In this "best of" episode co-hosts Jimmy Johnson and Austin McCormick interview pastor Tom Hicks on the law and the gospel. 

October 12, 2021

Godly Repentance

In this episode, Jimmy Johnson interviews Austin McCormick about the doctrine of repentance. 

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:14–15, ESV)

Recommended Resources

1. By His Grace and For His Glory -Tom Nettles

2. The Life and Thought of John Gill -Michael Haykin

3. Theologians of the Baptist Tradition -Timothy George and David Dockery

4. Commentaries of Old and New Testament -John Gill

5. Magnum Opus, A Complete Body of Doctrinal and Practical Divinity- John Gill

6. The Cause of God and Truth -John Gill

September 28, 2021

The Travels of True Godliness

Cohosts Jimmy Johnson and Austin McCormick discuss one of Benjamin Keach's more popular works, "The Travels of True Godliness."

 

Here are additional episodes previously record that relate to Benjamin Keach

 

The Life of Benjamin Keach: https://covenantpodcast.podbean.com/e/the-life-of-benjamin-keach-with-jimmy-johnson/

 

Benjamin Keach with Drs. Tom Hicks and Chris Holmes: https://covenantpodcast.podbean.com/e/benjamin-keach-with-drs-tom-hicks-and-chris-holmes/

Popery in a New Dress: the Baxterian Controversy: https://covenantpodcast.podbean.com/e/baxter-keach-justification/

 

September 21, 2021

Discipling with Catechisms

In this episode co-hosts Jimmy Johnson and Austin McCormick discuss the value, importance, and practicality of utilizing catechisms for discipleship.  

September 7, 2021

Aleph with Beth

Aleph with Beth Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/AlephwithBeth

Aleph with Beth Website: https://freehebrew.hismagnificence.com/

 

Alpha with Angela Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe0ilqwSO8XVnCw4m3UYC1Q

Alpha with Angela Website: https://freegreek.hismagnificence.com/

 

John Divito currently serves as Pastor of Cornerstone Fellowship Church in Newburgh, IN. He is also a Board Member of Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary. He received his MDiv from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

John Divito currently serves as Pastor of Cornerstone Fellowship Church in Newburgh, IN. He is also a Board Member of Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary. He received his MDiv from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Jim Savastio has been with RBC since 1990. He was set aside by the church for full-time ministry in November of 1991. Jim was brought to faith as a teenager and soon began to experience a desire to preach God’s Word. He trained for the ministry at Columbia Bible College in Columbia, SC (now Columbia International University) and at the Trinity Ministerial Academy in Montville, NJ. 

Buy the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Yours-Till-Heaven-Charles-Spurgeon/dp/0802419526

 

Enter the remarkable untold love story of Charles and Susie Spurgeon.

Charles Spurgeon is esteemed for his writing, preaching, and passion for the Lord. But behind the great man was a great wife—and between the man and wife was a profound marriage.

Yours, Till Heaven invites you into the untold love story of Charles and Susie Spurgeon to discover how the bond between this renowned couple helped fuel their lifelong service to the Lord. Discover how Charles and Susie traversed the challenges of loneliness, physical affliction, popularity, controversy, and other trials together with a heavenly vision. Just as the Spurgeons lived their lives as witnesses of Christ, in Yours, Till Heaven their marriage continues to be an example for how all marriages today can remain faithful, loving, and joyful despite the challenges that life may bring.

With historical precision and narrative craft, Spurgeon scholar Ray Rhodes Jr. captures the inner-life of this Victorian romance that not only served the Spurgeons in their day, but that can also continue to empower and encourage couples today. For more on the lives of the Spurgeons, find Susie by Ray Rhodes Jr.

Buy the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Yours-Till-Heaven-Charles-Spurgeon/dp/0802419526

 

Enter the remarkable untold love story of Charles and Susie Spurgeon.

Charles Spurgeon is esteemed for his writing, preaching, and passion for the Lord. But behind the great man was a great wife—and between the man and wife was a profound marriage.

Yours, Till Heaven invites you into the untold love story of Charles and Susie Spurgeon to discover how the bond between this renowned couple helped fuel their lifelong service to the Lord. Discover how Charles and Susie traversed the challenges of loneliness, physical affliction, popularity, controversy, and other trials together with a heavenly vision. Just as the Spurgeons lived their lives as witnesses of Christ, in Yours, Till Heaven their marriage continues to be an example for how all marriages today can remain faithful, loving, and joyful despite the challenges that life may bring.

With historical precision and narrative craft, Spurgeon scholar Ray Rhodes Jr. captures the inner-life of this Victorian romance that not only served the Spurgeons in their day, but that can also continue to empower and encourage couples today. For more on the lives of the Spurgeons, find Susie by Ray Rhodes Jr.

In this episode we discuss 1) The Apostolic Fathers, 2) Herman Bavinck, and 3) Pastoral counseling. "A.B.C."s

Pastor Ryan has been serving at Grace Baptist Chapel since August of 2008. Ryan is married to his beautiful wife Christie, and they have four wonderful children: Micah, Lydia, Shaphan, and Magdalene. Ryan holds degrees from Samford University (B.A.), The College of William & Mary (M.Ed.) in Counseling, and Southern Seminary (Th.M.) in Louisville, KY, and is completing a (Ph.D.) from The Free University of Amsterdam, Netherlands in Early Church History/Pastoral Theology. He has also undertaken further graduate studies at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI. Ryan also teaches adjunctly at one local University and in several seminaries around the world. He has published a few resources to aid the body of Christ including Thinking Through Anxiety (Ichthus, 2017) and Green Pastures: A Primer on the Ordinary Means of Grace (Reformed Baptist Academic Press, 2019). 

 

Check out some previous episodes that we have recorded with Him here: 

Anxiety and the Christian: https://covenantpodcast.podbean.com/e/anxiety-and-the-christian-with-j-ryan-davidson/

The Ordinary Means of Grace: https://covenantpodcast.podbean.com/e/the-means-of-grace-with-j-ryan-davidson/

 

 

 

Phil Newton, the co-author of the helpful book Elders in the Life of the Church. Phil has served as pastor at South Woods Baptist Church for over thirty years. He has an M.Div. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, a D.Min. from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Southeastern Theological Seminary. He has written or co-written several books including the one mentioned earlier. He and his wife Karen have been married for over forty years. They have five children and six grandchildren.

Gospel Smugness: Displaying Christlike Character in Evangelism

Buy the Book here: https://www.amazon.com/Gospel-Smugness-Displaying-Christlike-Evangelism/dp/0578825511

 

 

Priscilla Wong (MTS, Toronto Baptist Seminary) is an independent scholar and the author of Anne Steele and Her Spiritual Vision: Seeing God in the Peaks, Valleys, and Plateaus of Life and The Bold Evangelist: The Life and Ministry of Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon. 

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Thoughts for Young Men

By J. C. Ryle | Edited by Bennett Rogers

Thoughts for Young Men was originally published in 1888 as a chapter in The Upper Room, and it has become a minor spiritual classic in its own right. It has few equals among the all-too-short list of solid Christian books for young men. Ryle’s insights were derived from more than four decades of pastoral experience, three decades of parenting, and his own experiences as a young man. Ryle always had a heart for young men. He regularly addressed groups like the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) and the Church of England’s Young Men’s Society. By all accounts J.C. Ryle was a “man’s man,” and his Thoughts for Young Men have proven to be both valuable and timeless.

This new edition is designed for devotional reading, small group studies, and one-to-one discipleship. The text has been divided into short readings based on Ryle’s own subheadings and lightly edited to make it more accessible to modern readers. It also includes:

·   Scripture quotations and memory verses from the ESV

·   Information boxes and chapter summaries

·   Reflection questions and suggestions for further reading

·   A discussion guide for group leaders

We’ve also included Daniel the Prophet, a biographical lecture Ryle delivered to a group of young men at the Liverpool YMCA in 1889, which hasn’t been published since that time. This work summarizes and illustrates many of the main points Ryle makes in Thoughts for Young Men.

In partnership with Reformed Youth Ministries (www.rym.org)

Purchase James Eglinton's critical biography on Herman Bavinck here:

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James Eglinton's short biography from his website:

I am the Meldrum Senior Lecturer in Reformed Theology at New College, the University of Edinburgh. Prior to this, I was a postdoctoral research fellow, and then senior researcher in systematic and historical theology, at the Theologische Universiteit Kampen. I hold undergraduate degrees in law (LLB Hons, Aberdeen) and theology (BTh Dist., Glasgow). My PhD, on the Dutch dogmatician Herman Bavinck, was written at the University of Edinburgh.

I work as a systematic and historical theologian. To date, the bulk of my research and writing has focused on neo-Calvinism, a form of Reformed Christianity that developed between the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in the Netherlands, and that has continued to evolve in a range of international contexts. My first book, Trinity and Organism, was published by Bloomsbury in 2012. More recently, I was the co-editor of Neo-Calvinism and the French Revolution, with the same publisher. In 2017, my book Herman Bavinck on Preaching and Preachers, was published by Hendrickson. Following this, I worked on Christian Worldview (co-edited and co-translated with Gray Sutanto and Cory Brock), which was published by Crossway. My most recent book, Bavinck: A Critical Biography was published in 2020 by Baker Academic, and won the History and Biography Book of the Year prize at The Gospel Coalition 2020 Book Awards. It is also a finalist in the 2021 ECPA Christian Book Awards.

I serve as Associate Editor of the Journal of Reformed Theology, published by Brill.

I have written for The TimesThe HeraldThe ScotsmanChristianity TodayModern Reformation, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and Nederlands Dagblad, and have taken part in broadcasts on BBC Radio ScotlandBBC Alba and BBC Radio nan Gàidheal.

I have broad interests in Reformed theologies and theologians, with particular foci on Scottish-Dutch Reformed connections, public theology, and the relationship of theology to the phenomenon of multilingualism.

I speak, read and write English, Scottish Gaelic, Dutch and French.

 

Jason Montgomery's short bio from his church's website: 

 

What a joy it is for me to serve as the pastor of Faith Community Baptist Church. By God's great grace, along with several other precious brothers and sisters in Christ, we started FCBC, December of 1998.

I did my graduate work at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary receiving in 1997 a Master of Divinity degree in which I focused on Biblical languages, primarily New Testament Greek. In December of 2018 I graduated from Southwestern again with a PhD in Historical Theology/Church History with a focus in Baptist studies, and did my dissertation on English Particular Baptist pastor Benjamin Beddome. I also am a Teaching Fellow at Southwestern and serve as Adjunct Professor of Church History at IRBS Theological Seminary in Mansfield, TX. 

I have been blessed for over 28 years being married to my wife, Janice. We have seven wonderful and very busy children: Timothy (married to Cady and living in Austin, TX attending UT), Katie (currently enrolled in the master's program at Southwestern and teaching at Southwestern in the Scarborough College), Nathan (a sophomore at a local community college), Benjamin, Abigail, Averie, and Bethany.

Jason Montgomery's short bio from his church's website:

What a joy it is for me to serve as the pastor of Faith Community Baptist Church. By God's great grace, along with several other precious brothers and sisters in Christ, we started FCBC, December of 1998.

I did my graduate work at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary receiving in 1997 a Master of Divinity degree in which I focused on Biblical languages, primarily New Testament Greek. In December of 2018 I graduated from Southwestern again with a PhD in Historical Theology/Church History with a focus in Baptist studies, and did my dissertation on English Particular Baptist pastor Benjamin Beddome. I also am a Teaching Fellow at Southwestern and serve as Adjunct Professor of Church History at IRBS Theological Seminary in Mansfield, TX. 

I have been blessed for over 28 years being married to my wife, Janice. We have seven wonderful and very busy children: Timothy (married to Cady and living in Austin, TX attending UT), Katie (currently enrolled in the master's program at Southwestern and teaching at Southwestern in the Scarborough College), Nathan (a sophomore at a local community college), Benjamin, Abigail, Averie, and Bethany.

Jason Montgomery's short bio from his church's website: 

What a joy it is for me to serve as the pastor of Faith Community Baptist Church. By God's great grace, along with several other precious brothers and sisters in Christ, we started FCBC, December of 1998.

I did my graduate work at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary receiving in 1997 a Master of Divinity degree in which I focused on Biblical languages, primarily New Testament Greek. In December of 2018 I graduated from Southwestern again with a PhD in Historical Theology/Church History with a focus in Baptist studies, and did my dissertation on English Particular Baptist pastor Benjamin Beddome. I also am a Teaching Fellow at Southwestern and serve as Adjunct Professor of Church History at IRBS Theological Seminary in Mansfield, TX. 

I have been blessed for over 28 years being married to my wife, Janice. We have seven wonderful and very busy children: Timothy (married to Cady and living in Austin, TX attending UT), Katie (currently enrolled in the master's program at Southwestern and teaching at Southwestern in the Scarborough College), Nathan (a sophomore at a local community college), Benjamin, Abigail, Averie, and Bethany.

Pastor Ron was installed as a Pastor of Covenant Baptist Church on July 2, 2017.  Prior to coming to Clarksville, Pastor Ron was one of the pastors at Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Owensboro, KY for many years.   

Pastor Ron is a native of southern Illinois, where he was blessed to be brought up in a Christian home in which his father was a pastor.  He was converted at an early age by the grace of God in Christ.  He holds a degree in Philosophy from Cedarville University. From the time he was in college, his family has attended Reformed Baptist churches, seven in all. 

Pastor Ron was installed as a Pastor of Covenant Baptist Church on July 2, 2017.  Prior to coming to Clarksville, Pastor Ron was one of the pastors at Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Owensboro, KY for many years.   

Pastor Ron is a native of southern Illinois, where he was blessed to be brought up in a Christian home in which his father was a pastor.  He was converted at an early age by the grace of God in Christ.  He holds a degree in Philosophy from Cedarville University. From the time he was in college, his family has attended Reformed Baptist churches, seven in all. 

Purchase the Diary of James Hinton edited by Chance Faulkner here: https://hesedandemet.com/product/the-diary-of-james-hinton/ 

The name of the eighteenth-century Baptist minister James Hinton (1761–1823) is not one that is well-known by any standard, even to those who specialize in the study of English Baptist history. Yet, along with his friends Andrew Fuller (1754–1815) and John Ryland, Jr. (1753–1825), Hinton was ‘one of those Baptist leaders who, at the end of the eighteenth century, secured the revival of Baptist life in Britain.’ And like many of his theological persuasion—Hinton was a Dissenter of Calvinistic Baptist convictions—Hinton regarded the keeping of a diary as a spiritual discipline. Hinton’s diary is no longer extant, but large portions of it can be found embedded in a biographical study of Hinton by his son John Howard Hinton (1791–1873). This book contains these portions that have been skillfully re-assembled by Chance Faulkner as a diary.

Question 2: What must you know to live and die in the joy of this comfort? Answer: Three things: first, how great my sin and misery are;(a) second, how I am set free from all my sins and misery;(b) third, how I am to thank God for such deliverance.(c) (a) Romans 3:9-10 1 John 1:10 (b) John 17:3 Acts 4:12 (c) Matthew 5:16 Romans 6:13 Ephesians 5:8-10 2 Timothy 2:15 1 Peter 2:9-10

Robert is a husband of 18 years to his wife Diana, and a father of 4 children, Sophia, Bella, Joziah, and Micah Luke. He is a veteran (retired) of the United States Marine Corps, and is currently studying to become a Physician Assistant. Robert has a passion for the unity and diversity of the Reformed tradition, and a love for the local church. Robert and his family reside in Southern California.

Mitch Chase (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the pastor at Kosmosdale Baptist Church and an adjunct professor at Boyce College in Louisville, Kentucky. He’s the author of Behold Our Sovereign God, The Gospel Is for Christians (2nd ed.), and 40 Questions About Typology and Allegory. He is married to Stacie, and they have four boys. You can follow him on Twitter.

 

Buy his book, 40 Questions About Typology and Allegory: https://www.amazon.com/40-Questions-About-Typology-Allegory/dp/0825446384

 

 

Samuel Renihan (Ph.D.) lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Kimberly, and their son, Owen. Sam is pastor and author of various books, including The Mystery Christ, his Covenant & his Kingdom, and From Shadow to Substance: The Federal Theology of the English Particular Baptists (1642-1704)

Deity and Decree: This book is a primer, in three parts, dealing with God's Unity, God's Trinity, and God's Decree. Deity and Decree intends to teach the longstanding doctrine of God taught in the Christian church throughout the centuries. Christians who confess the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith (1689) will find it especially pertinent to explaining the language and teaching of chapters 2 and 3 of those confessions of faith.

https://www.amazon.com/Deity-Decree-Samuel-D-Renihan/dp/B08P6ZB5PK/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=Deity+and+Decree&qid=1617072946&sr=8-2

 

Jeremiah is pastor of FBC Sedalia, MO. He is a graduate of Southwest Baptist University and received his Master of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is currently working on his Doctorate of Ministry in Biblical Counseling and is a columnist for the Missouri Baptist newspaper, "The Pathway." Previously, he was the Senior Pastor at FBC St. John in St. Louis. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Missouri Baptist University. 

https://hesedandemet.com/product/the-empire-of-the-holy-spirit-reflections-on-biblical-and-historical-patterns-of-life-in-the-spirit/

 

The Empire of the Holy Spirit: Reflections on biblical and historical patterns of life in the Spirit

By Michael A.G. Haykin

In an interview that he gave in 2011, historian Mark Noll related how an African scholar had once told him that Western historians needed “to get the Holy Spirit back” into their writing of history. Western historians have been so focused on a multitude of ways of explaining the past—via “political systems, strong personalities, military conflicts, economic forces”—that they have had no space for understanding the work of the Holy Spirit in history. This collection of essays on the person and work of the Holy Spirit seeks to show what a proper pneumatological focus can mean for both historical and theological reflection, and why this observation by this African Christian is so vital for the West in the twenty-first century.

Jimmy Johnson serves as the Senior Pastor at Vista Baptist Church of Osceola, Missouri. He is a husband and father, and a sinner saved by the awesome grace of God in Jesus Christ. He is the cohost of Covenant Podcast. He received his BA in Christian Ministry, emphasizing in Biblical Languages. He will receive His MDiv from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in May of 2020. He subscribes to the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith as a faithful summary of biblical teaching. He can be found on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

He co-founded this website to be dedicated to providing biblical, theological, confessional, and historical content that is accessible and beneficial to the Church of Jesus Christ. He contributes to the website to become more skilled as a writer, theologian, and pastor.

James Renihan is the President of IRBS Theological Seminary. He also serves IRBS Theological Seminary as a Professor of Historical Theology. Renihan earned his B.S. from Liberty Bible College, his M.Div from Seminary of the East, and his Ph.D. from Trinity Evangelical School. Renihan is the author of multiple books including 1)Edification and Beauty: The Practical Ecclesiology of the English Particular Baptists, 1675-1705, 2) A Toolkit for Confessions, 3) Associational Churchmanship: Second London Confession of Faith 26.12-15, 4). True Love: Understanding the Real Meaning of Christian Love.

You can learn more about Dr. Renihan and IRBS Theological at their website:https://irbsseminary.org/

February 23, 2021

The Orthodox Catechism: Q1

Quest. 1. What is thy only comfort in life and death?

Answ. That both in Soul and Body, whether I live or dye, I am not mine own, but belong wholly unto my most faithful Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ: who by his most precious Blood fully satisfying for all my Sins, hath delivered me from all the power of the Devil, and so preserveth me, that without the will of my Heavenly Father not so much as an Hair may fall from my Head; yea, all things must serve for my safety: wherefore by his Spirit, also he assures me of everlasting Life, and maketh me ready and prepared, that henceforth I may live to him.

1 Cor. 6:19; 1 Thess. 5:10; Rom. 14:8; 1 Cor. 3.23; 1 Pet. 1:18-19; 1 Joh. 1:7; 2:2; 1 Joh. 3:8; Heb 2:14-15; Joh. 6:39; Mat. 10:30. Luk. 21:18; Rom. 8:28; 2 Cor. 1:21; 5:5. Ephes 1:13-14; Rom. 8:24:25 

Hercules Collins. "An Orthodox Catechism" 

In this episode, Jimmy Johnson and Austin McCormick introduce the Orthodox Catechism by Hercules Collins

To read through this resource click the link below: 

https://www.thecalvinist.net/etc/1680%20Orthodox%20Catechism%20(Hercules%20Collins).pdf

 

Bennett Wade Rogers (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is a pastor and teacher in Mississippi and has written several articles on J. C. Ryle and John Bunyan.

Dr. Sam Waldron is the president of CBTS and professor of Systematic Theology. He is also one of the pastors of Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Owensboro, KY. Dr. Waldron received a B.A. from Cornerstone University, an M.Div. from Trinity Ministerial Academy, a Th.M. from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. From 1977 to 2001 he was a pastor of the Reformed Baptist Church of Grand Rapids, MI. Dr. Waldron is the author of numerous books including A Modern Exposition of the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, The End Times Made Simple, Baptist Roots in America, To Be Continued?, and MacArthur’s Millennial Manifesto: A Friendly Response.

 

Who Runs the Church? 

https://www.amazon.com/Who-Runs-Church-Government-Counterpoints-ebook/dp/B000SF5CPA/ref=sr_1_1?crid=260QGW8TQNPM&dchild=1&keywords=who+runs+the+church&qid=1612210297&s=books&sprefix=who+runs%2Caps%2C241&sr=1-1

Confessing Sound Words: A discipleship curriculum utilizing the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith and the 1695 Baptist Catechism. 

Listen for more information! 

January 19, 2021

B.H. Carroll with Bill Ascol

Bill Ascol began his ministry at Bethel Baptist Church in September 2005 after 28 years ministering in Louisiana Baptist churches. He is a former Vice-President of the Executive Board of the Louisiana Baptist Convention as well as a former President of the Louisiana Baptist Pastors' Conference. He served as the Chairman of the Board of Founders Ministries and is the Coordinator of the Saved By Faith Youth Challenge Camps for young people. He received the MDiv degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  

January 12, 2021

An Update from CBTS

In this episode, we get an update on Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary from their admin staff: Rex Semrad, Brice Bigham, Blake Cassell, and Roberto Soriano. 

 

CBTS is a confessional Reformed Baptist Seminary that provides affordable online theological education to help the church in its calling to train faithful men for the Gospel ministry. They are fully accredited by the Association of Reformed Theological Seminaries. You can learn more about them at their website, which is CBTSeminary.org

This episode is brought to you in Partnership with Free Grace Press. Check them out here: https://freegracepress.com/ 

Free Grace Press is firmly committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Biblical truths of His Word (the inspiration of Scripture, the Trinity, the deity of Christ, the doctrines of grace, and the importance of the local church) as expressed by the historical reformed confessions, such as the 1689 London Baptist Confession. To this end, Free Grace Press seeks to publish a wide assortment of Christian literature from both historical and contemporary authors who uphold these core commitments; propagating books and tracts that we believe will be spiritually inspirational, doctrinally educational, and practically helpful for the universal church of God. The mission of FGP is to glorify God by assisting others in obtaining a deeper knowledge and a greater enjoyment of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jake Stone is a Pastor-Theologian serving the Lord at New Testament Baptist Church in Biloxi, Mississippi. Pastor Jake has contributed articles to the Publican and to Founders Ministries. Jake is also a graduate of William Carey University. To find out more about his church visit their website: https://ntbcbiloxi.com/

“I cannot see but that the Doctrine some Men strive to promote, is but little better than Popery in a new Dress.”[1] In Benjamin Keach’s sermon titled The Marrow of True Justification, Keach is concerned about Christians who err on this important doctrine.  Keach was staunchly opposed to the teaching that sincere obedience (or works) plus faith equates justification. He thought that this teaching was reverting to Roman Catholicism—popery in a new dress. If my word count is correct, Keach references “Mr. Baxter” 6 times in this sermon. In this podcast episode, we examine what has come to be called the Baxterian controversy.

[1] Benjamin Keach, The Marrow of True Justification, (London: Dorman Newman, 1692), 17.

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Richard C. Barcellos, Ph.D., is pastor of Grace Reformed Baptist Church (www.grbcav.org), Palmdale, CA, and author of In Defense of the Decalogue: A Critique of New Covenant Theology, The Family Tree of Reformed Biblical Theology, and The Lord’s Supper as a Means of Grace: More than a Memory, from Christian Focus Publications.

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Richard C. Barcellos, Ph.D., is pastor of Grace Reformed Baptist Church (www.grbcav.org), Palmdale, CA, and author of In Defense of the Decalogue: A Critique of New Covenant Theology, The Family Tree of Reformed Biblical Theology, and The Lord’s Supper as a Means of Grace: More than a Memory, from Christian Focus Publications.

Creston grew up with a family that loved the person of Christ but he was hostile towards the gospel at a young age after seeing professing believers living in willful sin. While attending a church function, he came to the knowledge that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God but the Lord’s mercies overflowed by graciously calling him from death to life around the age of 14. After this supernatural work, the Lord has continuously grown him in the knowledge of the Sustainer of the universe. He became a member at Wheeler Chapel Missionary Baptist Church and New St. Hurricane Missionary Baptist Church. 

By Creston growing up most of his life on the Westside of Pine Bluff, he was able to see the brokenness and hurt in his marginalized community. The memories of the brokenness seen in Pine Bluff created a heart to see Christ exalted in dark spaces. This heart led him to share the love of Christ with refugee families from Burundi, Nepal, Tanzania, and Burma in Memphis, TN, and Fort Worth, TX. While being transplanted to Kentucky for seminary, he was involved with various ministries at the Kentucky State Prison, Louisville Rescue Mission, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Creston graduated from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity in Biblical and Theological Studies. While at Southern, he became a member at the Reformed Baptist Church of Louisville. His interests include studying Biblical languages, Patristics, Reformation history, and Apologetics. Prior to attending Southern, he obtained an undergraduate degree at the Herff College of Engineering at the University of Memphis. He is bi-vocational as a leader at Christ the Redeemer.

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