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June / July 2005

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Articles

Essentials and Distinctives (Part 4)

We have already looked the essentials of regeneration and faith. A real Christian is a person who has been born of God's Spirit and who is trusting in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. We now come to consider a third essential element of biblical Christianity, namely, repentance. [READ MORE]

If you missed reading earlier articles in series, visit our eNews Archives online.


Music and Worship Resources

Feature Hymn: Sovereign Grace O'er Sin Abounding

The words to this hymn by John Kent (1766 - 1843) are from a collection of hymns published by William Gadsby. The tune was composed by Tom Wells who serves as director of the Heritage Chorale at Heritage Baptist Church in Mansfield, Texas. [READ MORE]


News

New Blog for Founders Ministries

Read commentary and observations from Tom Ascol, Executive Director of Founders Ministries. In his recent posts, Tom responds to the criticism that Bobby Welch and Steve Lemke have leveled against the doctrines of grace and Founders Ministries.


Prayer Request

Please pray for Pastor Walt Chantry. He was diagnosed with oral cancer on Monday, July 18, 2005. Click here for the latest information or to send Walt a note of encouragement.


Southern Baptist Founders Conference

Read the Baptist Press articles about the Southern Baptist Founders Conference, held July 12-15, 2005 at Riverbend Church, Ormond Beach, Florida. The theme was "The Gospel and the Family." Keynote speakers were Tedd and Paul David Tripp.


Upcoming Conferences

What Is the Gospel?

A Conference sponsored by Founders Ministries
November 10-11, 2005
Hosted by Lakeside Community Chapel in Clearwater, Florida (near Tampa)
Speakers include Tom Ascol, Fred Malone, Roy Hargrave, Steve Kreloff and David Wooten
The conference will include a concert by Grammy Award winning musician, Steve Camp

Mid-South Regional Founders Conference

October 6-8, 2005 in Memphis, Tennessee
"Life in the Spirit"
Speakers include Joel R. Beeke and Daniel I. Block

Southwest Regional Founders Conference

September 22-24, 2005 at Heritage Baptist Church in Mansfield, Texas
"Covenant Theology"
Speakers include Fred Malone and Jim Renihan


Report on the Founders Ministries Breakfast 2005

Tuesday's Founders Ministries Breakfast (June 21, 2005) at the Southern Baptist Convention proved to be a personal highlight for me at this year's convention. We had a packed house of 300 participating as we partnered with Ligonier Ministries for the breakfast. It was a joy to be able to place a sign on the table outside the ballroom at the Renaissance Hotel: "Founders Breakfast Sold Out."

R.C. Sproul's message proved to be timely, especially in light of some of the other sermons preached at the convention. He focused his remarks on Romans 1:16-17, and utilized extended readings from Martin Luther's last sermon which happened to be on that text. The opening comments from Luther that this was a "good gospel" and that "there is much to say about it," reminded us that far too many in our SBC ranks have watered-down the glorious gospel of Christ. R.C. hammered on the sufficiency of the gospel and the centrality of Christ and His glory in the gospel in light of the triteness so prevalent in so-called gospel presentations in our day.

Steve Camp sang two compositions that spoke of both reformation and the solas of the Reformation. He was well-received and his musical ministry timely. Don Whitney's warmth in introducing R.C. and the breakfast's purpose represented Founders Ministries so well. He also encouraged attendees to participate in the events of the convention. Ligonier passed out bags with gift CDs, Table Talk, and other materials. The display table featured the Reformation Study Bible and other Ligonier materials. Todd Wilson provided a book table that had Founders titles as well as other books. And Steve Camp and some of his friends had a small display for the Toledo Conference on Reformed Theology.

I believe that all of the attendees sensed the blessing of our Father upon the meeting. The content certainly stood in stark contrast to much of the hoopla displayed later in the convention. R.C.'s message is much needed by Southern Baptists!

Blessings,
Phil Newton


Now Available from our Online Bookstore

Elders in Congregational Life

Rediscovering the Biblical Model for Church Leadership

By Phil A. Newton
Forward by Mark Dever

Published by Kregel, 2005
176 pages (soft cover)
Founders Press Price: $8.95


Sound Theology on the High Seas!

Founders Cruise
November 12-19, 2005
"The Practical Implications of Calvinism"

Speakers include Tom Ascol, Executive Director of Founders Ministries and Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Florida; Fred Malone, Pastor of First Baptist Church, Clinton, Louisiana and Roy Hargrave, Senior Pastor of Riverbend Community Church in Ormond Beach, Florida. Steve Camp, Contemporary Christian music artist, will be helping lead in worship.

A pre-cruise conference is also planned for November 11-12 in Tampa, Florida. The theme will be What Is the Gospel.

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Register Now!

Fall Courses Begin August 22, 2005

This fall the Founders Study Center is offering the following four courses:

Worship with audio lectures by Dr. Bruce Leafblad

"God is the first priority of the church. Not people. Not ministry. Not growth. Not success. God and God alone occupies the place of ultimate and absolute priority in the church. However, this biblical idea does not receive much attention in the highly people-centered, growth-dominated, success-oriented American church of today. From our preaching, our writing and our lifestyle, it would appear that today's church is preoccupied with other matters." True worship begins with a right understanding of God and a right view of ourselves in light of who He is and what He has revealed in His Word. "The great need of the church today is neither to cling to the old or to create the new forms and formats. Our greatest need today is to recover the priority of God in our worship and in the whole of life."

Dr. Bruce Leafblad is Professor of Church Music and Worship at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

This course meets for 10 sessions. Students will have access to course material online until December 2, 2005 (14 weeks to complete the course). Cost: $50 (A $15 discount is provided for subscribers of the Founders Journal)

Systematic Theology I with audio lectures by Dr. Roger Nicole

This will be the first in a series of courses on systematic theology. Topics included in this first course include: the Place of Systematic Theology, Divine Revelation and the Authority of Holy Scripture.

Study theology under one of the preeminent theologians in America. Dr. Roger Nicole is a retired professor of theology emeritus at both Gordon-Cornwell Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminiary in Orlando, Florida. He is also a past president of the Evangelical Theological Society and a founding member of the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy.

This course meets for 16 sessions. Students will have access to course material online until January 13, 2006 (20 weeks to complete the course). Cost: $75 (A $25 discount is provided for subscribers of the Founders Journal)

Intro to the Puritans with audio lectures by Dr. Mark Dever, Dr. J. I. Packer and others

The Puritans have provided a rich and profitable heritage of doctine and devotion. They lingered long in the Word of God and sought to apply its truths to every aspect of life and worship. This course offers students a brief historical overview of the Puritans and thier value to us today.

This course meets for 10 sessions. Students will have access to course material online until December 2, 2005 (14 weeks to complete the course). Cost: $50 (A $15 discount is provided for subscribers of the Founders Journal)

Preaching and Preachers with audio lectures by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Hear one of the greatest preachers of the twentieth century share his vision of preaching.

This course meets for 16 sessions. Students will have access to course material online until January 13, 2006 (20 weeks to complete the course). Cost: $75 (A $25 discount is provided for subscribers of the Founders Journal)

Fall orientation for students will open August 8, 2005; courses begin on August 22, 2005. Students pay a fee for each course they take through the Study Center. New students (as well as returning students who have not participated in a course within the past twelve months) must also pay the admissions fee of $25 to enroll in the Study Center.

Find out what's new at the Founders online Study Center. Click here to visit our website to learn more.
 


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