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Free Ebook- An Apology for the Baptists

February 17, 2017 Leave a comment



For The


In Which

They Are Vindicated From The Imputation

Of Laying

An Unwarrantable Stress


The Ordinance Of Baptism.


Against The Charge Of Bigotry

In Refusing

Communion At The Lord’s Table

By Abraham Booth


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IRBS Seriously Considering a Stand-Alone Seminary, More Info at the Sept. 22 Ice Cream Social in Mansfield, TX

September 12, 2016 2 comments

The Institute for Reformed Baptist Studies (IRBS) has worked in and along side Westminster Seminary California in Escondido, CA. Since 1998.

They are currently seeking the Lord’s will about building a stand-alone seminary in Mansfield/Ft. Worth, TX. in 2018.

For more info visit

Baptism As A Means Of Grace by Fred Malone, Jason Walter & Tom Hicks [Audio]

Building Tomorrows Church Conference audio is up. I recently benefited greatly from two sermons regarding Baptism as a Means of Grace, one is from the 2011 ARBCA GA by Fred Malone:


Here are some notes from Tom Hicks on the sermon:

Is baptism a means of grace?

1. There is no ex opere operato (from the work performed) grace conveyed in baptism.

2. Baptism is not a “seal” of the new covenant. The Holy Spirit is the “seal.” Baptism is a “sign” of covenant membership.

3. Baptism is a means of grace appointed by God to strengthen and encourage the faith of the believer who is baptized. Baptism also strengthens other believers and proclaims the gospel to unbelievers who witness the ordinance.

4. Some Baptists wrongly think baptism completes conversion. That notion is neither taught in Scripture nor the 1689 Second London Baptist Confession of Faith. Those who would make baptism a part of conversion overturn the Bible’s gracious doctrine of justification by faith alone because of Christ alone.

How is baptism a means of grace?

1. Baptism is a sign to the person baptized of the full salvation accomplished by Jesus Christ. We should never think of baptism without thinking of the Lord Jesus Christ and saving union with Him. The work of Christ on Calvary’s hill must always take precedence in our minds and hearts over the ordinance of baptism itself. As the believer joins faith to his baptism, the Spirit of Christ strengthens the believer’s faith, which lays hold of Christ who is proclaimed in the ordinance.

2. Baptism confirms forgiveness of sins in the heart of the believer. It testifies to the blood and righteousness of Jesus Christ. But, baptism itself has no power to accomplish forgiveness of sin, either as an atonement or as a means of appropriating the atonement.

3. Baptism is an appeal to God from a good conscience. We are not to appeal to baptism itself, but we are to appeal to the Lord Jesus Christ directly in baptism. Baptism, therefore, calls us to turn from sin and to Jesus Christ.

4. Baptism becomes a means of grace in older believers who reflect on their previous baptism. It reminds them of Christ and so strengthens their faith.

5. Baptism is a sign of the believer’s future resurrection from the dead in glorification.


Jason Walter (Christ Reformed Baptist Church – Vista, CA) has a sermon on baptism:



Source [Confessing Baptist]

2016 Reformation Preaching Conference [Events]

February 15, 2016 Leave a comment


2016 Reformation Preaching Conference

Theme: “Family Worship”
Date: June 18, 2016a

Registration is required as seating is limited

$20.00 per adult or $30.00 per family

Sovereign Grace Church
755 W. Broadway, Suite 218
Lawrenceburg, KY, 40342

(Click Here To Register)



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A Report From SCRBPC15 + Book Giveaway!

November 16, 2015 1 comment

Reformed Baptist Academic Press is giving away four books. Three lucky winners will each receive:

One copy of:

Recovering A Covenantal Heritage edited by Richard Barcellos

Blank bookcover with clipping path

God Without Passions A Primer edited by Samuel Renihan














A Reformed Baptist Manifesto by Richard Barcellos















and Better Than The Beginning by Richard Barcellos















All you have to do is “like” , retweet, star, share, etc. this post to be automatically entered! Blogging about the conference and your experience and linking to this post will earn you two extra entries. The more you do the more entries you get.

Details about the conference and book giveaway can be found at 

Biblical Elders and Deacons by Nehemiah Coxe



Biblical Elders and Deacons

by Nehemiah Coxe D. 1688

[Download in .ePub .mobi & .pdf formats]

Chapel Library:

Christ’s will as revealed in Scripture is the pattern for the church, and Nehemiah Coxe unfolds aspects of that pattern that relate to church leadership. “The edification and beauty of the Church is much concerned in her order, not such an order as superstition will dictate, or litigious nicety contend for, but such as sets her in a conformity with Christ’s will; and particularly the filling up of the offices which He has appointed, with persons duly qualified for the administration of them, and the regular acting both of officers and members in their respective positions.”

Pages: 32.


I. Exposition

II. Appointment of Deacons

III. Appointment of Elders

IV. A Pastor’s Duty toward His People

V. The People’s Duty toward Their Pastors

VI. Conclusion




Source [Confessingbaptist]

Interview of Larry Vincent on Two Kingdoms Theology

The interviewed Larry Vincent, in a two part series, on Two Kingdoms Theology. In their first interview they list questions that were touched on when discussing this theological position:


What is 2KT and what is the Biblical basis for it?

How does this relate to the Old Covenant and the New Covenant? Ecclesiology, Soteriology, Eschatology?

This doctrine isn’t uniquely Baptist, but would you say it’s more consistently Baptist? Does this inform the Baptist doctrine of regenerate church membership or vice versa?

Where do either of the London Baptist Confessions deal with 2KT?

What is the relation of Christian Liberty/10 Commandments to 2KT?

Listen to the first interview here.



Interview two deals with these questions:


Are we to build a Kingdom of God on earth?

What about the dominion mandate to Adam?

Does this affect our understanding of “redeeming the culture” and living missionally and/or radically?

Should we seek to institute Christian morality?

Listen to the second interview here.

Larry Vincent also has two messages on this subject over at

A Life Lived in Two Kingdoms

A Life Lived in Two Kingdoms Part 2

London to Philadelphia Correction

Last week I blogged the 5 Minutes in Church History’s audio ‘London to Philadelphia.’ Jason Delgado over at brought it to my attention that there were several inaccuracies in the history that was presented. Dr. Stephen Nichols admitted that there might have been some inaccuracies.

Here is what I blogged. A link to the corrections of the audio is found below.

by Stephen Nichols

London to Philadelphia—you might think that this has to do with transatlantic flights. Well, it doesn’t. It has to do with confessions of faith—Baptist confessions of faith, to be exact. First, there is the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, also known as the Second London Baptist Confession, and then there is the Philadelphia Confession of Faith.

The Baptists came into being early in the 1600s in England. These were Puritans. They had all left the Anglican Church and were part of the larger group of people that we call Nonconformists, meaning they would not conform to the established church, the Church of England. These Baptists were not only separated out from the Anglicans, but these Baptists also believed in adult or believer’s baptism, which set them apart from some of the other Nonconformists. It set them apart from the Presbyterians and it set them apart from the Congregationalists.

In 1644, the Baptists gathered together and wrote the First London Baptist Confession. It was very much like the Westminster Standards, but of course it differed in the chapters on church polity or church government and on baptism.

In 1677, they gathered again to refresh this confession and had a number of people sign off on it, but there were also some who couldn’t sign off. This was a time of intense persecution in England, and there were many who were simply not able to align themselves with this statement.

Then came the 1689 Act of Toleration. This act brought a significant measure of religious freedom to England and to the Nonconformists. That very same year, we have the 1689 London Baptist Confession, which was a rehash of the 1644 confession.

In 1707, the Philadelphia Baptist Association was formed. This was a group of Baptists in the New World, in William Penn’s colony. In 1742, the association adopted the 1689 London Confession and made a few minor additions. They added two chapters of one paragraph each. The result was a new document known as the Philadelphia Confession of Faith.

If we go back to the 1689 London Baptist Confession, in the chapter on the church we find these words:

“As each church, and all the members of it, are bound to pray continually for the good and prosperity of all the churches of Christ, in all places, and upon all occasions to further everyone within the bounds of their places and callings, in the exercise of their gifts and graces.”

The men who wrote this document believed in the church. They believed in the church as the institution that God ordained, the institution that He promises to bless, and the institution by which He spreads the fragrance of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

In the Philadelphia Confession, one of the chapters that was added is on praise. This is what it says:

“We believe that singing the praises of God, is a holy ordinance of Christ, and not a part of natural religion, or a moral duty only; but that it is brought under divine institution, it being enjoined on the churches of Christ to sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs; and that the whole church in their public assemblies (as well as private Christians) ought to sing God’s praises according to the best light they have received. Moreover, it was practiced in the great representative church by our Lord Jesus Christ with His disciples, after He had instituted and celebrated the sacred ordinance of His holy supper, as a commemorative token of redeeming love.”

So from London to Philadelphia, we have the Baptist confessions.

View the post here.

Download the audio here.

A correction to the inaccuracies.



Source [5 Minutes in Church History]

Justification by Faith Alone: Nothing in My Hand I Bring

The Diet of Worms convened on April 18, 1521 to deal with one of the most pressing issues in the Holy Roman Empire: to deliberate what to do with a troublesome monk named Martin Luther. It had only been 3 ½ years since Luther had nailed his 95 theses to the church-door in Wittenburg. In that short time, he had sparked a great controversy within the Roman Catholic Church. Some of the most controversial of Luther’s theses were those in which he asserted that God justifies sinners based upon the merits of Jesus Christ alone and received by faith alone.

Martin Luther vs The Church of Rome

In contrast to Luther, the Roman Catholic Church taught that a sinner’s justification was not based upon another’s righteousness, but that it was based upon the inherent righteousness of the sinner. The Church essentially taught a salvation which was based upon works. And they refused to be corrected by Luther. Therefore, after administering much political pressure on the Emperor, Charles V, a diet was called to determine what to do with this controversial monk named Martin Luther.




Read the entire article here.

Federal Vision, New Perspective & Justification [Audio]

April 29, 2015 2 comments