Dr. Michael A. G. Haykin will provide an overview of the theological and literary history of the medieval church era, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the leaders and writers of this period. Dr. K. Scott Oliphint will serve as a guest lecturer and will focus on the epistemology and theological method of Thomas Aquinas, one of the most prominent medieval scholars. The lectures will serve as a part of the curriculum for RBS’s course HT 512 Medieval Church.
Immanuel Baptist Church of Sacramento will host the module. A lecture schedule is available here. The course syllabus is forthcoming. To register for the module click the button below.
The confessional standard of the seminary I serve is the Second London Baptist Confession, a.k.a., the 1689 Baptist Confession. In the two lectures below, Dr. Michael Haykin, one of our seminary lecturers and the Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, looks at purpose and theology of the Confession. What were some of the historical factors that motivated 17th century Particular Baptists to draft and, later, adopt the Confession in 1689? And what are some of the unique theological contributions that distinguish the 2LCF? Watch the videos or download the audios and learn. Also note that these lectures form part of the curriculum for the seminary’s course HT 501 Creeds & Confessions, which you may audit here.
The 2LCF: Its Purpose [20 min.]
In this lecture, Dr Haykin looks at the reasons why the 17th century Particular Baptists drafted and adopted the Second London Baptist Confession, rather than simply reprinting and continuing to use the First London Baptist Confession.
The 2LCF: Its Theology [25 min.]
In the second of his two lectures on the 2LCF, Dr Haykin highlights some of the theological distinctives and contributions of the Second London Baptist Confession.
Reformed Baptist Seminary asked Dr. Michael Haykin to deliver three lectures on the practical piety exemplified in the teaching and practice of early English Baptists of the 17th and 18th centuries. In the first lecture, Dr. Haykin demonstrates how the 17th and 18th century Calvinist Baptists stressed the importance of the “means of grace” for promoting spiritual growth in the church.
Baptist theologian Andrew Fuller’s teaching on the spirituality of baptism is the topic of lecture two.
Finally, Dr. Haykin focuses on the life and ministry of Samuel Pearce, a contemporary and friend of William Carey and Andrew Fuller.
These lectures constitute part of the curriculum for RBS’s course PT 501 Call & Cultivation. If you’d like to audit the lectures of the entire course, click here.
Over the last several decades, the modern missionary movement has continued to undergo important changes and developments. Any church or individual interested in missionary endeavor needs to understand these trends and assess them in light of biblical principle. In the lecture below, Professor Trevor Johnson highlights and evaluates some of the major trends in missions today. This lecture serves as part of the curriculum for RBS’s course ET 801 Missions.
What is typology? What are some examples of types in the Bible? What are the biblical principles to guide the interpreter in discerning and expounding biblical types? Pastor Mark Chanski, professor of Hermeneutics for Reformed Baptist Seminary, addresses these and other questions in the lecture below. If you’d like to audit the entire class, click here.
In the lecture below, Dr. Jim Adams surveys the history of missions from the post-apostolic era to the period of the Protestant Reformation. He demonstrates how the Kingdom of God steadily expanded from Palestine to distant locations around the globe. This lecture is part of the curriculum for Reformed Baptist Seminary’s course on missions. Let us know if you’d like to take the course for credit or just audit the course (email@example.com).
Dr. James E. Adams, with theological degrees from the Theological Seminary of the Reformed Episcopal Church and Westminster Theological Seminary in California, served as a missionary in Latin America and has taught theology there and in the United States. Pastor Jim and his wife Nancy have been serving Christ together for 44 years, and God has blessed them with three children, two of whom are now also married with children… Pastor Jim is the author of War Psalms of the Prince of Peace, La Regeneración Decisoria and Liberacíon – El Evangelio de Dios in Spanish. Dr. Adams has served as Pastor of Cornerstone Church since 1980 and serves as a trustee of the denDulk Foundation.
With the release of our latest podcast interview we now have an interview with each of the three Reformed Baptist  seminaries in America.
These are helpful if you are looking into these particular seminaries but also give you a lot of wisdom regarding seminary life and continuing education.
You can find them all tagged under Reformed Baptist Seminaries in America or below:
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!
For more information about the summer seminar, click here.
In the four-part video series below, Dr. Mark Ward Jr. introduces and evaluates the three major Bible software platforms: Bibleworks, Logos, and Accordance. In the first lecture, he identifies and discusses some guidelines and principles for choosing and using Bible software. Then, in lectures two through four, Dr. Ward looks at each software platform separately, highlighting some of its helpful features and noting its strengths and weaknesses. These lectures serve as a part of the curriculum for Reformed Baptist Seminary’s course on biblical hermeneutics, which can be audited for $10.
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
Can God reveal himself to humans apart from Scripture? Or is the Bible necessary? If the Bible is necessary, why? What precisely is it about Holy Scripture that makes it indispensable for a saving and covenantal revelation from God? These questions are explored in the four-part lecture series below in which I attempt to expound the doctrine of the necessity of Scripture, using the Baptist Confession (2LCF) as a guide for isolating and analyzing the key biblical data.
The Doctrine of Scripture in the 2LCF:
In this lecture, Dr. Bob Gonzales highlights the historical context of chapter one of the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith on Scripture and underscores its foundational importance for the Confession as a whole.
Its Necessity, Part 1
In this lecture, Dr Bob Gonzales begins to lay a foundation for the necessity of Scripture by developing the doctrine of general revelation and highlighting its insufficiency to impart saving and covenantal knowledge of God.
Its Necessity, Part 2
In this lecture, Dr Bob Gonzales expounds the doctrine of special revelation, looking at the various modes and giving special attention to the final covenantal form or mode of special revelation, namely, the Holy Scripture.
Its Necessity, Part 3
In this lecture, Dr Bob Gonzales attempts to demonstrate the necessity of Scripture on the basis of the cessation of special revelation. Since the various forms or modes of special revelation have culminated in Scripture and since special revelation has come to its historical consummation in Christ, the Scriptures are “most necessary” to give us saving and covenantal knowledge of God.
In this three part lectures series below, Dr Tom Ascol expounds the doctrine of the church as set forth in the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, and he draws out and applies many of the abiding principles that are relevant for the church in our day. These lectures are part of thirty lectures offered in the course HT 501 Creeds & Confessions. If you’d like the audit the entire course or take it for credit, click here.
“Of the Church,” Part 1 (2LBC 26.1-4)
“Of the Church,” Part 2 (2LBC 26.5)
“Of the Church,” Part 3 (2LBC 26.6-15)
Having argued for the legitimacy and usefulness of confessions of faith in a previous post [2 part video], I turn to the issue of confessional subscription in this post. One’s subscription to a confession refers to one’s affirmation of and commitment to that body of doctrines or articles of faith. The issue of subscription is obviously important for churches or ecclesiastical bodies that are self-consciously “confessional.” In the two-part lecture series below, I examine the key terminology associated with confessional subscription, survey the six major types of subscription, and set forth some of the biblical and theological principles for choosing and using a confession of faith. [These lectures form a part of RBS’s course HT 501 Creeds & Confessions.]
Confessional Subscription, part 1
In this lecture, Dr Bob Gonzales summarizes some of the vocabulary related to confessional subscription. He also surveys the first three of six types or forms of confessional subscription.
Confessional Subscription, part 2
In this lecture, Dr Bob Gonzales summarizes the remaining three of the six types of confessional subscription. He concludes by highlighting several biblical principles that help the pastor and church ascertain the best confession and form of subscription.
On the week of January 26 – 30, Grace Baptist Church of Taylors, South Carolina, will host a theological module (seminar) on the topic of foreign missions. The speakers will include Dr. James Adams, former missionary to Colombia, Latin America, Trevor Johnson, current missionary to Papua, Indonesia, and Pastor Bob Selph, former missions coordinator for the Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America…
Auditors and students welcome. The members of Grace Baptist Church will provide meals and lodging. Registration form, complete lecture schedule, and course syllabus are available in PDF format here.