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THE IMPORTANCE OF THEOLOGY IN THE CHRISTIAN MINISTRY
Southern California Reformed Baptist Pastors' Conference Papers: Volume One, 2012
Rich Barcellos, Jim Renihan & Sam Waldron

This brand new volume from RBAP contains the eight lectures delivered at the Southern California Reformed Baptist Pastors' Conference held in the Fall of 2012.

"The theme of the 2012 conference was The Importance of Theology in the Christian Ministry. The key-note speaker was Dr. Samuel E. Waldron. The first four chapters of this book are slightly revised editions of his four lectures on theological prolegomena. The

conference also had two guest speakers: Drs. Richard C. Barcellos and James M. Renihan. Chapters five through eight are slightly revised editions of their lectures and are published in the order they were delivered. Because these chapters were delivered as papers at a conference, they were prepared as lectures. Readers may at times detect a lecture feel to what they are reading. The editor attempted to make the papers read more like manuscripts for publication, though he pretends no victory in such an attempt." - from the editor's Preface

Table of Contents

Preface by Richard C. Barcellos

1. Theology: Its Sacred Character by Samuel E. Waldron

2. Theology: Its Proper Definition, Necessary Presuppositions, and Scientific Divisions by Samuel E. Waldron

3. Systematic Theology: Its Specific Idea, Scientific Relationships, and Organizational Method by Samuel E. Waldron

4. Systematic Theology: Its Legitimate Necessity by Samuel E. Waldron

5. An Exegetical Case Study in the Doxological Trajectory of the Canon: Ephesians 1:8-10 in Light of its Immediate, Contextual Meaning and Redemptive-Historical and Canonical Context (Part 1) by Richard C. Barcellos

6. An Exegetical Case Study in the Doxological Trajectory of the Canon: Ephesians 1:8-10 in Light of its Immediate, Contextual Meaning and Redemptive-Historical and Canonical Context (Part 2) by Richard C. Barcellos

7. Person and Place: Two Problems with Biblicism by James. M. Renihan

8. 'Good and Necessary Consequence' or 'Necessarily Contained': Toward a Particular Baptist Method of Theology by James M. Renihan


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AN ORTHODOX CATECHISM
The Particular Baptist Version of the Heidelberg Catechism
Hercules Collins

This catechism, first published in 1680, is a Particular (i.e., seventeenth-century Calvinistic) Baptist revision of the Heidelberg Catechism. The editors slightly revised the original for modern use. The book includes the original Preface by Collins, a Foreword by James M. Renihan, and an Introduction by Michael Haykin and G. Stephen Weaver, Jr.

Here are the chapter titles from the table of contents:

?Acknowledgements

?Preface by Hercules Collins

?Foreword by James M. Renihan

?Introduction by Michael A. G. Haykin and G. Stephen Weaver, Jr.

?General Introduction and The First Part: Of Man's Misery

?The Second Part: Of Man's Redemption (Introductory Questions)

?The Second Part: Of Man's Redemption (God the Father)

?The Second Part: Of Man's Redemption (God the Son)

?The Second Part: Of Man's Redemption (God the Holy Spirit)

?The Second Part: Of Man's Redemption (The Sacraments)

?The Second Part: Of Man's Redemption (Baptism)

?The Second Part: Of Man's Redemption (The LordĘs Supper)

?The Third Part: Of Man's Thankfulness (Introductory Questions)

?The Third Part: Of Man's Thankfulness (The Law of God)

?The Third Part: Of Man's Thankfulness (Prayer)

?The Nicene and Athanasian Creeds

ENDORSEMENTS

"Hercules Collins' An Orthodox Catechism is an important work that is worthy of the attention of modern Baptists. Collins' Baptist emendations to the Heidelberg Catechism resulted in a document that retains all of the first-person warmth and Christ-centered instruction of that older, more widely known document. I am glad to see this work in print (especially with the helpful introductory material) and commend it to Baptists everywhere."

-Tom Ascol, Founders Ministries

"This is a much-needed and timely publication of an old catechism. An Orthodox Catechism (a seventeenth-century English Particular or Calvinistic Baptist document) shows fundamental continuity with both Protestant orthodoxy and the catholic tradition of historic Christianity. The document itself shows this as does the fine introduction by Drs. Haykin and Weaver. Collins wrote this as a pastor, desiring that his flock be 'better established, strengthened, and settled on' truth and protected from 'every wind and blast, every puff and breath of Error, and Heresie.' An Orthodox Catechism is, as the author says, an 'Epitome of Law and Gospel, suited to every ones capacity in God's House' and 'Milk for Babes, and Meat for strong Men.' May it strengthen many churches!" - Richard C. Barcellos,

Grace Reformed Baptist Church, Palmdale, CA

"There was a time when Baptist Christians regularly used catechisms in their homes and local churches. Often Baptists wrote their own catechisms, though they also periodically revised paedobaptist catechisms that were otherwise sound. One famous Reformed catechism, the Heidelberg Catechism, was important enough to be revised by Hercules Collins in 1680 for the use of his fellow Baptists. Contemporary Baptist advocates of catechisms owe Michael Haykin and Steve Weaver a debt of gratitude for making An Orthodox Catechism available once again. May it gain a wide usage in our families and in churches." - Nathan A. Finn, Associate Professor of Historical Theology, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

"Hercules Collins' revision of the Heidelberg Catechism is one of the most valuable and least-known resources in the history of Particular Baptist spirituality. An Orthodox Catechism (1680) combines the vitality of Continental Protestant piety with the clarity of New Testament churchmanship, and invites its readers into those spiritual and theological traditions which will do most to inform our minds, warm our hearts, and shape our practice."

- Crawford Gribben, Professor of Early Modern British History, Queen's University, Belfast

"There are few compositions in the history of the Christian church as perspicuous, edifying, and beautiful as the Heidelberg Catechism. It was a deft stroke of denominational ecumenicity when Hercules Collins adapted that catechism for Baptist life. Now An Orthodox Catechism, as Collins named it, is being reprinted with helpful and scholarly introductory material by Michael Haykin, Jim Renihan, and Steve Weaver. I will personally give a hearty welcome to this book and am grateful for its availability. For history, theology, and spiritual nourishment this should be a book of choice." - Thomas J. Nettles, Professor of Historical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

About the author-

Hercules Collins was a leading pastor among the seventeenth-century Particular Baptists. He published An Orthodox Catechism for the people under his pastoral care.


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COVENANT THEOLOGY FROM ADAM TO CHRIST
Nehemiah Cox and John Owen

"This volume brings together wonderful insights from two faithful church leaders of an earlier generation with helpful analyses from competent teachers of today. The results is a valuable resource for students, academics, and pastors." - Tom Ascol

"More times than I can count - and personally I find it so frustrating - I have heard Reformed theology defined in such a way that it excludes those who hold to believer's baptism. This valuable work will help set the record straight." - Michael Haykin

"Nehemiah Coxe's work on the covenant is an important piece of writing by a significant seventeenth century Particular Baptist theologian. Its republication is long overdue. This work is an important resource for twenty-first century Reformed Baptists." - Robert Oliver

"Paedobaptists have seldom, if ever, considered the possibility of a covenantal credobaptist position, and many Baptists are simply ignorant of the centrality of the covenant and its usefulness in defending their own beliefs. This book is an attempt to begin to rectify this deficiency." - Jim Renihan

"For various reasons, many reformed Baptists of our time have failed to realize that historic Covenant Theology was fully appreciated and theologically deployed in the very best of the Calvinistic Baptist tradition. Whereas many Baptists today who are reformed have opted for speaking of themselves as some form of dispensationalist (modified or progressive) or have felt drawn to so-called 'New Covenant Theology,' Baptists who embrace the great Reformed distinctives (like Spurgeon did) have seen themselves as covenant theologians. May their tribe increase!" - Ligon Duncan

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COVENANT CHILDREN TODAY
Physical or Spiritual?
Alan Conner

"We have longed for more literature explaining our own beliefs about the exclusive baptism of those who profess faith while yet remaining fully Calvinistic men. When we send our young men to their [presbyterian] schools we shall instruct them first to read this book." Geoffrey Thomas, Assoc. Editor of Banner of Truth magazine

"Pastor Alan Conner has written a biblically clear and persuasive book on the Reformed Credobaptist perspective." Lance Quinn, pastor-teacher

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MAC ARTHUR'S MILLENNIAL MANIFESTO
A Friendly Response
Samuel E. Waldron

At the 2007 Shepherds' Conference, Pastor John MacArthur delivered a controversial message entitled, "Why Every Self-Respecting Calvinist is a Premillennialist." In this book, Dr. Sam Waldron addresses the assertions of MacArthur historically, exegetically and theologically. Although his arguments are rigorous, the entire tenor of the book is level-headed and irenic. This "friendly response" grants modern day Amillennialists the opportunity to thoughtfully engage their Dispensational brethren.

"With charity, this book exposes the fallacies--historical, exegetical and theological--inherent in Dr. MacArthur's presentation...Thank you, Dr. Waldron, for showing us how a theological refutation may be done with grace and kindness." - James M. Renihan, Ph.D.

"Samuel Waldron's response to John MacArthur's controversial sermon, "Why Every Self-Respecting Calvinist Is a Premillennialist," is a gem. In a gentle spirit, and with an awareness of what is at stake, Waldron makes a persuasive case against MacArthur's unlikely claim that true Calvinists must subscribe to the tenets of dispensational premillennialism." - Cornelis Venema, Ph.D.


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THE FAMILY TREE OF REFORMED BIBLICAL THEOLOGY
Geerhardus Vos & John Owen: Their Methods of and Contribution to the Articulation of Redemptive History
Richard Barcellos

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. Vos wrote in the context of the liberalism of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His biblical-theological methodology was largely a resuscitation of the federal theology of seventeenth-century Reformed orthodoxy adapted to the times in which it was written.

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Publisher: Reformed Baptist Academic Press (March 20, 2010)

Language: English

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A MAN AS PRIEST IN HIS HOME
The Preeminent Challenge Facing Every Christian Husband and Father
Samuel Waldron with Benjamin Hoak

"THIS IS A GREAT BOOK TO USE FOR A MEN'S STUDY GROUP, It is also a book for a father to use with older sons, to help prepare them for marriage and family. It is simple and straightforward, and always rooted in the text of Holy Scripture." - Michael Gaydosh, founder of Solid Grouind Christian Books

This important book begins with these words - "The concern in this book is rooted in the great calling to serve one another. As Christian husbands and fathers, how should we view our ministry to our family? When our teenager has just vaulted into the annals of history with the stupidity and sinfulness of his behavior, how should we respond? When we let our wives down, how do we respond? When our families are struggling, how do we help them? What kind of ministry should we have in our home?

To support the ultimate conclusion of this book that a man serves as a priest in his home, we must begin with the idea that all Christian ministry is priestly in character. When we talk about ministry, we're referring not just to the official duties of pastors, but to the whole spectrum of dealings among Christians, including such things as counseling, teaching, praying, rebuking, encouraging, helping, etc. To prove the idea that all Christian ministry is priestly in character, we'll look at four arguments."

Waldron and Hoak then walk us through ten concise but meaty chapters intended to define what it means for a man to be priest in his home, defend this position against attacks from inside and outside the church, and describe how this priestly work is to be carried out in the midst of a family stained by sin. This is a challenging book which concludes with a strong word of HOPE in the closing chapter.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. PRIESTLY MINISTRY - The Heart of Christian Service

2. THE SCRIPTURAL WARRANT - Old Testament, New Testament & Christ

3. THE CLASSIC PORTRAIT - The Example of Job

4. PRIESTLY ROLE # 1 - A Man as an Intercessor in Prayer

5. PRIESTLY ROLE # 2 - A Man as a Director of Religious Worship

6. PRIESTLY ROLE # 3 - A Man as a Mediator of Divine Blessing

7. PRIESTLY ROLE # 4 - A Man as an Iinstructor in Sacred Scripture

8. PRIESTLY ROLE # 5 - A Man as a Judge in Holy Things

9. SPIRITUAL QUALIFICATIONS - Blamelessness, Compassion & Faithfulness

10. HOPE FOR A MAN AS A PRIEST IN HIS HOME

The book concludes with the following encouragement: "How will we ever become the kind of man God wants us to be? Again and again, when our sins are set before us, and we feel our weakness, our lack of compassion, our inconsistency and defectiveness, those issues should drive us back to Jesus Christ. He is the one who says, 'He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'' He is the one who, as Paul says, will transform us from glory to glory when we behold Him (2 Corinthians 3:18).

That transformation takes place when we live in the presence of Jesus Christ. Like Moses, who dwelt in the presence of God's glory on the mountain, our faces will shine with His glory. We have to live with Christ. We've got to wake up with Him. We've got to walk with Him. We've got to end the day with Him. We have to be with Him always. We have to read His Word and speak to Him. As we do, the glory of what Christ is as a priest will begin to enlighten us as well. May God grant it to be so for each one of us."


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BETTER THAN THE BEGINNING
Creation in Biblical Perspective
Richard Barcellos

"Creation is controversial, and truly we need to defend biblical doctrine concerning the origin of all things. Yet sometimes in the midst of controversy we can lose sight of the purpose of creation itself. Richard Barcellos uses the creation of the world like a great telescope to look up at the beauty of the Creator. His book focuses our attention on the triune God in Christ. He draws his doctrine from a careful exposition of the Bible, applies it to our practical lives, and calls us to sing the praises of Him who is worthy, 'for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created' (Rev. 4:11). This is an edifying book, and I hope that many will read it." - Joel R. Beeke

"Although many Christians have been engaged in a life-or-death battle to defend the truth of creation against evolutionary attacks coming from inside and outside the church, there has been little exploration of the doctrine of creation in all its glorious height, depth, width, and length. Richard Barcellos has begun to remedy this neglect with a God-glorifying, soul-edifying, life-transforming survey of this majestic and practical subject." - David P. Murray, Ph.D.

"Christ brings the creation train derailed by Adam to its original glorious destination! This insight is vital to an understanding of the gospel and the vital, scriptural distinction between the law and the gospel. May God give this volume great usefulness!" - Samuel E. Waldron, Ph.D.

Preface

1. The Ultimate Reason for Creation: Creation for the Glory of God

Exposition of Romans 11:36

Implications of Romans 11:36

2. The Divine Agents of Creation: Creation by the Triune God

Defining our Terms

Three Persons yet One Essence

The Act of Creation and the Three Persons of the Godhead

Practical Considerations

3. The Son-Tilted Focus of Creation: Creation for the Son of God

Context of Colossians 1:16

Content of Colossians 1:16

Consequences of Colossians 1:16

4. The Revelatory Function of Creation (I): Creation tells of His Glory

Structure of Psalm 19

Exposition of Psalm 19:1-6

Implications of Psalm 19:1-6

5. The Revelatory Function of Creation (II): Creation testifies of His Existence

Romans 1:20 in Context

Explanation of Romans 1:20

Practical Observations from Romans 1:20

Acts 14:17 -God's Patience and Goodness in the Teeth of Idolatry

Context of and Brief Observations from Acts 14:8-18

Some Practical Implications

6. The Initial Act of Creation: Creation out of Nothing

Explanation of Genesis 1:1

The Bible and Genesis 1:1

Brief Interaction with Those who Differ

7. The Six Days of Creation: Creation 'in the space of six days'

Views on the Length of the Days of Creation

Duration of the Six Days of Creation

Why in the Space of Six Days?

Three Final Observations

8. The Image-Bearing Apex of Creation (I): Creation in the Image of God

High-Level Observations Indicating that Man is the Apex of Creation

Exegetical and Theological Considerations Indicating that Man is the Apex of Creation

Brief Excursus on ManĘs Body and God's Image

Some Implications of Man Created in the Image of God

9. The Image-Bearing Apex of Creation (II): Creation in the image of God

Observations upon Adam's Identity and Calling

GodĘs Remedy for Adam's Failure

10. The Sabbath Rest of Creation (I): Creation's Coronation and Goal

Introduction

The Bible's Diversity

The Bible's Unity

Seven Observations Tying the End of the Bible with the Beginning of the Bible

How Does all this Relate to the Creator's Sabbath?

11. The Sabbath Rest of Creation (II): Creation's Coronation and Goal

The Context of Genesis 2:1-3

The Elements of Genesis 2:1-3

The Bible on Genesis 2:1-3

12. Conclusion: Better than the Beginning

Bibliography

Scripture Index

Name and Subject Index


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FROM PAEDOBAPTISM TO CREDOBAPTISM
A Critique of the Westminster Standards on the Subjects of Baptism
W.Gary Crampton

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A REFORMED BAPTIST MANIFESTO:
The New Covenant Constitution of the Church
Samuel Waldron with Richard Barcellos

"The centuries old dispute concerning the nature of the church and all the important related issues may seem so complex as to defy clarification. Waldron's insightful discussion cuts through so much of the confusing rhetoric and allows the reader to see clearly the key elements of the differing positions in light of the teaching of God's Word regarding the New Covenant. Many will be blessed by this fresh approach." James R. White

"Of the many interfaces of theology, one fascinating area is the relationship of the New Covenant to the Old. What aspects of the Old Covenant were strictly dispensational, that is, applying to the Jews of Israel during the time they as a nation were living in that land and had a unique covenant relationship with God? What truths of the Old Testament have a permanent binding authority on the New Testament people of God? These studies are a modest step towards clearer thinking about revealed truth. May it be the first of many. We all need such light and direction as are to be found in these pages." Geoffrey Thomas

"It is the conviction of this author that confessional Reformed Baptist churches reflect the major distinctives of the New Covenant. In other words, what confessional Reformed Baptists endeavor to be is stated clearly in the terms of the New Covenant. The purpose of this study, therefore, is to set before you a Reformed Baptist Manifesto by means of an examination of the New Covenant as the Constitution of the Church. This assertion may seem arrogant. It is hoped, however, that the reader will simply permit the New Covenant to speak for itself and see the relevance and appropriateness of such a claim." - from the Introduction


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FAITH, OBEDIENCE & JUSTIFICATION
Current Evangelical Departures from 'Sola Fide'
Sam Waldron

"The undermining of classical Protestant formulations of 'sola fide' is a significant, and disheartening, feature in contemporary evangelical discussions of soteriology - Waldron understands this and provides trenchant historical and theological critique in crystal clear prose." - Ligon Duncan

"For those still studying the issues of 'the obedience of faith' and its meaning in Reformation theology vs. modern 'covenant nomism', this is a must read." - Fred Malone

"Sam Waldron has done us a tremendous service. He has culled the writings of Luther, Calvin and Reformed symbolics of sola fide. His method is clear. His distinctions are crucial. His conclusions are cogent." - Richard Barcellos

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REFORMED BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL REVIEW
Richard Barcellos, editor

RBTR finds its roots in a desire to have contemporary Reformed Baptists, who are committed to the Second London Confession of Faith of 1677/89 (2nd LCF), articulate their beliefs in a scholarly, yet pastoral manner. A survey of the theological literature of our day finds little confessional Reformed Baptist literature available at this level. Many fine books have been written by contemporary, confessional Reformed Baptists, for which we are grateful. Scholarly and critical works, however, are far and few between. RBTR is designed to help fill that gap from a journal standpoint. There are now three issues available.

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TRUE CONFESSIONS
Baptist Documents in the Reformed Family
Edited by James Renihan

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While several harmonies of Reformed Confessions have been published over the years, and also various compilations of Baptist Confessions, I am unaware of any attempts to do what has been done here - to place the most important 17th century Baptist Confessions and Catechisms side by side with their Reformed source documents.

Dr. Renihan has rendered an invaluable service to Christ's Church through his labors. Both the contents of this work and the beautiful sturdy soft-cover, spiral bound design for teaching utility make this book an ideal resource for pastors & professors alike. This work is a "must have" for every serious study of 17th century Baptist symbolics.

"It was with a deep sense of 'finally' that I looked at this new work by Dr. Renihan. We have long needed this detailed and tabular comparison of the foundational documents of our Calvinistic Baptist heritage and their sources. This work reminds lovers of that heritage that those who drew up these documents saw themselves as part of a Calvinist International, 'a broader Reformed community' as Renihan puts it." Michael Haykin, Th.D.


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