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Baptism and the Abrahamic Covenant

How is the Abrahamic Covenant, introduced in Genesis 12, still applicable today? How is it related to the church ordinance of baptism? ...

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Reformed Baptist Church?

If I were to be asked "What kind of a church are you? I would not hesitate to reply, "We are a Baptist church!" We hold to those truths which have sometimes been referred to as "Baptist Distinctives"....

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Doctrines of Grace - Total Depravity

Our understanding of the problem will govern our understanding of the treatment needed. If we fail to understand the Biblical teaching on this doctrine our understanding of all the doctrines related to salvation will be faulty. To have a right understanding in this matter is therefore crucial....

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Doctrines of Grace - Unconditional Election

What do we mean by the doctrine of election? We mean that out of the ruined mass of fallen humanity God Almighty has chosen a people, a great innumerable company, which He intends to bring to salvation in and through Jesus Christ. It is one of the most prominent doctrines of scripture. The whole Old Testament is based upon the fact of election - God chose the nation of Isr...

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Doctrines of Grace - Particular Redemption

This third distinctive of Calvinism teaches that Christ offered Himself on the cross not for every person without exception, but specifically for the elect given to Him by the Father. It might be put this way: did Christ die to make the salvation of all merely possible, or did He die to render the salvation of His elect certain? It clarifies the issue to put the focus not ...

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Doctrines of Grace - Effectual Calling

This doctrine has to do with the work of the Holy Spirit in salvation. While the salvation of God's elect had been secured and purchased by the blood of Christ it was necessary for this salvation to be applied to them, so that they might come into personal possession of that salvation. Bringing the elect to a reception of those blessings in Christ is the work of the Holy S...

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Doctrines of Grace - Perseverance of the Saints

"Those whom God hath accepted in the Beloved, effectually called and sanctified by His Spirit and given the precious faith of His elect unto, can neither totally nor finally fall from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere therein to the end and be eternally saved..." (Baptist Confession of Faith, 1689)....

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Doctrines of Grace - Regeneration

Regeneration is that act of God by which the principle of the new life is implanted in man, and the governing disposition of the soul is made holy, and the first exercise of this new disposition is secured. (L. Berkhof)....

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Doctrines of Grace - Justification

Justification is one of the most important doctrines in the Word of God. It was at the heart of the great Protestant Reformation. If we do not understand this doctrine we do not really understand the Biblical Gospel....

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Doctrines of Grace - Sanctification

"Sanctification is the work of God's free grace whereby we are renewed in the whole man after the image of God, and are enabled more and more to die unto sin and live unto righteousness." (Westminster Shorter Catechism)...

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Doctrines of Grace - Adoption

"Adoption is an act of God's free grace, whereby we are received into the number, and have a right to all the privileges, of the sons of God" (Westminster Shorter Catechism)...

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Doctrines of Grace - Glorification

Glorification is the ultimate goal of salvation!...

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Coping With Bereavement

Bereavement is not a subject that we find easy to discuss, and yet we know perfectly well that we must all face it. Let me then suggest some aspects of this subject which ought to be considered in the hope that these few thoughts might be of practical help to some....

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Imbalance in the Christian Life

The following is a sermon preached at Trinity Baptist Church, Burlington. It has been left in its basic preaching style, and it addresses a problem faced by every Christian....

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Are Altar Calls Biblical?

While the necessity of inviting sinners to Jesus is something to be defended, that invitation must be safeguarded. In the evangelism of today, inviting sinners to Christ, which is a matter related to preaching, has been confused with giving altar calls, which is something related to methodology....

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The Sanctity of Human Life

This message was preached in Trinity Baptist Church, Burlington, Ont. during a Mothers' Day service. It is printed by request in the hope that others might find it helpful and instructive. It has been deliberately left in sermonic form....

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Biblical Reformation in the Churches

We must begin with theology. I contend that in our present day churches, there is such a lack of sound doctrine, and such a predominance of superficiality, as to be dangerous to the spiritual health and well-being of the churches. ...

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Five brief articles in one covering (1) The Importance of Prayer, (2) What is Prayer?, (3) Prayer as an Evidence of the Christian Life, (4) Our Attitude in Prayer and (5) Unanswered Prayer....

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Pastor, What's the Difference?

A comparison of Arminian and Calvinistic doctrines. The following article was originally published in booklet form by William E. Payne, while pastor of Calvary Baptist Church (about 1970)in Burlington, Ontario ...

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