William F. Leonhart III:
Reformed Baptista has begun a series of articles to help women walk through The Baptist Confession. It has been a tremendous privilege to have her as a contributor on CredoCovenant. The following is a compilation of her study helps for the first chapter of the confession. Enjoy.
Preface: I have written that one of my goals for this blog is to go through the 1689. This year, Lord willing, I will do so. It is my hope that this devotional will appeal to women who may be new to the whole “Reformed Baptist” idea, who may find the idea of studying the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith overwhelming. While I have some trepidation in wading in such waters, the knowledge gained will be beneficial for myself, and I pray it will be for you as well. So let’s dip our toe in this stream, shall we? I will mainly use the facsimile edition for my work, copies of which can be found at RBAP.
The Reformed Baptista, inspired by the interview we did with Aimee Byrd (and especially the comment thread it generated), explores the nature of Woman and what defines her. Here’s a sample:
What is a woman, and what is her role in life? What does it mean to be a Christian woman? Can men benefit from women, even if Scripture says women are not allowed to teach or have authority over men (1 Timothy 2:12)? Is the term “lady” demeaning?
We do need to be clear and careful in our speech. Words should be chosen carefully. We should be respectful when someone has a concern with our words and actions. Yet our words and actions need to conform to Scripture, not the opinions of men OR women.
The Reformed Baptista has a helpful post considering the language and demeanor of the preface of the 1689 confession.
Blogs have an “about” page. Many books have a preface. The framers of the 2nd London Baptist Confession of Faith (otherwise known as the “1689″) penned an introduction. This introduction is not, unfortunately, always published with the Confession itself, yet it contains lessons that hold relevance in our modern age. Respect, clarity of beliefs, importance of Scripture and striving for holiness are applications we can glean from our Particular Baptist brethren’s example…
“Courteous Reader”: from the first salutations we are shown the tone conveyed. “Judicious”, “impartial”, and “courteous” are used to describe the reader. We may be tempted to view the framers’ choice of words as a mere formality, or even with suspicion for seeming too verbose to be sincere. However, much of the introduction demonstrates that sincerity and charity was foremost in the minds of these Particular Baptists…
Check out the rest of the post here: To The Judicious And Impartial Reader: Charity and Clarity