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Baptist covenant theology

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1689 covenant theologySome readers of the blog might be interested to know of an upcoming study day at London Theological Seminary on Baptist covenant theology. The day is planned for Monday 23 November, to run from 10am to 4pm. If you are interested in coming, please book by emailing and registering your name for the day. There is a fee of £5, payable on the day itself if you wish. Lunch is not included in that fee, but tea and coffee will be available.

If you need a little more information, here’s a taster from the blurb:

Who or what are Reformed Baptists? Are they the same as Particular Baptists? Confessional Baptists? Calvinistic Baptists? Independent Baptists? Grace Baptists? Covenantal Baptists? Can Baptists even be Reformed?

More importantly, perhaps, who am I and what do I believe? What does it mean for me to be a Reformed Baptist, or whichever one of these other labels is used? Is that what I am? What about the church to which I belong? Does it make a difference? Ought it to make a difference?

The purpose of this study day is to introduce the topic of covenant theology in a Baptist context. We need to consider the matter historically and practically, but primarily biblically and theologically. Seeking to ground our studies in the Word of God, we will consider the various expressions of covenantal thought of Reformed or Particular Baptists as it began to find particular expression in the 17th century in the writings and confessions of our spiritual forefathers. From there, and taking account of how other Baptists addressed these issues, we will look at how modern Reformed Baptists of various stripes have wrestled and continue to wrestle with these issues. Along the way, we will, in some measure, be interacting with our paedobaptist brothers (Presbyterians, Congregationalists and others), as well as taking some account of Dispensationalism and New Covenant Theology (all of whom and which, in some measure, stand apart from the mainstream of Reformed Baptist thought, which is itself not monolithic).
Our goal is a positive declaration and discussion, grounded in the Scriptures. We will be less interested in figuring out which camp one ought to belong to, more interested in identifying and clarifying the issues that need to be addressed, and the lines along which our thoughts should run. The pastoral and practical implications of the principles and patterns understood and embraced will be at the forefront of our thought.

So, if you’re interested, please sign up and I shall look forward to seeing you there, God willing.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Thursday 10 September 2015 at 15:20

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  1. not going to make it


    Thursday 10 September 2015 at 15:24

  2. Sounds great. Do you plan on recording it?

    BTW, here are some sections of Spurgeon I put together as it relates to this issue


    Thursday 10 September 2015 at 19:05

  3. Who all is teaching this? Can’t find any other online source for this… is there one?

    Jason Delgado

    Friday 11 September 2015 at 12:00

    • I am guessing that in due course you will find all the information somewhere at In the meantime, I can confirm that yours truly will be leading the course, and the day is for “anyone who is, or who thinks he or she is, might be, could be or should be a Reformed or covenantal Baptist, or who wants better to understand the Reformed and Baptist approach to covenant theology … others with an interest are welcome, but please be aware that discussion and debate will presume and be bounded by certain foundational Baptist convictions. The course will be geared toward (but not exclusively for) pastors/elders and preachers, and other church leaders and workers, and will presume some engagement with appropriate material beforehand.” When LTS puts out their own material, I will be sure to put it up here.

      Jeremy Walker

      Friday 11 September 2015 at 12:35

  4. […] information on the aforementioned Baptist covenant theology study day is now available […]

  5. Is there a possibility of having this information: recorded messages, pamphlets or recomended book(s) to read? I’m interested to learn between Baptist Covenant Theology and New Covenant theology that is ringing around. yes, though I’m late and not available, Just in case you have some notes. Thanks.

    Red Zenda

    Sunday 3 January 2016 at 08:31

    • Sorry, friend, but it was not officially recorded. I am, however, providing the primary reading list below (there was also a much longer wider reading list), which I hope will be helpful. I am afraid that any notes are not in any form that would be very useful to many people!

      Familiarity with key Scripture passages and themes will be assumed: please (re-)read the relevant portions of the Old and New Testaments.
      The 1677/1689 (Second London) Baptist Confession of Faith (especially the “Letter to the Judicious and Impartial Reader,” chapters 6-8, and “An Appendix”).
      Edward Harrison, Paedobaptism Oppugned and/or Benjamin Keach, The Display of Glorious Grace and/or John Spilsbery, A Treatise Concerning the Lawful Subject of Baptism and/or Thomas Collier, A Discourse of the True Gospel Blessedness in the New Covenant and/or Thomas Patient, The Doctrine of Baptism and the Distinction of the Covenants and/or Nehemiah Coxe, A Discourse of the Covenants (also part of Nehemiah Coxe & John Owen, Covenant Theology, in the further reading list).
      Richard C. Barcellos, ed., Recovering a Covenantal Heritage: Essays in Baptist Covenant Theology.
      Earl M. Blackburn (ed.), Covenant Theology: A Baptist Distinctive.
      David Kingdon, Children of Abraham.
      Samuel E. Waldron & Richard C. Barcellos, A Reformed Baptist Manifesto: The New Covenant Constitution of the Church.
      Samuel Renihan, “The Case for Credobaptism,” (and its sister piece, “The Case for Paedobaptism.”)
      Micah & Samuel Renihan, “Reformed Baptist Covenant Theology and Biblical Theology.” Note that this essay can be found in developed and refined form in Recovering a Covenantal Heritage.

      Jeremy Walker

      Monday 4 January 2016 at 13:45

    • Red, in addition to Jeremy’s resource list, here are some baptist covenant theology resources specifically about NCT: (click on the 1689 Federalism vs NCT video and accompanying venn diagram)


      Monday 4 January 2016 at 16:47

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