Theological Foundation for Leaders Resources
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The Doctrines of Grace by Randy Pope: download mp3
For Whom Did Jesus Taste Death? by John Piper: download mp3/listen online
All things New – Matt Ballard: download mp3
Covenant Baptism – Bob Burns: download mp3
The Biblical Reasons for Covenant Baptism by Harry Reeder: download mp3
The Westminster Confession of Faith, Larger Catechism & Shorter Catechism
In 1643, the English House of Commons adopted an ordinance calling for the “settling of the government and liturgy of the Church of England (in a manner) most agreeable to God’s Holy Word and most apt to procure the peace of the church at home and nearer abroad.” After the ordinance passed the House of Lords, the Westminster Assembly of Divines was convened in Westminster Abbey to accomplish this work.
The Parliament nominated one hundred fifty-one persons to the assembly. Thirty were members of Parliament; the others were “learned, godly, and judicious divines.” The assembly held 1,163 sessions, finally concluding in 1649. The Confession of Faith, the Shorter Catechism and the Larger Catechism were completed in 1647.
The standards came to New England with the Puritans and to the Middle Atlantic states with the Scotch-Irish Presbyterians. In 1729, the standards were adopted as the confessional position of the newly organized Presbyterian synod in the colonies and have played a formative role in American Presbyterianism ever since. The standards lift up the truth and authority of the Scriptures, as immediately inspired in Hebrew and Greek, kept pure in all ages, and known through the internal witness of the Holy Spirit. These documents have serves as the doctrinal standards, subordinate to the Word of God, for Presbyterian and other churches around the world.
The Larger Catechism, written primarily by Dr. Anthony Tuckney, professor of divinity and vice-chancellor of Cambridge University, was designed for public exposition from the pulpit.
The Shorter Catechism, primarily the work of the Reverend John Wallis, an eminent mathematician who later became professor of geometry at Oxford University, was written for the education of children.
Both the Larger and the Shorter Catechisms deal with questions of God, Christ, the Christian life, the Ten Commandments, the sacraments, and the Lord’s Prayer. Especially famous is the first question and answer of the Shorter Catechism. “What is the chief end of man? Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.”
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The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy
The “Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy” was produced at an international Summit Conference of evangelical leaders, held at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Chicago in the fall of 1978. This congress was sponsored by the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy. The Chicago Statement was signed by nearly 300 noted evangelical scholars, including James Boice, Norman L. Geisler, John Gerstner, Carl F. H. Henry, Kenneth Kantzer, Harold Lindsell, John Warwick Montgomery, Roger Nicole, J. I. Packer, Robert Preus, Earl Radmacher, Francis Schaeffer, R. C. Sproul, and John Wenham.
The ICBI disbanded in 1988 after producing three major statements: one on biblical inerrancy in 1978, one on biblical hermeneutics in 1982, and one on biblical application in 1986. The text, containing the “Preface” by the ICBI draft committee, plus the “Short Statement,” “Articles of Affirmation and Denial,” and an accompanying “Exposition,” was published in toto by Carl F. H. Henry in God, Revelation And Authority, vol. 4 (Waco, Tx.: Word Books, 1979), on pp. 211-219. The nineteen Articles of Affirmation and Denial, with a brief introduction, also appear in A General Introduction to the Bible, by Norman L. Geisler and William E. Nix (Chicago: Moody Press, rev. 1986), at pp. 181-185. An official commentary on these articles was written by R. C. Sproul in Explaining Inerrancy: A Commentary (Oakland, Calif.: ICBI, 1980), and Norman Geisler edited the major addresses from the 1978 conference, in Inerrancy (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1980).
The Apostolic Church, Which is it?
An inquiry at the oracles of God as to whether any existing form of church government is of divine right, Thomas Witherow, in his book, The Apostolic Church gives six principles of government from the New Testament Scriptures:
1). Christ is the King and Head of the church. · Gal 1:1; Mk 17:17; IICor 1:24; Gal 2:11.
2). The office bearers were chosen by the people. · Acts 1:13-26; 14:23; 6:1-6.
3). The offices of bishop and elder are identical. · Phil 1:1; Ja 5:14; Tit 1:5-7 IIJo 1; IPet 5:1; Acts 20:17-28.
4). In each church there was a plurality of elders. · Acts 20:17; 14:23; Phil 1:1.
5). Ordination was an act of the presbytery––a plurality of elders. · ITim 4:14; Acts 13:1-3; Acts 6:6.
6). The privilege of appeal was to the assembly of elders, and the right of government was exercised by them in their corporate character. · Acts 15.
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The Covenant of Grace by Calvin Knox Cummings
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The Center for Reformed Theology and Apologetics is also a wonderful resource.