A SCRIPTURAL EXPOSITION OF THE BAPTIST CATECHISM
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"The recent reprint of The Baptist Catechism has given families and study classes a helpful tool for memorizing the great doctrines of the Christian faith. Now, a hidden jewel, Benjamin Beddome's 'A Scriptural Exposition of the Baptist Catechism,' takes its place alongside the Catechism to give much needed assistance to the same families and classes. Beddome shows how the doctrines contained in the Catechism are founded upon Scripture, and explains them for all to understand. This is indeed a wonderful instrument to make skilled craftsmen from apprentices!" - Dr. James M. Renihan
"During the early years of his ministry Benjamin Beddome (1717-1795) used Benjamin Keach's 'The Baptist Catechism' extensively, but clearly felt that the questions and answers of this catechism needed to be supplemented by further material. So he composed what was printed in 1752 as 'A Scriptural Exposition of the Baptist Catechism by Way of Question and Answer,' which basically reproduced the wording and substance of the catechism drawn up by Keach, but added various sub-questions and answers to each of the main questions.
The Scriptural Exposition proved to be quite popular. There were two editions during Beddome's lifetime, the second of which was widely used at the Bristol Baptist Academy, which was the sole British Baptist seminary for much of the eighteenth century. In the nineteenth century it was reprinted once in the British Isles and twice in the United States, the last printing being in 1849." - Dr. Michael Haykin
Benjamin Beddome was born January 23, 1717, at Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire, England. He was the son of Baptist minister John Beddome. He was apprenticed to a surgeon in Bristol, but moved to London in 1839 and joined the Baptist church in Prescott Street. At the call of his church, he devoted himself to the work of Christian ministry, and in 1740 began to preach at Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire. For many years he was one of the most respected Baptist ministers in western England. He was also a man of some literary culture. In 1752, he wrote "Exposition of the Baptist Catechism." In 1770, Beddome received a MA degree from Providence College, Rhode Island.
It was Beddome's practice to write a hymn weekly for use after his Sunday morning sermon. Though not originally intended for publication, he allowed 13 of these to appear in the Bristol Baptist Collection of Ash & Evans (1769), and 36 in Rippon's Selections (1787). In 1817, a posthumous collection of his hymns was published, containing 830 pieces. Robert Hall wrote of Beddome's hymns:
"The man of taste will be gratified with the beauty and original turns of thought which many of them exhibit, while the experimental Christian will often perceive the most secret movements of his soul strikingly delineated, and sentiments portrayed which will find their echo in every heart."
He died September 23, 1795, at Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, England.
"Beddome's exposition is particularlly helpful for doctrine classes in churches and can give substantial help to any leader that would want to convene such a study." - Dr. Tom Nettles
"An amazingly insightful volume, written in highly accessible and readable style. Beddome gives helpful, clear biblical exposition to the Baptist Catechism by a series of succinct questions and answers exploring each catechism question's affirmations, denials, and implications concisely and with biblical grounding. He wrote for people in his congregation, not scholars, and its intended audience is obvious in his clear, simple handling of the various headings in the Catechism. Behold here the timelessness of the Puritan approach to Scripture!
Solid Ground did a great job putting together the physical volume. The printing is crisp, dark, and clear; the font is sized to be quite legible; and the paperback itself feels well-made and sturdy.
Beddome's 'A Scriptural Exposition of the Baptist Catechism' is indeed an important piece of Baptist history; but more than that, itís an altogether unique book which will help you understand Scripture and know God better. Warmly recommended." - customer R.T. Marsh
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Biographical Sketch of Beddome
Question # 1 - WHO IS THE FIRST AND CHIEFEST BEING?
Answer. God is the first and chiefest Being.
Is God the first of all beings?
Yes. "I am the first" - Isaiah 44:6
Is he the first cause of all beings?
Yes. "Of whom are all things" - 1 Corinthians 8:6
Are all other causes subordinate to the first cause?
Yes. "O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger and the staff in their hands is mine indignation." - Isaiah 10:5
Is God the first in creation?
Yes. "He spake and it was done." - Psalm 33:9
Is he the first in providence?
Yes. "For in him we live, and move, and have our being," - Acts 17:28
Is he the first in government?
Yes. "Thy throne is established of old." - Psalm 93:2
Is he the first in the world of grace?
Yes. "All things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself," - 2 Corinthians 5:18
Is he first in the displays of his love?
Yes. "We love him because he first loved us," - 1 John 4:19
Can we be beforehand with God?
No. "Who hath first given unto him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again." - Romans 11:35
Should God then be first in our thoughts?
Yes. "When I awake I am still with thee," - Psalm 139:18
And first in our esteem?
Yes. "Whom have I in heaven but thee," - Psalm 73:25
Should we first give ourselves unto him?
Yes. "But first gave their own-selves unto the Lord," - 2 Corinthians 8:5
And should he have the first fruits?
Yes. "My soul desireth the first ripe fruits," - Micah 7:1
Is God the chiefest being?
Yes. "Who is like unto thee, O Lord?" - Exodus 15:11
Is he above all pretenders?
Yes. "He is a great King, above all gods," - Psalm 95:3
Is he chief in heaven?
Yes. "Who in heaven can be compared unto the Lord," - Psalm 89:6
Is he chief on earth?
Yes. "Thou Lord art high above all the earth." - Palm 97:9
Is he only one of the chief?
No. "For he is the Most High," - Psalm 56:2
And will he ever retain his pre-eminency?
Yes. "For he is the Most High for evermore." - Psalm 92:8
Should God then be chiefly loved?
Yes. "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart." - Luke 10:27
And chiefly feared?
Yes. "Rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell," - Matthew 10:28
And are those happy who are interested in him?
Yes. "Happy is that people whose God is the Lord." - Psalm 144:15