Out Now: Vol. 1 of “Lectures in Systematic Theology” by Greg Nichols

The book that we have previously announced and sampled is now available for purchase:

Lectures in Systematic Theology:
Doctrine of God (Volume 1)

by Greg Nichols

(TBS $24.50 | AMZ $34.99 | SGCB $24.75 | WTS $29.99 | RHB $26)

Description:

Pastor Greg Nichols

“So the Lord said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.” And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.”” (Exodus 33:17-18) Moses hungered to see God’s glory. He pleaded: “Show me, I pray you, your glory.” This should be our prayer as we study the doctrine of God. Reverent hunger to see God’s glory should motivate us. We must hunger to see the glory of his existence, knowledge, nature, names, and decree. We must hunger to know God and thirst after the knowledge of God. Further, the Lord promised to give Moses the desire of his heart: “I will make all my good-ness pass before you, and will proclaim the name of Jehovah before you.” God also fulfilled this promise. When we come to God with reverent hunger, he will fill our hearts with the knowledge of himself. He will not disappoint us. He will surely show us his glory, and satisfy us with the display of his Name. …We should not approach the doctrine of God with a critical spirit, or as a philosophical quest with a hunger for speculation. If any course in systematic theology should evoke spiritual hunger, this one should. The doctrine of God should never be dull, or dry, or speculative, or philosophical. It should pulse with spiritual life and hunger. Let’s approach this subject with Moses’ disposition. (Excerpt from the book)

Table of Contents:

Acknowledgements
Preface
Abbreviations
Outline
Prologue: Introduction to Systematic Theology
Introduction: Overview of the Doctrine of God
Part 1: The Existence of God
Part 2: The Knowledge of God
Section 1. The Knowability of God
Section 2. The Incomprehensibility of God
Part 3: The Nature of God
Introduction to Part 3: Overview of God’s Nature: Simple, Supreme, and Spiritual
Division 1: God’s Supreme Being: God’s Existential Attributes
Section 1. God’s Ideal Being: Ideality
Section 2. God’s Self-Existent Being: Aseity and Independence
Section 3. God’s Infinite Being: Spatial Supremacy
Section 4. God’s Eternal Being: Temporal Supremacy
Section 5. God’s Unchangeable Being: Immutability
Division 2: God’s Supreme Spirituality: God’s Spiritual Attributes
Section 6. God’s Incorporeality: The Majestic Form of God
Section 7. God’s Animacy: The Vivacity and Omnipotence of God
Section 8. God’s Faculty
Unit 1. God’s Supreme Mind: The Omniscience of God
Unit 2. God’s Supreme Will: The Sovereignty of God
Unit 3. God’s Supreme Affection: The Emotivity of God
Section 9. God’s Morality: The Supreme Virtue of God
Introduction: God’s Moral Capacity and Character: Overview of God’s Supreme Virtue
Unit 1. The Goodness of God
Unit 2. The Holiness of God
Unit 3. The Justice of God
Unit 4. The Faithfulness of God
Conclusion: God’s Self-Esteem: God’s Consciousness of his Supreme Virtue
Section 10. God’s Personality: The Trinity
Part 4: The Names of God
Part 5: The Decree of God
Conclusion to the Doctrine of God

Details:

Series: Lectures in Systematic Theology
Paperback: 680 pages

Pastor Rob Ventura & his Wife discuss Race, the Gospel & Homeschooling [VIDEO]

Here is what the creator of the video (Suhylah Claudio) says about it:

“There’s no overarching title for the series of videos yet, but the focus is the same for all of them:

To share the varying perspectives on race, ethnicity, culture, and nationality from various ethnic backgrounds. The purpose is to dispel myths and stereotypes and expose points of view from those whom we may not feel are “like us” and ultimately to think about what Scripture says about these things. My goal is to help unite us as one race of Christians who are aware of the perceptions and experiences of one another so that we can be more sensitive and loving as brethren in Christ.”

30 minute video:

“The Decree of God” chapter from Greg Nichols’ forthcoming “Lectures in Systematic Theology: Doctrine of God” [15-page PDF]

Here is a sample chapter from the forthcoming book we’ve announced and previewed:

Excerpt:

II. Qualifications of God’s Decree

The 1689 London Confession affirms the biblical concept of God’s decree:

1689 Confession

LCF 3:1: God has decreed in himself, from all eternity, by the most wise and holy counsel of his own will, freely and unchangeably, all things, whatsoever comes to pass:

It then adds qualifying remarks that highlight three striking corollaries or qualifications of God’s decree:

LCF 3:1: . . . yet so as thereby God is neither the author of sin, nor has any fellowship with any therein; nor is violence offered to the will of the creature, nor yet is the liberty or contingency of second causes taken away, but rather established.

They observe that God’s decree is consistent with divine purity, moral free agency, and with instrumental liberty and contingency. We now consider these qualifications.

A. God’s Decree does not Contradict God’s Impeccability.

LCF affirms this qualification: “yet so as thereby God is neither the author of sin nor has any fellowship therein.” God’s decree of sin does not make him its author. Nor does it erase human responsibility and culpability for sin.25 Sinners purpose and perpetrate evil: “you meant evil against me.” God purposes to use human evil for good: “but God meant it for good.”26 Sinners are exclusively to blame for sin. The holy God has neither fellowship with sin nor culpability for it. Rather, he hates and forbids it. Sin is transgression of his law, his revealed will. In Topic 14 I addressed the incomprehensible mystery associated with God’s sovereignty over sin.27

B. God’s Decree does not Contradict Moral Free Agency.

Pastor Greg Nichols

The 1689 Confession also affirms this qualification: “nor is violence offered to the will of the creature.” Man is not a puppet: “howbeit he means not so.”28 God’s decree does not cancel man’s purposes, even his wicked ones. Rather, it uses them in ways man knows not. God does not force the Assyrian against his will to be the rod of his anger. The Assyrian has no intention whatsoever of serving God. The Assyrian freely pursues his own purposes and plans. Yet God before the foundation of the world determined and fixed these free choices of the Assyrian for his own holy and just ends. Such is the wisdom and power of the incomprehensible God with whom we have to do.

C. God’s Decree does not Contradict Instrumental Liberty or Contingency.

The 1689 Confession also affirms this qualification: “nor yet is the liberty or contingency of second causes taken away, but rather established.” God’s decree is not fatalistic. The God who ordains the ends, also ordains the means. Thus Paul says: “except these abide in the ship you cannot be saved.” (Acts 27:31). God decreed their deliverance but they still must remain in the ship. Further, God even decreed what appear to us as random events.29 God controls chance, what people call “luck.” Again, who can begin to fathom the depths of the wisdom and power of God? Thus, LCF concludes: “in which appears his wisdom in disposing all things, and power and faithfulness in accomplishing his decree.”

15-page Chapter Preview [PDF]:

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“The Holiness of God” chapter from Greg Nichols’ forthcoming “Lectures in Systematic Theology: Doctrine of God” [18-page PDF]

Here is a sample chapter from the forthcoming book we just announced:

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Excerpt:

Conclusion: Practical Application of God’s Holiness

I commend Charnock’s treatment of what he calls “uses” for information, comfort, and exhortation. We consider the practical application of God’s holiness to sinners and saints.

A. Practical Application of God’s Holiness to Lost Sinners

God’s holiness calls sinners to face the fact that they can’t serve God acceptably while they live in sin. It calls them to face the certainty of his punishment. It calls them to face the finality and propriety of his punishment. It presses them to get right with God through Christ now, while they still have a chance to do so. Death is coming. Christ is coming. When they come, it will be too late.

B. Practical Application of God’s Holiness to Christians

1. God’s holiness calls Christians to humility and contrition before God.

God’s holiness uncovers our remaining corruption. The more we behold his purity and devotion to his honor, the more we see our uncleanness and self-centeredness. The more we dwell in his presence, the more we feel helpless and wretched. Thus Job and Isaiah came to feel their remaining sin.

2. God’s holiness calls Christians to filial fear of God.

God’s unequivocal devotion to his own glory elicits dread. We have meaning, purpose, and value only in relation to him and his design for us. He holds our life in his hands, to do with as he pleases, when he pleases, for his glory. Thus we should walk softly with him in filial fear.

3. God’s holiness calls Christians to reverent and joyous worship.

Divine holiness demands both reverence and joy in our worship. The display of his holiness in creation and redemption calls for songs of adoration and praise. Our infinitely holy God stands worthy of incessant praise from his creatures in heaven and on earth.

4. God’s holiness calls Christians to imitate to his holy character.

God’s holiness mandates putting away sin. Imitating his holy character is essential evidence of true religion. To this end he re-created us in his image and chastens us in love. We should imitate our Father because we love him and want to be like him and in order to defend his good name.

5. God’s holiness calls Christians to trust him and rely on him.

God is our Rock. He has sworn to bless us in Christ. His honor stands bound to our welfare. Holiness moves him to protect and preserve us. Thus, we must trust him to fulfill his sworn commitments to us. We must rely on our Holy One for help, security, and provision of all our needs in Christ. In conclusion, we should never forget the great importance of God’s holiness. Let us dwell on it until we live every day devoted to his glory and longing to see him as he is and be like him.

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“The Omniscience of God” chapter from Greg Nichols’ forthcoming “Lectures in Systematic Theology: Doctrine of God” [13-page PDF]

Here is a sample chapter from the forthcoming book we just announced yesterday:

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Excerpt:

III. The Practical Relevance of God’s Omniscience

Omniscience is useful for instruction, consolation, confirmation, provision, and exhortation.

A. Instruction from God’s Omniscience

  • It teaches us the excellency of wisdom (Prov. 3:19-20).
  • It teaches us the value of all creatures, the Christian gospel, church, and ministry (Matt. 6:26, 10:31, 11:21, 23; Eph. 3:8, 10-11).
  • It teaches us the inscrutability of divine providence (Eccles. 8:16-17, 9:1).
  • It teaches us the sufficiency of Jesus Christ (Col. 3:5-8).
  • It teaches us the absurdity of thinking anyone can get away with sin (Rev. 18:5).

B. Comfort from God’s Omniscience

  • It comforts us because God ever watches over us (Isa. 40:28).
  • It comforts us because God never forgets us (Isa. 49:14-16).
  • It comforts us because God always remembers our faithful service to him (Heb. 6:10).
  • It comforts because the Holy Spirit prays for us, even when we don’t know what to pray (Rom. 8:27).

C. Confirmation from God’s Omniscience

  • Divine foreknowledge strengthens our faith that Jehovah is the one true God (Isa. 41:21-24, 48:5).

D. Provision from God’s Omniscience

  • It supplies a stockpile of wisdom and knowledge (Col. 3:5; James 1:5).
  • It supplies effectual argument to plead before God (Neh. 13:22, 29, 31; Luke 1:72).

E. Exhortation from God’s Omniscience

It exhorts about communion with God, cultivation of grace, and contemplation of his work.

  • 1. God’s omniscience exhorts us to godly communion with the Lord.
    • a. Omniscience calls us to seek God for guidance and counsel (1 Sam. 23:11-12; Prov. 3:13, 21-22; Col. 3:5).
    • b. Omniscience calls us to praise God (Pss. 104:1, 33, 147:5; Rom. 11:33-36, 16:27).
    • c. Omniscience calls us to appreciate God’s special presence (Ps. 139:17,18).
    • d. Omniscience calls us to cleave to God alone (Jer. 10:10-12).
    • e. Omniscience calls us to trust God for protection and provision (Matt. 6:31-32,10:29-31).
    • f. Omniscience calls us to serve God (John 21:17).
    • g. Omniscience calls us to honor God (Rom. 11:33-36; 1 Cor. 1:17-31).
  • 2. God’s omniscience exhorts us to diligent cultivation of grace.
    • a. Omniscience urges us to cultivate humility (Job 1:21, 37:16, 38:1-39-30; Gen. 18:25).
    • b. Omniscience urges us to cultivate expectancy for eternal glory (Ps. 104:35; Heb. 6:10).
    • c. Omniscience urges us to cultivate sanctity (Ps. 139:19-22).
    • d. Omniscience urges us to cultivate sincerity (Ps. 139:23-24; Prov. 15:11; Ezek. 11:5; 1 John 3:19-21).
    • e. Omniscience urges us to cultivate sagacity (Prov. 3:13-15, 21-22).
    • f. Omniscience urges us to cultivate honesty (Matt. 11:21, 23).
    • g. Omniscience urges us to cultivate tenacity (Heb. 4:11-13).
  • 3. God’s omniscience exhorts us to biblical contemplation of his works.
    • a. We should study and analyze creation until praise and gratitude flow from our lips (Ps. 104:24).
    • b. We should meditate on the mystery of providence until we stand lost in wonder (Eccles. 8:16-17, 9:1).
    • c. We should contemplate salvation until we give God all the glory (Rom. 11:33-36; 1 Cor. 1:17-25).

In Conclusion, omniscience graciously invites all sinners to forsake their sinful ways and thoughts and seek the Lord, while there is still time (Isa. 55:6-9). May the Lord be pleased to write these many lesson of his supreme mind, knowledge, and wisdom on our hearts.

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Upcoming 7 Volume Series: “Lectures in Systematic Theology” by Greg Nichols. Book one months away…

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General Editor of the series, Pastor Rob Ventura:

Pastor Rob Ventura
Pastor Rob Ventura

I’m excited to announce that the long-awaited theological works of Greg Nichols will be coming out soon. We hope to have the first of seven volumes ready by December this year or by January next year. If you would, please keep the project in prayer… These books will be available on Amazon.com and through other distributors.

Author:

Pastor Greg Nichols
Pastor Greg Nichols

Greg Nichols has been pastoring and teaching systematic theology for over three decades. Greg formerly taught at Trinity Ministerial Academy in Montville, New Jersey and now teaches for Reformed Baptist Seminary. He has also taught modular courses throughout the United States and in the Dominican Republic, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, and Columbia. Since 1994 he has been a pastor at Grace Immanuel Reformed Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he lives with his wife Ginger.

Endorsements:

Conrad Mbewe
Conrad Mbewe

I have waited for 20 years to see these lectures finally delivered to us in book form. Though Greg Nichols has evidently interacted with the great Systematic theologians of the past, the contents of these pages are no mere echoes of a bygone era. He has used his gifts and applied his mind in his vintage years to build on this historic foundation and bequeathed to the church a Systematic Theology that is both biblically based and historically fresh. If these are the first fruits, I wonder what the other volumes will be like!

Dr. Conrad Mbewe, Chancellor of the African Christian University and Principal of the Lusaka Ministerial College in Lusaka, Zambia

In a day full of light books, Greg Nichols has given us a treatment on the attributes of God in a manner so thoroughly Biblical as to establish the adoration of our Lord upon the firmest of foundations. Here we find gems worth mining. Here is solid nourishment for the head and heart of every hungry believer.

John Snyder, Christ Church, New Albany, Mississippi, Authored ‘Behold Your God’, PhD. Trinity St. David’s, University of Wales


Stay tuned tomorrow for some previews from the book…

Rob Ventura interviewed on “Knowing The Truth” Radio regarding “Going Beyond the Five Points” [Audio]

Going Beyond the Five PointsIn case you didn’t get enough info about the new book Going Beyond the Five Points: Pursuing a More Comprehensive Reformation from our last two interviews (part 1 | part 2), the general editor of the book, Rob Ventura, was interviewed on the “Knowing the Truth” Radio with Kevin Boling.

knowingthetruthThey cover TULIP, each chapter of the book (The Ten Commandments and the Christian, The Regulative Principle, Covenant Theology, The Church,The Legitimacy and Use of Confessions of Faith) and take a call about music in worship.

52 min. mp3:

Interview #89 – Going Beyond the 5 Points – Earl Blackburn & Rob Ventura [Audio Podcast] (2 of 2)

Going Beyond the Five Points

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Pastor Rob Ventura
Pastor Rob Ventura
Pastor Earl Blackburn
Pastor Earl Blackburn

“I would hope that any evangelical believer would pick it up and read it.”

On episode 89 of our interview podcast we finishes up our two part interview with Pastor Earl Blackburn and Pastor Rob Ventura about the new book “Going Beyond the Five Points: Pursuing a More Comprehensive Reformation”.

Part 1 of the interview.

TOPICS:

  • What is your disagreements with “1689 Federalism”?
  • What is the church and why is it so important?
  • How do you respond to those who disagree with church membership?
  • What kind of church should we be looking for to become members of?
  • Is it legitimate for us to subscribe to confessions of faith?
  • + more

LISTEN:

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Interview #88 – Going Beyond the 5 Points – Earl Blackburn & Rob Ventura [Audio Podcast] (1 of 2)

Going Beyond the Five Points

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Pastor Earl Blackburn
Pastor Earl Blackburn
Pastor Rob Ventura
Pastor Rob Ventura

“This book is by Reformed Baptists for Reformed Baptists.”

On episode 88 of our interview podcast we have Pastor Earl Blackburn and Pastor Rob Ventura back on  to tell us all about the new book “Going Beyond the Five Points: Pursuing a More Comprehensive Reformation”.

We first got to know Rob Ventura on episode #40 (he also joined us on episodes #64). We first got to know Pastor Earl Blackburn on episode #68.

TOPICS:

  • Why this book?
  • Why shouldn’t we just stop at the “Five Points of Calvinism” (T.U.L.I.P.)?
  • The importance of God’s law in the Christian’s life
  • Why the Regulative Principle of Worship matters
  • Why we shouldn’t be afraid to dive into Covenant Theology
  • + more

LISTEN:

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LINKAGE:

TUNAGE:

A Debtor To Mercy Alone [feat. Sandra McCracken] by Indelible Grace Music


Listen to part two.

New Book: ‘Going Beyond the Five Points: Pursuing a More Comprehensive Reformation’ feat. Barcellos, Waldron, Blackburn, R. Martin, Ventura, White

Out now as previously announced:

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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

[AMZ: $25/£16.34 SGCB: $17.50 RR: $17 | Kindle: $4.99/£3.23]

Description:

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:

Contributors

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

Endorsements:

Fred MaloneThe rediscovery of “the doctrines of grace” among Baptists during the last sixty years has thrilled my heart! However, this welcome advance does not make a reformation. The further necessary questions of “what is the church?…how should we worship God?…what is Christ like living?…” stand before us still, begging for biblical reformation. Going Beyond the Five Points provides clear biblical direction for reforming churches today. Barcellous’ defense of the Ten Commandments for Christian living under grace is unassailable. Blackburn’s chapters on Covenant Theology and the doctrine of the church are indispensable to Baptist reformation. Waldron’s explanation of the Regulative Principle is greatly needed by Baptists to remind us of our foundational principle which needs renewed application to worship and government. Martin’s persuasive defense of why Baptists need confessions of faith today is irrefutable. To gather them together as Ventura has done provides a classic standard for further Baptist reformation today. Baptist pastors, students, and church members need to study this book to understand what it means to build biblical and Reformed Baptist churches today for the glory of Christ.

Dr. Fred A. Malone, Senior Pastor First Baptist Church Clinton, Louisiana


Pastor Jim SavastioGoing Beyond the Five Points is a wonderful pastoral resource to give to any brother or sister in Christ who has begun the journey of better understanding the doctrines of grace. If the Five Points are the appetizer for the hungry believer, these essays will provide a rich and satisfying main course to guide them in a deeper understanding of the truth.

Jim Savastio, Pastor of Reformed Baptist Church of Louisville, Kentucky


Jeremy WalkerSome truths lie close to the surface, others require more digging. In the substance of this book, you will profit from the groundbreaking labours of others, men who have begun to turn over the soil in order to expose the consequences and applications of a thorough embrace of God’s sovereign grace displayed in the salvation of his people, considered not just individually but together. Readers willing to put in the effort will find much to ponder and much from which to profit.

Jeremy Walker, Pastor of Maidenbower Baptist Church in Crawley, England

Details:

Print Length: 260 pages
Text-to-Speech: Enabled [Kindle]

May 29-30, 2015 Southern New England Reformation Conf. in North Providence, RI [+ Rob Ventura Interview & more]

Robert Brady interviewed Rob Ventura, over at Reformation21, about an upcoming conference that Pastor Ventura helped  start up:

Pastor Rob Ventura
Pastor Rob Ventura

Rob, can you please tell us the reason for this conference?

Sure. When I first came to Rhode Island seven years ago it was evident that there was not much happening by way of Reformed conferences in our immediate area. While there were a few good conferences in New England (e.g., the Bolton Conference), in my little state little was going on. After praying about the matter, as pastors burdened to see biblical truth go forth, my fellow elder Jack Buckley and I decided that we should do something. So, after partnering with a few local assemblies of like conviction and burden (Quidnessett Baptist Church, the Presbyterian Reformed Church, and Grace Bible Church), we started the conference. Our past speakers include Paul Washer, Dr. Joel Beeke, and Voddie Baucham., who each focused on a particular Bible topic for their respective conferences with us. This year we are pleased to have Dr. Steve Lawson as our preacher. Hundreds of people have attended our conferences and for this we thank the Lord.

Southern New England 2015Why did you pick the topic of the gospel for this year’s conference?

Can there be a better topic to pick? Actually, Steve Lawson and I decided on this together. The gospel is central to all that we believe and do as Christians. As believers, we live in the gospel, we preach the gospel, we counsel with the gospel, and we praise God for the gospel. The gospel is the good news concerning the doing, dying, and rising of Christ Jesus our Lord on our behalf. Therefore, it should be our constant meditation and proclamation as the people of God. I’m delighted that the gospel is Dr. Lawson’s focus this year and pray that his ministry will be a real means of sanctification for saints, and salvation for lost sinners.

Lastly, what are your main goals in hosting this conference?

That Jesus Christ would be praised in all things, that His great truth would be savingly known to all, and that His glorious kingdom would be advanced in our region.

Conference Details:

Southern New England Reformation Conference

Theme: The Gospel

Friday, May 29th, 7:00 – 8:30pm

“The Evangelistic Zeal of George Whitefield”

(For the general public)

Saturday, May 30th 8:00 – 9:30am

(A session just for pastors and preachers)

10:00 – 11:30am  “The Glorious Gospel of God” (Part one)

(For the general public)

6:30 – 8:00pm “The Glorious Gospel of God” (Part two)

(For the general public)

Location All meetings will be held at Grace Community Baptist Church of R.I., in North Providence.

We are pleased to offer this conference free of charge to all and give an offering.

If you wish to send in an offering in advance please there is no registration required. There will be an opportunity t o make all checks out to Grace Community Baptist Church and mail to our address.

For local hotel accommodations we recommend calling Holiday Inn Express in Smithfield, Rhode Island (401-231-6300).

Lastly, there will be a book table available. No nursery will be provided.

Here is the conference brochure [PDF].


Also note that on Thursday May 28, 2015
9:00am – 5:00pm, the same church will be hosting The Institute for Expository Preaching
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Upcoming Book: ‘Going Beyond the Five Points: Pursuing a More Comprehensive Reformation’ feat. Barcellos, Waldron, Blackburn, R. Martin, Ventura, White

Expected to release May 15th, 2015 in  softback and e-book formats:

Going Beyond the Five Points

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

Back Cover Blurb:

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:

Contributors

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

Endorsements:

Fred MaloneThe rediscovery of “the doctrines of grace” among Baptists during the last sixty years has thrilled my heart! However, this welcome advance does not make a reformation. The further necessary questions of “what is the church?…how should we worship God?…what is Christ like living?…” stand before us still, begging for biblical reformation. Going Beyond the Five Points provides clear biblical direction for reforming churches today. Barcellous’ defense of the Ten Commandments for Christian living under grace is unassailable. Blackburn’s chapters on Covenant Theology and the doctrine of the church are indispensable to Baptist reformation. Waldron’s explanation of the Regulative Principle is greatly needed by Baptists to remind us of our foundational principle which needs renewed application to worship and government. Martin’s persuasive defense of why Baptists need confessions of faith today is irrefutable. To gather them together as Ventura has done provides a classic standard for further Baptist reformation today. Baptist pastors, students, and church members need to study this book to understand what it means to build biblical and Reformed Baptist churches today for the glory of Christ.

Dr. Fred A. Malone, Senior Pastor First Baptist Church Clinton, Louisiana


 

Pastor Jim SavastioGoing Beyond the Five Points is a wonderful pastoral resource to give to any brother or sister in Christ who has begun the journey of better understanding the doctrines of grace. If the Five Points are the appetizer for the hungry believer, these essays will provide a rich and satisfying main course to guide them in a deeper understanding of the truth.

Jim Savastio, Pastor of Reformed Baptist Church of Louisville, Kentucky


 

Jeremy WalkerSome truths lie close to the surface, others require more digging. In the substance of this book, you will profit from the groundbreaking labours of others, men who have begun to turn over the soil in order to expose the consequences and applications of a thorough embrace of God’s sovereign grace displayed in the salvation of his people, considered not just individually but together. Readers willing to put in the effort will find much to ponder and much from which to profit.

Jeremy Walker, Pastor of Maidenbower Baptist Church in Crawley, England


 

UPDATE 12:30 PM CST:  Solid Ground Books is offering a 40% Pre-Pub discount until March 15th. No money will be charged until the books are in print.

Interview #64 – Rob Ventura – Identifying a True Minister [Podcast]

A Portrait of Paul: Identifying a True Minister of Christ
A Portrait of Paul: Identifying a True Minister of Christ by Rob Ventura & Jeremy Walker

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On episode 64 of our interview podcast we are replaying an interview from ReformedCast. Why? Because ReformedCast has now, “discontinu[ed] operations effective June 15, 2014. All MP3s [were] removed at that time.”

We didn’t want these resources to disappear off the Internet so we asked the ReformedCast host, Scott Oakland, if we could republish the interviews he conducted over the past several years that fit our site/podcast scope. He graciously agreed! So, here is another, fitting, replay (we’ll add onto these every now and then throughout the year.)

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From his Jan. 30, 2o12 post on this interview:

A look at the life of the Apostle Paul is featured tonight as we have as our guest Robert Ventura, co-author (with Jeremy Walker) of the book A Portrait Of Paul: Identifying a True Minister of Christ. Rob Ventura is Pastor of Grace Community Baptist Church in North Providence, RI, and  is a graduate of Reformed Baptist Seminary  He is the editor of the Scriptural and Systematic Studies Series.  Rob has also written for Reformation 21, the on-line magazine of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals

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POST-INTERVIEW MUSIC:

Steven Lawson on “The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon” [Video] & Book Review [Rob Ventura]

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This lecture (called “The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon”) is by Steve Lawson, and concerns the life and ministry of the 19th century preacher Charles Spurgeon. This lecture is taken from the 2012 Ligonier Conference “The Christian Mind”.

It is basically an overview of his book by the same title, this also shows the slideshow during his presentation.

Here is the 38 minute video:

[HT: Reformed Baptist Daily]

Here is Rob Ventura’s review of the book.