‘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].

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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.

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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.

Sep. 29 – Oct. 3, 2014 “The Book of Hebrews” RBS Module in Taylors, SC feat. Robert Martin

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Reformed Baptist Seminary:

On the week of September 29 – October 3, Grace Baptist Church of Taylors will host RBS’s seminar on the Book of Hebrews. Pastor Robert Martin (PhD) will provide an exegetical and biblical-theological survey of the epistle, with emphasis not only on its major themes and difficult passages but also on the rabbinical method of exposition used by the author. The grand theme, of course, is the supremacy of Christ in the saving work of God. Melchizedek and much, much more!

 

Students and auditors are welcome! You can download the module registration form, lecture schedule, and course syllabus below.

 

Module Registration Form

“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].

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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!

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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.

“Directives to Young Preachers” 3-part series [Video] by Robert Briggs [RBS]

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

RBS Dean Dr. Robert Gonzales:

Reformed Baptist Seminary‘s course on preaching and teaching features three lectures by Pastor Robert Briggs entitled “Directives to Young Preachers.” In the first lecture Pastor Briggs emphasizes the priority of godly character over giftedness.

The second lecture examines and sets forth Paul’s apostolic ministry as a model for would be preachers.

Finally, Pastor Briggs addresses what to avoid and what to cultivate for an effective pulpit ministry.

I’ve posted these three lectures in video format below and would highly commend them not only to those who aspire to the pastoral ministry but also to those of us who are already in pastoral ministry. It’s always good to be reminded of the basics!.. 

 

To learn more about Reformed Baptist Seminary’s online theological training program watch this brief video here.

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Pastor Robert Briggs

Robert Briggs pastored in Northern Ireland for eleven and a half years before moving to northern California to take up pastoral responsibilities at Immanuel Baptist Church, Sacramento in January 2004. He has a Bachelor of Divinity (B.D.) from Queens University of Belfast.

Oct. 27-31, 2014 “Creeds & Confessions” feat. Haykin, Nettles, Denault, Ascol, Gonzales in Las Vegas, NV. [RBS]

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Reformed Baptist Seminary Dean Bob Gonzales:

Reformed Baptist Seminary is offering a three-credit course on symbolics entitled “Creeds & Confessions.”

 

Michael Haykin (PhD) and Tom Nettles (PhD) will lecture on the history of creeds and confessions with a special focus on the origins, composition, and legacy of the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689.

 

Bob Gonzales (PhD) will address the biblical basis for creeds and provide an exposition of the Confession’s doctrine of Scripture.

 

Pascal Denault (ThM) will lecture on the covenant theology of the Confession.

 

Finally, Tom Ascol (PhD) will expound the Confession’s chapters on the gospel and on the church as well as discuss some pastoral issues related to the use of confessions and catechisms in the church’s life and ministry.

 

First Baptist Church of the Lakes of Las Vegas, Nevada, will host the module on the week of October 27 thru 31, 2014…

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The Theology of John Calvin: Free Video Lectures [Mark Sarver]

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John Calvin

More free video lectures from Reformed Baptist Seminary:

If Martin Luther was the catalyst of the Protestant Reformation, John Calvin was its consolidator. Calvin was both a commentator and also a systematic theologian. J. I. Packer has rightly appraised Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion (1536-1559) as “one of the wonders of the spiritual world–the world of doxology and devotion, of discipleship and discipline, of Word-through-Spirit illumination and transformation of individuals, of the Christ-centered mind and the Christ-honoring heart.” 

 

In the thirteen lectures below, historical theologian and pastor Mark Sarver, provides a sketch of Calvin’s life and labors as well as a survey of some of Calvin’s greatest theological contributions. 

 

These lectures constitute a portion of the lecture material for Reformed Baptist Seminary‘s course “Reformation Church.” For more information about taking the course for credit or just auditing the lectures, contact me at info@rbseminary.org. And enjoy!

Lecture 24: Theology of John Calvin

Lecture 25: Theology of Calvin

Lecture 26: Theology of Calvin

Lecture 27: Theology of Calvin

Lecture 28: Theology of Calvin

Lecture 29: Theology of Calvin

Lecture 30: Theology of Calvin

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Lecture 36: Theology of Calvin

June 9-15, 2014 “Calling & Cultivation” RBS Winter Module in Sacramento, CA – Feat. Michael Haykin, Jeff Johnson & Robert Briggs

Reformed Baptist Seminary:

You’re invited to a Summer Module entitled “Calling & Cultivation.” Immanuel Baptist Church of Sacramento, California, will host the module June 9 thru 15. Pastors Jeff Johnson and Robert Briggs will address the subject of a “call to ministry,” as well as the cultivation of godliness at the level of a man’s personal character, marriage and family, and his public ministry. Dr Michael Haykin will serve as a guest lecturer and speak the final day on the personal piety of 18th century Calvinist Baptists. 

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Join us for a time of rich fellowship, biblical instruction, and Christ-centered exhortation. For the module registration form, lecture schedule, and course syllabus, click here.

A Reformed Baptist Critique of the New Perspective(s) on Paul by Jeff Smith [8-part Audio]

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Pastor Jeff Smith

Dr. Gonzales:

In the eight lectures below, Pastor Jeff Smith, a lecturer and board member of Reformed Baptist Seminary, provides an overview and critique of the NPP. First, he identifies its main proponents, primary tenets, and subtle attractions. Then he refutes its primary claims and teachings through careful exegesis and theological reflection. In closing, Smith highlights several important implications and draws some vital applications from the study. These lectures serve as part of the curriculum for one of Reformed Baptist Seminary’s courses on polemics. Enjoy!

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A Critique of the NPP, Part 1 – Jeff Smith

A Critique of the NPP, Part 2 – Jeff Smith

A Critique of the NPP, Part 3 – Jeff Smith

A Critique of the NPP, Part 4 – Jeff Smith

A Critique of the NPP, Part 5 – Jeff Smith

A Critique of the NPP, Part 6 – Jeff Smith

A Critique of the NPP, Part 7 – Jeff Smith

A Critique of the NPP, Part 8 – Jeff Smith

[source: Reformed Baptist Seminary]

Reformed Baptist Seminary: Dean’s Annual Seminary Report

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I’d like to take a few moments to reflect on what Christ has enabled Reformed Baptist Seminary to accomplish with a special focus on the past year. We’ll look at our increase in student enrollment, graduates, website and virtual campus updates, module offerings, international training, and current financial status. Then I’ll highlight some of the seminary’s plans and projects for the future with respect to new course offerings and media development, the Lord willing.

Read the rest or listen to 11 minute readout.

Learn more about RBS:

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All 30 of Greg Nichols new Doctrine of the Church lectures free online [Audio] via RBS

Reformed Baptist Seminary:

All 30 of Greg Nichols new Doctrine of the Church lectures free online here

Lectures on the definition of the church, church and state, associations, worship, benevolence, evangelism, and more

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Audio below:

Lecture 01

Course orientation and overview.

Lecture 02

Survey of testimony of Westminster Confession, Savoy Declaration, and the 1689 London Baptist Confession concerning the church.

Lecture 03

Survey of the biblical testimony to the concept of the church, Part 1

Lecture 04 

Survey of the biblical testimony concerning the concept of the church, Part 2

Lecture 05

Survey of the biblical testimony concerning the concept of the church, Part 3

Lecture 06

Survey of the biblical witness concerning the concept of the church, Part 4

Lecture 07

Summary of the biblical data and its implications for our definition of the church.

Watch the video here.

Lecture 08

An exposition of the general concept of the church.

Lecture 09

Biblical foundations of the church: its predestination and redemptive-historical portrait.

Lecture 10

The majestic identity of the church: Christ’s body, bride, and posterity in its covenant community and its gospel identity.

Lecture 11

The church as God’s kingdom, the messianic theocracy.

Lecture 12

The local church and its associations.

Lecture 13

The messianic institution of the church.

Lecture 14

The evangelical constitution of the church (or church membership).

Lecture 15

The government of the universal church and the government of the local church.

Lecture 16

The offices of the local church: the eldership and the deaconate.

Lecture 17

The office of the deacon and the women’s auxiliary service; the various gifts with which the Spirit endows the entire church.

Lecture 18

God’s mission and Christ’s vision for the church.

Lecture 19

The corporate worship of the church.

Lecture 20

The ordinances of the church: baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

Lecture 21

The corporate prayer of the church.

Lecture 22

The corporate nurture of the church.

Lecture 23

The church and corporate benevolence.

Lecture 24

The church and corporate discipline.

Lecture 25

The church and its evangelistic task.

Lecture 26

The signature or marks of the church.

Lecture 27

The relationship of the church to the state.

Lecture 28

The church’s spiritual warfare.

Lecture 29

The destination of the church as militant and triumphant; God-honoring churchmanship.

Lecture 30

Review of final exam material and Q&A session.

Jan 27-30, 2014 “Calling & Cultivation” RBS Winter Module in Sacramento, CA – Feat. Michael Haykin, Jeff Johnson & Robert Briggs

Reformed Baptist Seminary:

You’re invited to a Winter Module entitled “Calling & Cultivation.” Immanuel Baptist Church of Sacramento, California, will host the module January 27 through 30. Pastors Jeff Johnson and Robert Briggs will address the subject of a “call to ministry” as well as the cultivation of godliness at the level of a man’s personal character, marriage and family, and his public ministry. Dr Michael Haykin will serve as a guest lecturer and lecture the final day on the personal piety of 18th century Calvinist Baptists.

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Join us for a time of rich fellowship, biblical instruction, and Christ-centered exhortation. For the course registration form, lecture schedule, and syllabus, click on the links below.

2014 Winter Module Registration Form [pdf]

2014 Winter Module Lecture Schedule [pdf]:

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The Hermeneutics of the Emergent Church – Mark Chanski [Video]

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[Fall 2008] Pastor Mark Chanski examines the post-modern thinking evidenced in the hermeneutics of some leaders within the so-called emergent church movement.

Watch the 68 minute video [Note: The video will begin after two minutes and continue for the rest of the lecture. The first two minutes is audio only.]:

Pastor Mark Chanski has labored as a full-time Pastor since 1986 in churches in Ohio and Michigan. He has been Pastor of the Reformed Baptist Church of Holland, Michigan, since 1994. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Cornerstone University, and a Master of Divinity degree from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He also serves as a professor of biblical studies for Reformed Baptist Seminary and teaches the seminary’s course on hermeneutics (i.e., the science of interpretation).

[source: It Is Written]

The Church: A Reformed, Baptist & Biblical Definition – Greg Nichols [Video]

Professor Greg Nichols summarizes the biblical data about the church and provides a definition of the church that is Reformed, Baptist, and (most importantly) biblical.

The church is Christ’s saved society…

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Dr. Gonzales’ intro to the video:

Pastor Greg Nichols recently delivered thirty lectures on the doctrine of the church for Reformed Baptist Seminary. Several of his introductory lectures include a detailed exegesis and analysis of the 113 NT passages where ἐκκλησία (ekklesia) the primary Greek term for the church, occurs. Then he devotes an entire lecture to collating the data of the analysis and developing a definition of the church that is Reformed, Baptist, and (most importantly) biblical. Much of the rest of the course expands on and expounds the various facets of this definition.

Watch the 56 minute video:

p.s. I almost put this as the “Friday Funny” cause there are some good laughs to have through this lecture, but the majority of it is serious, educational, and edifying so I didn’t want to take away from that. Either way, good stuff.

3 New Podcasts: Greg Nichols on the Church & the Covenants [Interviewed by Dr. Gonzales @ RBS] + New Narrow Mind [Gene Cook Jr.] + John Divito on Mormonism

While our podcast was having some issues, three new podcasts sprung up over the weekend:

Reformed Baptist Seminary Audio Podcast: Greg Nichols on the Church and the Covenants [Interviewed by Dr. Bob Gonzales]:

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Last month Pastor and Professor Greg Nichols gave thirty lectures on the Doctrine of the Church for Reformed Baptist Seminary. These lectures have been edited and are available on the RBS Virtual Campus as part of our theological curriculum. While I had the opportunity, I interviewed him on the topic of the church and on his recently published monograph entitled Covenant Theology: A Reformed and Baptistic Perspective. Some of the questions I asked him included…

 

1. What is distinct about a Reformed and Baptist ecclesiology? 

 
2. How do you approach the study of ecclesiology in your course? 

 
3. When in redemptive history did the church of Christ come into being? 

 
4. What is the biblical basis for formal membership in a local church? 

 
5. What would you say to people who’ve become disillusioned with the local church? 

 
6. What makes your book on the biblical covenants both Reformed and also Baptist?

Here is the RBS Podcast [MP3]:

And a new Narrow Mind (hosted by a previous interviewee on our podcast, Gene Cook Jr.)

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Guest Matt Paul on the subject of Dan Corner’s interview on my show.

John Divito of the Midwest Center for Theological Studies writes:

Last night, I was interviewed on the internet podcast “Theology Matters.” For an hour and a half, I gave a brief overview of Mormonism. We covered the historical origins of Mormonism, the LDS worldview, as well as the Mormon doctrine of Scripture, God, and salvation. My interview started about 30 minutes into the show, and you can listen to it here. May Christ use this podcast to glorify Himself and draw more believers to reach out to Latter-day Saints with the true gospel of Jesus Christ!

Here is the podcast:

 

“How to Defend the Faith” from James White’s “Polemics” Classes [Video]

Over at his blog It Is Written, Bob Gonzales writes:

In the winter of 2011, Reformed Baptist Seminaryjoined with the Midwest Center for Theological Studies and the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies to co-sponsor a theological module on Polemics. Dr James White, a Reformed Baptist pastor, author, and debater, served as our featured lecturer. In seventeen lectures he addresses and critiques the views of Islam, Roman Catholicism, Mormonism, and the New Atheism. I’ve featured the first two lectures below in which Dr White expounds 1 Peter 3:15 and explains how Christians are to defend the faith from a posture of faith in God’s word and commitment to Christ as Lord.

 

Note: if you’re interested in auditing all the lectures of this course or taking it for credit, click on one of the three seminary links above and inquire.

Lecture 1:

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