The Midwest Regional Founders Conference will gather on February 28-March 1, at the First Baptist Church, Fenton, Missouri. Dr. Michael Haykin is our main speaker as we apply the lessons learned at the Wittenberg door almost 500 years ago to today churches. Other speakers include Dr. John Greever, Dr. Joshua Wilson, Terry Coker, and Dr. Curtis McClain.
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One of the first hymnals used by Southern Baptists was the Baptist Psalmody. It was published in 1850 by the Southern Baptist Publication Society and recommended for use in all the churches when the convention met in Nashville in 1851. Along with many contributions by well-known English hymn writers (such as John Newton and Isaac Watts), the hymnal included some newer hymns by American Baptists. One that was especially popular was “O Could I Find from Day to Day” by Benjamin Cleavland.
Benjamin Cleavland was born in Windham, Connecticut on August 30, 1733. Little is known of his life. He was married to Mary Elderkin and had twelve children. He settled in Horton, Nova Scotia (later called Wolfville) and was a member of the Baptist church formed there. He remained in Horton until his death on March 9, 1811.
In 1790 Cleavland published a small collection of hymns in Norwich, Connecticut, called Hymns on Different Spiritual Subjects. The hymnal was well received and was in a fourth edition by 1792.  Cleavland’s hymn “O Could I Find from Day to Day” continued to be well-liked and eventually found its way into several collections, although Cleavland’s name was lost from the text. In the Baptist Psalmody the hymn is credited to the Christian Psalmody. The small book Cleavland had published surfaced again in 1870, found by Reverend S. Dryden Phelps in Hartford, Connecticut.  This discovery established the authorship of Cleavland to the hymn (#656 in the Baptist Psalmody).
The opening verse of the hymn is an expression of delight in spending time reading and meditating on God’s Word. The remaining three verses are a prayer that we would live everyday in the joy of Christ, that He would rule in our hearts throughout our days, and that at the end of our days we would love Him even more.
Below are the words and link to the hymn set to a tune composed for Cleavland’s lyrics by Tom Wells (Heritage Baptist Church in Mansfield, Texas). My thanks to Tom for his permission to include his excellent tune in this post.
3:00 pm What does it mean to be Baptist and Reformed | Fred Malone
4:30 pm Relationship of Covenant of Grace to the Old Covenant | Pascal Denault
5:45 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Hebrews 8 and the New Covenant | Jeff Johnson
Friday, Sept. 25th
7:30 am Prayer Meeting
8:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am Relationship of Covenant of Grace to the New Covenant | Pascal Denault
10:30 am Registration Opens Contemporary Challenges | Jeff Johnson
12:00 noon Lunch
3:00 pm Panel Discussion on Covenant Theology & Q&A | Jason Montgomery
4:30 pm Implications of CovenantTheology | Jeff Johnson
5:45 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Galatians 4:21-31 | Pascal Denault
1. SOLID GROUND CHRISTIAN BOOKS will again be represented at our conference this year. Michael Gaydosh will be bringing many wonderful Reformed books for your perusal. Be sure to come prepared to take home some of these great books that will be for sale!
2. REGISTRATION: A. Modes: To register for our upcoming conference, please mail the filled out registration form to: Heritage Baptist Church, 201 East Broad St., Mansfield, TX 76063 or register online. The option to pay by Paypal is also available.
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C. Contact: If you have any questions about digital notebooks, registration, lodging orany other matter, please contact: Cindy Cason at email@example.com; 817-453-5580.
D. Fees: Early Registration-1 person: $75.00 on or before 9/05 Registration after 9/05-1 person: $80.00
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Early Registration Family Cap: $105.00 Registration after 9/05 Family Cap:$110.00
Each Additional Attender: $10.00 Children under age 5-free
The added attendees will not receive notebooks and the children will not receive nametags. Additional notebooks may be purchased at registration desk at the cost of printing.
3. OFFERING : If you are able to give a little extra, there will be an offering Friday evening during the service to help offset expenses and keep registration prices low.
The 2016 Founders Conference will meet at Bethlehem Baptist Church, in Laurel MS, January 28-30, 2016. We look forward to hearing our key speaker, Conrad Mbewe, proclaim the doctrine of “Effectual calling.” Opening with an Evangelistic sermon Thursday evening, the conference will include a full schedule of speakers including Ken Fryer, Tom Hicks, and Ed Wallen.
January 28-30, 2016
Thursday Evening: 6:30 pm
Conrad Mbewe | Evangelistic sermon
Friday Morning: 9:30 am
Ken Fryer | Grace and the Effectual Call
Conrad Mbewe | Effectual Calling and Predestination
Friday Evening: 6:30 pm
Tom Hicks | The Effectual Calling of Persons Incapable of Being Outwardly Called
Conrad Mbewe | The Affect of Effectual Calling on the Mind, Heart, and Will
Saturday Morning: 9:30 am
Ed Wallen | The Effectual Calling and Common Grace
Conrad Mbewe | The Agency of Effectual Calling (Word & Spirit)
Richard C. Barcellos, Ph.D., is pastor of Grace Reformed Baptist Church, Palmdale, CA
James M. Renihan, Ph.D., is an elder at Christ Reformed Baptist Church, Vista, CA, and is the Dean and Professor of Historical Theology at the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies.
1.SOLID GROUND CHRISTIAN BOOKS will again be represented at our conference this year. Michael Gaydosh will be bringing many wonderful Reformed books for your perusal. Be sure to come prepared to take home some of these great books that will be for sale!
2. REGISTRATION: A. Modes: To register for our upcoming conference, please mail the filled out registration form to:
Heritage Baptist Church,
201 East Broad St.,
Mansfield, TX 76063
For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”
For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”
How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?
And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!” Romans 10:11-15
The grace of faith, whereby the elect are enabled to believe to the saving of their souls, is the work of the Spirit of Christ in their hearts, and is ordinarily wrought by the ministry of the Word; by which also, and by the administration of baptism and the Lord’s supper, prayer, and other means appointed of God, it is increased and strengthened. Second London Baptist Confession, Chapter 14, Paragraph 1
Q. 94: What are the outward means whereby Christ communicateth to us the benefits of redemption?
A. The outward and ordinary means whereby Christ communicateth to us the benefits of redemption are His ordinances, especially the Word, baptism, the Lord’s Supper, and prayer; all which means are made effectual to the elect for salvation. The Baptist Catechism
I submit that we need a clear understanding of the law/gospel contrast, if we want to be healthy in our preaching, churches, families, and individual sanctification. The law/gospel distinction is often misunderstood or overlooked, but it is thoroughly biblical and vital. Consider three different places in Scripture that teach the law/gospel contrast:
Galatians 4:22-26 says, “For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave woman and one by a free woman. But the son of the slave was born according to the flesh, while the son of the free woman was born through promise. Now this may be interpreted allegorically: these women are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery; she is Hagar. Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia; she corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother.”
These verses contrast the two covenants of law and gospel, which are typologically revealed in Hagar and Sarah. The law covenant is a covenant of slavery to guilt and condemnation. The gospel covenant is a covenant of freedom to life and justification.
Hebrews 12:18-24 says, “For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest and the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them. For they could not endure the order that was given, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned.” Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.” But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.”
These verses contrast two mountains: Mount Sinai and Mount Zion. The mountains are types of the law and the gospel. Sinai and Zion were both mountains of the Mosaic covenant. Sinai represents the law that condemns. Zion represents the gospel in the temple, the priesthood, and the sacrifices.
The 2014 Deep South Founders Conference gathered to proclaim the affirmations expressed by chapter 8 of the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith, which reads in part, “It pleased God, in His eternal purpose, to choose and ordain the Lord Jesus, his only begotten Son, according to the covenant made between them both, to be the mediator between God and man; the prophet, priest, and king; head and saviour of the church, the heir of all things, and judge of the world; unto whom he did from all eternity give a people to be his seed and to be by him in time redeemed, called, justified, sanctified, and glorified.”
Our keynote speaker Geoffrey Thomas revealed Christ to the conference participants and Joe Nesom, Cary Kimbrell, Johnny Pat Cox, and Rusty Grant followed his lead with powerful Christ exalting sermons.
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Founders Journal Issue 94 (Fall 2013)
“A Closer Look at Confessions of Faith”
Editoral Introduction: A Closer Look at Confessions of Faith (Ken Puls)
The Moral Law of God and Baptist Identity (Jon English Lee)
The Deterioration of the Baptist Faith and Message (Jason Smathers)
Should We Be Creedalists? (Tom Hicks)
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