Dr. Tom Nettles on Spurgeon’s Approach to a Bible Passage [VIDEO]

Dr. Tom Nettles
Dr. Tom Nettles

Back in 2014 Thomas Nettles gave two messages at the London Metropolitan Tabernacle on how the great preacher Charles Spurgeon approached Scripture. Here they are:

While Spurgeon’s sermons constitute the largest set of volumes by any author in the English language, and have attracted more readers than the sermons of any other preacher, it is evident that most of them could never have been composed using the system of expounding being promoted today. Spurgeon’s traditional approach to the Word will surely enliven greatly our own quest for the Spirit’s intended message.

[via Credo Blog]

Sep. 29 – Oct. 1, 2015 Trinity Baptist Church Charlesworth Conf. “Puritan way of Preaching” Conf. feat. J. Renihan, Oliver, John Hall in Derbyshire, UK

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Dr. James Renihan
Dr. James Renihan

Dr James Renihan will be the main speaker on Tuesday 29th September to Thursday 1st October at Trinity Baptist Church in Charlesworth, and the theme is “Learning the Puritan way of Preaching”.

Our aim is to apply the teaching and experience of our forefathers to the 21st Century Church. We believe they have invaluable understanding and insight to impart to us today. We also seek to show how the lives and ministries of these men are accessible to all Christians.

Programme [PDF]:

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Reformed Baptists Interviewed on Iron Sharpens Iron Radio includes Walt Chantry, James White, Mike Gaydosh, John Samson + More

One of the reasons we started The Confessing Baptist Podcast wasn’t because we were pros (as you can easily guess) or for the money (wait, people don’t lose money off this kind of stuff!?) but because we simply wanted to interview Reformed Baptist pastors or those who could inform us more about our Particular Baptist history since no one else was doing something like that.

Christopher Arnzen
Christopher Arnzen

This is why we previously showed our excitement for Iron Sharpens Iron Radio with Chris Arnzen coming back June 1, 2015. We knew he’d conduct many great interviews that would help fill that niche (plus he is a pro and even has sponsors!).

Of course, his interviewee scope is much broader than ours, but he does get some Reformed Baptists on, and those are the shows we’ll be highlighting below:



June 1, 2015 ISI Radio Show with James White on Same Sex Marriage [mp3]:

June 4, 2015 Radio Show with Pastor John Samson discussing his journey out of the Word of Faith movement [mp3]:

June 15, 2015 ISI Radio Show with Pastor John Samson on “God’s Sovereignty in Election” [mp3]:

June 17, 2015 ISI Radio Show with Mike Gaydosh of Solid Ground Christian Books on “The Providence of God” [mp3]:

June 23, 2015 ISI Radio Show with Pastor Marc Grimaldi on “The Loving Act of Church Discipline” [mp3]:

June 25, 2015 ISI Radio Show with Steve Schultz on “Classical Christian Education” [mp3]:

July 6, 2015 ISI Radio Show with Mike Gaydosh on “The Providence of God” Part 2 [mp3]:

July 7, 2015 ISI Radio Show with Pastor John Samson on “God’s Sovereignty in Election” Part 2 [mp3]:

July 8, 2015 ISI Radio Show with Pastor Mack Tomlinson on “Marks of Biblically Faithful Preaching” [mp3]:

July 13, 2015 ISI Radio Show with Pastor Walt Chantry on his book “Today’s Gospel: Authentic or Synthetic?” [mp3]:

Keep an eye out on the upcoming interview schedule for more great content and look for book giveaways during his live-stream.

Martin Lloyd-Jones film “Logic On Fire” available now + video interviews with Conrad Mbewe

Though Lloyd-Jones himself was not a 1689’r there are several 1689’rs who contributed to this project such as Geoff Thomas, Conrad Mbewe, and Jeremy Walker.

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Logic On Fire


Banner of Truth:

More than simply a recounting of the man’s life, Logic on Fire examines Lloyd-Jones’s home life, his spiritual influences, the emphasis he brought to his two pastorates, the way he sought a union of “logic” and “fire” in preaching, as well as his continued relevance and influence in evangelicalism today.

Logic on Fire is a feature-length documentary with over 4.5 hours of special features, a 128-page book, and much more. View the “DVD Features” below to see all that is included in this 3-DVD special edition set.

You can find plenty of details at LogicOnFire.org


Trailer [2 min.]:

Conrad Mbewe on the Massive Impact Lloyd-Jones Had on His Understanding of Evangelistic Preaching [1 min.]:

Conrad Mbewe on How Lloyd-Jones’ Pattern Has Helped to Anchor His Own Ministry in “the Ancient Way” [2 min.]:

Logic on Fire film Panel Discussion with Jonathan Catherwood, Jason Meyer, and Conrad Mbewe [43 min.]:

FREE Livestream of Chris Holmes on the ‘History of Preaching and Preachers’ [CBTS] Mar. 10 – Apr. 28, 2015

CBTS Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary

Dr. Chris Holmes
Dr. Chris Holmes

Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary:

Dr. Chris Holmes’ upcoming course on the History of Preaching and Preachers is starting soon. [This course is an historical, theological, and homiletical study of Christian preaching and preachers from the biblical era through the 20th century, moving toward a particular focus on the preaching in Britain and America.]

Please plan to join us on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:20pm central time starting on March 10th.

You can find more information, including the syllabus and link for FREE livestream access…

Expositional Preaching: What is it? Ryan Burton King Answers [4-Part Blog Series]

preachPastor Ryan Burton King posted his four part series on Expositional Preaching that was printed in the worship bulletin of Grace Baptist Church (Wood Green):

Preaching is vital to the church’s life and care should be taken with reference to context, time allotted, and biblical exegesis as to what should be preached and how. In any case, an expositional sermon draws its substance from God’s word, deals with the matters raised in a particular Scriptural text, and should consistently point to the message of the Saviour that undergirds all Scriptural texts…

Expositional preaching reads, explains, and applies the Scriptures in a way that is unrivalled by other styles of preaching. It requires attention as the preacher prepares then delivers the message drawn from the text, and as the people listen. It commands devotion, as people are driven to search the Scriptures more deeply and, if the messages are working consecutively through a book, drawn to meet again so as not miss the next segment. It demands a response, challenging head-thoughts, heart-feelings, and life-styles with the call to lay other things aside and seek first God’s kingdom and righteousness in Christ. That is why we preach expositionally.

Here is the series:

  1. Expositional preaching Part One: What is it?
  2. Expositional preaching Part Two: What it is not
  3. Expositional preaching Part Three: Why Preach Expositionally?
  4. Expositional Preaching Part Four: the Expositional Preacher

Repentance—The Missing Note In Today’s Preaching [Conrad Mbewe]

Conrad Mbewe
Conrad Mbewe

Conrad Mbewe:

I have observed with a growing concern how repentance is no longer a clear call in much of today’s preaching. This may not necessarily be true all over the world but as I listen more and more to various preachers on African soil this is certainly true here on our continent. The vast majority of preachers treat sin more like a disease than a state of rebellion. Hence, the remedial approach is that of “deliverance” rather than a call to repent. Was that the prevalent view in the Bible?

Read “Repentance—The Missing Note In Today’s Preaching”.

2014 SoCal RB Pastors Conf ‘The Doctrine of Scripture’ AUDIO now online. Feat. Trueman, J. Renihan, & Barcellos

SCRBPC Southern California Reformed Baptist Pastors Conference

Audio from this years Southern California Reformed Baptist Pastors’ Conference that took place at Trinity Reformed Baptist Church, La Mirada, CA. is now online.



Lecture 1: The Importance of Scripture | Dr Carl R. Trueman |  11/03/2014 | 44 min [mp3]:

Lecture 2: The Inspiration of Scripture | Dr Carl R. Trueman | 11/03/2014 | 52 min [mp3]:

From the Garden to the Covenant of Works | Richard Barcellos [Some Hermeneutical Principles of Seventeenth-Century Federal Theology taken from this lecture] | 11/04/2014 | 62 min [mp3]:

Lecture 3: The Clarity of Scripture | Dr Carl R. Trueman | 11/04/2014 | 61 min [mp3]:

Lecture 4: A Reformation Theology of Preaching | Dr Carl R. Trueman | 11/04/2014 | 53 min [mp3]:

Sufficient, Certain, and Infallible | James M. Renihan | TUE 11/04/2014 | 58 min [mp3]:

2014 Founders Conf. SW AUDIO now online: “The Means of Grace” feat. Barcellos, James Renihan, Vincent, Montgomery, & Garrick

2014 Southern Baptist Founders Southwet Means of Grace


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1 Devotional Psalm: Psalm 111 | Larry Vincent | THU 09/25/2014
32 min MP3:

Introduction to the Means of Grace | James M. Renihan | THU 09/25/2014

50 min MP3:

Preaching as a Means of Grace | James M. Renihan | THU 09/25/2014

55 min MP3:

Baptism as a Means of Grace | Richard Barcellos | FRI 09/26/2014

59 min MP3:

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Baptist Confessions and the Means of Grace | James M. Renihan | FRI 09/26/2014
61 min MP3:

Founders SW 2014 Means of Grace Q and A

Means of Grace Q&A | Various Speakers | FRI 09/26/2014

48 min MP3:

Prayer as a Means of Grace | Richard Barcellos | FRI 09/26/2014

50 min MP3:

The Lord’s Supper as a Means of Grace | Richard Barcellos | FRI 09/26/2014

45 min MP3:

9 Preparation for Heaven | Jason Montgomery | SAT 09/27/2014

66 min. MP3:

10 The Minister’s Expectation for Success | Steve Garrick | SAT 09/27/2014

60 min. MP3:


ARBCA Pastors’ Favorite Books


At the 2013 General Assembly, the ARBCA Publications Committee asked delegates to list their favorite books. Here are the results of the survey that participants filled out, alphabetically by author’s last name. The numbers in parentheses indicate how many named that particular book, if it was more than one. As you can see, the ARBCA Pastors list of Favorite Books is framed as a set of six questions, all of which consist of specific author and book title recommendations.

1. After the Bible, what are your five all-time favorite books?

Jay Adams
> Christian Counselor’s Manual
> Competent to Counsel
> Theology of Biblical Counseling

Anselm of Canterbury
> Cur Deus Homo

Augustine of Hippo
> The Confessions of Augustine
> The City of God

Richard Barcellos
> In Defense of the Decalogue

John Bavinck
> The Science of Missions

Richard Baxter
> The Saints’ Everlasting Rest

Thomas D. Bernard
> Progress of Doctrine in New Testament

Samuel Bolton
> The True Bounds of Christian Freedom

Andrew Bonar
> Robert Murray M’Cheyne

Horatius Bonar
> Words to Winners of Souls

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
> Life Together

Charles Bridges
> The Christian Ministry (3)

John Bunyan
> The Pilgrim’s Progress (6)

Jeremiah Burroughs
> Gospel Remission
> The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment

John Calvin
> Institutes of Christian Religion

Walt Chantry
> Today’s Gospel (4)

Claude Chavasse
> The Bride of Christ

Tim Chester and Steve Timmis
> Total Church

George B. Cheever
> Lectures on the Pilgrim’s Progress

Faith Cook
> William Grimshaw of Haworth

Pascal Denault
> Distinctives of Baptist Covenant Theology (3)

Philip Doddridge
> Personal Declension and Revival of Religion in the Soul

James Dolezal
> God Without Parts

Jonathan Edwards
> Narrative of Surprising Conversions

Ralph Erskine
> Law-Death, Gospel-Life

Sinclair Ferguson
> The Christian Life

John V. Fesko
> Last Things First

Edward Fisher
> Marrow of Modern Divinity

Peter Jeffrey
> Opening Ephesians

Tim Keller
> The Prodigal God

D. M. Lloyd-Jones
> Authority
> Preaching and Preachers
> Spiritual Depression
> Studies in the Sermon on the Mount

Martin Luther
> The Bondage of the Will

Fred Malone
> The Baptism of Disciples Alone

Cotton Mather
> Magna Carter Americana

Will Metzger
> Tell the Truth

Daryl Hart and Richard Muether
> With Reverence and Awe

Iain Murray
> The Forgotten Spurgeon
> The Puritan Hope
> Revival & Revivalism
> Jonathan Edwards
> The First Forty Years [D. M. Lloyd-Jones]

John Murray
> Redemption Accomplished and Applied (3)

Jim Newheiser
> Opening Proverbs

John Owen
> The Glory of Christ
> Works of John Owen, Vol. 1
> Works of John Owen

Nehemiah Coxe and John Owen
> Covenant Theology: from Adam to Christ (2)

J. I. Packer
> Knowing God (5)

A. W. Pink
> The Sovereignty of God (4)
> Seven Sayings of the Savior on the Cross

John Piper
> Desiring God

James Renihan
> Edification and Beauty

Herman N. Ridderbos
> The Coming of the Kingdom

J. C. Ryle
> Exposition on the Gospel of John
> Holiness (2)

Henry Scougal
> The Works of Henry Scougal
> The Life of God in the Soul of Man

Gardiner Spring
> Mission of Sorrow

Ichabod Spencer
> A Pastor’s Sketches (2)

C. H. Spurgeon
> Early Years; Full Harvest
> The Soul Winner

Paul D. Tripp
> Relationships: A Mess Worth Making

Francis Turretin
> Elenctic Theology

Mark Twain
> The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Geerhardus Vos
> Biblical Theology
> The Kingdom of God and the Church

Thomas Watson
> The Godly Man’s Picture

Paul D. Wegner
> Journey from Texts to Translations

James White
> The Potter’s Freedom


2. What is your all-time favorite Systematic Theology?

Herman Bavinck
> Reformed Dogmatics (3)

Louis Berkhof
> Systematic Theology (3)

James P. Boyce
> Abstract of Theology

John Calvin
> The Institutes of Christian Religion

Charles Hodge
> Hodge’s Systematic Theology (3 vol.)

A. A. Hodge
> Outlines of Theology

Richard Mueller
> Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics

Francis Turretin
> Elenctic Theology


3. What is your all-time favorite biography?

Courtney Anderson
> To the Golden Shore: Adoniram Judson

Roland Bainton
> Here I Stand [Luther]

Andrew Bonar
> Robert Murray M’Cheyne (2)

Arnold Dalimore
> George Whitefield

Eric Metaxes
> Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

Iain Murray
> The Fight of Faith [D. M. Lloyd-Jones]
> Jonathan Edwards (4)
> The First Forty Years [D. M. Lloyd-Jones] (3)

Geoffrey Thomas
> Earnest Reisinger (2)

Luke Tyerman
> George Whitefield

Geerhardus Vos
> The Teaching of Jesus Concerning the Kingdom and the Church


4. What one book would you give to a new pastor?

Jay E. Adams
> Competent to Counsel

Tom Ascol, editor
> Dear Timothy: Letters on Pastoral Ministry

Charles Bridges
> The Christian Ministry (4)

John Carrick
> The Imperative of Preaching

Walt Chantry
> Today’s Gospel

Arnold Dalimore
> Life of George Whitefield

D. M. Lloyd-Jones
> Preaching and Preachers
> Spiritual Depression

Iain Murray
> The Forgotten Spurgeon

J. C. Ryle
> Simplicity in Preaching

Ichabod Spencer
> A Pastor’s Sketches

C. H. Spurgeon
> An All-Around Ministry


5. What one book would you give to one who is wrestling with the call to the ministry?

Iain Murray
> The First Forty Years [D. M. Lloyd-Jones]

Dave Harvey
> Am I Called? (3)

Edmund P. Clowney
> Called to the Ministry (5)

Charles Bridges
> The Christian Ministry (2)

Charles H. Spurgeon
> Lectures to My Students

Richard Baxter
> The Reformed Pastor


6. What books you would like to see republished?

Hercules Collins
> Orthodox Catechism

Nehemiah Coxe
> Vindiciae Veratatis
> Sermon preached at ordination of an elder and deacon

Benjamin Keach
> The Display of Glorious Grace


Edward Hutchinson
> A Treatise Concerning the Covenant and Baptism (With Two Appendices)

John Spilsbury
> A Treatise Concerning the Lawful Subject of Baptism

Charles Spurgeon

> The Everlasting Gospel of the Old and New Testaments


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‘Contextualization & Preaching’ 3-part video by Robert Elliott [RBS]

The following lectures are a part of the Preaching & Teaching RBS class [hear the audio here].


RBS Dean Dr. Robert Gonzales:

The late John Stott was a gifted commentator and expositor. In his classic book on homiletics, Between Two Worlds, he argues that the preacher stands in the gap between the world of the Bible and the modern world of the people to whom he ministers. It is the preacher’s task, Stott avers, to bridge the chasm so that modern culture may be confronted with the timeless truths of the Bible. This is the theme Pastor Robert Elliott unfolds in the three-part video lecture series below on contextualization and preaching.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

If you’d like to know more information about taking the course above for credit or auditing the course, contact us at info@rbseminary.org.

How is the Word to be read & heard? Jeff Riddle answers [Audio]

preacherJeff Riddle:

Here are abbreviated notes from last Sunday afternoon’s message in the Spurgeon’s Baptist Catechism series:


Q 73: How is the Word to be read and heard that it may become effectual to salvation?


A: That the Word may become effectual to salvation we must attend thereunto with diligence, preparation, and prayer, receive it with faith, and love, lay it up in our hearts, and practice it in our lives.

Here are the catechism’ seven admonitions, along with its seven prooftexts:

  1. With diligence [Proverbs 8:34]
  2. With preparation [1 Peter 2:1]
  3. With prayer [Psalm 119:18]
  4. Receive it with faith [Hebrews 4:2]
  5. Receive it with love [2 Thessalonians 2:10]
  6. Lay it up in our hearts [Psalm 119:11]
  7. Practice it in our lives [James 1:25]

Read or listen to the 30 min. mp3:

What is a Pastoral Preacher? Tom Hicks answers

preach1Tom Hicks:

There has been a good deal said and written about “expository preaching,” “Christ-centered preaching,” “redemptive-historical preaching,” etc., but very little has been said about “pastoral preaching.” Pastoral preaching is certainly expository, Christ-centered, and it always takes redemptive history into account, but it goes much further. Pastoral preaching is intensely personal and directed to a particular local church. It requires Christlike holiness of the preacher and aims to shepherd a church in the same. Consider some of the following qualities of a pastoral preacher.


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1. The pastoral preacher’s sanctification is his main task in sermon preparation. 


2. The pastoral preacher’s first responsibility during sermon delivery is his own personal holiness.


3. The pastoral preacher trusts that the effectiveness of preaching depends on God’s sovereign grace alone. 


4. The pastoral preacher preaches to the particular local church in front of him. 

Read [6 min. readout].

“The Power of Preaching” 2-part video by Brian Borgman [RBS]

The following lectures are a part of the Preaching & Teaching RBS class [hear the audio here].


RBS Dean Dr. Robert Gonzales:

Many of us can recall being profoundly impacted by God’s word preached. The potency of God’s word proclaimed derives in part from Scripture’s own self-authenticating power that pierces into the deepest recesses of the human heart (Heb 4:12). It also derives from the influence of the Holy Spirit empowering the preacher who expounds and applies the Scripture to the hearer (Rom 10:14-17; 1 Cor 1:18-31; 1 Thess 1:4-5).


In the two lectures below, excerpted from Reformed Baptist Seminary’s course on preaching, Dr Brian Borgman develops the characteristics that make for powerful preaching. Enjoy!

Part 1:

Part 2:

If you’d like to know more information about taking the course above for credit or auditing the course, contact us at info@rbseminary.org.