The late John Murray said, “Nothing shows the moral bankruptcy of a people or of a generation more than disregard for the sanctity of life.” Abortion is an indicator of the moral bankruptcy of people in this generation and demonstrates the exceeding wickedness of sin. The Bible reveals that man is created in the image of God, and therefore to murder man is to assault the divine majesty. The fact that man is created in the image of God is not true only of healthy adults, but is true of man in every phase of his life. Man is the image of God before the fall into sin (Gen 1:26-28), after the fall into sin (Jas 3:9), in the womb (see below), as a child (Lev 18:21; Eph 6:4), as one physically handicapped (Lev 19:14; Mk 10:46-52), as an elderly person (Lev 19:32; Prov 16:31; 1 Tim 5:1), and as having dominion over the animals (Gen 1:28; Ps 8:6-8)…..
Mission and Vision:
The Nicole Institute of Baptist Studies exists to prepare leaders for the church who are marked with “a mind for truth, and a heart for God,” by imparting to them the riches of Reformed theology and piety while also conveying a robust Baptist vision of the church and its ministry.
In keeping with the mission of RTS, the Nicole Institute of Baptist Studies seeks to offer excellent theological education that is winsomely Reformed and missional. Our design is to serve the church in all branches of evangelical Christianity, especially that branch which is committed to “believer’s only” baptism. We seek to prepare our students for servant leadership through a program of graduate theological education that is based upon the authority of the inerrant Word of God, which is comprised of the 66 books of the Bible.
The Nicole Institute equips its students for ministry, primarily through pastoral preparation, to be servant leaders in a variety of ministry, missions, and church settings. This preparation is designed for, but not limited to, those desiring to serve in any number of the various Baptist denominations, Independent churches, Sovereign Grace Ministries, Christian and Missionary Alliance, Evangelical Free, and Acts 29 network. Students with affection for Reformed theology and a commitment to “believer’s only” baptism will find the Nicole Institute at RTS Orlando an effective and fruitful place to prepare for ministry.
As part of a confessional seminary, the Nicole Institute operates within a confessional framework in order to promote the great doctrines of the faith, which were laid down in Scripture, restored to the church by the Reformers, and affirmed by Baptists in the 1689 Confession of Faith and the Baptist Catechism of 1693.
For more information on NIBS, you can email our Interim Director, Rev. Barry Peterson, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn about some of the men influential in Baptist studies…
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Pastor Ken Jones – Reforming A Local Church:
Two lectures from Dr. Sam Waldron on the history of Reformed Baptists in America:
Dr. Waldron’s book “Baptist Roots in America: The Historical Background of Reformed Baptists in America” is available from Grace Immanuel Reformed Baptist Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan’s SermonAudio page.
Waldron concludes: “Any church, therefore, determined to preach and practice the whole counsel of God in American today must be ready for war. It must be ready to be called many things by those who believe in autonomous freedom and worship at the shrine of individual liberty! Even those who should know better may be alienated by the spirit of the age. Yet the war is not unwinnable…. The secret of winning the war is not compromise with the spirit of this age. It is uncompromising obedience to God which holds the promise of his blessing.”
Samuel Waldron has given us some keen insights on understanding not just the state of Baptists in America but of contemporary evangelicalism in general. Every Virginia Baptist, in particular, should read this booklet. True to Waldron’s thesis, Calvinistic Virginia Baptists (born of the merger of Regular and Separate Baptists in the early 19th century) loosened their doctrinal convictions in the post Civil War era. One can clearly trace this if he goes back and reads the articles in the Religious Herald, the newspaper of Virginia Baptists. J. B. Jeter (1802-1880) was the last Calvinistic editor of the Religious Herald. With the transition to R. H. Pitt a period of doctrinal decline was hastened. Pitt used the pages of the Herald, for example, to speak out against the adoption of the Baptist Faith and Message in 1925 (the SBC answer to the fundamentalist-modernist controversy). “Freedom” became more important than “purity.” “Anti-creedalism” has subsequently led to liberalism. Waldron offers a compelling analysis of the Baptist trajectory, and a stirring challenge for faithful living in these days.
Our very own Junior reproduced The Orthodox Catechism, below is an intro, and a link to the Scrib’d version.
In 1680, Pastor Hercules_Collins of Old Gravel Lane Particular Baptist Church, London, England, and Subscriber to the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith, revised the Heidelberg_Catechism for his church and published it as the Orthodox Catechism.
Included in the Orthodox Catechism are two sections rejected by the 1677 General Assembly of Particular Baptists, those being “Of Singing of Psalms and &” and “Of the Laying on of Hands”. Although rejected by the London Assembly, these two sections were added by the Philadelphia Baptist Association to the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith and published in 1742 as the Philadelphia Baptist Confession of Faith.
Reformed Forum’s Christ the Center podcast, a while back, interviewed James Dolezal on Credo Baptism during the Reformation, great listen:
” James Dolezal argues for viewing three distinct categories: Anabaptists, general baptists, and particular baptists. The theological differences between these groups are as great as the differences among all forms of paedo-baptism.”