Reformed Baptist Piety

Reformed Baptist Seminary asked Dr. Michael Haykin to deliver three lectures on the practical piety exemplified in the teaching and practice of early English Baptists of the 17th and 18th centuries. In the first lecture, Dr. Haykin demonstrates how the 17th and 18th century Calvinist Baptists stressed the importance of the “means of grace” for promoting spiritual growth in the church. Baptist theologian Andrew Fuller’s teaching on the spirituality of Continue reading

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Modern Trends in Missions

Over the last several decades, the modern missionary movement has continued to undergo important changes and developments.  Any church or individual interested in missionary endeavor needs to understand these trends and assess them in light of biblical principle. In the video lecture below, Professor Trevor Johnson highlights and evaluates some of the major trends in missions today. Continue reading

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Is Orthodoxy Enough?

The risen Christ commended the church in Ephesus for its commitment to sound doctrine (Revelation 2:2-3). However, the Lord also had something against the church. These believers had lost sight of the vital importance of Christian love (Revelation 2:4). The church was strong on “orthodoxy” (right doctrine). But it lacked “orthopathos” (right affections) and “orthopraxis” (right practice). For this, Jesus rebuked the church and called it to repentance. And the Lord’s admonition to the Ephesians serves to remind us that a love for truth is not enough. We must love people too. Continue reading

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The Hermeneutics of the Emergent Church

Pastor Mark Chanski serves as a professor of biblical studies for Reformed Baptist Seminary and teaches the seminary’s course on hermeneutics (i.e., the science of interpretation). In the spring of 2014, Mark gave a special lecture on the Hermeneutics of the Emergent Church (see below). Chanski demonstrates how earlier neo-orthodox and existential ideas that predominated the academia in the early and mid-twentieth century gave rise to post-modern thought, which in turn found its way into the church. Uncertainty, doubt, and even skepticism are now praised and serve as the interpretive lens through which the Bible is interpreted. Chanski not only exposes but critiques this unbiblical hermeneutic, contrasting it with the hermeneutic of Jesus and the apostles, which is predicated on certainty, faith, and conviction in the veracity and authority of God’s Word. Continue reading

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On Tribal Missions

Trevor Johnson and his wife, Teresa, are both registered nurses, and they serve a remote tribal group in the Papua region of eastern Indonesia. Trevor served five years as an active-duty army officer, is a grad of Reformed Theological Seminary, and is a candidate for the Doctor of Missiology (D.Miss.) from Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary. He was ordained and sent out by his sending authority of Bible Baptist Church in Saint Louis and partners with Heartcry Missionary Society. In the lecture below, Trevor draws from his own experience and explains the nature of tribal missions, underscoring the ongoing need for missionaries to take the gospel to the still-unreached people groups in the world today. This lecture serves as part of the curriculum for Reformed Baptist Seminary‘s course PT 801 Missions. Continue reading

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Calvinism & Missions: Free Lecture

Many evangelicals commonly (and mistakenly) assume that Calvinism with its firm belief in the comprehensive sovereignty of God is antithetical to the work of missions. After all, if God is going to convert the heathen, he doesn’t need our help to do so. But such reasoning is misguided. What’s more, the facts of history say otherwise. While Calvinism affirms that salvation belongs to the Lord, it no less believes that the God who saves uses means and agents. Saving faith comes by hearing, hearing by the Word of God, the Word of God by preaching, and the preaching of the gospel by missionaries sent by churches. And, as Dr. Jim Adams demonstrates in the lecture below, we can find this pattern of gospel endeavor as a prominent feature among many churches and missionary agencies that have affirmed the tenants of Calvinism. Continue reading

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Summer Seminar: Doctrine of Man & Sin

Reformed Baptist Seminary invites you to attend our 2015 summer theological seminar on the doctrine of man and sin. Pastor Gregory G. Nichols, professor of systematics for RBS, will deliver 30 lectures that will expound such topics as the origin, identity, and constitution of man, as well as man’s fall into sin, the nature and consequences of sin, and the doctrine of common grace. Additionally, I will give 5 lectures on the topics of Genesis and Science, the Creation Days, and the Historicity of Adam.  Grace Immanuel Reformed Baptist Church of Grand Rapids will host the seminar, which begins Saturday, August 29, and ends Friday, September 4. The lectures of this seminar constitute part of the curriculum of the seminary’s course “Man & Sin.” Students and auditors are welcome! For more information about the summer seminar, Continue reading

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On Choosing & Using Bible Software

In the four-part video series below, Dr. Mark Ward Jr. introduces and evaluates the three major Bible software platforms: Bibleworks, Logos, and Accordance. In the first lecture, he identifies and discusses some guidelines and principles for choosing and using Bible software. Then, in lectures two through four, Dr. Ward looks at each software platform separately, highlighting some of its helpful features and noting its strengths and weaknesses. These lectures serve as a part of the curriculum for Reformed Baptist Seminary’s course on biblical hermeneutics, which can be audited for $10.  Continue reading

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You Are Not Alone: The Spirit’s Intercession

To encourage suffering Christians in Rome the apostle Paul assures them that the Triune God is “for us” and, as a result, nothing “will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ” (Rom 8:18-39). One of the facets of Trinitarian help Paul highlights is the Holy Spirit’s intercession. “Likewise,” says Paul, “the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” How should we understand the Spirit’s intercession for us? What are the “groaning too deep for words”?  Continue reading

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Choosing & Using a Confession of Faith: Some Biblical and Theological Guidelines

If we grant the legitimacy and usefulness of a confession of faith,1 we’re faced with two practical questions: first, what particular confession of faith should a local church or collective body of churches adopt? And, second, what type or level of confessional subscription2 should such a church or body of churches require of its officers and members? Below I’d like to suggest a few biblical and theological guidelines to assist in answering these questions. Continue reading

  1. See my two-part series “The Validity & Value of a Confession of Faith.” []
  2. See my article “Confessional Subscription: Its Key Terms and Basic Types.” []
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