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

“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.”

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“Biblical Exegesis in 4th Century Trinitarian Debates” Dr. Michael Haykin [AUDIO] + more

Reformed Theological Seminary:

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The recent “Trinity debate” reveals much confusion surrounding what is undoubtedly the most important and the most glorious of Christian doctrines. It also signals the need to retrieve the doctrine of the triune God as confessed by Fathers of the church on the basis of Holy Scripture in the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed of A.D. 381. Join Drs. Ligon Duncan, Michael Haykin, Blair Smith, and Scott Swain as they seek to mine the riches of the Nicene Faith for the renewal of today’s church.

Dr. Michael A.G. Haykin
Dr. Michael A.G. Haykin

Dr. Michael A. G. Haykin is Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. He is the author of a number of books, including The Spirit of God: The Exegesis of 1 and 2 Corinthians in the Pneumatomachian Controversy of the Fourth Century; and Rediscovering the Church Fathers: Who They Were and How They Shaped the Church.

AUDIO:

Biblical Exegesis in Fourth Century Trinitarian Debates | Dr. Michael Haykin

Trinitarian Relations in the Fourth Century | Rev. D. Blair Smith

God from God, Light from Light: Retrieving the Doctrine of Eternal Generation | Dr. Scott Swain

The Doctrine of the Trinity and Complementarianism in Recent Discussions | Dr. J. Ligon Duncan

Question and Answer Session | Duncan, Haykin, Smith, and Swain

“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…

17 Free VIDEOS of Sam Waldron’s Eschatology (Last Things) Course: A Comprehensive Historical & Theological Overview [CBTS]

Monergism:

Dr. Sam Waldron
Dr. Sam Waldron

As an amazing gift to the wider Body of Christ, Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary are very kindly and generously making their entire 17 course lectures on eschatology available free of charge online. This course, taught by Dr. Sam Waldron, is outstanding, giving a comprehensive overview of the subject from both an historical and theological perspective. I recommend the series wholeheartedly and pray that God will use it to further the cause of His truth in the midst of much deception in our own day. – Pastor John Samson, King’s Church, Peoria, AZ

The first three lectures cover something of an historical overview of the Church concerning eschatology. This is a very helpful foundation for our understanding. To know that we are engaging in a conversation that has been going on for centuries, gives us a knowledge of the structure of the debate, setting the boundaries for what is and what is not to be regarded as ‘heresy’, as well as a right and appropriate sense of humility as we approach the Scriptures ourselves.

HISTORICAL INTRODUCTIONS—THE GREAT CONVERSATION!:

Lecture 1: Eschatology in the Early and Medieval Church | ST27 01

Lecture 2: Eschatology in the Early and Medieval Church (Continued)| ST27 02

Lecture 3: Eschatology in the Reformation and Modern Church (continued)  | ST27 03

STRUCTURAL CONSIDERATIONS—ESCHATOLOGY MADE SIMPLE:

Lecture 4: The Two Ages | ST27 04

Lecture 5: The Two Ages (Continued)  | ST27 05

Lecture 6: The General Judgment | ST27 06

Lecture 7: The Eschatological Kingdom | ST27 07

Lecture 8: The Eschatological Kingdom (Continued) | ST27 08

Lecture 9: The Eschatological Kingdom (Continued) | ST27 09

Lecture 10: The Eschatological Kingdom (Continued) | ST27 10

SPECIAL QUESTIONS—NEXT QUESTIONS PLEASE!:

Lecture 11: The Intermediate State | ST27 11

Lecture 12: Sheol, Hades, and Hell | ST27 12

Lecture 13: The Earthly Prospects & Church/Israel Distinction | ST27 13

Lecture 14: The Imminent Return / Pre-Tribulationism | ST27 14

Lecture 15: Hyper-Preterism | ST27 15

Lecture 16: The Final Change & The Eternal State—The Doctrine of Eternal Punishment | ST27 16

Lecture 17: The Doctrine of the Redeemed Earth | ST27 17

View the 32 DVD video sessions through the 1689 “Family Foundations in Sound Doctrine” online FREE [VIDEO | NCFIC]

Family Foundation 1689Over the next several months the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches will post (every Monday) one of the sessions from their 32-part series on the 1689 Second London Baptist Confession of Faith entitled, Family Foundations in Sound Doctrine.

I was going to wait to round all these up (I still will) but since they are coming out one at a time (once a week, and there will be 32 of them) I didn’t want to wait 32 weeks to let y’all know about this resource that they are giving away. That way you may follow along as the videos are released.

Pastors Scott Brown, Jason Dohm, & Dan Horn
Pastors Scott Brown, Jason Dohm, & Dan Horn

What is unique about these videos is that the three pastors in the video (Scott Brown, Jason Dohm, and Dan Horn) not only explain the chapter and the relevant Scripture texts, but also show how it is applicable to church and family life. And they do so while sitting around in one of their living rooms with some of their family there.

Each session is an hour long and goes through one chapter of the confession.

You can stream what they’ve released below [we’ll update this as they come out]:

Intro [video]:

Chapter 1: Of the Holy Scriptures – The Only Sufficient, Certain and Infallible Rule [download]:

Chapter 2: Of God and of the Holy Trinity – The Key to Everything: A Vision of God [download]:

It is critical that our churches and families have a biblical understanding of the doctrine of God. Our view of God affects every aspect of our lives: our response to the trials of life, how we interpret Scripture, our view on current issues, and many other situations.

Chapter 3: Of God’s Decree – God Is in Control [download]:

God’s Sovereignty and man’s responsibility – this theme has been the subject of much debate throughout church history. If God’s sovereign, then why do we need to evangelize? Why do we need to pray? Doesn’t man have a free will?

Questions like these and many others show just how critical it is that we have a biblical understanding of the doctrine of the decrees of God. Those who have had a wrong understanding of this doctrine have advocated destructive practices, such as: evangelism is not necessary; and, on the other side, man is completely sovereign, so we ought to do everything we can to make them make a decision for God.

Chapter 4: Of Creation – How Important is the Environment? [download]:

When someone says “Creation” or “Evolution,” we often think of it in terms of its impact on science; but this issue also affects other area of our thinking. It impacts our views on the environment, the complementary roles of man and woman, work, and other areas.

Most importantly, if God is the Creator of all things, then He owns all things. It puts man in a completely different category, an infinitely inferior category, since man is God’s creation and He is the Creator. We are the clay, He is the potter, and He can mold us and use us as He pleases.

Chapter 5: Of Divine Providence – Be Rescued From Yourself [download]:

It is important that our families are grounded in a biblical view of the doctrine of God’s providence. …

There is not a single thing that is outside of God’s providence. God is in control of all things. He works out all things for His glory and the good of His people.

Chapter 6: Of The Fall of Man, Sin, and Punishment – Sin Affects Everything [download]:

Every person you pass by, every member of your family, and every little baby before its born and after have one thing in common: they are all affected by sin. All are conceived with a sin nature (Ps. 51:5), and are “by nature children of wrath” (Eph. 2:3).

Adam was, “by God’s appointment,” the representative head of all mankind. When he sinned, the guilt of it was imputed to all mankind, and the sin nature is passed on to all the generations after him. All men are conceived in sin (Ps. 51:5), meaning that all men have a sin nature from the moment of conception. We are, as the confession states, “utterly indisposed, disabled, and made opposite to all good, and wholly inclined to all evil.”

This corruption does not cease to exist when God saves a sinner. It still remains! There is still that war that wages on in the soul of the regenerate. Although their sins have been pardoned and they have been declared righteous through Christ (justification), and by the power of the Holy Spirit are being made holy and mortifying their sins (sanctification), the corruption still remains. It will not be gone until we are glorified and in the presence of God (1 John 3:2).

Chapter 7: Of God’s Covenant – Cosmic Surprise [download]:

We need to return to a study of God’s covenant. God’s covenant with man magnifies the mercy and grace of God. The first paragraph speaks of this infinite gap between God and man. It is a gap that man can never bridge, it’s impossible. Though man are to obey and honor God in all things, we could never obtain eternal life by obedience.

Thus, the only way that man could be saved is “by some voluntary condescension on God’s part, which he hath been pleased to express by way of covenant.” When Adam fell, all of mankind, from Adam and Eve to all of the generations after them, were brought under a curse.

At the fall, “it pleased the Lord to make a covenant of grace, wherein he freely offereth unto sinners life and salvation by Jesus Christ, requiring of them faith in him, that they may be saved; and promising to give unto all those that are ordained unto eternal life, his Holy Spirit, to make them willing and able to believe.”

This covenant is not revealed all at once, rather it is revealed in gradual steps throughout the Scriptures until it is completely revealed in the New Testament. There are multiple covenants as we move through Scripture, such as (but not limited to) the: Noahic, Mosaic, and Davidic covenants.

It is only by, referring to the covenant of grace, “the grace of this covenant that all the posterity of fallen Adam that ever were saved did obtain life and blessed immortality.” It is important that we understand the covenants which God has voluntarily established. Are you grounded in a biblical understanding of God’s covenant?

[The rest are coming week by week and will be updated here…]


 

Family Foundation 1689Scott Brown:

You can buy the whole Family Foundations in Sound Doctrine set from the NCFIC store for $129.95. The set includes: 32 DVD video sessions on all the chapters of the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith, the accompanying study guide, a printed copy of the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith, as well as an audiobook copy of the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith.

Error [Al Martin] + his Systematic Theology series on MP3 [AUDIO]

Dr. Albert N. Martin
Dr. Albert N. Martin

Al Martin:

Error is a dangerous and deadly thing.

The Scripture teaches
that what you receive in your mind as true,
if it is not true, may damn you.

Luther stood and said,

Here I stand; I can do no other; so help me God.

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Martin Luther

He did so because he believed
that the lies of Rome were damning the souls of multitudes;
and that only truth could loose them from the grasp of the Prince of Darkness.

In 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12
we read these sobering words concerning the influence of Antichrist.

With all deceit of unrighteousness for them that perish,
because they received not the love of the truth,
that they might be saved.

For this cause God sends them a working of error,
that they should believe a lie,
that they may all be judged who believed not the truth.

Unless you are immunized against error by a solid infusion of truth,
you may be given up to believe a lie
—a lie that will damn and destroy, with everlasting destruction.

Not only is error deadly for unconverted people,
believers can be wrenched from a course of steadfastness because of error.

Peter warns of this (2 Peter 3:17-18).

Ye, therefore, beloved, knowing these things beforehand,
beware lest, being carried away with the error of the wicked,
ye fall from your own steadfastness.

How are we to be kept from that?

Grow in the grace and knowledge.

In other words,

Be immunized against error
by constant and deep exposure to, and absorption of, the truth.

Read “Error” which was adapted from his series of sermons “Here We Stand”.

Chapel Library:

The “Here We Stand” series is a practical and systematic study of the doctrines of the Christian faith, as delivered by Pastor Albert N. Martin to his own Trinity Baptist Church in Montville, New Jeresey. It is especially designed for the laymen, and is very useful also for the theological student. Its intention is to confirm the faith to mature believers, acquaint recent converts with fundamental Christian doctrine, and inform the unconverted as to the truths of Christianity. It is suitable for either group or individual study.

2012 SoCal RB Pastors Conf AUDIO now online. Feat. Waldron, J. Renihan, & Barcellos

Audio from the first annual Southern California Reformed Baptist Pastors’ Conference is now online. The conference took place on October 29-31, 2012 at Christ Reformed Baptist Church in Vista, CA.

SCRBPC Southern California Reformed Baptist Pastors Conference

The purpose of the SCRBPC is for the edification of confessional Reformed Baptist pastors and other interested men who are in the ministry or training for the ministry. The SCRBPC will function within the theological framework of the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith (2nd LCF) and The Baptist Catechism (BC).

SCRBPC 2012 on SermonAudio [RSS]

Lecture 1: Theology: Its Sacred Character | Sam Waldron [mp3]:

Lecture 2: Theology: Its Definition, Presuppositions, and Division | Sam Waldron [mp3]:

Lecture 3: Systematic Theology: Its Idea, Relationships, and Organizational Method | Sam Waldron [mp3]:

Lecture 4: Systematic Theology: Its Legitimate Necessity | Sam Waldron [mp3]:

Lecture 5: An Exegetical Case Study in the Doxological Trajectory of the Canon Part 1 | Richard Barcellos [mp3]:

Lecture 6: An Exegetical Case Study in the Doxological Trajectory of the Canon Part 2 | Richard Barcellos [mp3]:

Lecture 7: Person and Place: Two Problems with Biblicism | James Renihan [mp3]:

Lecture 8: ‘Good and Necessary Consequence’ or ‘Necessarily Contained’ | James Renihan [mp3]:

Note:  Lectures from this conference were turned into the book Southern California Reformed Baptist Pastors’ Conference Papers, Volume I, 2012.
The Southern California Reformed Baptist Pastors’ Conference Papers 2012

FREE Livestream of Waldron on Systematic Theology & Apologetics Now thru Dec. 18 [CBTS]

CBTS Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary

Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary:

This week, Dr. Sam Waldron will begin teaching his course Introduction to Systematic Theology and Apologetics on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. If you would like to learn more about this class, please visit our web site for more information.

 

CBTS Systematic ApologeticsThe course description in our catalog summarizes what to expect: “This course surveys the issue of theological method, provides an introduction to and defense of systematic theology, and furnishes an historical survey, exegetical approach, and systematic development of Christian apologetics.”

 

Since we will be livestreaming this course for FREE, please plan to join us. The syllabus, class schedule, and livestream link are all available [… here.]. As always, if you have any questions please contact our Administrator/Registrar by email at registrar@cbtseminary.org or by phone at 270.925.6992. We look forward to seeing how God will use our time together for His glory.

Course Description: Surveys the issue of theological method, provides an introduction to and defense of systematic theology, and furnishes a historical survey, exegetical approach, and systematic development of Christian apologetics.

Course Syllabus: PDF

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You can watch the livestream here every Tuesday and Thursday from Nov. 11, 2014 to Dec. 18, 2014, 6:30 PM – 8:20 PM CST:

ARBCA Pastors’ Favorite Books

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At the 2013 General Assembly, the ARBCA Publications Committee asked delegates to list their favorite books. Here are the results of the survey that participants filled out, alphabetically by author’s last name. The numbers in parentheses indicate how many named that particular book, if it was more than one. As you can see, the ARBCA Pastors list of Favorite Books is framed as a set of six questions, all of which consist of specific author and book title recommendations.

1. After the Bible, what are your five all-time favorite books?

Jay Adams
> Christian Counselor’s Manual
> Competent to Counsel
> Theology of Biblical Counseling

Anselm of Canterbury
> Cur Deus Homo

Augustine of Hippo
> The Confessions of Augustine
> The City of God

Richard Barcellos
> In Defense of the Decalogue

John Bavinck
> The Science of Missions

Richard Baxter
> The Saints’ Everlasting Rest

Thomas D. Bernard
> Progress of Doctrine in New Testament

Samuel Bolton
> The True Bounds of Christian Freedom

Andrew Bonar
> Robert Murray M’Cheyne

Horatius Bonar
> Words to Winners of Souls

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
> Life Together

Charles Bridges
> The Christian Ministry (3)

John Bunyan
> The Pilgrim’s Progress (6)

Jeremiah Burroughs
> Gospel Remission
> The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment

John Calvin
> Institutes of Christian Religion

Walt Chantry
> Today’s Gospel (4)

Claude Chavasse
> The Bride of Christ

Tim Chester and Steve Timmis
> Total Church

George B. Cheever
> Lectures on the Pilgrim’s Progress

Faith Cook
> William Grimshaw of Haworth

Pascal Denault
> Distinctives of Baptist Covenant Theology (3)

Philip Doddridge
> Personal Declension and Revival of Religion in the Soul

James Dolezal
> God Without Parts

Jonathan Edwards
> Narrative of Surprising Conversions

Ralph Erskine
> Law-Death, Gospel-Life

Sinclair Ferguson
> The Christian Life

John V. Fesko
> Last Things First

Edward Fisher
> Marrow of Modern Divinity

Peter Jeffrey
> Opening Ephesians

Tim Keller
> The Prodigal God

D. M. Lloyd-Jones
> Authority
> Preaching and Preachers
> Spiritual Depression
> Studies in the Sermon on the Mount

Martin Luther
> The Bondage of the Will

Fred Malone
> The Baptism of Disciples Alone

Cotton Mather
> Magna Carter Americana

Will Metzger
> Tell the Truth

Daryl Hart and Richard Muether
> With Reverence and Awe

Iain Murray
> The Forgotten Spurgeon
> The Puritan Hope
> Revival & Revivalism
> Jonathan Edwards
> The First Forty Years [D. M. Lloyd-Jones]

John Murray
> Redemption Accomplished and Applied (3)

Jim Newheiser
> Opening Proverbs

John Owen
> The Glory of Christ
> Works of John Owen, Vol. 1
> Works of John Owen

Nehemiah Coxe and John Owen
> Covenant Theology: from Adam to Christ (2)

J. I. Packer
> Knowing God (5)

A. W. Pink
> The Sovereignty of God (4)
> Seven Sayings of the Savior on the Cross

John Piper
> Desiring God

James Renihan
> Edification and Beauty

Herman N. Ridderbos
> The Coming of the Kingdom

J. C. Ryle
> Exposition on the Gospel of John
> Holiness (2)

Henry Scougal
> The Works of Henry Scougal
> The Life of God in the Soul of Man

Gardiner Spring
> Mission of Sorrow

Ichabod Spencer
> A Pastor’s Sketches (2)

C. H. Spurgeon
> Early Years; Full Harvest
> The Soul Winner

Paul D. Tripp
> Relationships: A Mess Worth Making

Francis Turretin
> Elenctic Theology

Mark Twain
> The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Geerhardus Vos
> Biblical Theology
> The Kingdom of God and the Church

Thomas Watson
> The Godly Man’s Picture

Paul D. Wegner
> Journey from Texts to Translations

James White
> The Potter’s Freedom

 

2. What is your all-time favorite Systematic Theology?

Herman Bavinck
> Reformed Dogmatics (3)

Louis Berkhof
> Systematic Theology (3)

James P. Boyce
> Abstract of Theology

John Calvin
> The Institutes of Christian Religion

Charles Hodge
> Hodge’s Systematic Theology (3 vol.)

A. A. Hodge
> Outlines of Theology

Richard Mueller
> Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics

Francis Turretin
> Elenctic Theology

 

3. What is your all-time favorite biography?

Courtney Anderson
> To the Golden Shore: Adoniram Judson

Roland Bainton
> Here I Stand [Luther]

Andrew Bonar
> Robert Murray M’Cheyne (2)

Arnold Dalimore
> George Whitefield

Eric Metaxes
> Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

Iain Murray
> The Fight of Faith [D. M. Lloyd-Jones]
> Jonathan Edwards (4)
> The First Forty Years [D. M. Lloyd-Jones] (3)

Geoffrey Thomas
> Earnest Reisinger (2)

Luke Tyerman
> George Whitefield

Geerhardus Vos
> The Teaching of Jesus Concerning the Kingdom and the Church

 

4. What one book would you give to a new pastor?

Jay E. Adams
> Competent to Counsel

Tom Ascol, editor
> Dear Timothy: Letters on Pastoral Ministry

Charles Bridges
> The Christian Ministry (4)

John Carrick
> The Imperative of Preaching

Walt Chantry
> Today’s Gospel

Arnold Dalimore
> Life of George Whitefield

D. M. Lloyd-Jones
> Preaching and Preachers
> Spiritual Depression

Iain Murray
> The Forgotten Spurgeon

J. C. Ryle
> Simplicity in Preaching

Ichabod Spencer
> A Pastor’s Sketches

C. H. Spurgeon
> An All-Around Ministry

 

5. What one book would you give to one who is wrestling with the call to the ministry?

Iain Murray
> The First Forty Years [D. M. Lloyd-Jones]

Dave Harvey
> Am I Called? (3)

Edmund P. Clowney
> Called to the Ministry (5)

Charles Bridges
> The Christian Ministry (2)

Charles H. Spurgeon
> Lectures to My Students

Richard Baxter
> The Reformed Pastor

 

6. What books you would like to see republished?

Hercules Collins
> Orthodox Catechism

Nehemiah Coxe
> Vindiciae Veratatis
> Sermon preached at ordination of an elder and deacon

Benjamin Keach
> The Display of Glorious Grace

 

Edward Hutchinson
> A Treatise Concerning the Covenant and Baptism (With Two Appendices)

John Spilsbury
> A Treatise Concerning the Lawful Subject of Baptism

Charles Spurgeon

> The Everlasting Gospel of the Old and New Testaments

 

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Interview #55 – Richard Barcellos – The Family Tree of Reformed Biblical Theology [Audio Podcast]

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The Family Tree of Reformed Biblical Theology Geerhardus Vos and John Owen, Their Methods of and Contributions to the Articulation of Redemptive History [Paperback] by Richard C Barcellos
The Family Tree of Reformed Biblical Theology: Geerhardus Vos and John Owen, Their Methods of and Contributions to the Articulation of Redemptive History
by Richard C Barcellos
AMZ $29 | RBAP $16 | WTS $29 ]

 “The thesis of this study is that Geerhardus Vos’ biblical-theological
method should be viewed as a post-Enlightenment continuation of the
pre-critical federal theology of seventeenth-century Reformed orthodoxy.”

 Richard Barcellos

On episode 55 of our interview podcast we are replaying an interview from ReformedCast. Why? Because ReformedCast is, “discontinuing operations effective June 15, 2014. All MP3s will be 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 the first, fitting, replay (we’ll add onto these every now and then throughout the year.)

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family treeFrom his January 31, 2011 post on this interview:

We will be joined by Dr. Richard Barcellos, and we’ll discuss his book “The Family Tree of Reformed Biblical Theology. Dr. Barcellos received a B.S. from California State University, Fresno, an M.Div. from The Master’s Seminary, and a Th.M. and Ph.D. from Whitefield Theological Seminary. In 1990 he planted a church in Southern California and pastored there until July of 2006, when he relocated to Owensboro, KY, and is now a member of the Board of Directors at  Midwest Center for Theological Studies. He is the managing editor of Reformed Baptist Theological Review (RBTR), author of In Defense of the Decalogue, and co-author of A Reformed Baptist Manifesto. He has also contributed articles to RBTRFounders Journal, and Table Talk. Professor Barcellos is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and one of the pastors of Heritage Baptist Church of Owensboro, Kentucky.

Note: Since this is an old episode some of the information above and in the podcast is old as well. He is now pastor of Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Palmdale, CA. and RBTR has ceased (but  we now have JIRBS.)

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A Firm Foundation: Systematic Theology by J. Stephen Yuille [30-part Audio]

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This series of 30 lectures on Systematic theology, using the 1689 2nd London Baptist Confession as a framework, was taught during the Fall 2012 Sunday school period at Grace Community Church, Glen Rose, TX.  The title of the series is “A Firm Foundation”:

A Firm Foundation: Lesson 1 [mp3]


A Firm Foundation: Lesson 2 [mp3]


A Firm Foundation: Lesson 3 [mp3]


A Firm Foundation: Lesson 4 [mp3]


A Firm Foundation: Lesson 5 [mp3]


A Firm Foundation: Lesson 6 [mp3]


A Firm Foundation: Lesson 7 [mp3]


A Firm Foundation: Lesson 8 [mp3]


A Firm Foundation: Lesson 9 [mp3]


A Firm Foundation: Lesson 10 (The Life of John Calvin) [mp3]


A Firm Foundation: Lesson 11 [mp3]


A Firm Foundation: Lesson 12 [mp3]


A Firm Foundation: Lesson 13 [mp3]


A Firm Foundation: Lesson 14 [mp3]


A Firm Foundation: Lesson 15 [mp3]


A Firm Foundation: Lesson 16 [mp3]


A Firm Foundation: Lesson 17 [mp3]


A Firm Foundation: Lesson 18 [mp3]


A Firm Foundation: Lesson 19 [mp3]


A Firm Foundation: Lesson 20 [mp3]


A Firm Foundation: Lesson 21 [mp3]


A Firm Foundation: Lesson 22 [mp3]


A Firm Foundation: Lesson 23 [mp3]


A Firm Foundation: Lesson 24 [mp3]


A Firm Foundation: Lesson 25 [mp3]


A Firm Foundation: Lesson 26 [mp3]


A Firm Foundation: Lesson 27 [mp3]


A Firm Foundation: Lesson 28 [mp3]


A Firm Foundation: Lesson 29 [mp3]


A Firm Foundation: Lesson 30 [mp3]

Grace Community Church, Glen Rose, TX

Speaker: Dr. Stephen Yuille

Series: A Firm Foundation: Systematic Theology

Category: Adult Sunday School

The Doctrine of God (32-Part MP3 Series + PDF Handout) by Brian Borgman

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From his 160-part Systematic Theology series:

The Importance of the Doctrine of God (Pt 1) (MP3)

The Importance of the Doctrine of God (Part 2) (MP3)

The Chief End of God (Part 1) (MP3)

The Chief End of God (Part 2) (MP3)

The Chief End of Man (MP3)

A Defense of Christian Theism (Part 1) (MP3)

A Defense of Christian Theism (Part 2) (MP3)

A Defense of Christian Theism (Part 3) (MP3)

The Names of God (Part 1) (MP3)

The Names of God (Part 2) Yahweh (MP3)

The Names of God (Part 3) (MP3)

The Names of God (Part 4) (MP3)

The Names of God (Pt 5) (MP3)

Attributes of God (Pt 1) Simplicity & Unity (MP3)

The Attributes of God (Part 2) Incomprehensibility/Self Sufficiency of God (MP3)

The Attributes of God (Part 3) Self Sufficiency (MP3)

The Attributes of God (Part 4) Immutability/Omniscience (MP3)

The Attributes of God (Part 5) Omniscience (MP3)

The Attributes of God (Part 6) Omnipotence (MP3)

The Attributes of God (Part 7) Omnipotence/Absolute Sovereignty (MP3)

The Attributes of God (Part 8) Goodness / Holiness (MP3)

The Attributes of God (Part 9) Righteousness (MP3)

The Attributes of God (Part 10) Justice (MP3)

The Attributes of God (Part 11) Truth/Affections of God (MP3)

The Attributes of God (Part 12) Affections Pt 2 (MP3)

The Attributes of God (Part 13) The Affections of God Part 3 (MP3)

The Attributes of God (Part 14) The Love of God (Mp3)

The Attributes of God (Part 15) The Eternal Decree Pt 1 (MP3)

The Attributes of God (Part 16) The Eternal Decree Pt 2 (MP3)

God’s Work of Creation (Part 1) (MP3)

God’s Work of Creation (Part 2) (MP3)

God’s Work of Providence (MP3)

Brian BorgmanBrian Borgman is founding pastor of Grace Community Church. He earned a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Biola University (La Mirada, CA), a Master of Divinity from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary (Portland, OR) and a Doctor of Ministry from Westminster Seminary (Escondido, CA).

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