Pastor Rob Ventura & his Wife discuss Race, the Gospel & Homeschooling [VIDEO]

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.”

30 minute video:

New Books: 3-Book Series on the Church by Joe Thorn

Doctrine & Devotion:

The Heart of the Church, The Character of the Church, and The Life of the Church were written to help Christians and churches continue in or rediscover the priority of the gospel, the nature of the church, and the life of faith lived together.

These are three small and easy to read books that are useful for training in church membership classes, discipleship groups, and elder boards—and even for devotional reading. They are at once theological, practical, and experiential. Readers will not simply be informed, but led to believe in, rejoice in, and be transformed by the truth of God for his gathered people.

The books are published by Moody Publishers with the For The Church imprint and they will be available March 7th. But you can pre-order now through Moody Publishers and Amazon.

“Why Bother With Church?” Jeff Johnson Answers [6 min. VID]

Keith Throop, over at Reformed Baptist Blog, writes:

I also highly recommend Jeff’s book The Church: Why Bother? In fact, it is a good book to give to friends or other people in your church.

See also: The Church: Why Bother? by Jeff Johnson and episodes of the Confessing Baptist podcasts here and here.

When we first interviewed Pastor Jeff Johnson he also shared how he was saved from the brink of suicide. You can find that in the first podcast listed above. It is now in video form from the same interviewer in the video above:

Charter Service for the new Confessional Baptists of the Southwest (CBS) [AUDIO | Larry Vincent]

Grace Covenant Church:

On Sunday, November 6, the first meeting of the newly formed regional association, Confessional Baptists of the Southwest (CBS), was held in Gilbert, Arizona. The four charter member churches include Golden Shores Community Baptist Church (Topock, AZ), Grace Covenant Church (Gilbert, AZ), Miller Valley Baptist Church (Prescott, AZ), and Tucson Reformed Baptist Church (Tucson, AZ).

Praise God for bringing these congregations together for the purpose of “holding communion” through mutual encouragement, support, and gospel endeavors.

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Audio [mp3]:

Jeff Johnson’s two hour radio interview on his book “The Church: Why Bother?” [Iron Sharpens Iron | AUDIO]

the church why bother johnsonFrom the recently posted Feb. 17, 2016 show:

Founder of Free Grace Press &
will address his book:

Two hour audio [mp3]:

You may also listen to your two part interview with the author:



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:

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

Implementing Reproduction:

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

Rob Ventura interviewed on “Knowing The Truth” Radio regarding “Going Beyond the Five Points” [Audio]

Going Beyond the Five PointsIn case you didn’t get enough info about the new book Going Beyond the Five Points: Pursuing a More Comprehensive Reformation from our last two interviews (part 1 | part 2), the general editor of the book, Rob Ventura, was interviewed on the “Knowing the Truth” Radio with Kevin Boling.

knowingthetruthThey cover TULIP, each chapter of the book (The Ten Commandments and the Christian, The Regulative Principle, Covenant Theology, The Church,The Legitimacy and Use of Confessions of Faith) and take a call about music in worship.

52 min. mp3:

New Book: ‘Going Beyond the Five Points: Pursuing a More Comprehensive Reformation’ feat. Barcellos, Waldron, Blackburn, R. Martin, Ventura, White

Out now as previously announced:

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Going Beyond the Five Points:
Pursuing a More Comprehensive Reformation

By Dr. Richard C. Barcellos,  Dr. Sam Waldron, Earl M. Blackburn,  Dr. Robert Martin

General Editor: Rob Ventura

[AMZ: $25/£16.34 SGCB: $17.50 RR: $17 | Kindle: $4.99/£3.23]


In recent years, a doctrinal shift has taken place among believers so great that even the secular press has taken notice. Christians across denominational lines are laying hold of the biblical truth of God’s electing love and saving grace in Christ, commonly called “Calvinism.” For many, this marks the beginning of a deeper study into the whole counsel of God in Scripture. A thirst to be thoroughly biblical in all areas of life is driving a more comprehensive present-day reformation beyond the famous “five points.” This book captures the voices of seasoned Reformed pastors graciously guiding and encouraging Christ’s beloved sheep to press on and to seek the “old paths, where the good way is” (Jer. 6:16). In this anthology you will be instructed concerning the abiding relevance of the Ten Commandments, God-centered worship, the masterful unfolding of God’s great plan of redemption through divine covenants, the identity, nature, and work of the church, and the help that confessions of faith lend to our grasp of God’s glorious Word.

Table of Contents:


Editor’s Preface | Rob Ventura

Foreword | Dr. James White

Chapter 1 – The Ten Commandments and the Christian | Dr. Richard C. Barcellos

Chapter 2 – The Regulative Principle | Dr. Sam Waldron

Chapter 3 – Covenant Theology | Earl Blackburn

Chapter 4 – The Church | Earl Blackburn

Chapter 5 – The Legitimacy and Use of Confessions of Faith | Dr. Robert Paul Martin


Fred MaloneThe rediscovery of “the doctrines of grace” among Baptists during the last sixty years has thrilled my heart! However, this welcome advance does not make a reformation. The further necessary questions of “what is the church?…how should we worship God?…what is Christ like living?…” stand before us still, begging for biblical reformation. Going Beyond the Five Points provides clear biblical direction for reforming churches today. Barcellous’ defense of the Ten Commandments for Christian living under grace is unassailable. Blackburn’s chapters on Covenant Theology and the doctrine of the church are indispensable to Baptist reformation. Waldron’s explanation of the Regulative Principle is greatly needed by Baptists to remind us of our foundational principle which needs renewed application to worship and government. Martin’s persuasive defense of why Baptists need confessions of faith today is irrefutable. To gather them together as Ventura has done provides a classic standard for further Baptist reformation today. Baptist pastors, students, and church members need to study this book to understand what it means to build biblical and Reformed Baptist churches today for the glory of Christ.

Dr. Fred A. Malone, Senior Pastor First Baptist Church Clinton, Louisiana

Pastor Jim SavastioGoing Beyond the Five Points is a wonderful pastoral resource to give to any brother or sister in Christ who has begun the journey of better understanding the doctrines of grace. If the Five Points are the appetizer for the hungry believer, these essays will provide a rich and satisfying main course to guide them in a deeper understanding of the truth.

Jim Savastio, Pastor of Reformed Baptist Church of Louisville, Kentucky

Jeremy WalkerSome truths lie close to the surface, others require more digging. In the substance of this book, you will profit from the groundbreaking labours of others, men who have begun to turn over the soil in order to expose the consequences and applications of a thorough embrace of God’s sovereign grace displayed in the salvation of his people, considered not just individually but together. Readers willing to put in the effort will find much to ponder and much from which to profit.

Jeremy Walker, Pastor of Maidenbower Baptist Church in Crawley, England


Print Length: 260 pages
Text-to-Speech: Enabled [Kindle]

Tom Ascol’s “Church Splits” column from Tabletalk Magazine, Feb. 2015

Tabletalk Labor and RestLigonier Ministries posted Tom Ascol’s column “Church Splits” from Tabletalk Magazine, February 2015:

When an atom is split, its overall mass is reduced and a tremendous amount of energy is released. The results, graphically demonstrated by the two atomic bombs that ended World War II, can be massively destructive, with effects that linger for generations.

The reactions that result from atom splits have their counterparts in the spiritual realm with church splits. When a congregation experiences division, the consequences are often devastating, widespread, and long lasting.

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Tom Ascol

The sinful severing of relationships always breeds betrayal and disillusionment. In a church, where members relate to each other as interdependent components of one body (Rom. 12:5; 1 Cor. 12:12-30; Eph. 4:25), the pain caused by schism can also give rise to mistrust and cynicism, two emotional weeds that, if not uprooted, will prevent the kind of love and vulnerability that are essential to genuine gospel fellowship…

When a church splits, many people are inevitably hurt by sinful attitudes and actions. On such occasions, we must remember that our Master knows what this is like and has shown us how to respond (1 Peter 2:19-25). As those who have been forgiven, we must forgive. As those who may have participated in sin, we must repent, remembering that this is precisely why Jesus died.

Read “Church Splits”.

Dr. Tom Ascol is pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Fla., and is executive director of Founders Ministries and editor of the Founders Journal. You can follow him on Twitter @TomAscol.

Toward a Confessional Doctrine of the Church [3-Part Video] by Tom Ascol [RBS]

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Dr. Tom Ascol

Reformed Baptist Seminary:

In this three part lectures series below, Dr Tom Ascol expounds the doctrine of the church as set forth in the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, and he draws out and applies many of the abiding principles that are relevant for the church in our day. These lectures are part of thirty lectures offered in the course HT 501 Creeds & Confessions. If you’d like the audit the entire course or take it for credit, click here.

“Of the Church,” Part 1 (2LBC 26.1-4)


“Of the Church,” Part 2 (2LBC 26.5)


“Of the Church,” Part 3 (2LBC 26.6-15)


Is the evangelical church really glorifying God? [Conrad Mbewe]

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Conrad Mbewe

Conrad Mbewe asks 10 questions towards “evangelical Christianity in Africa”, but these same questions could/should be asked worldwide:

As 2014 draws to an end, my heart aches. I am deeply burdened about what has become the dominant characteristic of evangelical Christianity in Africa. I have tried to wrap my mind around this by simply asking an honest question “Is this Christianity that has become pervasive across the African continent really glorifying God?”


1. Are we glorifying God when we claim that we are experiencing miracles that are actually not happening? […]


2. Are we glorifying God when we speak in “tongues” that cannot be interpreted? […]


3. Are we glorifying God when we reduce the benefits of salvation to more wealth and better health? […]


4. Are we glorifying God when we abandon the preaching of repentance for motivational speaking? […]


5. Are we glorifying God when we hide the rot of spiritual wolves preying on vulnerable souls? […]


6. Are we glorifying God when we reduce truth to a minimum for the sake of Christian unity? […]


7. Are we glorifying God when we reduce worship to senseless dancing to sensual music? […]


8. Are we glorifying God when commanding, declaring and decreeing replace humble petitions in prayer? […]


9. Are we glorifying God when we fill our church membership rolls with goats and kick out church discipline? […]


10. Are we glorifying God when we have women preachers while men sit in pews and listen to them? […]

Read “Is the evangelical church in Africa really glorifying God?”

11 Reasons to Go to Church Every Sunday [Burks]

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  1. New creations love other new creations

  2. The Holy Spirit builds community

  3. We’re commanded to attend church

  4. We need the means of grace

  5. Perseverance of the Saints is a communal project

  6. We need to be under pastoral care

  7. We must contribute our time and money to the body of Christ

  8. If it is okay for you not to attend church, then it is okay for no one to attend

  9. The Sabbath Day is part of God’s moral law

  10. Loving Christ means loving His bride

  11. The Church has a mission that involves all of Christ’s sheep

Read the explanation of each point.

What are the Distinctives of a Reformed Church? Malcolm Watts Answers [Book Snippet]

Watts_reformed_church__77913_zoomReformation Heritage Books posted a 3-part snippet from Malcolm Watts’ “What is a Reformed Church”. It begins:

In our day, the term Reformed is used freely and without thought. Great variety exists among churches that claim this title. In many cases, the term means little more than some adherence to the “five points of Calvinism.” The term has lost its great historical richness and depth as the struggles of the Reformation have faded into distant history. The stand taken by the Reformers is virtually forgotten, and many consider it irrelevant today. If, however, we have a true and earnest desire to maintain the faith and fight the adversaries of God’s Word, we would do well to look back to those who so clearly searched the Scriptures and stood firmly for the great truths of the Word of God…


Today, when the term is so loosely used, it is important to consider what these common distinctives were, and to understand that these essential attributes of a Reformed church are what make a biblical church.

He goes on to explain each of the following marks:

  • Scripture Alone
  • God’s Transcendence
  • The Way of Salvation (T.U.L.I.P.)
  • God’s Covenant of Grace
  • Proclamation of the Gospel
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    Consecration of Life

    • That is the spirit of the Reformation… If a church is really biblical and Reformed, its members will be fully committed to Christ. The time has come for self-examination. Do we sincerely love the Lord? What kind of service do we offer Him? My friends, could it be that we are Reformed in name only?

Here is the 3-part series: