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DR. SAM WALDRON
Dr. Sam Waldron serves as the Professor of Systematic Theology at the Midwest Center for Theological Studies. This is an institution dedicated to the training of God's servants for both the vocational pastorate and effective service to the Lord Christ in other vocations. Prior to moving to Kentucky to pursue his doctorate at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, he was a pastor of the Reformed Baptist Church of Grand Rapids from 1977 to 2001.

He is the author of numerous books and pamphlets including A Modern Exposition of the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, The End Times Made Simple, Baptist Roots in America, To Be Continued? And a contributor to the four views book on church government, Who Runs the Church?

He has been married to his wife, Charlene, since 1975, and they have five children.



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While many Christians recognize the name of Charles H. Spurgeon, the beloved preacher and writer, few are familiar with the life and legacy of his wife, Susie. Yet Susannah Spurgeon was an accomplished and devout woman of God who had a tremendous ministry in her own right, as well as in support of her husband. Even while dealing with serious health issues, she administered a book fund for poor pastors, edited and published her husband's sermons and other writings, led a pastor's aid ministry, wrote five books, made her home a hub of hospitality, and was instrumental in planting a church. And as her own writing attests, she was also a warm, charming, and fascinating woman.

Now, for the first time, Susie brings this vibrant woman's story to modern readers. Ray Rhodes Jr. examines Susannah's life, showing that she was not only the wife of London's most famous preacher, but also a woman who gave all she had in grateful service to the Lord.

Susie is an inspiring and encouraging account of a truly remarkable woman of faith that will delight Spurgeon devotees and fans of Christian biographies alike.

“I am writing in my husband's study, where he thought, and prayed, and wrote. Every inch of the place is sacred ground. Everything remains precisely as he left it. His books (now my most precious possessions), stand in shining rows upon the shelves, in exactly the order in which he placed them, and one might almost fancy the room was ready and waiting for its master. But oh! That empty chair! That great portrait over the door! The strange, solemn silence, which pervades the place now that he is no longer on earth! I kneel sometimes by his chair, and laying my head on the cushioned arms, which so long supported his dear form, I pour out my grief before the Lord, and tell Him again that though I am left alone, yet I know that 'He hath done all things well'"

ISBN: 978-0-8024-1834-0

Publish Date: September 2018

Number of Pages: 304

Dimensions: 6.25 x 9.5

Format: Hardcover

RAY RHODES, JR. serves as founding pastor of Grace Community Church of Dawsonville, GA and as president of Nourished in the Word Ministries. He has served four congregations over three decades of pastoral ministry and for fifteen years, he has led Nourished in the Word. Ray has published several books and holds theological degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (D.Min.). He is married to Lori and they are blessed with six daughters and four grandchildren. Ray has long been a Spurgeon enthusiast, and his doctoral thesis focused on the marriage and spirituality of Charles and Susannah Spurgeon.

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PASTORAL THEOLOGY: The Man of God, Volumes One & Two
ALBERT N. MARTIN

From 1978 to 1998, Pastor A.N. Martin taught Pastoral Theology in the Trinity Ministerial Academy, a church-based ministerial training institution. Every Friday throughout the academic year, all the students would gather for two hours of teaching presented in a four-year cycle. Subsequently various series of the audiotapes were widely circulated.

Many expressed their desire to see these lectures printed. As an intermediate step in responding to that desire, the Trinity Baptist Church eldership decided to encourage Pastor Martin to rework the original lectures and deliver them one ?nal time, while professionally recording them. This project was begun in 2007 and completed in 2012 with Pastor Martin teaching his entire Pastoral Theology course “one more time” to 25 to 30 men. The transcriptions of these DVD lectures constituted the basis for the ?rst draft of these edited lectures. Within these lectures there are very few issues faced by the ordinary pastor that are not addressed in one way or another. It is the author’s prayer that when all the volumes are nestled on the bookshelf of any pastor, that whatever his concern may be in conjunction with his pastoral labors, that he can expect that most likely, there is something in these volumes that would be of help to him. It is also the author’s prayer that even the most experienced pastor will ?nd in these pages much that will provoke him to pursue greater personal godliness, increased preaching effectiveness, and expanded pastoral usefulness.

“The first thing I did on my first day of ministry over twenty years ago was to start listening to Pastor Martin’s pastoral theology lectures on cassette tape (yes, that long ago). These addresses not only set my ministry on a biblical course but actually saved my ministry (and my sanity) more times than I can count. I’ve waited a long time to see this material in print and am so glad that present and future generations of pastors can benefit from it as I did (and still do).” —Dr. David Murray, Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“Dr. Al Martin poured a lifetime of study into lectures on the pastor and preaching. He delivered them annually to his Academy of theological students who met at the meeting place of his congregation in Montville, New Jersey. While he taught them he was engaged week by week in the dynamics of a growing and demanding pulpit and pastoral ministry… There is certainly a cry from a million hearts that today’s preaching should know more of the breath of heaven….May these volumes do much good all over the globe to assist the renewal of awakening ministries.” —Dr. Geoff Thomas, Pastor (retired), Alfred Place Baptist Church, Aberystwyth, Wales. Visiting Professor of Historical Theology, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

“When I was a young minister, I came across a series of audio recordings by Al Martin that proved to be a gold mine of wisdom. Opening the Holy Scriptures and leaning on the solid teaching of classic writers, these Pastoral Theology lectures both clarified God’s calling and motivated God’s servants to preach God’s Word and shepherd His flock in accord with the whole counsel of God… About a decade later, when called upon to teach several courses in pastoral theology in the newly begun Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan, I listened to most of these lectures again and found them even more profitable the second time through. It is, therefore, a great joy for me that Pastor Martin has reworked this material in his senior years and that now these highly esteemed lectures are finally appearing in book form.” —From the Foreword by Dr. Joel R. Beeke, Pastor, Heritage Reformed Congregation, Grand Rapids, Michigan. President & Professor of Systematic Theology & Homiletics, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

Table of Contents of Volume 1

Foreword

Preface

Acknowledgments

Biographical Sketch of Albert N. Martin

UNIT ONE: The Call of the Man of God

Chapter 1 Introduction to Pastoral Theology

Chapter 2 The Call of the Man of God to the Pastoral Office

Chapter 3 Fundamental Errors Regarding a Call to the Pastoral Office

Chapter 4 Aspiration to the Pastoral Office

Chapter 5 Qualifications of Christian Character

Chapter 6 Qualifications of Christian Experience (1)

Chapter 7 Qualifications of Christian Experience (2)

Chapter 8 Qualifications of Mental Gifts

Chapter 9 Qualifications of Spiritual Gifts: Speaking Gifts

Chapter 10 Qualifications of Leadership Gifts

Chapter 11 The Source of Spiritual Giftedness

Chapter 12 Confirmation to the Pastoral Office

Chapter 13 Recognition and Ordination to the Pastoral Office

UNIT TWO: The Life of the Man of God

Chapter 1 The Life of the Man of God in the Pastoral Office

Chapter 2 His Relationship to God Spiritually (1)

Chapter 3 His Relationship to God Spiritually (2)

Chapter 4 His Relationship to God Spiritually (3)

Chapter 5 His Relationship to God Intellectually

Chapter 6 His Relationship to God Physically and Emotionally (1)

Chapter 7 His Relationship to God Physically and Emotionally (2)

Chapter 8 His Relationship to His People (1)

Chapter 9 His Relationship to His People (2)

Chapter 10 His Relationship to His People (3)

Chapter 11 The Man of God in Relation to Himself

Chapter 12 The Man of God in Relation to His Time and His Manifold Responsibilities

Chapter 13 The Man of God in Relation to His Domestic Responsibilities (1)

Chapter 14 The Man of God in Relation to His Domestic Responsibilities (2)

Scripture Index

Topical Index

Author Index

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1689 BAPTIST CONFESSION OF FAITH: A Modern Exposition, 5th Edition Revised and Corrected
Sam Waldron

A NEW PRINT RUN HAS JUST ARRIVED WHICH IS A REVISED AND CORRECTED HARDCOVER EDITION.

A Modern Exposition of the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith by Sam Waldron This 5th Edition is the definitive version, and is presented in hardback.

Modern Christianity is awash in a flood of doctrinal relativity. Satan and his forces love the imprecision and ambiguity which are rampant in our day. As C. H. Spurgeon observed, 'The archenemy of truth has invited us to level our walls and take away our fenced cities.'

This exposition was originally published in 1989 to mark the 300th anniversary of the publication of the Second London Confession, which also became known as the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith. Today, Reformed Baptists world-wide hold this Confession in high esteem and many churches continue to regard it as their official statement of faith.

In this extensive exposition, the author Sam Waldron shows that the 1689 Confession is a masterly statement of the historic Christian faith. He writes in a direct and lucid style that will help ministers, students and laymen alike to a clear understanding of this Confession and to its relevance and application to our modern age.

Included in this publication is a helpful introduction on the legitimacy and use of confessions by Dr Robert P. Martin, who is now in glory but was formerly Pastor of Emmanuel Reformed Baptist Church in Seattle, Washington.

BONUS SECTION: At the back of the book there are 25 pages of helpful Study Questions (more than 300 in all) that will help to review all the contents of this invaluable book, and serve useful for teaching within the church and the family.

'This is one of my favorite confessional commentaries. It does vary (sometimes more, sometimes less) from studies on the Westminster Confession because of its baptistic approach, but Waldron is an excellent writer, and he has the advantage of being our contemporary. His examples and discussions of issues on which the WCF and LBCF are the same (Creation, Justification, Election, Sabbath, etc.) are excellent. This book is very well organized and clear.' Fred Greco, Senior Pastor, Christ Church PCA, Katy, Texas

Dr. Sam Waldron is the Dean of Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary and Professor of Systematic Theology (cbtseminary.org). Dr. Waldron received a B.A. from Cornerstone University, completed studies equivalent to an M. Div. at Trinity Ministerial Academy, obtained a Th.M. from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, and attained a Ph.D. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. From 1977 to 2001 he was one of the pastors of the Reformed Baptist Church of Grand Rapids, MI. He is now one of the pastors of Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Owensboro, KY.

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A FAITH TO CONFESS: The 1689 London Baptist Confession in Modern English
modernized by S.M. Houghton

A NEW EDITION OF THIS MODERNIZED 1689 CONFESSION HAS JUST ARRIVED FROM THE UK.

This is an updated version of the Baptist Confession of 1689. Very helpful to use with those who find the language of the original 1689 to be too difficult.

A FAITH TO CONFESS is designed to present a clear outline of Biblical truth to all interested persons. Since the Bible, the fully inspired Word of God, does not change from one age to another, the truths contained in the Confession, wholly based as they are upon Scripture, are as relevant today as when 'the Elders and Brethren of many congregations of Christians, baptized upon profession of their Faith' stated them in 1677. Charles II was then upon the British throne. It was a time of persecution.

Between the years 1644 and 1648 an Assembly of Puritan Divines of England and Scotland had drawn up the Westminster Confession which was and is highly esteemed by believers. But its church Order was that of Presbyterianism, and Baptists differed from it on important matters such as the nature of the gathered church, baptism, the Lord's supper and church government. Hence, when opportunity arose, they drew up their own Confession of Faith, accepting the fundamental doctrines of the Westminster Confession but making such adjustments to, and correction of, that Confession as seemed to their minds and consciences to be demanded by the pure Word of God. Thus a comparison of the two Confessions will reveal many word-for-word similarities but also sundry changes.

A dozen years after the Baptist Confession was drawn up by persecuted ministers a new era of liberty dawned, and in 1689 thirty-seven leading Baptist ministers re-issued the Confession. In England and Wales it became the definitive Confession of the Particular or Calvinistic churches and remained so for the next two centuries. Its alternative title was the Old London Confession. In 1744 it was adopted by the Calvinistic Baptists of North America, and called by them the Philadelphia Confession of Faith.

The youthful C. H. Spurgeon had been minister of the New Park Street Chapel, London, for a few months only when, in 1855, he determined to strengthen the doctrinal foundations of that and other churches by the re-issue of the 1689 Confession. In this way it was given a new lease of life. The twentieth century has also witnessed to its relevance and usefulness, for in 1958 it was again reprinted, with further editions in 1963, 1966, 1970 and 1974. Recent decades have seen a revival of the Reformed Faith, not least among Baptists. The revivifying of old churches and the planting of new churches in various parts of the world has given renewed emphasis to the need for a Confession which sets forth fundamentals of the Faith in clear and concise language.

Carey Publications Limited felt, however, that the Confession of 1689 in its original form presented certain difficulties. An essential of any doctrinal statement is that it should be capable of being clearly understood by those who are invited to use it. As far as possible its language must be that of the time of its issue; ambiguities must be avoided; clarity must be its hallmark. After nearly three hundred years the Confession of William III's reign no longer meets these requirements, and Mr. S. M. Houghton of Charlbury, Oxford, was invited by the Publishers to rewrite the Confession in a modern style, retaining the exact sense of the original-this is guaranteed!-but transposing phrases and changing words, to render the meaning, as far as possible, crystal clear. It is believed that, in this new form, the Confession will have a still greater usefulness wherever the English language is spoken.

Baptist ministers need experience no hesitation in recommending the Confession to their members as a document that maintains doctrinal precision with a reasonable degree of fullness. It is not, of course, to be held as an infallible and authoritative rule. Believers are bound by Scripture, by the whole of Scripture, and by nothing but the Scripture. At the same time, however, it is highly necessary and undeniably useful to have a clear statement in modern language of the Faith we believe and practice and commend to all men.

Those newly converted to the Christian Faith are not expected at the outset either to know or understand all the great doctrines set out in the Confession. But acquaintance with all facts of the Faith is something to be pursued from the moment of conversion, and the more so because there are many winds of false doctrine in the modern world ready to blow young plants out of the ground. The modern idiom will aid young Christians, and the texts to which they are directed will be a guide for them in Bible study. We have not followed the method of inserting, after every other sentence or so, a figure to guide to a Biblical text, but have adopted the more modern practice of giving textual references at the end of the paragraphs. Those who use the Confession are requested to compare the statements made with the texts to which attention is called, but at the same time to remember-and this is a very important matter-that statements in the Confession do not hinge upon any one text, but are keyed to 'the whole counsel of God'.

While it is hoped that all members of churches will steadfastly believe the doctrines of the Confession, it is unlikely that they will all become expert theologians. But the Reformed awakening of today has given renewed thrust to the Biblical teaching concerning Elders, who are, by definition, expected to possess an aptitude to teach and to be able by sound doctrine to exhort and to convince gainsayers (Titus 1:9). Here, then, is a Faith for churches to be founded upon, and a Faith for church officers to teach, defend, and hand on to future generations (1 Tim. 3:15,16).

We can rightly claim that well-established believers of the Baptist persuasion will find little, if any, difficulty in giving assent to the great truths which are covered by the Confession. Such fundamental doctrines as those of the Trinity, Providence, the Fall of Man, the Atonement, Justification, and Repentance are the common heritage of all who worthily bear the name of Christian. On the other hand, there are matters to which the Confession makes reference which do not command such universal assent, and on which, indeed, opinions are divided. This very fact reminds us that the Confession is not acclaimed as an infallible statement on a par with Scripture. But certainly it expresses in up to date language the sum and substance of the ancient Gospel of martyrs, confessors, reformers and saints, and, as Spurgeon said of the Confession when he republished it in 1856, 'it is the truth of God, against which the gates of hell shall not prevail'.

CHAPTERS

1. The Holy Scripture

2. God and the Holy Trinity

3. God's Decree

4. Creation

5. Divine Providence

6. The Fall of Man: Sin and its Punishment

7. God's Covenant

8. Christ the Mediator

9. Free Will

10. Effectual Calling

11. Justification

12. Adoption

13. Sanctification

14. Saving Faith

15. Repentance unto Life and Salvation

16. Good Works

17. The Perseverance of the Saints

18. The Assurance of Grace and Salvation

19. The Law of God

20. The Gospel and its Gracious Extent

21. Christian Liberty and Liberty of Conscience

22. Religious Worship, and the Lord's Day

23. Lawful Oaths and Vows

24. Civil Government

25. Marriage

26. The Church

27. The Fellowship of Saints

28. Baptism and the Lord's Supper

29. Baptism

30. The Lord's Supper

31. The State of Man after Death and The Resurrection of the Dead

32. The Last Judgment

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Antipaedobaptism in the Thought of John Tombes: An Untold Story from Puritan England
Dr. Mike Renihan

One reader said, "Looking at the plain cover, and knowing that this was Dr. Renihan's doctoral thesis, one might easily conclude that this is a boring book. This would be an epic mistake. Dr. Renihan has written a fascinating, highly engaging biography and examination of the thought of John Tombes, a little-known figure of the 17th Century who, as the previous reviewer indicated, doesn't really fit into any existing category of thinker on the subject of baptism. Many thanks to Dr. Renihan for writing this book!"

This volume is Dr. Renihan's doctoral dissertation and a very useful volume for those who are interested in the history of doctrine. John Tombes (1603-1676) baptist divine, was born of humble parentage at Bewdley, Worcestershire, in 1602 or 1603. He matriculated from Magdalen Hall, Oxford, on 23 Jan. 1617-18, aged 15. His tutor was William Pemble [q. v.] Among his college friends was John Geree [q. v.] He graduated B.A. on 12 June 1621.

He regularly attended Baxter's Thursday lecture at Kidderminster, and tried to draw Baxter, as he had already drawn Thomas Blake [q. v.], into a written discussion. Baxter would engage with him only in an oral debate, which took place before a crowded audience at Bewdley chapel on 1 Jan. 1649-50, and lasted from nine in the morning till five at night. Wood affirms that 'Tombes got the better of Baxter by far; ' Baxter himself says, 'How mean soever my own abilities were, yet I had still the advantage of a good cause.'

He published: 1. 'Vae Scandalizantium; or a Treatise of Scandalizing,' Oxford, 1641, 8vo; with title 'Christ's Commination against Scandalizers,' 1641, 8vo (dedicated to Viscount Scudamore). 2. 'Iehovah Iireh . . . Two Sermons in the Citie of Bristoll . . . March 14, 1642, with a short Narration of that . . . Plot,' 1643, 4to (8 May, dedicated to Fiennes). 3. 'Fermentum Pharisseorvm, or à Wil-Worship,' 1643, 4to (1 July). 4. 'Anthropolatria,' 1645, 4to (9 May). 5. 'Two Treatises and an Appendix . . . Concerning Infant Baptisme,' 1645, 4to (16 Dec.; includes an 'Examen' of Marshall's sermon on baptism). 6. 'An Apology à for the Two Treatises,' 1646, 4to; 'Addition,' 1652, 4to. 7. 'An Anti-dote against the Venome of à Richard Baxter,' 1650, 4to (31 May). 8. 'Precursor . . . To a large view of à Infant Baptism,' 1652, 4to. 9. 'Joannis Tombes Beudleiensis Refutatio positionis Dris. Henrici Savage,' 1652, 4to. 10. 'Antipaedobaptism,' 1652, 4to (28 Nov., dedicated to Cromwell); 2nd pt. 1654, 4to; 3rd pt. 1657, 4to (replies to twenty-three contemporary writers). 11. 'A Publick Dispute . . . J. Cragge and H. Vaughan,' 1654, 8vo. 12. 'A Plea for Anti-Paedobaptists,' 1654, 4to (26 May).

[?4?] 13. 'Felo de Se. Or, Mr. Richard Baxter's Self-destroying,' 1659, 4to. 14. 'A Short Catechism about Baptism,' 1659, 8vo (14 May). 15. 'True Old Light exalted above pretended New Light,' 1660, 4to (against quakers; preface by Baxter). 16. 'Serious Consideration of the Oath of . . .Supremacy ' [1660], 4to (22 Oct.) 17. 'Romanism Discussed, or, An Answer to à H. T.,' 1660 4to (30 Nov.; preface by Baxter; replies to Henry Turbervile's 'Manual of Controversies,' Douay, 1654, 8vo). 18. 'A Supplement to the Serious Consideration' [1661], 4to (2 March). 19. 'Sepher Sheba; or, The Oath Book,' 1662, 4to. 20. 'Saints no Smiters; or à the Doctrine à of à Fifth-Mon- archy-Men . . . Damnable,' 1664, 4to (dedicated to Clarendon). 21. 'Theodulia, or Defence of Hearing . . . The present Ministers of England,' 1667, 8vo (dedicated to Clarendon; licensed by the bishop of London's chaplain). 22. 'Emmanuel; or, God-Man,' 1669, 8vo (against Socinians; licensed by the archbishop of Canterbury's chaplain). 23. 'A Reply to à Wills and à Blinman,' 1675, 8vo. 24. 'Animadversiones in librum Georgii Bullii,' 1676, 8vo.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introductory Concerns

1- New Classification Needed

2- The History and Development of John Tombes's Antipaedobaptist Polemic and the Literature that Produced it

3- The Baptismal Theology: Early Influences

4- Organisation and Exegetical Arguments

5- Theological Arguments

6- Historical Arguments

7- Practical Arguments and a Statement of Tombes' Theology of Baptism

8- Reaction from Tombes' Contemporaries

Conclusion

Bibliography

Appendix: A Short Catechism about Baptism by Tombes

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A Better Way: Rediscovering the Drama of God-Centered Worship, Michael S. Horton, reviewed by Douglas VanderMeulen

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God, Heaven, and Har Magedon: A Covenantal Tale of Cosmos and Telos, Meredith G. Kline, reviewed by Douglas Van Dorn

Natural Law and the Two Kingdoms: A Study in the Development of Reformed Social Thought, David VanDrunen, reviewed by Micah Renihan

Seditious Sectaries: The Baptist Conventiclers of Oxford 1641-1691. 2 Vols. Studies in Baptist History and Thought 30.1 and 30.2, Larry J. Kreitzer, reviewed by James M. Renihan

The Creedal Imperative, Carl R. Trueman, reviewed by Donald R. Lindblad

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Union with Christ: In Scripture, History, and Theology, Robert Letham, reviewed by James E. Dolezal

What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur'an, James R. White, reviewed by John A. Brown

William Kiffen and His World Parts 1 and 2, Larry J. Kreitzer, reviewed by James M. Renihan

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1. SCOPUS SCRIPTURAE: John Owen, Nehemiah Coxe, our Lord Jesus Christ, and a Few Early Disciples on Christ as the Scope of Scripture, Richard C. Barcellos

2. PRAEDICATIO VERBI DEI EST VERBUM DEI: 'The Preaching of the Word of God is the Word of God' - Heinrich Bullinger and The Second Helvetic Confession, Ronald Baines

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reviewed by James M. Renihan

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Michael J. Kruger (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2013, 256pp.),

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The Theology of the Westminster Standards: Historical Context and Theological Insights,

John V. Fesko (Wheaton: Crossway, 2014, 441 pages), and

Confessing the Faith: A ReaderÆs Guide to the Westminster Confession of Faith,

Chad Van Dixhoorn (Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 2014, 484 pages),

reviewed by James M. Renihan

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Lloyd-Jones, Hercules Collins, Caleb Evans, Renato Giuliani & J.B. Jeter

SOLID GROUND IS DELIGHTED TO INTRODUCE A NEW PUBLISHER WHOSE WORKS WE DESIRE TO PROMOTE. THE FOUNDER, RENATO GIULIANI, IS A REFORMED BAPTIST PASTOR IN ROME, ITALY. SO FAR THEY HAVE PUBLISHED:

BUT GOD! A Word of Hope to the Hopeless by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

This is one of the most famous sermons preached from the heart of Dr. D. Martyn-Lloyd Jones. This sermon is drawn from the Doctor's expositions of Ephesians, and it opens up the opening two words of Ephesians 2:4, "BUT GOD." This is a great booklet to use for evangelism and Family Worship. Once you have read this sermon OUT-LOUD it will stick with you the rest of your life.

THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD & THE SUFFERING OF MAN by Hercules Collins

Enclosed in this book are two treatises of early Baptist pastor Hercules Collins (1647-1702), who was one of the original signatories of the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689. Collins shared that robust and practical theology that allowed the Particular Baptist churches to overcome the many and difficult trials of history and leave a strong testimony of Christian faithfulness and service.

HE DIED FOR US: The Divine Nature & Redeeming Power of Christ's Death by Caleb Evans (1737-1791) with Introduction by Dr. Michael Haykin

"In reading these four magnificent sermons by Caleb Evans from the 18th century on the achievement of the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, one is struck with how relevant they are to today's discussion! Throughout the ages, the cross has been a stumbling block to unbelievers but the power and wisdom of God to the church. Evans does a masterful job dismantling criticism of the cross in his day (which also applies to our own day) and simultaneously presenting our Lord's work in all of its beauty, depth, and breadth. Take up and read these wonderful sermons, and more than that, rejoice in Christ crucified, and leave determined to know him who is life eternal and to make him known to the world."- STEPHEN J. WELLUM, Professor of Christian Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

UNDERSTANDING THE GOSPEL: Finding Hope in an Age of Hopelessness by Renato Giuliani

"We live in a day in which even the church is losing the gospel. More and more, professing Christians and churches are turning away from the biblical message for a man-made version which has no power to save sinners. This is why Understanding the Gospel is so vital today. Using Paul's letter to the Romans as his guide, the author skillfully lays out the salient points of the biblical message of salvation. I highly recommend Understanding the Gospel to all who have an interest in knowing, worshiping, and serving the true God of Scripture." - ALAN CONNER, Pastor of Northwest Bible Church, Oklahoma City, OK

MISSION TO CHINA: The Life of Henrietta Shuck by J.B. Jeter (1802-1880)

The pages of this book contain one of the most moving narratives in the history of Christian missions - the life of Henrietta Shuck. New documents have been included, containing several letters by her husband, Jehu Shuck. Henrietta Shuck (1817-1844) passed into glory at the age of 27 with the following words describing her from her husband, "Her mind was engaged in prayer to the last. She literally fell asleep in Jesus, yes, almost like Enoch, translated, for having walked with God. She seems to have passed away like a glorious meteor, and her light still shines."

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COVENANT THEOLOGY FROM ADAM TO CHRIST
Nehemiah Coxe 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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A SCRIPTURAL EXPOSITION OF THE BAPTIST CATECHISM
Benjamin Beddome

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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!

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THE CHILDREN OF CHURCH MEMBERS
RICHARD FURMAN

The subject matter taken up in the following article ought to be of great interest to Baptists in particular as well as all who long to see the advancement of Christ’s kingdom in the hearts of those children whose faces adorn their congregational times of worship and study. It is here reprinted in the hope that those who have Baptist convictions concerning the matter of membership in Christ’s church might be strengthened in their position as well as challenged to be diligent to make use of all responsible means in the evangelism of the children God has given them as an inheritance. Originally written as a circular letter to the Charleston Baptist Association, this article demonstrates the definite theological character of the union enjoyed among the Baptists in days gone by. It was the custom of Baptist associations to appoint various ministers to write on a particular subject of Christian doctrine and the finished product was distributed among the churches as a means of instruction and edification. This, of course, necessitated a basic doctrinal agreement as well as a basic understanding of biblical and theological matters. Certainly our generation would be blessed if such a practice were to be re-instituted in our day.

The Charleston Baptist Association

In 1749, Mr. Oliver Hart became pastor of the First Baptist Church in Charleston, South Carolina. He had been active in the Philadelphia Baptist Association, and subsequently he gave great impetus to the formation of the Charleston Baptist Association (October 21, 1751), the first association in the South. It is this association which might rightly be called the “womb” from which the Southern Baptist Convention was born. Beginning with four churches, this association was thoroughly Calvinistic in its doctrinal position, adopting the London Baptist Confession of 1689 as its confession of faith. In later years (1813) this association would commission the printing of a document for use in the churches which came to be known as The Charleston Manual, consisting of The London Baptist Confession, A Summary of Church Discipline, and The Baptist Catechism. In considering the importance of this association, it should be acknowledged that no discussion of “Southern Baptist heritage” can be either meaningful or honest without examining the doctrine and practices of the Charleston Association.

Dr. Richard Furman

"The author of this article was born in New York in 1755, though his family moved to South Carolina while he was still an infant. Cathcart says of his childhood, “Before he could hold the family Bible he would lay it on a stool and ask to be taught to read it, and as soon as he acquired the art, reading it was his chief delight.” He played a very influential part in the Revolutionary War, as did many Baptists of his day. Among those who regularly sat under his ministry during this time was Patrick Henry.

In 1787 he became the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Charleston, South Carolina, where he labored faithfully for 37 years. His ministry was greatly blessed by God. In 1814 he was unanimously elected the first president of the Triennial Convention. During his life he championed the cause of ministerial education. Cathcart says, “… he gave a powerful impulse to the convictions from which have sprung Furman University, in South Carolina, Mercer, in Georgia, Hamilton, in New York, and finally the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.” Furman died in August, 1825, having made an indelible mark for the cause of God and truth." -Bill Ascol

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