This is the newest class video in our confident evangelism course – a dovetail to last week’s class on Roman Catholicism. Oftentimes it feels like evangelicalism is the new kid on the block in church history, but the best of our tradition is the tradition of the ancient church – and this should inform our confidence in evangelism. Enjoy.
Recently I’ve been enjoying an amiable debate with a Roman Catholic from Lebanon (via Twitter). We keep coming back to the question of the early church – I insist that we Reformation Christians are the recovered, ancient church, and of course he insists that Rome has always been the chief authority over all other churches. Here’s a snippet from our exchange: Continue reading
Here is Week 6: A Confident Answer to Roman Catholicism.
The issue between the Reformation and Roman Catholicism is deeply complex, and easily overwhelming. Many Protestants and Romanists choose to wave away the differences between us as if we’re the same (we’re not), some choose to treat the other as an intractable enemy; but here in the lonely middle, some of us have a desire to find understanding, have evangelistic conversation, and to see them come to a saving knowledge of Christ in His true gospel. What’s your strategy for talking to the Romanist? Continue reading
Recently I began teaching a class at my local church, which I titled “Confident Evangelism without a PhD in Apologetics.” This is Week 5: Confidence in our Faith Leads to Meek Apologetics. I think you’ll really resonate with this one, my friends. In this lesson we hit on some key points regarding God’s sovereignty. Continue reading
Recently I posted a critique of Mike Gendron and his Proclaiming the Gospel ministry (an outreach to Roman Catholics). I then emailed him to give him a fair chance to see it and to dialogue. Without much commentary from me, I will here below post our email exchange. I am doing so because I am truly mystified and frustrated with this brother.
To try to be clear, I had two goals in contacting and critiquing Mr. Gendron:
- Call him to account for using fallacious, sub-Christian reasoning.
- To ask if he could give evidence that he understands what he is attacking.
And both of these points failed to produce fruit. What I want you to see is our failure to establish even the most minimal line of understanding and communication. I’d love to get your feedback or advice in the comments – how could I have done better?
I’ve subscribed to Mike Gendron’s “Proclaiming the Gospel” email newsletter for years, until today. Mike is an ex-Roman Catholic with a focus on evangelizing his ex-brethren, and his teachings are pointed, clear, and helpful in preparing to witness to Romanists.
Although I always knew Mike to be a Dispensationalist, I looked past it to learn other things from him, as I do with excellent men like John MacArthur and others. On April 1 of this year, Mike sent out a short article in his newsletter, reposted here: Continue reading
In my work of discipling fellow Baptists and evangelicals, I have the joy of often introducing them to the concept of sacramental grace. I am currently writing up a little lesson on baptism for some friends, and so I thought I would share it here. For further reading, see here and here.
Here are my notes:
- The NT speaks of baptism as an event by which God gives a kind of grace where we are bound to Him.
- – Acts 2:37-38 baptized for the remission of sins
- – Matthew 28:18-20 baptism as entrance into the life of discipleship
- – Romans 6:1-4 baptism as incorporation into the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ
- – Colossians 2:11-14 baptism as circumcision (which was both a symbol and a reality of what it symbolized EVEN IF ADMINISTERED AFTER THE REALITY BEGAN – see Romans 4) & (notice how baptism and the gospel blend right into each other)
- – Ephesians 4:5 one baptism
- – Ephesians 5:26-27 washing of water with the word (cf. Titus 3:5)
- – 1 Peter 3:21 baptism now saves you