Spurgeon On Baptists

April 18, 2014

“We believe that the Baptists are the original Christians. We did not commence our existence at the reformation, we were reformers before Luther or Calvin were born; we never came from the Church of Rome, for we were never in it, but we have an unbroken line up to the apostles themselves. We have always existed from the very days of Christ, and our principles, sometimes veiled and forgotten, like a river which may travel underground for a little season, have always had honest and holy adherents. Persecuted alike by Romanists and Protestants of almost every sect, yet there has never existed a Government holding Baptist principles which persecuted others; nor I believe any body of Baptists ever held it to be right to put the consciences of others under the control of man. We have ever been ready to suffer, as our martyrologies will prove, but we are not ready to accept any help from the State, to prostitute the purity of the Bride of Christ to any alliance with the government, and we will never make the Church, although the Queen, the despot over the consciences of men.”

Rev. Charles Spurgeon (From The New Park Street Pulpit, Vol. VII, Page 225).


Covenant Theology

April 16, 2014

An excellent essay on the covenants

“Two Testaments – Two Covenants” by F. F. Bruce:

 2Covenants2Testaments-FFBruce.pdf


The Reformed Faith

April 14, 2014

A new Ebook by B. B. Warfield summarizing the essentials of Reformed theology.  Warfield was the professor of theology at Princeton Seminary from 1887 to 1921:

A Brief and Untechnical Statement of the Reformed Faith
By Benjamin B. Warfield

ReformedFaith-BBWarfield


The Five Solas of the Reformation

April 12, 2014

The Five Solas by Dr. Gregg Strawbridge

(This document was originally written for the 1993 Reformation Celebration at Audubon Drive Bible Church in Laurel, MS, as part of a worship service. Source: http://www.fivesolas.com/5solas.htm.)

Sola Scriptura: The Scripture Alone is the Standard

The doctrine that the Bible alone is the ultimate authority was the “Formal Principle” of the Reformation. In 1521 at the historic interrogation of Luther at the Diet of Worms, he declared his conscience to be captive to the Word of God saying, “Unless I am overcome with testimonies from Scripture or with evident reasons — for I believe neither the Pope nor the Councils, since they have often erred and contradicted one another — I am overcome by the Scripture texts which I have adduced, and my conscience is bound by God’s Word.” Similarly, the Belgic Confession stated, “We believe that [the] holy Scriptures fully contain the will of God, and that whatsoever man ought to believe unto salvation is sufficiently taught therein…Neither may we consider any writings of men, however holy these men may have been, of equal value with those divine Scriptures nor ought we to consider custom or the great multitude, or antiquity, or succession of times and persons, or councils, decrees or statutes, as of equal value with the truth of God… Therefore, we reject with all our hearts whatsoever does not agree with this infallible rule” (VII).

As the Scripture says,

Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from Thy law….I will bow down toward Thy holy temple, And give thanks to Thy name for Thy lovingkindness and Thy truth; For Thou hast magnified Thy word according to all Thy name….You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them; and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. (Psalm 119:18; Psalm 138:2; II Tim. 3:14-17)
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Bible History and NT Introduction

April 11, 2014

Two excellent texts in PDF format:

BriefBibleHistory-JOBoyd-JGMachen.pdf

NTIntroduction-LBerkhof.pdf


Quest For Joy

April 5, 2014

Six Biblical Truths by Rev. John Piper for download:

Quest for Joy tract.pdf


“High Doctrine”

April 3, 2014

“Ever stand by the good old Calvinistic banner, the banner which Augustine waved of old, and which Paul handed down to us direct from our master Jesus; and hold, believe, and affirm, never swerving from it, that all things in the new creation are of God.”

Charles H. Spurgeon, from the sermon “High Doctrine,” June 3rd, 1860


Eschatology

March 31, 2014

Eschatology by Bruce Ware is a short introduction and discussion of the “last things”.

Eschatology-BruceWare.pdf


The Inspiration Of Scripture

March 31, 2014

The Inspiration Of Scripture by Lorraine Boettner is a good introduction to the subject:

InspirationOfScripture-LBoettner.pdf


Rules of Interpretation By Charles Hodge

March 30, 2014

(From Systematic Theology, Chapter 6: The Protestant Rule of Faith, by Dr. Charles Hodge*)

If every man has the right, and is bound to read the Scriptures, and to judge for himself what they teach, he must have certain rules to guide him in the exercise of this privilege and duty. These rules are not arbitrary. They are not imposed by human authority. They have no binding force which does not flow from their own intrinsic truth and propriety. They are few and simple.

1. The words of Scripture are to be taken in their plain historical sense. That is, they must be taken in the sense attached to them in the age and by the people to whom they were addressed. This only assumes that the sacred writers were honest, and meant to be understood.

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Spurgeon On Preaching The Gospel

March 12, 2014

I do not believe we can preach the gospel.…unless we preach the sovereignty of God in His dispensation of grace; nor unless we exalt the electing, unchangeable, eternal, immutable, conquering love of Jehovah; nor do I think we can preach the gospel unless we base it upon the special and particular redemption of His elect and chosen people that Christ wrought out upon the Cross.

 


Selections From Calvins Commentaries

February 25, 2014

This book furnished by CCEL contains 350 pages of selections from Calvins Commentaries on various subjects: The Bible, God, Jesus Christ, Faith, Providence, etc.

CalvinsCommSelect.pdf


Summary Of Christian Doctrine – updated!

February 14, 2014

I updated the PDF file “A Summary Of Christian Doctrine” by Louis Berkhof because of some broken links in the TOC.

SummaryOfChristianDoctrine-LBerkhof


Doctrine Matters by John Piper

February 5, 2014

John Piper at DesiringGod.org has made available a free copy of his book Doctrine Matters in PDF format to download. Click on the following link: 10Doctrines-JohnPiper

He has also made available on his web-site his book on the Five Points of Calvinism, you can download it here: Five Points (this link is off-site on his web-site)


Historic Pre-Millennialism by Alexander Reese

January 31, 2014

Excerpt from: The Approaching Advent Of Christ, Alexander Reese. Marshall, Morgan and Scott publishers, 1937.

Until the second quarter of the nineteenth century general agreement existed among pre-millennial advocates of our Lord’s Coming concerning the main outlines of the prophetic future: amidst differences of opinion on the interpretation of the Apocalypse and other portions of Scripture, the following scheme stood out as fairly representative of the school:

(I) The approaching Advent of Christ to this world will be visible, personal, and glorious.

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