Free eBook through July: Jesus the Evangelist [Recommended Reading]

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From Ligonier Ministries:

Until the end of July, Reformation Trust is giving away the ebook edition of Richard Phillips’ Jesus the Evangelist: Learning to Share the Gospel from the Book of John.

Rev. Richard D. Phillips explores the early chapters of the Gospel of John to discover principles you can use for Christian outreach that were modeled by witnesses for Jesus and by Jesus Himself. Phillips examines the ministry of John the Baptist and the calling of the first of Jesus’ disciples. This book also includes an appendix that looks at the relationship between God’s sovereignty and evangelism.

“Phillips’ study of John 1, 3, and 4 takes us beyond clever techniques to biblical faithfulness, and beyond entertaining communication to sound theology in evangelism. He does a masterful job of helping us learn from God’s Word principles for evangelism, the theology of the gospel, and Jesus’ own practice in evangelism.” —Rev. Thabiti Anyabwile

“Evangelism is not an afterthought in the Christian life. It is how God has ordained to glorify Himself in the salvation of sinners. Rev. Phillips explains this by showing how Jesus is both the evangel and the Great Evangelist. In the process, he challenges both apathy and superficiality in the great work of making disciples. I highly recommend this book!” —Dr. Thomas K. Ascol

Available in July as a Free Download

  • from the Ligonier Store as an ePub;
  • from Amazon.

Not sure how to download an eBook? See our FAQ section.

Offer expires July 31, 2014.

Member’s Interview with Aimee Byrd on being a “Housewife Theologian” [Audio]

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Pastor Jay’s wife, Christina, and another one of our members, Rachel, interviewed Aimee Byrd on her book “Housewife Theologian”:

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Housewife Theologian: How the Gospel Interrupts the Ordinary
by Aimee Byrd

In part one of the interview they get into topics such as:

  • What got you to writing a book?
  • Are women to “study to show [themselves] approved”?
  • What is true beauty?
  • What is modesty & chastity?
  • How do you help women to read theology? Or even just read?
  • Parenting
  • + more

Listen [mp3]:

In part two of the interview they get into topics such as:

  •  Why is theology important in maintaining true unity?
    • What about true vs. false unity?
    • How do creeds and confessions help us in this?
  • What is true hospitality?
    • How can we grow in it?
  • What of feminism?
  • How is submissiveness active?
  • How has Spurgeon influenced you?
  • What of culture?
    • Christian Yoga?
    • 2KT and Housewives?
  • What of the Christian Sabbath?
  • How about non-housewives?
  • + more

Listen [mp3]:

 

Introductory Lectures on Presuppositional Apologetics by Dr. Greg Bahnsen

Seeing as how Pastor Jay is currently doing a Sunday School series on Apologetics to the Glory of God and how we use Dr. Bahnsen’s work in it, I thought it would be useful to share these introductory lectures on presuppositional apologetics.

The following lectures Dr. Bahnsen gave at a high school to prepare Christians to defend their faith in college standing on the authority of God’s word:

Lesson 1 The Myth of Neutrality

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2c3eK2xLppQ

Lesson 2 Introduction to Worldviews

Lesson 3 Worldviews in Conflict

Lesson 4 Defending the Christian Faith

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcLaxXVdaWE

Lesson 5 Problems for Unbelieving Worldviews

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5spNIQmG45k

2014 Family Camp 2014 – Mar. 26-29 @ Palestine, TX. [Details]

Here are some details about the Family Camp that Pastor Jay announced several weeks back:

2014 RB Family Camp

8th Annual Reformed Baptist Family Camp

Hosted by Heritage Baptist Church, Mansfield, TX

March 26-29, 2014.

Location: Lakeview Methodist Conference Center, Palestine, TX

From the camp coordinator:

In 2013 we had our seventh annual Reformed Baptist Family Camp at Lakeview Methodist Conference Center in Palestine, TX. It was a wonderful time of preaching, encouragement, fellowship, and fun. Our speaker for 2013 was Dr. Fred Malone of First Baptist Church, Clinton, Louisiana who preached on the topic of “The Family.”

 

Our speaker for this year is Pastor Ron Baines, Grace Reformed Baptist Church, Topsham, Maine. Pastor Baines’ theme will be “Lessons from the Historical Books of the Old Testament.”

 

The Elders at Heritage Baptist Church and I would like to invite you to be a part of this opportunity. All of the details are listed out on the attached flyer [below]. I will also send a brochure in a separate email due to its size. Please notice that a few of the housing options are based on limited availability, so please let me know if you are interested in any of these. We are asking that all registrations and payments, if possible, be turned into Heritage Baptist Church, Mansfield by March 5, 2014.

 

Wednesday, March 26 is an “optional” day at Lakeview. Those wanting to participate can arrive at the camp as early as Wednesday afternoon to enjoy the facilities. There will be an additional cost for housing for Wednesday night. If you or someone in your church is interested in this option, please let me know as soon as possible.

Let us know if you want more details.

2014 RBFC Brochure [PDF]

Starting today, offering will be a much more integrated part of our corporate worship [+ the Order of our Worship Service]

Photo of a Collection PlateIn other words, we will begin “passing the plate”. Pastor Jay will be giving reasons for this during announcements, though you can hear much more detail on this from his recent sermon Four Principles of Giving [from Philippians 4:15-19]

The main points from that sermon were:

  1. Giving is a response to the Gospel of Grace (Philippians 4:15-16 | Luke 7:36-47 | 2 Cor. 9:7)
  2. Giving is a great investment (Philippians 4:17 | Prov. 11:25, 19:17 | 2 Cor. 9:6)
  3. Giving is a spiritual sacrifice of worship (Philippians 4:18)
  4. We do not need to be selfish with our giving since ‘my God will supply all your needs’ (Philippians 4:19 | Matt. 6:25-33)

This will be incorporated into our order of worship service (liturgy) like so:

  • Pastoral prayer for God to bless our worship of Him (announcements are done before this)
  • Call to worship (from the Scriptures)
  • Worship through singing (typically including one Psalm)
  • Offering (beginning with hearing from God’s Word on offering, giving, stewardship, etc. Followed by passing the plate as we sing a song that speaks of God’s provision (general and/or special grace)
  • One more song of worship
  • Pastoral prayer for God to bless His Word read and preached
  • Reading of the Word of God
  • Preaching
  • Lord’s Supper (last Sunday of every month)
  • Closing pastoral prayer
  • Sing one more song in response to God’s Word
  • Baptism (when needed)
  • Benediction

For more on offering and financial giving:

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