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MINISTRY BY HIS GRACE AND FOR HIS GLORY
Essays in Honor of the Ministry of Tom Nettles
Edited by Tom Ascol and Nathan Finn

Contents and Contributors

Foreword (R. Albert Mohler)

Introduction (Tom Ascol)

Part I: Historical

1. Baptists and the Bible: The History of a History Book (Nathan A. Finn)

2. Remembering Baptist Heroes: The Example of John Gill (Michael A.G. Haykin)

3. Crawford H. Toy: Southern Baptists and the Lesson of Controversy (Gregory A. Wills)

4. Evangelicalism from the Beginning: English Baptists of the 17th Century (C. Jeffery Robinson, Sr.)

5. A Distracted Piety: African-American Baptists (Kevin L. Smith)

Part II: Theological

6. The Authority of Scripture: The Bible and Baptists (David S. Dockery)

7. Without One Plea: Human Depravity and the Christian Gospel (Russell D. Moore)

8. God's Sovereign Election (Erroll Hulse)

9. Limited Atonement: A Short Defense (Geoff Thomas)

10. Understanding Effectual Calling (Tom Hicks)

11. Perseverance: The True Nature of Saving Faith (Phil Newton)

12. Justification: The Use of Genesis 15:6 in Romans 4:3 (Sam Waldron)

Part III: Practical

13. The Preacher on Preaching: Wisdom from a Wise Wordsmith (Daniel Akin)

14. An Idol Called Evangelism - And It's Remedy (Roy A. Hargrave)

15. Missions and the Doctrines of Grace (David Sills)

16. 'An Ingenuous Unfolding of Our Principles' Confessionalism Among 17th Century Particular Baptists (James M. Renihan)

17. On Catechizing (Jim Scott Orrick)

18. Recovering Regenerate Church Membership (Tom Ascol)

19. Believer's Baptism: Its Nature, Practice and Importance (Fred Malone)

20. Baptists, Worldview and Focal Practices (Ben Mitchell)

The Writings of Thomas J. Nettles: A Bibliography (Nathan A. Finn and Matthew Emerson)

"Tom Nettles was born to be a teacher, called to be a preacher, and trained to be a scholar. He has produced a library of scholarship and has shaped a generation of Baptist ministers and leaders. He has also done what few scholars ever have the opportunity or courage to do - he has reset the terms of debate for an entire denomination of churches. Thanks to Tom Nettles and his influence, there are important truths that are known and now cannot be denied." - From the Foreword, R. Albert Mohler, Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

"These essays are offered in honor of Tom Nettles with full recognition that our Triune God is the One who deserves all praise for his life and ministry. Our Lord is the One who gives 'pastors and teachers to equip the saints for works of ministry' (Ephesians 4:11-12). We thank God for raising Tom up in our day and using him mightily in the effort to defend the authority of Scripture and recover the gospel that it reveals. Our hope is that this book, which addresses subjects that Tom himself has emphasized in his teaching and writing, will also prove useful in showing that all that we are and have is truly by God's grace and for His glory." - From the Introduction, Tom Ascol, Senior Pastor, Grace Baptist Church, Cape Coral, Florida


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LIVING BY REVEALED TRUTH
The Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Tom Nettles

Tom Nettles has written this biography of Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the famous 19th century preacher and writer. It covers his life, ministry and also his theology. He draws on material from The Sword and Trowel, the magazine of the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London, where C H Spurgeon ministered.

"Charles Spurgeon is a mountain - a massive figure on the evangelical landscape. Tom Nettles now helps us to understand Charles Haddon Spurgeon as a man, a theologian, and one of the most influential pastors in church history. Nettles takes us into the heart of Charles Spurgeon's conviction and his pastoral theology. This is a book that will encourage, educate, and bless its readers." - R. Albert Mohler, President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

"While numerous biographies of Spurgeon have been published over the decades, Spurgeon's thought normally receives short shrift from his biographers. This is why this new biography is so important. By focusing on Spurgeon's memoirs and published articles, Tom Nettles has filled an important gap in scholarship related to Spurgeon with this exhaustive intellectual biography of the Prince of Preachers. Many pastors and other casual readers will be encouraged by Spurgeon's commitment to a high view of Scripture and historic Baptist orthodoxy from a Reformed perspective. Scholars will be forced to reckon with Spurgeon the theologian as they pursue their own studies of the famed Victorian pastor." - Nathan A. Finn, Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Baptist Studies, The Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina

"What Nettles makes plain is that for Spurgeon, all theology is pastoral theology. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It should be widely distributed by all who love the gospel of God's grace that Spurgeon preached. Every pastor, ministerial student and those who work to train men for the ministry should carefully learn from the life and labors of Charles Haddon Spurgeon as Tom Nettles elucidates them. Nearly everyone who knows of Spurgeon admires him for his great accomplishments. Nettles helps us understand the theological underpinnings of those accomplishments. In doing so, the author, like his subject, has served the church well." - Tom Ascol, Pastor, Grace Baptist Church, Cape Coral, Florida

"Readers are inspired to holiness of life, faithfulness in Christ's service, and perseverance in godliness by the moving account of this great Victorian evangelist who held and maintained through his preaching and pastoral ministry endeavors the great truths generally known as 'the doctrines of grace.' " - C. Berry Driver Jr., Dean of Libraries, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas

"Nettles presents the ministerial brilliance of the 'Prince of Preachers,' whose pastoral labors transcend generations down to this present hour. Revered by many as the greatest preacher since the apostle Paul, readers will be encouraged and edified by this engaging account of Spurgeon's life and ministry." - Steven J. Lawson, Senior Pastor, Christ Fellowship Baptist Church, Mobile, Alabama


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READY FOR REFORMATION
Tom Nettles

While asserting that inerrancy is foundational for a genuine reformation, Nettles believes Southern Baptists now must teach and live out the doctrinal content of an inerrant Bible.

"The task of reclaiming is not complete," he writes. "If only the acceptance of the divine authority of the deposit (the Scriptures) gains adherence but the content of the treasure itself lies dormant, the recovery is a sham. The formal principle without the material principle does not make a reformation.

"For recovery or reformation to be full, the content of the revelation must also be rediscovered and proclaimed." Renewed attention to "a sweeping historic confessional theology" will inspire a broader and deeper grasp of truth and more love for God, he writes.


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WHY I AM A BAPTIST
Tom Nettles, Russ Moore editors

In light of the current identity crisis facing Baptists today, editors Nettles and Moore offer a volume of testimonies from contemporary Baptists expounding on that very question, Why I Am a Baptist. Taking a more objective approach than offered in earlier books, Why I Am a Baptist models a more doctrine-oriented approach, explaining Baptist life on the basis of historical tenets of the Christian faith worked out in practice.

Contributions by Carl Henry, Albert Mohler, Roger Nicole, Paige Patterson, Wayne Grudem and others.


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BAPTISTS AND THE BIBLE
Tom Nettles and Rush Bush

Since its publication in 1980, Baptists and the Bible has become one of the most complete and oft quoted sources for reliable, incisive, and detailed information on the history of Baptist attitudes towards the doctrine of the inerrancy and infallibility of the Bible. Now this newly expanded edition makes it even more useful in understanding what baptists believe about the scriptures - and why. Baptists and the Bible explores the origins of the modern Baptist faith, traciing its beliefs from 17th Century England to the controversies of today. Through their studies of 18th and 19th century scholars, Bush and Nettles uncover how today's Baptists arrived at their current doctrinal positions. They also investigate the sources of uncertainties in scriptural interpretation and relate their new findings to present day issues in Baptist Life.

Meticulously researched, this revealing study brings the Baptist legacy to life, providing today's Baptists with a look at their past, and a resource for the future life. ?Backus Books

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By His Grace and For His Glory:
A Historical, Theological, and Practical Study
of the Doctrines of Grace in Baptist Life
Tom Nettles

Initially this book arose, published in 1986, as a response to church reactions to the January Bible Study of 1980. Since then, the issues engaged have become more visible, more widely embraced by church members, pastors, denominational servants, more controversial and ardently opposed by some, and the subject of many discussion groups in churches and a variety of denominational settings. The attention focused on the doctrines of grace is good; it is healthy to give intense thought to issues of God's holiness, His sovereignty, and His efficacious and infinitely wise design in the justification of sinners under the curse of His Law.

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"Tom Nettles' book By His Grace and For His Glory is a landmark study. Bringing together the disciplines of the school, the concerns of the preacher and the heart of a Christian, Nettles effectively reminds Baptists of our own day what so many before us believed to be the gospel." - Mark Dever

"A valuable contribution both for its history of Baptist theology and for its insistence on the loss by Baptists of their Calvinist heritage as well as for its clear and candid statement of Calvinism for today." (ADRIS Newsletter)

Tom Ascol: "Fifteen years after its first appearance, Tom Nettles' book remains an important work for modern Baptists. His major historical thesis - that the doctrines of grace formed a theological consensus among Baptists in the Southern states from the mid-nineteenth century into the first quarter of the twentieth century - has not seriously been engaged, much less refuted, by detractors and others who are less than thrilled by this doctrinal heritage. This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to be honest when assessing historic Southern Baptist theology."(Pastor, Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Florida; Editor, Founders Journal)

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Baptists and the Doctrines of Grace -- DVD
Tom Nettles

Dr. Tom Nettles reveals the strong, doctrinal roots of the Baptist denomination and traces the influence of these doctrines in Baptist life from the 17th century to the present, particularly focusing on Southern Baptists. He shows how many of these foundational beliefs have been weakened with time and urges a return to the principles espoused by the denominationĘs founding fathers and the Word of God.

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A Foundation for the Future:
The Southern Baptist Message and Mission
Tom Nettles

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Baptists, like other Christians, are defined by doctrine--some of it common to all orthodox and evangelical groups and a portion of it importantly distinctive. Theological reformation is urgently needed in order to promote the spiritual effectiveness and longevity of the recent return to biblical authority. This reformation will speak with renewed vigor and fidelity in biblical exposition, walk circumspectly but energetically with beautiful gospel-bearing feet, strain forward toward the heavenly goal of Christ's transforming return, and remember the example and faith of Baptist pilgrims of the past. Who were the people and what were the teachings that gave Southern Baptists the bones, ligaments, muscles, breath, and blood to endure and prosper in the intensity of the twentieth century? Looking back to the founding fathers has the potential to provoke spiritual renewal by helping modern believers more clearly understand the Word of God. Such a reformation and revival among the Southern Baptists could, under God, significantly influence the missions, theological education, worship, and evangelism in the entire modern evangelical world....

Those who maintain fidelity to historic Baptist theology should not be discouraged by present controversies or strong opposition. Reformation and revival never come without great tribulation. The founders of the convention and supporters of the original missionary and educational enterprises would certainly not expect their theological heirs to forsake the practical manifestation of that heritage simply to avoid conflict. If there is a "downgrade," we must work for an "upgrade." If opposition to biblical theology is experienced, it is no more than the orthodox of any generation have withstood.

A blast of the trumpet to return to the faith once-delivered, as believed wholeheartedly by the original Southern Baptists, is needed. This small book is designed to encourage those who appreciate the urgency of these issues to take up their trumpets, draw their breaths, and sound out the call for action.


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