Institute For Reformed Baptist Studies:
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?
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.
Audio MP3: Discipleship and Church Ministry, Part 1 – Selph:
Each year, Sovereign Grace Family Church of Jacksonville, Florida hosts a Bible conference celebrating the Protestant Reformation. Upcoming conference:
Celebrate the protestant reformation with expository preaching and encouraging fellowship. This year’s theme is The Discipleship Charge. What did Jesus mean when he said “go in all the world and MAKE DISCIPLES?” That’s what we will be focusing on during this important conference.
Brian L. Hanson, author of Waiting on the Spirit of Promise: The Life & Theology of Suffering of Abraham Cheare, writes:
I offer two thoughts of reflection and application from my book. Cheare’s thinking is entirely relevant for today, even after 350 years. In both areas of discipleship and church life, Cheare’s theology challenges our own thinking as twenty-first century evangelicals.
1. Discipleship is serious business.
“Soul-searching, heart-preparing, sin-mortifying work, may have more advantage from the retirement of a nasty prison, than (unless abundance of grace be ministered) from being left to walk in a large place.”
– Abraham Cheare
It’s one thing to talk about pious living. It’s quite another to talk about pious living In suffering, particularly, suffering for one’s faith. Cheare suffered with dignity. He suffered with hope. Cheare teaches us how to suffer well…
2. The Church is larger than a local assembly.
“Although the particular congregations be distinct and several bodies, every one a compact and knit city in itself: yet are they all to walk by one and the same rule, and by all means convenient to have the counsel and help one of another in all needful affairs of the church, as members of one body in the common faith under Christ their only head.”
–First London Confession of Faith 47
…I contend that this methodology of mutual submission, in part, led to unprecedented growth of the Particular Baptists. It is fascinating to note that in 1644 there were seven Particular Baptist congregations, by 1660 there were 130, and by 1689 there were around 450. While social and political factors were certainly at play in these overwhelming numbers, it is important to note that the General Baptists at this time were declining in numbers. At the very least, this figures seem to indicate some type of correlation between mutual cooperation and submission of Baptist churches and growth. I wonder what would happen today if we adopted this model of interdependence among our churches.
The Wells of Salvation for Church and Family – Isaiah 12:3
At this conference we will continue the work of rebuilding the most powerful of God’s earthly discipleship and evangelism engines – The Church and the Family. How is this possible? It is possible when church and family life are joyfully watered from the wells of salvation, “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation,” (Isaiah 12:3). This text identifies the thread that we will pull throughout this gathering.
There will also be a pre-conference:
Church Leaders Conference
What does it mean to shepherd the church of God? At this church leaders conference we will attempt to explain some of the critical matters that must be attended to by shepherds.
I think I first heard Kevin DeYoung and John Piper ask and answer that question. They both concluded “no.” I think I agree with them. There is no direct relationship between the effectiveness of the church and the broader unbelieving culture.
Yet, it seems most Christians tend to assume a relationship. If the church was doing _____ then the culture wouldn’t ______. Because the church is weak in _____ the society is experiencing ______.
Many Christians too readily draw these kinds of conclusions. I think it’s well-intended. What Christian doesn’t want to see the church have a lasting positive impact on their society?
But I’m concerned that this thinking, especially among preachers and pastors, might be contributing to some unhealthiness in the church. I don’t know if I’m right about this, so you all chime in with your perspective…
The book we’ve been telling you about is now out, at least in the US (and may be next week’s podcast):
To be a disciple of Jesus Christ is to be in a position of privilege and blessing beyond anything the world might offer, begins author Jeremy Walker. Life in Christ explores the unsearchable riches of the Christian pilgrimage and traces its trajectory, highlighting key elements in the believer s experience. Do you wrestle with assurance? Have you grasped the engagement demanded in Christian living? Do you find the way wearying at times? Do you struggle with your Christian identity? Walker provides instruction for Christians to assess their own standing and progress in the faith exhorting and equipping and always pointing them ahead to the hope of the glory of Christ. Along the way, he encourages God s people to live a life to the praise of His glory as he examines some of the basic truths that establish and direct a true child of God.
In his new book, my good friend Jeremy Walker, in a most breathtaking way, vividly opens up the beauties and glories of becoming and being a disciple of Christ. In reading this work I was greatly moved and reminded afresh of the wonders of my salvation and was tearfully left praising God for all that He has done in my life. Since no other subject in the Word of God is more important than the one addressed in this volume, I cannot commend it too highly.
—Rob Ventura, Pastor, Grace Community Baptist Church, North Providence, Rhode Island, co-author of A Portrait of Paul
One of the most neglected topics of our day happens to be one of the most essential aspects of our Christian lives our union with Christ. You will be grateful to know that this gaping hole is being wonderfully filled with Jeremy Walker’s new book, Life in Christ. Jeremy writes with a theological precision, exegetical clarity, and pastoral sensitivity that promise this book to be a very useful resource not just for those seeking to grow more in Christ but even unbelievers needing to know why Christ is to be so treasured. Read this book and prepare to be amazed afresh of what it means for us as sinners to be in Christ and partakers of his heavenly reward.
—Brian Croft, senior pastor, Auburndale Baptist Church, and founder and ministry development director of Practical Shepherding
In this splendid book on the very central issues of eternity, Jeremy Walker, like J. C. Ryle of old, carries the reader along with an excellent, gripping style. It is a book that everyone should read and then pass on to others who need an explanation of the true gospel, especially those slaves of political correctness sadly found in many modern pulpits.
—Erroll Hulse, pastor, conference speaker, author, and founding editor of Reformation Today
Audio from The Southern Baptist Founders Conference – Southwest [September 26-28, 2013] is now online:
How NOT to Foul Up the Training of Your Children
Pastor Albert N. Martin
A bible-study on Christian Child Rearing
This series of studies, one of the most helpful and popular series of the Trinity Pulpit, rose out of a pastor’s deep concern for the climate of our homes, but, unlike many of the “helps” offered today, this teaching is explicitly biblical from beginning to end! Although he draws from his experience as a pastor, as a parent, and even as a child reared in a Christian home, Pastor Martin does not merely fill up these tapes with anecdotes. Specific practical applications for nurturing our children are extracted directly from the Scriptures.
Pastor Martin’s balanced biblical instruction and warm pastoral insight make this material useful for adult Sunday School classes, home Bible studies as well as your own private study.
Volume One begins with two seldom asked but urgent questions: what kind of child abuse are Christian parents in danger of, and how can they guard against it? Pastor Martin then deals with the emotional and spiritual climate of the home and points toward the biblical ideal of warmth, intimacy and spiritual reality. Throughout, he stresses the principle that God is the ideal parent. You will learn how to find and follow the Heavenly Father’s example when you need specific guidance.
Volume Two deals with sibling relationships and then takes up the first major parental duty: chastening. You will see its necessity, its God-like nature, and the most common failures associated with physical punishment. Useful counsel will help you understand the goal of spanking, when it is justified, and precisely how to administer it.
In Volumes Three through Five the second major parental duty of admonition, or verbal instruction is taken up. The heart of this section is a detailed survey of Proverbs where you will discover the important themes of which Solomon continually spoke to his son. This method will be a tremendous blessing for parents who know that they should be talking more with their children but aren’t sure what about. Subjects as diverse as avoiding moral defilement and welcoming correction are touched on.
32) Open Forum/Q&A
Update Apr. 8, 2014: Now also on SermonAudio!
Over at the Reformed Baptist Fellowship blog, Pastor D. Scott Meadows made known that, “Logos Bible software has added to their growing collection of Reformed works the sermons on parenting by pastor Albert N. Martin.”
Pre-pub price: $24.95 (38% OFF)
How Not to Foul Up the Training of Your Children contains 40 sermons preached and taught by Albert N. Martin, a widely-respected Reformed Baptist pastor. This comprehensive collection of sermons on Christian parenting was delivered in 1991 at Trinity Baptist Church’s adult Sunday School. Though its main focus is parenting, these sermons bring you an understanding of the factors that have influenced your spiritual, social, and emotional life. It covers numerous topics, including discipline, chastening, admonition, and more.
The Logos Bible Software edition of How Not to Foul Up the Training of Your Children allows you to perform topical and scriptural searches within Martin’s sermons, making the electronic edition ideal for studying biblical parenting. What’s more, with a click of a button you can find other resources in your library relating to family topics or scriptural passages you come across in this volume.
Albert N. Martin was the pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Montville, New Jersey for 46 years. Since his retirement he has written several books, including Grieving, Hope, and Solace: When a Loved One Dies in Christ and Preaching in the Holy Spirit.
Over at the Reformation21 blog, Rob Ventura just announced some new books that Reformation Heritage Books is coming out with. Two of them them are of particular interest to us as two of them are written by some Particular Baptist :)
The first is Spiritual Warfare: A Biblical and Balanced Perspective. Here are the details from the RHB site:
Author: Borgman, Brian and Ventura, Rob
Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books
Available: January 2014
Appendix 1: The Sovereignty of God and Satan
Appendix 2: Can a Christian Be Demon-Possessed?
Appendix 3: Pray for Your Pastors
Brian Borgman is founding pastor of Grace Community Church in Minden, NV. He has written articles for The Southern Baptist Theological Journal, Reformation and Revival Journal and the Gospel Coalition. He has also written, My Heart For Thy Cause (Mentor, 2002) and Feelings and Faith (Crossway, 2009). He holds degrees from Biola University, Western Seminary and Westminster Seminary.
Rob Ventura is one of the pastors of Grace Community Baptist Church of North Providence, Rhode Island. He is a contributing author and blogger for Reformation 21 the online magazine of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals and co-authored A Portrait of Paul on Reformation Heritage Books (2010). He has written articles for The Founders Journal and The Journal of Modern Ministry. He was also the editor of Greg Nichols’ book on Covenant Theology (Solid Ground Christian Books). He is a graduate of Reformed Baptist Seminary SC.
We’ll have some more details about that book later this week.
The second book to be on the lookout for it Life in Christ: Becoming and Being a Disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. Details from RHB:
To be a disciple of Jesus Christ is to be in a position of privilege and blessing beyond anything the world might offer. In no part of that life can the children of of God consider themselves apart from the Lord Jesus. Author Jeremy Walker considers the Christian’s experience of God’s loving kindnesses, His tender mercies and great goodnesses, and His relationships with His children and responses to them. These considerations provide a framework for believers that enable them to trace out, understand, enter into, and rejoice over the ongoing experience of the grace of God toward a sinner – of a life in Christ.
Jeremy Walker is a pastor of Maidenbower Baptist Church in Crawley, England, coauthor of A Portrait of Paul: Identifying a True Minister of Christ, and author of The Brokenhearted Evangelist.
On episode nine of our podcast, we interview Paul Reynolds on his book 66 Books One Story: A Family Guide to Every Book of the Bible.
After that, we talk about some Reformed Baptist headlines (whilst celebrating one of “The Confessor’s” birthdays and give you a preview of next week’s episode featuring Tom Ascol on Founders Ministries.
This week you have a chance to win one of two copies of Paul Reynolds’ 66 Books One Story: A Family Guide to Every Book of the Bible.
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.
(and the post headlines music was Stockyards by The Casey Donahew Band)
Thabiti Anyabwile, at his blog Pure Church, explains “How Older Members Brighten the Future of the Church”:
…We have congregations of people “trying to figure life out” largely alone. Great amounts of time get invested in helping young people negotiate the choppy waters of early adulthood, middle-aged people work their way through challenges of marriage, family, and career, and older persons figure out meaning late in life sometimes without much-loved spouses, declining health, and shrinking numbers of living peers. Pastors and elders mistakenly think they must become masters of each stage of life, counsel people through every opportunity and difficulty, and be there in every circumstance. But, actually, the Bible instructs the pastor to teach the congregation to be there for one another and does so by tying the generations together so that the built-in expertise of old age gets leveraged for every younger generation. It’s a beautiful thing.
In this way older members of the local church become the front line of discipleship and care. They brighten the future of the church by teaching younger members how to live out the faith, how to avoid mistakes, seize opportunities, practically apply the word of God to their lived realities….