Upon This Rock: A Baptist Understanding of the Church

Upon This Rock: A Baptist Understanding of the Church

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Overview

A recent conference at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary featured speakers addressing topics set forth in the article on “The Church” in the Southern Baptist Convention’s Baptist Faith and Message statement. Upon This Rock gathers those presentations and answers such questions as:

• What is the basis for our denominational distinctives?
• Are they merely a collection of “faded traditions” or true doctrinal necessities rooted in the Bible alone?
• Are they theologically rich cornerstones of faith that easily transcend time, culture, and preference?

Contributors include Malcolm B Yarnell III (“Upon This Rock I Will Build My Church: A Theological Exposition of Matthew 16:13-20”), Paige Patterson (“Observing the Two Ordinances of Christ”), Thomas and Joy White (“Church Officers and Gender: Can Women Be Pastors? Or Deacons?”) and Bart Barber (“A Denomination of Churches: Biblical and Useful”) as well as Jason G. Duesing, David Allen, Emir F. Caner, James Leo Garrett, Jr., and Byron McWilliams.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805449990
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2010
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Jason G. Duesing is chief of staff in the Office of the President as well as assistant professor of Historical Theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) in Fort Worth, Texas.

Thomas White is vice president of student services and communications as well as associate professor of Systematic Theology at SWBTS.

Malcolm B. Yarnell III is assistant dean for Theological Studies, director of the Center for Theological Research, director of the Oxford Study Program, and associate professor of Systematic Theology at SWBTS.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Dedication viii

The Baptist Faith and Message, 2000 ix

Author Introductions x

Introduction: The Duty of Baptists to Teach Their Distinctive Views? Jason G. Duesing 1

1 "Upon this Rock I Will Build My Church" A Theological Exposition of Matthew 16:13-20 Malcolm B. Yamell III 24

2 Autonomy of the Local Church: Crucial Baptist Distinctive David Allen 57

3 Covenant or Confusion? "Associated by Covenant in the Faith and Fellowship of the Gospel" Emir F. Caner 84

4 Observing Two Ordinances-Are They Merely Symbols? Paige Patterson 102

5 Under the Lordship of Christ through Democratic Processes James Leo Garrett Jr. 116

6 A Denomination of Churches: Biblical and Useful Bart Barber 133

7 The Church and Its Officers: A Pastor's Perspective Byron McWilliams 152

8 The Offices and Women: Can Women Be Pastors? or Deacons? Thomas White Joy White 174

9 The Universal and Local Church Thomas White 208

Author Index 240

Scripture Index 242

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