The book that we’ve filled y’all in about plenty of times is currently on sale:
Going Beyond the Five Points:
Pursuing a More Comprehensive Reformation
By Dr. Richard C. Barcellos, Dr. Sam Waldron, Earl M. Blackburn, Dr. Robert Martin
General Editor: Rob Ventura
In recent years, a doctrinal shift has taken place among believers so great that even the secular press has taken notice. Christians across denominational lines are laying hold of the biblical truth of God’s electing love and saving grace in Christ, commonly called “Calvinism.” For many, this marks the beginning of a deeper study into the whole counsel of God in Scripture. A thirst to be thoroughly biblical in all areas of life is driving a more comprehensive present-day reformation beyond the famous “five points.” This book captures the voices of seasoned Reformed pastors graciously guiding and encouraging Christ’s beloved sheep to press on and to seek the “old paths, where the good way is” (Jer. 6:16). In this anthology you will be instructed concerning the abiding relevance of the Ten Commandments, God-centered worship, the masterful unfolding of God’s great plan of redemption through divine covenants, the identity, nature, and work of the church, and the help that confessions of faith lend to our grasp of God’s glorious Word.
Table of Contents:
Editor’s Preface | Rob Ventura
Foreword | Dr. James White
Chapter 1 – The Ten Commandments and the Christian | Dr. Richard C. Barcellos
Chapter 2 – The Regulative Principle | Dr. Sam Waldron
Chapter 3 – Covenant Theology | Earl Blackburn
Chapter 4 – The Church | Earl Blackburn
Chapter 5 – The Legitimacy and Use of Confessions of Faith | Dr. Robert Paul Martin
Print Length: 260 pages
Text-to-Speech: Enabled [Kindle]
These are some excellent sermons which contain much history concerning the Reformed Baptist and the Protestant Reformation.
The following is from a conference which took place at Sola Church (in Sydney, Australia) on April 2-4, 2015:
1. The Five Solas | Victor Tavitian
2. Calvinism (TULIP) | Peter Rev Smith
3. The 1689 London Baptist Confession | Peter Rev Smith
4. The Regulative Principle | Victor Tavitian
5. Covenant Theology (1689 Federalism) | Peter Rev Smith
6. Biblical Separation | Victor Tavitian
7. Law and Gospel Evangelism | Victor Tavitian
8. The Religious Affections | Victor Tavitian
9. Amillennialism | Peter Rev Smith
I am writing this during what the church calendar calls Holy Week. That means that this Sunday is Easter. It is the day that the Church, by and large, remembers the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. If you were to visit our church this Lord’s Day you would find us singing some songs celebrating the triumph of Jesus from the dead and, no doubt, one of our pastors (I’ll be on vacation) preaching a message related to this triumph. In most regards, however, our service this Lord’s Day will be no different from any of the other 51 Lord’s Days of the year. In fact, we will make very little of this particular Easter Sunday because we see every Lord’s Day in this way. That is, every single Lord’s Day is equally a reminder of the risen Jesus. Our church believes that the Lord’s Day is not only a weekly celebration of the resurrection (and the descent of the Spirit), but that it is rooted in the fourth commandment as well (that command calls us to ‘remember’ the day and why we are to remember it). Therefore the weekly coming of the first day of the week is a blessed remembrance to us of several things.
Every week I am reminded that I have a Creator.
The Sabbath is rooted in the facts of Creation.
Every week I am reminded that I have a Lawgiver.
The Sabbath, though a great gift to man, is a moral obligation of the King of Creation.
Every week I am reminded of the weakness of my flesh.
The coming of the New Covenant did not rewrite the DNA of our humanity. We are weak creatures who need (and apparently who need to be told) to take a weekly rest.
Just as I am reminded of my rest in Jesus so I am reminded of the need for my body to rest from my labors.
Every week I am reminded that I am redeemed man.
Why do I delight to take a day to be in God’s house and among God’s people and to refresh myself in rest, worship, service, reflection, and fellowship? One reason: Jesus laid hold of me and changed my heart.
Every week I am reminded that I am part of a community.
I love the gathering of God’s people. I am glad when it is said, Let US go into the house of the Lord.
Every week I am reminded of the fading nature of this world and the incomparable glory of the world to come.
I need time away from the world and the things of the world (even those innocent, acceptable and necessary things) so that they do not constantly grip my heart and my attention. Not only can I do without them, one day I will forever do without them.
I am reminded every week of the promise of a better, eternal Sabbath rest for the people of God.
Every week I am reminded of the reality of the Holy Spirit in the life of the church and the beauty of what the church is.
It was on the first day of the week that the Spirit came with power on the day of Pentecost.
I am reminded every single week that Jesus rose from the dead. This is why the church has gathered every single Sunday for two thousand years. No event in human history is so celebrated. In a focused way when I make the decisions I do of what I will and won’t do, where I will and won’t go, what I will and won’t say, I am doing so not only under the shadow of the cross, but from the glorious light of the empty tomb.
Before we can answer whether Reformed Baptists exist, we must first identify what that designation means. “Reformed Baptist” is a term – albeit a compound term – with a definition and a history. Understanding that history is necessary if anyone is going to understand what the first word in the term means. While a number of useful brief definitions exist, I intend to address the question from the standpoint of history.
I am thankful to be a Reformed Baptist for many reasons. Today, being an elder in a Reformed Baptist church means I get to mt and minister with some of the best preachers and teachers I know, men like Jim Renihan, Richard Barcellos, and Sam Waldron. I have the honor, and the privilege, of ministering in sister churches all across the landscape, and our unity of spirit and faith is encouraging. But the main reason I am thankful to be a Reformed Baptist comes from the work to which the Lord has called me. Over the past nearly two decades now I have engaged in over sixty formal, moderated public debates with the leading apologists representing Roman Catholicism, Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Oneness Pentecostalism, and of late, Islam. Those debates have forced me to engage objections to the Christian faith on every level, from biblical sufficiency to the Trinity to the cross to justification and everything in between. And that is why I am thankful to be a Reformed Baptist. Why? Because of the consistency of our faith. One’s apologetic can be no stronger than the consistency of the faith it defends…
So the next time you eye the big fancy church down the road on your way to your Reformed Baptist church, consider this: the value of the consistency of divine truth, the treasure of having a firm foundation upon which to live a God-honoring life, is truly priceless.
How does using a Confession of Faith benefit a church body? What are some of the strengths of the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689? Do pastors/elders relate differently 2LCF than church members that don’t hold office? How does the Confession serve in cases of church discipline? These are some of the questions Dr Tom Ascol addresses from the perspective of a pastor in the 35 minute lecture below.
Video includes how Pastor Tom Ascol implemented the 1689 back at his church in 1989, plus a time of Q&A.
Some Pastoral Observations re: 1689 Baptist Confession
Paperback: 532 pages
Per Richard Barcellos, RBAP should be getting their copies around the 10th and will be selling them for around $10 less.
Here is the Table of Contents:
Preface – Richard C. Barcellos, Ph.D.
Introduction – James M. Renihan, Ph.D.
1. A Brief Overview of Seventeenth-Century Reformed Orthodox Federalism – Richard C. Barcellos, Ph.D.
2. Covenant Theology in the First and Second London Confessions of Faith – James M. Renihan, Ph.D.
3. By Farther Steps: A Seventeenth-Century Particular Baptist Covenant Theology – Pascal Denault, Th.M.
4. The Puritan Argument for the Immersion of Believers: How Seventeenth-Century Baptists Utilized the Regulative Principle of Worship – G. Stephen Weaver, Jr., Ph. D.
5. The Antipaedobaptism of John Tombes – Michael T. Renihan, Ph.D.
6. The Abrahamic Covenant in the Thought of John Tombes – Michael T. Renihan, Ph.D.
7. John Owen on the Mosaic Covenant – Thomas E. Hicks, Jr., Ph.D.
8. A ‘Novel’ Approach to Credobaptist and Paedobaptist Polemics – Jeffrey A. Massey
9. The Fatal Flaw of Infant Baptism: The Dichotomous Nature of the Abrahamic Covenant – Jeffrey D. Johnson
10. The Difference Between the Old and New Covenants: John Owen on Hebrews 8:6 – John Owen
11. The Newness of the New Covenant (Part 1) – James R. White, Th.D.
12. The Newness of the New Covenant (Part 2) – James R. White, Th.D.
13. Acts 2:39 in its Context: An Exegetical Summary of Acts 2:39 and Paedobaptism (Part 1) – Jamin Hübner
14. Acts 2:39 in its Context: Case Studies in Paedobaptist Interpretations of Acts 2:39 (Part 2) – Jamin Hübner
15. An Exegetical Appraisal of Colossians 2:11-12 – Richard C. Barcellos, Ph.D.
16. Reformed Baptist Covenant Theology and Biblical Theology – Micah and Samuel Renihan
Name and Subject Index
Paperback: 532 pages
This year we gathered to commemorate the 325th anniversary of the historic 1689 Baptist Confession.
Our hearts were lifted and our commitment to Scripture renewed as we reflected upon the kind providence of our covenant God toward His people.
The LORD was pleased to bless the conference with a precious unity of hearts and a single focus on orthodox confessional truths, that we pray will fortify and equip our gospel churches to proclaim the Lordship of Christ to all the nations.
In addition, the LORD through the working of His Spirit begun a confessing, reformed Baptist pastoral fellowship that will begin to meet bi-monthly in the central Indianapolis area. If you would like to be notified of the date and location of the meetings do so by sending your request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We pray that the Lord will bless and keep you all, hope to see you again next year – LORD willing!
AUDIO | VIDEO [Playlist]:
Please note that there are two videos in this list that were cut off short, however the MP3 audio of all the sessions are complete in length.
Pascal Denault, in a post entitled “1689 Federalism”, writes:
1689 Federalism is the Particular Baptist understanding of the Covenant of Grace as stated in the Second London Confession of Faith of 1689. This particular view is distinct from the Westminster view that holds to the concept of one Covenant of Grace under two distinct administrations which are the Old and the New Covenants. From this view, the Westminster Confession allows the Old Covenant to define the Covenant of Grace (its nature, its stipulations, its blessings) and end up with a Covenant of Grace that is mixed by nature because it includes the physical posterity of all those who profess faith. This understanding was perceived by the Particular Baptists to alter the nature of the New Covenant which is « not like » the Old Covenant (Jer. 31:32) and is pure by nature (Jer. 31:34).
The 1689 Confession rejects the One Covenant/Two administrations view of the Westminster. Instead, it affirms that the Covenant of Grace was only revealed in the Old Testament time until it became a formal covenant when the New Covenant was established. Therefore, the Particular Baptist understanding considers that only the New Covenant is the Covenant of Grace and defines it. This involves that the Old Covenant was not the Covenant of Grace and was only typologically linked to it but was in itself an earthly covenant that came to an end when the heavenly reality was established. Instead of seeing two realities (earthly/heavenly, internal/external) inside of the same covenant of grace, the 1689 Federalism affirms two distinct covenants: an earthly external covenant (the Old) and an heavenly internal covenant (the New). The New Covenant was first a promise that was put under the guard of the Law (the Old Covenant). It was then accomplished, sealed in the blood of Christ and given to believers in the form of a covenant.
In the lectures below, I expose chapter 7 of the 1689 (Of God’s Covenant). These lectures were given at the Reformed Baptist Seminary module on Creeds and Confessions held in Las Vegas October 2014. I offer here the MP3 files [with video from RBS]
You can find a French version of this teaching here: http://www.unherautdansle.net/alliances/
Pascal Denault is an ordained minister of a Reformed Baptist church in Quebec and is the author of The Distinctiveness of Baptist Covenant Theology. In four video lectures below, Pascal discusses the covenant theology of the Second London Baptist Confession of 1689.
1. The Covenant of Works (7.1):
First, he examines the “covenant of works” as it is formulated in the Westminster Confession, Savoy Declaration, and Second London Baptist Confession in lecture one.
2. The Covenant of Grace – Paedo view (7.2):
Next, in lecture two, he summarizes the “covenant of grace” as it has been traditionally formulated among Reformed and Paedobaptist theologians.
3. The Covenant of Grace – Credo view (7.3):
In the third lecture, Pascal highlights the unique contribution offered by the Particular Baptists in the 2LBCF to a theology of the covenant of grace.
4. Summary and conclusions:
Then he summarizes his study on the covenant theology of the 2LBCF and highlights the practical ramifications in lecture four.
5. Q&A (Dr. Bob Gonzales and Pascal Denault):
Finally, a Q&A session featuring Bob Gonzales and Pascal Denault deals with questions related to confessions of faith and covenant theology. Enjoy!
Here is another podcast from a 1689’r that just hit our hard-working Bapti-Bot’s radar, though it has been around since 2010!
This year marks the 325th anniversary of the 1689 Second London Confession of Faith. In recognition of the impact this confession has played in our history and its significance for our future, we restarted our podcasts [RSS | iTunes] to highlight this standard of confessional Reformed Baptists.
We began with three podcasts focusing upon the purpose of the 1689…
In these three podcasts we attempt to set forth the purpose for the publication of the 1689 London Confession of Faith. The spirit of this document cannot be separated from its content. It was the purpose of these English Baptists to show our unity with the catholic Church and our distinctions as Baptists within the universal visible Church.
Here are the podcast:
In this episode, we will begin examining the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith. Instead of beginning with its historical background or content, we will begin by looking at the reasons it was drafted to be used as the basis of the London association of Credobaptist churches. Their intent, purpose and the nature of the document is revealed in its Preface to the Reader. If we are going to recover true confessionalism, it must include the purpose and not just the content. In other words, we must recover the spirit of the confession along with the letter of the confession.
[Purpose 1: To set forth the Reformed Baptist principles.]
In this episode, we will continue our examination of the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith…
[Purpose 2: To set forth the Reformed Baptist unity among all orthodox Reformed churches... podcast even getting into some Covenant Theology]
In this episode, we will continue our examination of the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith…
[Purpose 3: To set forth Reformed Baptist distinctives.
Purpose 4: To set forth our liberty within the church universal.
Purpose 5: To set forth their mission of reformation.]
James Brown Jr. is a pastor at Reformed Church of the Holy Trinity, a 1689 London Baptist church plant in Mooresville, Indiana. He is an ordained Baptist minister who has served Independent and Southern Baptist Churches in Indiana and Georgia since 1998.
James is a Gulf War veteran having served in the United States Marine Corps. He and his wife, Sonya, have 8 children and 1 grandchild.
He is also one of the speakers at the upcoming “Baptists, Confessionalism & the Providence of God” Conference“.
This is the PDF booklet that Junior mentioned on yesterday’s Dunker Bunker. Below is the Intro and outline:
“From Circumcision to Baptism: A Baptist Covenantal Rejoinder to John Calvin,”
A White Paper Published by the Center for Theological Research (June 2006), Malcolm B. Yarnell, Director.
Calvin’s argument for infant baptism (which has become the standard justification for the practice in Reformed paedobaptist churches) applies to the church God’s command that Abraham circumcise his household, and appeals to the New Testament analogy between circumcision and baptism as a strong confirmation of this application.
In this paper I argue that Calvin (and his Reformed paedobaptist heirs) misapplies the command and misconstrues the analogy. In fact, the biblical material to which Calvin appeals provides significant reason to reject infant baptism and embrace its alternative: believers’ baptism. I close by noting some advantages of the believers’ baptism view.
- I. Calvin’s Two Main Assumptions
- A. The baptism/circumcision analogy
- B. The command to Abraham
- II. Calvin’s First Assumption Examined: The Baptism/Circumcision Analogy
- A. Even paedobaptists recognize that fundamental continuity is compatible with
- B. Romans 4:11 does not teach what paedobaptists want it to teach
- C. A refutation from logical analogy: even if baptism and circumcision do
overlap in meaning, this offers no safe inference to paedobaptism
- A. Even paedobaptists recognize that fundamental continuity is compatible with
- III. Calvin’s Second Assumption Examined: The Command to Abraham
- A. The continuity with the Abrahamic Covenant
- B. The obsolescence of the Abrahamic command
- C. Calvin’s reply considered
- IV. Some Advantages of the Believers’ Baptism View
- A. Believers’ baptism is supported by a proper construal of the parallel between circumcision and baptism
- B. Believers’ baptism explains why there was a transition from circumcision to baptism at all, whereas the paedobaptist view leaves this a complete mystery
- V. Conclusion
Sam Renihan follows up on a post he wrote June 2013:
Some time ago, I posted a lengthy piece intending to offer some balance to the strong push with which “1689 Federalism” was being put forward. The point was to make it clear that there were some Particular Baptists who held to a more “Westminster” style of federal theology. As the examples of this other flavor I mentioned Robert Purnell, Robert Steed/Abraham Cheare, and Thomas DeLaune.
I want to reevaluate some of the thoughts in that post for three main reasons:
- I missed some vital elements of argumentation in those authors’ writings which yield a somewhat different picture of their federalism.
- I want to remind readers to be careful with the language of “administration.”
- I want to reaffirm that a more “Westminster” style of federalism was present among PB’s.
- 17th Century Particular Baptist Covenant Theology
- Confessional Particular Baptist Covenant Theology
- Robert Purnell’s 1689 Federalism
I intend this post to be a friendly reply, and a help, to him. A reply because I think we both have not understood Steed/Cheare correctly, and a help because I’m adding another author that I think Junior would find a lot of agreement with…
The latest edition of the Reformed Baptist Trumpet, the e-journal of the Reformed Baptist Fellowship of Virginia, is out!
In this issue:
– Info on the 2014 Keach Conference which will be held Friday PM-Saturday AM, September 26-27, 2014. Speakers: Jim Savastio and Earl Blackburn. [details]
– Article by W. Gary Crampton: Reformed Theology and the Sabbath.
– Review of Tom Chantry and David Dykstra’s Holding Communion Together by Jeffrey T. Riddle.
– Paradosis article: Excerpt from Benjamin Keach’s 1693 sermon “The Blessedness of Christ’s Sheep.”
The Reformed Baptist Trumpet is the quarterly e-journal of the Reformed Baptist Fellowship of Virginia (RBF-VA), a network of ministers, church officers, and congregations in Virginia committed to promoting renewal and reformation in congregations throughout the Commonwealth and beyond. The RBF-VA gladly affirms the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689. The Reformed Baptist Trumpet editorial committee: Steve Clevenger, Pastor, Covenant Reformed Baptist Church, Warrenton, Virginia; Jeffrey T. Riddle, Pastor, Christ Reformed Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Virginia; W. Gary Crampton, Elder, Reformed Baptist Church, Richmond, Virginia. The Editor is Jeffrey T. Riddle.