One Thing I Did Right in Ministry… [Blog Series | Founders]

Don’t miss these helpful insights from the recent series on the Founders Blog:

One Thing I Did Right in Ministry…

“I started a Book Table”  (Tom Ascol)
“I waited on God” (Jeff Johnson)
“I did Expository Preaching” (Phil Newton)
“I started a Pastoral Internship” (Jeff Robinson)
“I centered on Christ” (Tom Hicks)
“Expository Preaching” (Steve Weaver)
“Kindness” (Fred Malone)
“I didn’t Lead Alone” (Scott Slayton)
“Pastoral Care” (Shawn Merithew)
“I Learned from my Failures” (Joe Thorn)

Of What Use Is The Law? Jeff Robinson Answers

Threefold-Use-of-Law_620“Of What Use is the Law? Three purposes”

by Jeff Robinson:

Recently, after our family had completed its daily devotional time together, my oldest son asked me a very insightful question: How do the Ten Commandments apply to us today if they were given so long ago in the Old Testament?


It is a basic theological question that many Christians have asked throughout the history of the church and it is an important query. Many answers have been given to that, not all of them good. Obviously, there are two answers that are dead wrong and lead to two opposite ditches that the follower of Christ must avoid: Antinomianism (the law of God has no place in the life of the believer and he/she is free to live however they please) and legalism (I am saved by how closely I adhere to God’s commands—works righteousness).


One of the best and most helpful answers, in my opinion, that has been given was set forth by the Genevan reformer, John Calvin. In his venerable systematic theology, the Institutes of the Christian Religion, Calvin set forth three “uses” for the moral law of God. {Book 2, Chapter 7, edj}



Calvin’s is a helpful paradigm, I think. But perhaps best of all, Calvin reminded his readers, in speaking of the first use of the law, that the law—like a schoolmaster—prepares one to receive the good news of the gospel. The law of God demonstrates that man has no righteousness in himself that is pleasing to God. Sinful man must be given a righteousness that is extra nos—outside of himself. As the Puritans, Calvin’s theological ancestors, famously put it, the law wounds and then the gospel arrives and heals.


As followers of Christ, we are a people of grace and not law. But it is God’s law that demonstrates his spotless character and shows our need of grace. Calvin saw this clearly. As Paul admonished young Timothy, may God teach us how to use the law lawfully (1 Tim. 1:8).

For the full article please read, “Of What Use Is The Law? Three Purposes” by Jeff Robinson at The Blog: The Voice of

{see also 2nd London Particular Baptist Confession of Faith, Chapter 19, Of The Law of God, edj}

To become a ‘perfect dunghill,’ embrace Calvinism? [Introduction of ‘To the Ends of the Earth’]

To the Ends of the Earth: Calvins Missional Vision and Legacy
To the Ends of the Earth: Calvin’s Missional Vision and Legacy


The late historian William Estep wrote in the Texas Baptist Standard that if the Southern Baptist Convention went Calvinist on evangelism, it would become a “perfect dunghill.” Strong words, but many would agree. Not Baptist scholars Michael A.G. Haykin and C. Jeffrey Robinson Sr., though.


In To the Ends of the Earth: Calvin’s Missional Vision and Legacy (Crossway, 2014) Haykin and Robinson turn standard understanding upside down and say John Calvin and other Reformers were strongly mission-oriented. Dubious? Below, by publisher’s permission, is the book’s introduction. Please read on. —Marvin Olasky


The Rev. S. L. Morris, on the occasion of the four-hundredth an­niversary of Calvin’s birth in May 1909, told the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States as it gathered in Savannah, Georgia, to mark the Reformer’s birth, “Calvinism is the most potent agency in the evangelization of the world.” At the time, no one would have regarded Morris’s affirmation as outland­ish. Today, though, just over one hundred years later, his remark is the stuff of controversy and considered a complete oxymoron.

Read the rest of the book’s introduction.

The English Baptists of the 17th Century [2008 Andrew Fuller Center Conference Audio]

The English Baptists of the 17th Century

August 25-26, 2008


The 2nd Annual Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies Conference



Conference Description

The theme of the 2008 conference was, “The English Baptists of the 17th Century.” Featured speakers included: R. Albert Mohler, Jr., Barry Howson, Larry Kreitzer, Tom Nettles, Jim Renihan, Austin Walker, and Malcolm Yarnell. Other up and coming Baptist History scholars presented papers as well.


An Opening Word (Michael Haykin)

Plenary Session 1: “The English Calvinistic Baptists of the 17th Century–An Overview (Malcolm Yarnell)

Plenary Session 2: “John Spilsbury and the Beginning of the Baptists” (Tom Nettles)

Plenary Session 3: “Hanserd Knollys (1599-1691) and the Interpretation of Revelation (Barry Howson)

Parallel Session 1:
“Henry Jessey (1601-1663): His Life and Thought” (Jason Duesing)

“‘A Poor and Despised People’: Abraham Cheare and the Calvinistic Baptists at Plymouth” (Jeff Robinson)

“Baptist Associations in the 17th Century’ (Stan Fowler)

Parallel Session 2:
“Benjamin Keach’s Doctrine of Justification” (Tom Hicks)

“The Role of Metaphor in the Sermons of Benjamin Keach” (Chris Holmes)

“Turks, Jews, & God’s Plan for His People: Hanserd Knolly’s Understanding of Abraham’s Other ‘Descendants'” (Dennis Bustin)

Plenary Session 4: “The Importance of Baptist Confessionalism” (Albert Mohler)

Plenary Session 5: “The Strange Case of Thomas Collier” (James Renihan)

Plenary Session 6: “Benjamin Keach and the Protestant Cause Under Persecution” (Austin Walker)

Parallel Session 3:
“Thomas Wilcox and his A Choice Drop of Honey from the Rock Christ” (Stephen Yuille)

“Hercules Collins and the Temple Repair’d: Baptists and Theological Education” (Steve Weaver)

Parallel Session 4:
“The Prison Epistles of Thomas Hardcastle” (Peter Beck)

“17th Century Baptists and the Perseverance of the Saints” (Jay Collier)

Plenary Session 7: “William Kiffin (1616-1701)-His Life and Thought” (Larry Kreitzer)

A Closing Word (Michael Haykin)

[source: Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies]

Upcoming Book: “To the Ends of the Earth: Calvin’s Missional Vision & Legacy” by Michael Haykin & Jeff Robinson

Expected: May 31, 2014

To the Ends of the Earth Calvins Missional Vision and Legacy[Amazon  Preorder $14]


Calvinist missionaries. If you think that sounds like an oxymoron, you’re not alone. Yet a close look at John Calvin’s life and writing reveals a man who was unambiguously passionate about the spread of the gospel and the salvation of sinners. Clearing away longstanding misunderstanding and stereotypes, Michael Haykin and Jeffrey Robinson highlight the fervent Great Commission vigor underlying all of Calvin’s theology and ministry. From training pastors at his Genevan Academy to sending missionaries to the jungles of Brazil, Calvin consistently sought to encourage and equip Christians for the cause of Christ. This fascinating study shows how Calvin influenced generations of his theological heirs—including the Puritains, Jonathan Edwards, and Samuel Pearce—to take the good news of salvation to the very ends of the earth.


  • Series: Refo500
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (May 31, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143352354X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433523540
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces

Spurgeon’s “3-R’s”: A Useful Paradigm for Evangelism & Preaching [Founders Ministries]

C H SpurgeonJeff Robinson:

One question some of our members have posed during our community outreach is a good one, but it is a question which makes many of us of a certain theological tribe a bit squeamish: Is there a good outline we may use to help us recall the Gospel when we are witnessing to lost people? There are many such outlines that are thoughtful, careful and biblical which have been used effectively—“Two Ways to Live” and “Evangelism Explosion” (Both arise from sound biblical/theological perspectives) come immediately to mind and I am certain there are others. But recently, in my regular reading of Spurgeon’s sermons, I have discovered an excellent and pithy approach to the Gospel, one that is fully biblical and establishes well both man’s universal dilemma and God’s antidote in Christ: Spurgeon’s “Three R’s,” Ruin, Redemption and Regeneration. This past weekend, I taught this to my people to help them understand the entire scope of the biblical story of God’s redeeming love for sinners in Christ. I commend it to our readers for evangelism and to fellow pastors as realities that must permeate their preaching.


Spurgeon called them “three doctrines that must be preached above all else” and he drew as his text for them “Three third chapters (of Scripture) which deal with the things in the fullest manner:” Genesis 3:14-15 (Ruin), Romans 3:21-26 (Redemption), John 3:1-8 (Regeneration). Why do I think it makes a good evangelism method? Because each of Spurgeon’s three words begin with “R,” making it easy to recall to memory and each text is a key chapter 3 in the Bible, making the references easy to remember, especially in the nerve-busting throes of personal, face-to-face evangelism. Spurgeon’s three R’s…

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How Sola Scriptura Applies To Public Worship – Jeff Robinson

Over at the Founders Ministries Blog, Jeff Robinson wrote a post titled Where Circus and Church Meet: A Plea for the Recovery of Sola Scriptura in Worship. It begins:

I struggled to keep a straight face when he asked me the question.


I was a candidate for the pastorate of this Baptist church, one that was nearly 200 years old, one that had sprung up as a result of the Second Great Awakening in the Ohio Valley.


Surely my ears were deceiving me: did this dear brother in Christ, this member of the pastoral search team, really just ask me, “What is your view of clown ministry in the local church?”…



And concludes:

My denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention, waged a strenuous warfare in the 1980s in which it decisively defeated the deadly sloth of liberalism, drove liberal theology from its ranks and re-established the inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture.


Now, the crying need of the hour within the SBC and among our fellow Baptists is to recover the sufficiency and authority of God’s Word and to rediscover the regulative principle to inform the worship and life of the church. May it please God to grant us grace sufficient for such a reformation.

Read the rest or listen to readout [12 min.]

He mentions the Fire Truck Baptistery, yes really, and that appeared on the Founders Ministries Blog before here.

Spurgeon on Suffering & the Pastoral Ministry – Jeff Robinson

Over at the Founders Ministries Blog, Jeff Robinson posted on Spurgeon on Suffering & the Pastoral Ministry:

Few Baptist pastors suffered more acutely and suffered better than the great Charles Spurgeon; I say he suffered better, because Spurgeon’s theology of sovereign grace fitted him with spectacles to see suffering as a gift from God’s hand and to view it as a means of training the minister for sympathizing with others in the academy of God’s grace. Best of all, for the sake of those of us who have been called to minister in his wake, Spurgeon preached and wrote often about his suffering and how God has wisely designed it to intersect with Gospel ministry. Hear the penetrating words of our dear brother Spurgeon from the May 1876 edition of The Sword and Trowel:…

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At the beginning of this post he recommends the following book on this topic:

Dangerous Calling Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry


In one of the most convicting, encouraging and challenging contemporary books I have read in many years on the pastoral ministry, Paul David Tripp (The book is titled Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry from Crossway. If you are a pastor and don’t yet own this book run—don’t walk— buy it and move it to the top of your summer reading list) reminds pastors that they are, like those to whom the preach, in the middle of their own sanctification even as they are called to preach to others. And of course, God’s Word reminds us in various places that sanctification entails suffering. One example is Paul’s sobering promise in 2 Timothy 3:12, “All that will live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” Suffering is an irreducible part of the Christian life and an irreducible part of ministry in a post-Genesis 3 world.

New AFCBS Blog Contributors

The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies blog, “Historia ecclesiastica” has new contributors:

Dustin Benge serves as the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Jackson, Kentucky. He is also a PhD candidate at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a junior fellow at The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies for which he serves as a research assistant and managing editor of The Andrew Fuller Review. Dustin and his wife, Molli, live in Jackson.

Dustin Bruce lives in Louisville, KY where he is pursuing a ThM in Church History at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a graduate of Auburn University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dustin and his wife, Whitney, originally hail from Alabama.

Ian Hugh Clary is finishing doctoral studies under Adriaan Neele at Universiteit van die Vrystaat (Blomfontein), where he is writing a dissertation on the evangelical historiography of Arnold Dallimore. He has co-authored two local church histories with Michael Haykin and contributed articles to numerous scholarly journals. Ian serves as a pastor of BridgeWay Covenant Church in Toronto where he lives with his wife and two children.

Nathan A. Finn is associate professor of historical theology and Baptist Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also an elder at First Baptist Church of Durham, NC and a senior fellow of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies.

Michael A.G. Haykin is the director of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies. He also serves as Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Haykin and his wife Alison have two grown children, Victoria and Nigel.

Jeff Robinson (Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Senior Pastor of Philadelphia Baptist Church. Jeff is the author of the forthcoming book, The Great Commission Vision of John Calvin.

Steve Weaver serves as a research assistant to the director of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies and a junior fellow of the Center. He also serves as senior pastor of Farmdale Baptist Church in Frankfort, KY. Steve and his wife Gretta have six children between the ages of 2 and 13.

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[source: Historia ecclesiastica]