Introduction to RBC Baptism Resources…
There are a number of aims of these “RBC Baptism Resources”. First, to consider what the Bible teaches about baptism. Second, to consider what RBC has taught and communicated about baptism in the past. And, third, to consider what Christians have taught about baptism throughout history. It is our prayer that these resources might be helpful for building one another up in Christ, equipping the believers for the work of the ministry, and issuing to the glory of God alone. The aim is not to lose the forest for the trees, so please see this link to see a summary of how we pursue to obey how the Bible would have a local church make disciples baptizing.
(1) The Church in Matthew – At this link you can find a brief recording of our senior pastor teaching what is taught at the beginning of the first membership class for prospective members considering membership at Redeemer Baptist Church. This outlines the relationship between what Jesus teaches about “binding” in practicing church membership (Matthew 16:19; 18:18) and it’s relationship to “baptizing” disciples (Matthew 28:19-20).
(2) Baptism of Children – Article Explanation – At this link you can find a brief recording of our senior pastor reading an article written by the elders of one of his former churches that outlines how RBC approaches the delaying of baptism of believing children. This article is handed out to all members as they go through the membership class in the process of joining the church. The normal practice is that it is handed out at the first member class in the membership packet. Those present are asked to read through the article and to bring any questions to the following class. At this link you can also find an explanation of how this article is clearly articulating what we practice as a church. A numbered pdf is attached to the link that you can download to follow along and reference as you listen to or read the explanation.
(3) Readings from History – 17th Century English Baptists on the Relationship Between Baptism & Church Membership – At this link you can find a brief recording of our senior pastor reading a few excerpts from the following English Baptist pastors on the relationship between baptism & church membership. First, Henry Danvers (1674) from his work A Treatise of Baptism. Second, William Kiffin (1681) from his work A Sober Discourse of Right to Church-Communion. Third, Benjamin Keach (1689 and 1693) from his works Gold Refin’d; or, Proving Baptism in Water an Holy Institution of Jesus Christ, and to Continue in the Church to the End of the World and The Baptist Catechism. Fourth, Hercules Collins (1680) from his work An Orthodox Catechism. Each of these serve to show that the idea of a connection between Christian baptism and visible church membership is not new. A copy of the complete text that was read in the audio is also attached in a pdf format to download at the link.
(4) Baptism’s Relationship to Local Church Membership in the New Testament – A this link you’ll find an audio recording and a pdf copy of a manuscript of our senior pastor teaching on how Baptism and Local Church Membership is connected in Scripture. This is the first a number of catechism type questions. Question 1: Where in the New Testament do we see a relationship between baptism and local church membership? Answer 1: All throughout the New Testament. Then he walks through how the Bible does this: (1) In the Teaching of Jesus, (2) In the Acts of the Apostles, (3) Observation 1: Disciples Are Always Connected to Local Churches, (4) Observation 2: Brothers Are Connected to Local Churches Throughout the New Testament, and (5) Observation 3: Binding Brothers Is Connected with Making Disciples who are Part of Churches. The manuscript with Scripture references is attached for further study.
(5) Readings from History – 17th Century English Baptists on the Relationship Between Baptism & Church Membership – At this link you can find a brief recording of our senior pastor reading a an excerpt from the English Reformed Baptist pastor Benjamin Keach from his work Tropologia, A Key to Open Scripture Metaphors, Book 4 (London: William Hill Collingridge, City Press, 1855), 846-9. In this he is teaching on the Scripture metaphor from 1 Corinthians 3:10, “According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it” along with it’s parallel and inferences. You can download a pdf of this section at the link to read as you follow along.
We plan to add more links to recordings and resources on this topic in the future…