Reformed Baptist Fellowship

Keach Conference 2016

In Reformed Baptist Fellowship on July 29, 2016 at 3:37 pm

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What?  The Keach Conference is an annual theology and ministry conference presented by the Reformed Baptist Fellowship of Virginia (RBF-VA).  It is open to anyone to attend.  There is no cost to attend, but participants are encouraged to pre-register.

When?  Saturday, October 1, 2016.

Where?  The 2016 Keach Conference will meet at the Providence Baptist Church 1441 Erickson Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 22801

What is the 2016 theme?  We are continuing our ongoing series through the Second London Baptist Confession.  This year we are on Chapter Ten  “Of Effectual Calling.”

Who are the speakers? The speakers will be David Charles, Pastor of Providence Reformed Baptist Church, Toledo, OH; Lee McKinnon, Pastor of Covenant Reformed Baptist Church, Bluefield, WV; Andy Rice, Pastor of Providence Baptist Church, Harrisonburg, VA.

How do I register? Cost: FREE, Web: Register Now!

What is the schedule?  The schedule will be as follows:

Coffee and Fellowship, 8:30 am

October 1, Saturday Morning, 9:30 am (Session I):

  • Message: Effectual Calling and Regeneration (paragraph 1): David Charles
  • Message: Effectual Calling and Spiritual Ability (paragraph 2):  Lee McKinnon

Lunch

Fellowship and Literature Tables

Saturday Afternoon, 12:30am (Session II):

  • Message: Effectual Calling and Elect Infants (paragraph 3):  David Charles
  • Message:  Effectual Calling and the Reprobate (paragraph 4):  Andy Rice

Question and Answer Session with the Speakers

REGISTER FREE

Down with the Traditional Church!

In Reformed Baptist Fellowship on July 21, 2016 at 6:21 pm

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This new direction is, needless to say, carried on side by side with an attack on the traditional church. This attack has become incessant from the church marketers, as indeed it has also from emergents, and it is, on its face, quite curious.

It is true that some traditional churches are desultory, dispirited, boring, dull, lifeless, inept, small, disheartened, or otherwise dying. One does wonder, though, why such a dead dog keeps getting kicked, sometimes quite viciously, by the church marketers. “If you have found church to be as painful as a trip to the dentist and twice as boring …” begins a typical attack that is also a solicitation of interest in this new breed of church-doing. Another advertisement for a megachurch, with the traditional church in mind, says church “is about avoiding hell … not sitting through it every week.”

But if the traditional church is so inept, so out-of-it, so not-withit, so passé, so completely washed up, so painful, and so boring, why not let it die peacefully? Why keep on kicking it?

Because the real target is not the traditional church but the traditional theology it lives by. This belief system is at the heart of the traditional church’s life that seeker-sensitives are after. It is not that they want to deny it or reject it, but it is something of an embarrassment to them. At least in their own churches, they want to conceal it. They want it hidden, kept in the background, made to disappear from what they are doing. It is rather like a family secret. Family secrets are true, but they should be kept private. They should not be divulged.

(Wells, David. The Courage to Be Protestant: Truth-Lovers, Marketers, and Emergents in the Postmodern World.)

“My kingdom is not of this world.… Now my kingdom is from another place” (John 18:36)

In Reformed Baptist Fellowship on July 15, 2016 at 11:15 am

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We would do well to remember this in all our attempts to extend the kingdom of true religion. It is not to be propagated by violence, or by bodily strength. “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world” (2 Corinthians 10:4). “ ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty” (Zechariah 4:6). The cause of truth does not need force to maintain it. False religions, like Islam, have often been spread by the sword. False Christianity, like that of the Roman church, has often been enforced on people by bloody persecutions. But the real Gospel of Christ requires no such aids as these. It stands by the power of the Holy Spirit. It grows by the hidden influence of the Holy Spirit on people’s hearts and consciences. There is no clearer sign of a bad cause in religion than a readiness to appeal to the sword. – J.C. Ryle

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