How much should you know before you’re ready to be Baptised?

Believer's Baptism, Baptism, Baptist, Pharasitic fences, Anglican, John MacArthur, Fundamentals of the Faith, Matthias Media, Just For Starters, Charles Ryrie, Basic Theology, Andre Broodryk, Benoni Baptist Church, Doug Forsyth, Weltevreden Chapel, Peter Sammons, Germiston Baptist Church

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I’m principally swayed that Believer Baptism must tailgate salvation; closely. If the Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:27 – 40) could hear the Gospel, internalise it and respond to it in what appears to be a very short span of time then I wouldn’t want to put Pharasitic fences in the way of any man.

I’m principally swayed that Believer Baptism must tailgate salvation; as closely as possible. Let’s face it: the Ethiopian eunuch was clearly well versed in Scripture (Acts 8:28) and a devote man (Acts 8:27) which is not all that common nowadays. There’s a need for rudimentary teaching before dunking.

So I put together a training course for Crystal Park Baptist Church; the bare boned basics. Who is God? Who is Man? Who is Christ? and Where to from Here?

“There’s a need for rudimentary teaching before dunking.”

Writing course content is a learning curve. On the first pass I’ve realised that I must shorten the sections if I want to cover everything in 1 hour. I need to reduce the number of Scriptures so as to provide an adequate platform to probe the key passages. I must include additional verses at the end of each page so that Psalm 1:2 students can go away immerse [sic] themselves. Oh, lesson 1 needs to focus more on the holiness of God so the stage is set for the next three lessons which really amount to the Gospel.

Anyway here are the drafts that I’ve created so far:

Lesson 1: Who is God?

Lesson 2: Who is Man?

Lesson 3: Who is Jesus Christ?

Lesson 4: Where to from Here?

I used John MacArthur’s Fundamentals of the Faith: 13 Lessons to Grow in the Grace and Knowledge of Jesus Christ, Matthias Media’s Just For Starters and Charles Ryrie’s Basic Theology for the input and consulted with Andre Broodryk from Benoni Baptist Church, Doug Forsyth from Weltevreden Chapel and Peter Sammons from Germiston Baptist Church.

I’d value input, especially around how to succinctly articulate these core Christian truths.


Paul Tripp Benoni Baptist Church (A Notice to all Christians in the Gauteng Area)

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Jonathan Klimek pointed out to me that Paul Tripp is in town this week coming. I’m planning on going on Thursday 19th August, 18:30 — 21h00 to Brackenhurst Baptist, 76 Roy Campbell Steet, Brackenhurst. See you there? Oh, and because I’m a sucker for punishment I’m planning on going to TGIF, Seattle Coffee Shop, Hyde Park Corner on Friday 20th August, 6:15 — 07:30.Click the image to enlarge.


Paul Tripp

Paul Tripp is the president of Paul Tripp Ministries, a nonprofit organization, whose mission statement is “Connecting the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life.” This mission leads Paul to weekly speaking engagements around the world. In addition to being a gifted communicator and sought after conference speaker with Paul Tripp Ministries, Paul is on the pastoral staff at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he preaches on Sunday evenings and leads the Ministry to Center City. Paul is also Professor of Pastoral Life and Care at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, Texas and has taught at respected institutions worldwide. As an author, Paul has written eleven books on Christian Living that are read and distributed internationally. He has been married for many years to Luella and they have four grown children.

Doug van Meter

Brackenhurst Baptist Church is a Bible-teaching, Bible-preaching ministry with a growing passion to be God-centred in all we do. With a desire to minister to all, our ministries include something for everyone. Our greatest passion is to honour and glorify God by making and maturing disciples who are becoming more like the Lord Jesus Christ. Our pulpit ministry is at the centre of our church, and the Bible is the basis for what we believe and teach. We strive to be a Word-centred church dedicated to the task of developing fully devoted followers of Christ. We endeavour to do all we can to get this same Word into all the world.

Doug Van Meter is the pastor-teacher of Brackenhurst Baptist Church. Doug’s primary ministry in the church is the exposition of Scripture each week from the pulpit. Doug is married to Jill and has five daughters: Allison, Katy, Lydia, Jessica and Danielle.