, yet many Christians today overlook it or treat it carelessly. Fearing God is the soul of godliness, and those who claim to love God should desire to understand what it means to fear Him. The Forgotten Fear revisits this important topic. Author Al Martin first establishes the theme of the fear of God in both the Old and New Testaments, and then he defines what fearing God means. Finally, he addresses the practical implications of fearing God, showing its expression in the lives of Abraham and Joseph and providing instruction for believers today to maintain their fear of God and even increase it.

Table of Contents:

  1. Predominance of the Fear of God in Biblical Thought
  2. Definition of the Fear of God
  3. Ingredients of the Fear of God
  4. Source of the Fear of God
  5. Relationship of the Fear of God to Our Conduct
  6. How to Maintain and Increase the Fear of God
  7. A Final Word to the Reader


Al Martin
Al Martin

Albert N. Martin served as a pastor of Trinity Baptist Church of Montville, New Jersey for forty-six years. He now resides in western Michigan with his wife, Dorothy.


“Professor John Murray once wrote, “The fear of God is the soul of godliness.” Well said! But what is the fear of God? And how does the Christian biblically express it? Thankfully, Reformation Heritage Books brings us a new work that answers these questions.

Pastor Rob Ventura
Pastor Rob Ventura

Coming this October is a masterful treatment of this vital subject by Pastor Albert N. Martin, who sets forth the Bible’s teaching on this topic in ways that are clear, practical and motivating. Since the fear of God is a major theme from Genesis to Revelation, it is an enormous blessing to have this comprehensive exposition available. I highly recommend it.”

– Rob Ventura


Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books (October 23, 2015)

Read the first chapter [PDF]:

Download (PDF, 204KB)

VIDEOS now online from the 2015 “Pastoral Conference: Godliness & Faithfulness in the Ministry” feat. Al Martin, D. Chanski, R. Martin, Meadows, Dunn, Vater, Piñero, García

Here are the videos from the May 2-7, 2015 “Pastoral Conference: Godliness & Faithfulness in the Ministry”:

pastoral conf 2015

Pursuing Personal Holiness—a Primary Ministerial Passion [Albert N. Martin]

Lessons from the Pharisees for Christian Pastors [David Chanski]

Paul’s Farewell to the Ephesian Elders (1) [Dr. Robert Martin]

Paul’s Farewell to the Ephesian Elders (2) [Dr. Robert Martin]

Mensaje de Cristo a la Iglesia (1) [Eugenio Piñero]

Mensaje de Cristo a la Iglesia (2) [Eugenio Piñero]

Mensaje de Cristo a la Iglesia (3) [Eugenio Piñero]

Standing Firm (1) [D. Scott Meadows]

Standing Firm (2) [D. Scott Meadows]

Ministerial Suffering (1) [Dr. Alan J. Dunn]

Ministerial Suffering (2) [Dr. Alan J. Dunn]

Reseña biográfica de John Owen [Noble Vater]

Lo que Cristo nos manda en la Gran Comisión [Victor Garcia]

May 2-7, 2015 “Pastoral Conference: Godliness & Faithfulness in the Ministry” feat. Al Martin, D. Chanski, R. Martin, Meadows, Dunn, Vater, Piñero, García in North Bergen, NJ.

pastoral conf 2015

Pastor Eugenio Piñero
Pastor Eugenio Piñero

Eugenio Piñero:

Theme: Godliness and Faithfulness in the Ministry

Esteemed pastor,

According to the testimony of men who in the past have attended the pastoral conference in Iglesia Bautista Reformada, in North Bergen, [New Jersey] their participation in the same has been for them a means of stimulus to love and to good works.

We ask for your prayers that it may be so in the 2015 Pastoral Conference, which has been scheduled for Saturday, May 2, to Thursday, May 7…

The conferences will be live-streamed in both English and Spanish according to the following schedule:

Download (PDF, Unknown)

Horario de las conferencias en PDF: Conferencia Pastoral 2015 PDF

Error [Al Martin] + his Systematic Theology series on MP3 [AUDIO]

Dr. Albert N. Martin
Dr. Albert N. Martin

Al Martin:

Error is a dangerous and deadly thing.

The Scripture teaches
that what you receive in your mind as true,
if it is not true, may damn you.

Luther stood and said,

Here I stand; I can do no other; so help me God.

Martin Luther

He did so because he believed
that the lies of Rome were damning the souls of multitudes;
and that only truth could loose them from the grasp of the Prince of Darkness.

In 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12
we read these sobering words concerning the influence of Antichrist.

With all deceit of unrighteousness for them that perish,
because they received not the love of the truth,
that they might be saved.

For this cause God sends them a working of error,
that they should believe a lie,
that they may all be judged who believed not the truth.

Unless you are immunized against error by a solid infusion of truth,
you may be given up to believe a lie
—a lie that will damn and destroy, with everlasting destruction.

Not only is error deadly for unconverted people,
believers can be wrenched from a course of steadfastness because of error.

Peter warns of this (2 Peter 3:17-18).

Ye, therefore, beloved, knowing these things beforehand,
beware lest, being carried away with the error of the wicked,
ye fall from your own steadfastness.

How are we to be kept from that?

Grow in the grace and knowledge.

In other words,

Be immunized against error
by constant and deep exposure to, and absorption of, the truth.

Read “Error” which was adapted from his series of sermons “Here We Stand”.

Chapel Library:

The “Here We Stand” series is a practical and systematic study of the doctrines of the Christian faith, as delivered by Pastor Albert N. Martin to his own Trinity Baptist Church in Montville, New Jeresey. It is especially designed for the laymen, and is very useful also for the theological student. Its intention is to confirm the faith to mature believers, acquaint recent converts with fundamental Christian doctrine, and inform the unconverted as to the truths of Christianity. It is suitable for either group or individual study.

Doesn’t God’s relationship with particular people change as a result of Christ’s work on the cross? D. Scott Meadows answers [Herald of Grace Mag]

I’m fine-tuning [re-programming] the Bapti-Bots now because somehow they missed reporting a site to us. The site is called “Herald of Grace” which is “An online Christian magazine, heralding God’s saving truth (2 Tim. 4:2)”. Contributors include Pastor David Chanski, Dr. Alan J. Dunn, Albert N. Martin, Pastor D. Scott Meadows, Pastor John Reuther, Pastor Noble Vater + more.

Below is a snippet of the first featured article from their site (mag):

Pastor D. Scott Meadows
Pastor D. Scott Meadows

D. Scott Meadows:

God loves His chosen people eternally—not just everlastingly, if by everlastingly we mean from a certain point in time and enduringly through a succession of moments without end. Rather, His sovereign love upon particular individuals whom He purposes to create and to save has no beginning and no end. “God is love” (1 John 4.8, 16). His love is not something added to Him, not even a long, long time ago. It is timeless and eternal. It “was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,” before “the beginning” (Gen 1.1), that is, before time, if we may so speak. It is this love that accounts for the Christian’s holy call in his or her life experience to return to God. That call to salvation is “not according to our works,” which are all sinful and unworthy, “but according to His own purpose and grace,” the outworking of His eternal decree, and the exercise of His sovereign prerogative to be merciful and gracious to whomever He will, and to harden or blind the rest (Exod 33.19; Rom 9.15-16, 18; 11.7-8).

Objections to this biblical doctrine abound. Many may be dismissed easily, but some are more difficult. A thoughtful question is, “Doesn’t God’s relationship with particular people change as a result of Christ’s work on the cross?” or possibly, “when they believe the gospel?”…

Loved Before Time Meadows

Read “Loved Before Time”.

Any other sites you think the Bapti-Bots have missed?
Let us know.

2014 Christmas Roundup

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Here is the Christmas Roundup from last year with some recent posts added on:

Podcast The IncarnationSola Scripture Ministries International

On today’s broad cast of After Darkness Light, Heinz Dschankilic and Michael Haykin look at the essence behind the Christmas story. This essence is described in John 1:14 where the apostle notes that “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. Come join us today as they explore The Incarnation.

Christmas and Christianity, Part 1 | Nick Kennicott

I’m not sure if every pastor out there gets the same questions I do, but one that seems to come up pretty regularly this time of year is all about Christmas…

While Christians often debate this issue, I am convinced that the 2nd commandment forbids the making of images of Christ in every respect. I oppose the ikons of Eastern Orthodoxy depicting the members of the Trinity, and just as strongly oppose the myriad of attempts at depicting Jesus in art of various forms (film, paintings, sculptures, crucifixes, etc.). God has said quite categorically, “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth” (Exodus 20:4). So the nativity scenes of Christmas depicting Jesus as a baby are a violation of the 2nd commandment, and while well intentioned, should not be displayed by Christians.

Christmas and Christianity, Part 2

There are at least five areas to consider when working through the biblical arguments against Christmas celebration. They are festivals and special days of observance, the Lord’s Day, the regulative principle of worship, cultural engagement, and Christian liberty.

Christmas and Christianity, Part 3

What About History?

elf santaSanta Claus is coming to town?Stephen Rees

It’s that time again. The run-up to Christmas. We’ve been preparing our children. We’ve warned them. They mustn’t say it. They mustn’t even hint at it. Whatever anyone says to them, they mustn’t let it slip. They don’t believe in Santa.

The cost of Christmas

In a few weeks time most of us will be celebrating Christmas. So how do we, as Christians, decide what it’s right to spend at Christmas? We face the same pressures as other folk. Let me remind you of five important truths.

albert n martinChristmas and the Christian | Feileadh Mor

Albert N. Martin is a straight shooter. In a series on Christmas he outlines the history of the practice in connection with Christian liberty…


Christmas and the Christian 01
Christmas and the Christian 02
Christmas and the Christian 03
Christmas and the Christian 04
Christmas Liberty 01
Christmas Liberty 02
Christmas Liberty 03

gillGill on Christmas

It directs to the observation of several fasts and festivals, which are no where enjoined in the word of God, and for which it provides collects, gospels and epistles to be read: the fasts are, Quadragesima or Lent, in imitation of Christ’s forty days fast in the wilderness, Ember weeks, Rogatian days, and all the Fridays in the year; in which men are commanded to abstain from meats, which God has created to be received with thanksgiving. The festivals, besides, the principal ones, Christmas, Easter and Whitsuntide, are the several saints days throughout the year; which are all of popish invention, and are either moveable or fixed, as the popish festivals be; and being the relics of popery makes us still more uneasy and dissatisfied with them.

“Because you have been attending the wrong church.”

Santa Claus, the Gospel & the Church + The “right way to fire your pastor” | Tom Ascol

It happened again last week. On Thanksgiving morning I received an email from a friend of a friend. The first line read, “It appears I am being forced out of my pastorate.” The story that unfolded in the rest of that email and upon further inquiry is filled with themes that are tragically too common…

Should We Celebrate Christmas? | Scott Brown

Each year, I receive letters asking my thoughts about the celebration of Christmas. So last year, I posted over a dozen articles on the subject of Christmas expressing a number of different perspectives from respectable men…

Ponder through the Twelve Days of Christmas series and test each of them by the Word of God.

Day 1: Sermon by Charles Spurgeon

Day 2: Jonathan Edwards on Christmas, Easter, and New Year’s

Day 3: XMAS by A.W. Pink

Day 4: John Piper

Day 5: George Whitefield

Day 6: Brian Schwertly

Day 7: John MacArthur on the Christmas Tree

Day 8: A Scottish Covenanter – George Gillespie – on Christmas

Day 9: Two Sermons Commenting on Christmas Observance from Charles Spurgeon

Day 10: Rethinking the Pagan Origins of Christmas

Day 11: The Puritans on Christmas

Day 12.1: Did We Celebrate Christmas in Early American History?

Day 12.2: More Quotes from the 17th to the 19th Centuries

Day 12.3: What Roman Catholics Say About Christmas

Day 12.4: Christmas and the Use of Time

Day 12.5: R.C. Sproul and J.I. Packer

JoyFriday Funny: ‘Twas the Sunday pre-Christmas: a cautionary tale [Jeremy Walker] + Audio Interview About This Poem Jason Delgado

We interviewed Jeremy Walker about his newest book and this topic came up. Here is a five minute preview of Tuesday’s podcast:

The Power of the Most High | Stephen Yuille

We are in the midst of the Christmas season, when we give particular attention to the incarnation of Christ.

Jesus and the Real Meaning of Christmas | John Samson

Each Christmas we hear the story about angels and shepherds, of wise men and strange sightings of a star, of a donkey, and of the Child that was laid in a stable manger. Yet the actual birth of Jesus, though highly unusual, was not entirely unique. Of course, not everyone is born to the sight of a star moving and coming to rest overhead, or to the sound of angelic announcements and trumpet blasts! Yet it is true to say that many children have been born in humble surroundings. Therefore, it was the manner in which Jesus was conceived that marks Him out from others.

The doctrine of the Virgin Birth holds that Jesus’ birth was the result of a miraculous conception whereby the Virgin Mary conceived a baby in her womb by the power of the Holy Spirit, without a human father.

Christ’s miraculous birth tells us much about His nature.

In the Fullness of Time | Mike Porter

So, why did Caesar, the most powerful man in the known world, send out the decree? Because “this…has been written by the prophet”.  Because “the heart of the King is in the hand of the Lord as rivers of water — he turns it wherever he wills”. Because the fullness of time had come, and for no other reason. It was God’s sovereign design, and not that of men.

spurgeon14 reminders from Spurgeon for those home for Christmas | Tony Reinke

On Sunday morning, December 21, 1856, Charles Spurgeon preached a sermon to prepare his growing church for the coming Christmas season. He titled it “Going Home,” and the aim of the message was to encourage each member of his congregation to humbly, wisely, and appropriately find opportunities to share their personal testimony with family and friends.

Have Yourself An Eschatological Christmas | Eric Ayala

When we think of Christmas, we often think of the beginning of Jesus’ life here on earth, of when he was incarnate in the flesh and the beginning of the story of the Gospels. But we don’t often think of Christmas as an Eschatological event. The historical reality of the incarnation wasn’t just a sign of a new beginning, but of a completion and fulfillment. Christmas is a mark of the end, the eschaton, as the God who will bring the final day steps into time and space to bring about the culmination of all things. With him comes light and peace and hope; and also judgment and terror, and finality. Far from a celebration of just a cute little baby that we call Jesus, Christmas shows us the declarative and magnificent power of the omnipotent God who reigns over all things.

Christmas in Jesus’ Own Words | Paul Gordon

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
Luke 19:10

Christmas in The Words of The Apostles of Jesus

“And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.”
1 John 4:14

poetry poetic poet write draw“To Nazareth came Gabriel, a herald of God’s love” | Jeremy Walker

Recently, preaching from Luke 1, I was disappointed with the range of hymns available that focused on the miraculous conception. What follows is a first attempt at addressing that lack.

A Tale of Two Christmases | Tom Chantry

A thought occurred to me while I was driving home on Christmas Eve listening to callers to a radio station share their Christmas memories. They were all trying to be happy, but they all sounded depressed. It struck me of a sudden that I understand why this is.


More will be added here as they appear.

2014 Trinity Montville Pastors’ Conference ‘Unity: Love & Truth’ AUDIO & VIDEO feat. Al Martin, Dave Chanski, Jeffery Smith, Robert Fisher + more

2014 Trinity Montville Pastors Conference Cover

Here is the audio and video from the 2014 Trinity Montville Pastors’ Conference:

Monday, Oct. 20:

Unity: Love and Truth: Unity Among Interchurch Relations Part 1David Chanski [VIDEO | MP3]:

Unity: Love and Truth: Unity Among Interchurch Relations Part 2 | David Chanski [VIDEO | MP3]:

“Public Meeting”: The Goodness and Pleasantness of Brethren Dwelling Together – Psalm 133 | Albert N. Martin [MP3]:

Tuesday, Oct. 21:

Audio from Jim Savastio is not online but here is a portion of his sermon.

“Evangelistic Meeting”: Who is Jesus, and Why Did He Come into the World? | Warren Peel [VIDEO | MP3]:

Wednesday, Oct. 22:

Unity: Love and Truth: Unity Among True Believers Part 1Jeffery S. Smith [VIDEO | MP3]:

Unity: Love and Truth: Unity Among True Believers Part 2 | Jeffery S. Smith [VIDEO | MP3]:

Thursday, Oct. 23:

Unity: Love and Truth: The Importance of Love and Implications for the Ministry Part 1 | Robert Fisher [VIDEO | MP3]:

Unity: Love and Truth: The Importance of Love and Implications for the Ministry Part 2 | Robert Fisher [MP3]:

‘Warnings against Ministerial Backsliding & Burnout’ by Al Martin [6-part AUDIO]

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If you heard our last audio interview with Al Martin then you heard that the book we discussed, “You Lift Me Up”, spawned from the 1990 Trinity Montville Pastors Conference lectures which you can listen to below:

Backsliding/Burnout, Part 1

Backsliding/Burnout, Part 2

Backsliding/Burnout, Part 3

Backsliding/Burnout, Part 4

Backsliding/Burnout, Part 5

Backsliding/Burnout, Part 6

Note that the book has added material.

Al Martin – You Lift Me Up Overcoming Ministry Challenges

[source: Sovereign Grace Audio Treasures | Trinity Montville | HT: Thomas Sullivan]