Out Now: Vol. 1 of “Lectures in Systematic Theology” by Greg Nichols

The book that we have previously announced and sampled is now available for purchase:

Lectures in Systematic Theology:
Doctrine of God (Volume 1)

by Greg Nichols

(TBS $24.50 | AMZ $34.99 | SGCB $24.75 | WTS $29.99 | RHB $26)

Description:

Pastor Greg Nichols

“So the Lord said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.” And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.”” (Exodus 33:17-18) Moses hungered to see God’s glory. He pleaded: “Show me, I pray you, your glory.” This should be our prayer as we study the doctrine of God. Reverent hunger to see God’s glory should motivate us. We must hunger to see the glory of his existence, knowledge, nature, names, and decree. We must hunger to know God and thirst after the knowledge of God. Further, the Lord promised to give Moses the desire of his heart: “I will make all my good-ness pass before you, and will proclaim the name of Jehovah before you.” God also fulfilled this promise. When we come to God with reverent hunger, he will fill our hearts with the knowledge of himself. He will not disappoint us. He will surely show us his glory, and satisfy us with the display of his Name. …We should not approach the doctrine of God with a critical spirit, or as a philosophical quest with a hunger for speculation. If any course in systematic theology should evoke spiritual hunger, this one should. The doctrine of God should never be dull, or dry, or speculative, or philosophical. It should pulse with spiritual life and hunger. Let’s approach this subject with Moses’ disposition. (Excerpt from the book)

Table of Contents:

Acknowledgements
Preface
Abbreviations
Outline
Prologue: Introduction to Systematic Theology
Introduction: Overview of the Doctrine of God
Part 1: The Existence of God
Part 2: The Knowledge of God
Section 1. The Knowability of God
Section 2. The Incomprehensibility of God
Part 3: The Nature of God
Introduction to Part 3: Overview of God’s Nature: Simple, Supreme, and Spiritual
Division 1: God’s Supreme Being: God’s Existential Attributes
Section 1. God’s Ideal Being: Ideality
Section 2. God’s Self-Existent Being: Aseity and Independence
Section 3. God’s Infinite Being: Spatial Supremacy
Section 4. God’s Eternal Being: Temporal Supremacy
Section 5. God’s Unchangeable Being: Immutability
Division 2: God’s Supreme Spirituality: God’s Spiritual Attributes
Section 6. God’s Incorporeality: The Majestic Form of God
Section 7. God’s Animacy: The Vivacity and Omnipotence of God
Section 8. God’s Faculty
Unit 1. God’s Supreme Mind: The Omniscience of God
Unit 2. God’s Supreme Will: The Sovereignty of God
Unit 3. God’s Supreme Affection: The Emotivity of God
Section 9. God’s Morality: The Supreme Virtue of God
Introduction: God’s Moral Capacity and Character: Overview of God’s Supreme Virtue
Unit 1. The Goodness of God
Unit 2. The Holiness of God
Unit 3. The Justice of God
Unit 4. The Faithfulness of God
Conclusion: God’s Self-Esteem: God’s Consciousness of his Supreme Virtue
Section 10. God’s Personality: The Trinity
Part 4: The Names of God
Part 5: The Decree of God
Conclusion to the Doctrine of God

Details:

Series: Lectures in Systematic Theology
Paperback: 680 pages

Mar. 14-15, 2017 “Protestant Reformation: Past – Present – Future” feat. Nichols, Borgman, & Gonzales in Grand Rapids, MI

Grace Immanuel Reformed Baptist Church and the Reformed Baptist Seminary will be hosting a conference to commemorate the 500 year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. If you are a pastor of a local church, ministerial aspirant, RBS student, or RBS graduate, we would like to invite you to attend. Dr. Robert Gonzales, Dr. Brian Borgman, and Pastor Greg Nichols will be speaking on how the great truths recovered during the Reformation are relevant for the present and the future. Don’t miss it!

To register, click on the link below and then click on “Registration Form.” Special note: To check if housing and transportation is available (to and from the airport, and to and from the conference) call Rosey Nolan (GIRBC secretary) at 616-742-1137 or email her at office@girbc.org.

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“The Decree of God” chapter from Greg Nichols’ forthcoming “Lectures in Systematic Theology: Doctrine of God” [15-page PDF]

Here is a sample chapter from the forthcoming book we’ve announced and previewed:

Excerpt:

II. Qualifications of God’s Decree

The 1689 London Confession affirms the biblical concept of God’s decree:

1689 Confession

LCF 3:1: God has decreed in himself, from all eternity, by the most wise and holy counsel of his own will, freely and unchangeably, all things, whatsoever comes to pass:

It then adds qualifying remarks that highlight three striking corollaries or qualifications of God’s decree:

LCF 3:1: . . . yet so as thereby God is neither the author of sin, nor has any fellowship with any therein; nor is violence offered to the will of the creature, nor yet is the liberty or contingency of second causes taken away, but rather established.

They observe that God’s decree is consistent with divine purity, moral free agency, and with instrumental liberty and contingency. We now consider these qualifications.

A. God’s Decree does not Contradict God’s Impeccability.

LCF affirms this qualification: “yet so as thereby God is neither the author of sin nor has any fellowship therein.” God’s decree of sin does not make him its author. Nor does it erase human responsibility and culpability for sin.25 Sinners purpose and perpetrate evil: “you meant evil against me.” God purposes to use human evil for good: “but God meant it for good.”26 Sinners are exclusively to blame for sin. The holy God has neither fellowship with sin nor culpability for it. Rather, he hates and forbids it. Sin is transgression of his law, his revealed will. In Topic 14 I addressed the incomprehensible mystery associated with God’s sovereignty over sin.27

B. God’s Decree does not Contradict Moral Free Agency.

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The 1689 Confession also affirms this qualification: “nor is violence offered to the will of the creature.” Man is not a puppet: “howbeit he means not so.”28 God’s decree does not cancel man’s purposes, even his wicked ones. Rather, it uses them in ways man knows not. God does not force the Assyrian against his will to be the rod of his anger. The Assyrian has no intention whatsoever of serving God. The Assyrian freely pursues his own purposes and plans. Yet God before the foundation of the world determined and fixed these free choices of the Assyrian for his own holy and just ends. Such is the wisdom and power of the incomprehensible God with whom we have to do.

C. God’s Decree does not Contradict Instrumental Liberty or Contingency.

The 1689 Confession also affirms this qualification: “nor yet is the liberty or contingency of second causes taken away, but rather established.” God’s decree is not fatalistic. The God who ordains the ends, also ordains the means. Thus Paul says: “except these abide in the ship you cannot be saved.” (Acts 27:31). God decreed their deliverance but they still must remain in the ship. Further, God even decreed what appear to us as random events.29 God controls chance, what people call “luck.” Again, who can begin to fathom the depths of the wisdom and power of God? Thus, LCF concludes: “in which appears his wisdom in disposing all things, and power and faithfulness in accomplishing his decree.”

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“The Holiness of God” chapter from Greg Nichols’ forthcoming “Lectures in Systematic Theology: Doctrine of God” [18-page PDF]

Here is a sample chapter from the forthcoming book we just announced:

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Excerpt:

Conclusion: Practical Application of God’s Holiness

I commend Charnock’s treatment of what he calls “uses” for information, comfort, and exhortation. We consider the practical application of God’s holiness to sinners and saints.

A. Practical Application of God’s Holiness to Lost Sinners

God’s holiness calls sinners to face the fact that they can’t serve God acceptably while they live in sin. It calls them to face the certainty of his punishment. It calls them to face the finality and propriety of his punishment. It presses them to get right with God through Christ now, while they still have a chance to do so. Death is coming. Christ is coming. When they come, it will be too late.

B. Practical Application of God’s Holiness to Christians

1. God’s holiness calls Christians to humility and contrition before God.

God’s holiness uncovers our remaining corruption. The more we behold his purity and devotion to his honor, the more we see our uncleanness and self-centeredness. The more we dwell in his presence, the more we feel helpless and wretched. Thus Job and Isaiah came to feel their remaining sin.

2. God’s holiness calls Christians to filial fear of God.

God’s unequivocal devotion to his own glory elicits dread. We have meaning, purpose, and value only in relation to him and his design for us. He holds our life in his hands, to do with as he pleases, when he pleases, for his glory. Thus we should walk softly with him in filial fear.

3. God’s holiness calls Christians to reverent and joyous worship.

Divine holiness demands both reverence and joy in our worship. The display of his holiness in creation and redemption calls for songs of adoration and praise. Our infinitely holy God stands worthy of incessant praise from his creatures in heaven and on earth.

4. God’s holiness calls Christians to imitate to his holy character.

God’s holiness mandates putting away sin. Imitating his holy character is essential evidence of true religion. To this end he re-created us in his image and chastens us in love. We should imitate our Father because we love him and want to be like him and in order to defend his good name.

5. God’s holiness calls Christians to trust him and rely on him.

God is our Rock. He has sworn to bless us in Christ. His honor stands bound to our welfare. Holiness moves him to protect and preserve us. Thus, we must trust him to fulfill his sworn commitments to us. We must rely on our Holy One for help, security, and provision of all our needs in Christ. In conclusion, we should never forget the great importance of God’s holiness. Let us dwell on it until we live every day devoted to his glory and longing to see him as he is and be like him.

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“The Omniscience of God” chapter from Greg Nichols’ forthcoming “Lectures in Systematic Theology: Doctrine of God” [13-page PDF]

Here is a sample chapter from the forthcoming book we just announced yesterday:

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Excerpt:

III. The Practical Relevance of God’s Omniscience

Omniscience is useful for instruction, consolation, confirmation, provision, and exhortation.

A. Instruction from God’s Omniscience

  • It teaches us the excellency of wisdom (Prov. 3:19-20).
  • It teaches us the value of all creatures, the Christian gospel, church, and ministry (Matt. 6:26, 10:31, 11:21, 23; Eph. 3:8, 10-11).
  • It teaches us the inscrutability of divine providence (Eccles. 8:16-17, 9:1).
  • It teaches us the sufficiency of Jesus Christ (Col. 3:5-8).
  • It teaches us the absurdity of thinking anyone can get away with sin (Rev. 18:5).

B. Comfort from God’s Omniscience

  • It comforts us because God ever watches over us (Isa. 40:28).
  • It comforts us because God never forgets us (Isa. 49:14-16).
  • It comforts us because God always remembers our faithful service to him (Heb. 6:10).
  • It comforts because the Holy Spirit prays for us, even when we don’t know what to pray (Rom. 8:27).

C. Confirmation from God’s Omniscience

  • Divine foreknowledge strengthens our faith that Jehovah is the one true God (Isa. 41:21-24, 48:5).

D. Provision from God’s Omniscience

  • It supplies a stockpile of wisdom and knowledge (Col. 3:5; James 1:5).
  • It supplies effectual argument to plead before God (Neh. 13:22, 29, 31; Luke 1:72).

E. Exhortation from God’s Omniscience

It exhorts about communion with God, cultivation of grace, and contemplation of his work.

  • 1. God’s omniscience exhorts us to godly communion with the Lord.
    • a. Omniscience calls us to seek God for guidance and counsel (1 Sam. 23:11-12; Prov. 3:13, 21-22; Col. 3:5).
    • b. Omniscience calls us to praise God (Pss. 104:1, 33, 147:5; Rom. 11:33-36, 16:27).
    • c. Omniscience calls us to appreciate God’s special presence (Ps. 139:17,18).
    • d. Omniscience calls us to cleave to God alone (Jer. 10:10-12).
    • e. Omniscience calls us to trust God for protection and provision (Matt. 6:31-32,10:29-31).
    • f. Omniscience calls us to serve God (John 21:17).
    • g. Omniscience calls us to honor God (Rom. 11:33-36; 1 Cor. 1:17-31).
  • 2. God’s omniscience exhorts us to diligent cultivation of grace.
    • a. Omniscience urges us to cultivate humility (Job 1:21, 37:16, 38:1-39-30; Gen. 18:25).
    • b. Omniscience urges us to cultivate expectancy for eternal glory (Ps. 104:35; Heb. 6:10).
    • c. Omniscience urges us to cultivate sanctity (Ps. 139:19-22).
    • d. Omniscience urges us to cultivate sincerity (Ps. 139:23-24; Prov. 15:11; Ezek. 11:5; 1 John 3:19-21).
    • e. Omniscience urges us to cultivate sagacity (Prov. 3:13-15, 21-22).
    • f. Omniscience urges us to cultivate honesty (Matt. 11:21, 23).
    • g. Omniscience urges us to cultivate tenacity (Heb. 4:11-13).
  • 3. God’s omniscience exhorts us to biblical contemplation of his works.
    • a. We should study and analyze creation until praise and gratitude flow from our lips (Ps. 104:24).
    • b. We should meditate on the mystery of providence until we stand lost in wonder (Eccles. 8:16-17, 9:1).
    • c. We should contemplate salvation until we give God all the glory (Rom. 11:33-36; 1 Cor. 1:17-25).

In Conclusion, omniscience graciously invites all sinners to forsake their sinful ways and thoughts and seek the Lord, while there is still time (Isa. 55:6-9). May the Lord be pleased to write these many lesson of his supreme mind, knowledge, and wisdom on our hearts.

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Upcoming 7 Volume Series: “Lectures in Systematic Theology” by Greg Nichols. Book one months away…

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General Editor of the series, Pastor Rob Ventura:

Pastor Rob Ventura
Pastor Rob Ventura

I’m excited to announce that the long-awaited theological works of Greg Nichols will be coming out soon. We hope to have the first of seven volumes ready by December this year or by January next year. If you would, please keep the project in prayer… These books will be available on Amazon.com and through other distributors.

Author:

Pastor Greg Nichols
Pastor Greg Nichols

Greg Nichols has been pastoring and teaching systematic theology for over three decades. Greg formerly taught at Trinity Ministerial Academy in Montville, New Jersey and now teaches for Reformed Baptist Seminary. He has also taught modular courses throughout the United States and in the Dominican Republic, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, and Columbia. Since 1994 he has been a pastor at Grace Immanuel Reformed Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he lives with his wife Ginger.

Endorsements:

Conrad Mbewe
Conrad Mbewe

I have waited for 20 years to see these lectures finally delivered to us in book form. Though Greg Nichols has evidently interacted with the great Systematic theologians of the past, the contents of these pages are no mere echoes of a bygone era. He has used his gifts and applied his mind in his vintage years to build on this historic foundation and bequeathed to the church a Systematic Theology that is both biblically based and historically fresh. If these are the first fruits, I wonder what the other volumes will be like!

Dr. Conrad Mbewe, Chancellor of the African Christian University and Principal of the Lusaka Ministerial College in Lusaka, Zambia

In a day full of light books, Greg Nichols has given us a treatment on the attributes of God in a manner so thoroughly Biblical as to establish the adoration of our Lord upon the firmest of foundations. Here we find gems worth mining. Here is solid nourishment for the head and heart of every hungry believer.

John Snyder, Christ Church, New Albany, Mississippi, Authored ‘Behold Your God’, PhD. Trinity St. David’s, University of Wales


Stay tuned tomorrow for some previews from the book…

Aug. 29 – Sep. 4, 2015 “Man & Sin” [RBS Module] feat. Greg Nichols in Grand Rapids, MI.

Reformed Baptist Seminary (RBS):

Pastor Gregory G. Nichols
Pastor Gregory G. Nichols

RBS invites you to attend our 2015 summer theological seminar on the doctrine of man and sin. Pastor Gregory G. Nichols, professor of systematics for RBS, will deliver 30 lectures that will expound such topics as the origin, identity, and constitution of man, as well as man’s fall into sin, the nature and consequences of sin, and the doctrine of common grace. Grace Immanuel Reformed Baptist Church of Grand Rapids will host the seminar, which begins Saturday, August 29, and ends Friday, September 4. The lectures of this seminar constitute part of the curriculum of the seminary’s course “Man & Sin.” Students and auditors are welcome!

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For more information about the summer seminar, click here.

Sept. 6, 2014 “Christ’s Church: A Covenantal Reality” Spurgeon Fellowship Conference feat. Greg Nichols in Edgewater, FL

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Location:

First Baptist Church of Edgewater
130 E Park Ave. Edgewater, FL. 32132

Date: Saturday, Sept. 6th

Doors open at 7:30 am

Cost: Free

Sermons:

  • 8:30-9:30 am “The Church as Christ’s Saved Society”
  • 9:45-10:45 am “A Reformed Baptist understanding of the New Covenant”
  • 11 am -12 pm “Churches working together in the New covenant”
  • 12 – 12:30 Q and A

Guest Speaker: Greg Nichols

Greg Nichols is a Reformed Baptist pastor in Grand Rapids, Michigan (Grace Immanuel RBC). He also serves as one of the professors of Systematic Theology at Reformed Baptist Seminary. He has labored in pastoral ministry since 1978. He is a former professor at Trinity Ministerial Academy, Montville, NJ. He is the author of Covenant Theology: A Reformed and Baptistic Perspective (Solid Ground Books, 2011), What Does the Bible Say about God? The Biblical Doctrine of God, and a co-author of In Defense of Parity: A presentation of the parity or equality of elders in the New Testament and was a contributor to the Reformed Baptist Theological Review.

Norman Shepherd: What’s All the Fuss? [Brandon Adams]

Norman Shepherd
Norman Shepherd

For those who may have heard of Norman Shepherd but don’t know the problems with his theology, Brandon Adams has provided a helpful summary using quotes from Shepherd’s own lectures. These issues are not restricted to Presbyterianism, however, but have surfaced in the writings of some who claim the 1689 Confession. Adams writes,

Norman Shepherd taught a false gospel of works righteousness at Westminster Theological Seminary in the 70s by arguing good works are instrumental to justification. When asked in their ordination exam how we are justified, graduates were answering “by faith and works”. When asked who taught them that, they said Professor Shepherd. He paved the way for the Federal Vision.

In 2002, Shepherd delivered 4 lectures titled “What’s All the Fuss?” regarding his views on justification:

  1. What’s All the Fuss? (Part 1): The Biblical Doctrine of Justification
  2. What’s All the Fuss? (Part 2): The Church Doctrine of Justification by Faith
  3. What’s All the Fuss? (Part 3): Job Justified by Faith
  4. What’s All the Fuss? (Part 4): A Parable About Three Men

The thrust of his lectures is to show that the Bible does not teach a works-merit paradigm. He presents his position as the “faith-grace” or “covenantal” paradigm and he opposes this to the “works-merit” paradigm.

[…]

In lecture 1 he insists that the biblical doctrine of justification consists in forgiveness of sins only… It does not provide a righteousness not our own, it only forgives our sins. And forgiveness alone is insufficient to eternally save anyone. It merely makes us eligible for eternal life… We are in the same position as Adam in terms of our need to obtain eternal life. The only difference is that when we sin, it is forgiven. But our works play the same role as they did for Adam before the fall. This is contrary to the London Baptist Confession.

[…]

Greg Nichols
Greg Nichols

With all of that in mind, it is particularly troubling to see people continue to recommend Greg Nichols’ book as a faithful representation of the system of doctrine taught in the London Baptist Confession. Nichols’ book is idiosyncratic and not representative of the confession, nor its signatories (see, for example, here and here). Confessional Reformed Baptists should stop recommending his book as representative of our confessional views.

 

The similarities between much of what Nichols writes and what Shepherd teaches is striking…

 

Read the rest of Adams’ post here.

“In Defense of Parity: A presentation of the parity or equality of elders in the New Testament” by Greg Nichols, Sam Waldron, & Dave Chanski [PDF, HTML, MP3 readout of entire book]

As of today, the entire book has now been posted:

1689Nut:

I am extremely pleased to announce that I have been given permission to post the book: In Defense of Parity: A presentation of the parity or equality of elders in the New Testament.

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… and will include a pdf and an mp3 made through TextAloud with my favorite voice, Daniel.  I hope many will be edified by this Biblical explanation and defense of this doctrine and practice.

Parity and Diversity in the Eldership: Part One-Parity [Greg Nichols]

Chapter 1 | HTML version PDF | 26 min. readout:

Parity and Diversity in the Eldership: Part Two-Diversity [Greg Nichols]

Chapter 2 | HTML | PDF | 41 min. MP3

A Contemporary Reaction to the Parity of the Eldership [Sam Waldron]

Chapter 3 | HTML | PDF | 16 min. MP3

An Exegetical Defense of the Parity of the Eldership in the New Testament [Sam Waldron]

Chapter 4 | HTML | PDF | 20 min. MP3

Careful Exposition of 1 Timothy 5:17 [Sam Waldron]

Chapter 5 | HTML | PDF | 32 min. MP3

An Historical Examination of the Parity of the Eldership in Independency and John Owen [Dave Chanski]

Chapter 6 | HTML | PDF | 22 min. MP3

The Baptist Confession of 1689 and the Parity of the Eldership [Dave Chanski]

Chapter 7 | HTML | PDF | 15 min. MP3

There were originally nine, but ch 8 has been removed by the publisher, so we are left with eight.

The Practice of the Parity of the Eldership [Dave Chanski]

Chapter 9 | HTML | PDF | 7 min. MP3

In Defense of Parity, Chapter 1 by Greg Nichols [PDF, HTML, MP3 Readout]

1689Nut:

I am extremely pleased to announce that I have been given permission to post the book: In Defense of Parity: A presentation of the parity or equality of elders in the New Testament.

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I will post one chapter at a time over the next couple weeks, and will include a pdf and an mp3 made through TextAloud with my favorite voice, Daniel.  I hope many will be edified by this Biblical explanation and defense of this doctrine and practice.

HTML version | PDF

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All 30 of Greg Nichols new Doctrine of the Church lectures free online [Audio] via RBS

Reformed Baptist Seminary:

All 30 of Greg Nichols new Doctrine of the Church lectures free online here

Lectures on the definition of the church, church and state, associations, worship, benevolence, evangelism, and more

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Audio below:

Lecture 01

Course orientation and overview.

Lecture 02

Survey of testimony of Westminster Confession, Savoy Declaration, and the 1689 London Baptist Confession concerning the church.

Lecture 03

Survey of the biblical testimony to the concept of the church, Part 1

Lecture 04 

Survey of the biblical testimony concerning the concept of the church, Part 2

Lecture 05

Survey of the biblical testimony concerning the concept of the church, Part 3

Lecture 06

Survey of the biblical witness concerning the concept of the church, Part 4

Lecture 07

Summary of the biblical data and its implications for our definition of the church.

Watch the video here.

Lecture 08

An exposition of the general concept of the church.

Lecture 09

Biblical foundations of the church: its predestination and redemptive-historical portrait.

Lecture 10

The majestic identity of the church: Christ’s body, bride, and posterity in its covenant community and its gospel identity.

Lecture 11

The church as God’s kingdom, the messianic theocracy.

Lecture 12

The local church and its associations.

Lecture 13

The messianic institution of the church.

Lecture 14

The evangelical constitution of the church (or church membership).

Lecture 15

The government of the universal church and the government of the local church.

Lecture 16

The offices of the local church: the eldership and the deaconate.

Lecture 17

The office of the deacon and the women’s auxiliary service; the various gifts with which the Spirit endows the entire church.

Lecture 18

God’s mission and Christ’s vision for the church.

Lecture 19

The corporate worship of the church.

Lecture 20

The ordinances of the church: baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

Lecture 21

The corporate prayer of the church.

Lecture 22

The corporate nurture of the church.

Lecture 23

The church and corporate benevolence.

Lecture 24

The church and corporate discipline.

Lecture 25

The church and its evangelistic task.

Lecture 26

The signature or marks of the church.

Lecture 27

The relationship of the church to the state.

Lecture 28

The church’s spiritual warfare.

Lecture 29

The destination of the church as militant and triumphant; God-honoring churchmanship.

Lecture 30

Review of final exam material and Q&A session.

The Church: A Reformed, Baptist & Biblical Definition – Greg Nichols [Video]

Professor Greg Nichols summarizes the biblical data about the church and provides a definition of the church that is Reformed, Baptist, and (most importantly) biblical.

The church is Christ’s saved society…

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Dr. Gonzales’ intro to the video:

Pastor Greg Nichols recently delivered thirty lectures on the doctrine of the church for Reformed Baptist Seminary. Several of his introductory lectures include a detailed exegesis and analysis of the 113 NT passages where ἐκκλησία (ekklesia) the primary Greek term for the church, occurs. Then he devotes an entire lecture to collating the data of the analysis and developing a definition of the church that is Reformed, Baptist, and (most importantly) biblical. Much of the rest of the course expands on and expounds the various facets of this definition.

Watch the 56 minute video:

p.s. I almost put this as the “Friday Funny” cause there are some good laughs to have through this lecture, but the majority of it is serious, educational, and edifying so I didn’t want to take away from that. Either way, good stuff.

3 New Podcasts: Greg Nichols on the Church & the Covenants [Interviewed by Dr. Gonzales @ RBS] + New Narrow Mind [Gene Cook Jr.] + John Divito on Mormonism

While our podcast was having some issues, three new podcasts sprung up over the weekend:

Reformed Baptist Seminary Audio Podcast: Greg Nichols on the Church and the Covenants [Interviewed by Dr. Bob Gonzales]:

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Last month Pastor and Professor Greg Nichols gave thirty lectures on the Doctrine of the Church for Reformed Baptist Seminary. These lectures have been edited and are available on the RBS Virtual Campus as part of our theological curriculum. While I had the opportunity, I interviewed him on the topic of the church and on his recently published monograph entitled Covenant Theology: A Reformed and Baptistic Perspective. Some of the questions I asked him included…

 

1. What is distinct about a Reformed and Baptist ecclesiology? 

 
2. How do you approach the study of ecclesiology in your course? 

 
3. When in redemptive history did the church of Christ come into being? 

 
4. What is the biblical basis for formal membership in a local church? 

 
5. What would you say to people who’ve become disillusioned with the local church? 

 
6. What makes your book on the biblical covenants both Reformed and also Baptist?

Here is the RBS Podcast [MP3]:

And a new Narrow Mind (hosted by a previous interviewee on our podcast, Gene Cook Jr.)

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Guest Matt Paul on the subject of Dan Corner’s interview on my show.

John Divito of the Midwest Center for Theological Studies writes:

Last night, I was interviewed on the internet podcast “Theology Matters.” For an hour and a half, I gave a brief overview of Mormonism. We covered the historical origins of Mormonism, the LDS worldview, as well as the Mormon doctrine of Scripture, God, and salvation. My interview started about 30 minutes into the show, and you can listen to it here. May Christ use this podcast to glorify Himself and draw more believers to reach out to Latter-day Saints with the true gospel of Jesus Christ!

Here is the podcast: