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A Manifesto of Trinity Baptist Church


Albert N. Martin

Preached upon the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Trinity Baptist Church, this series “. . . is not a comprehensive statement of our major doctrines (which are set out in our Confession) or Church polity (which is set out in our Constitution), but those Biblical perspectives which we believe are absolutely essential to our remaining a true church of Christ.” The purpose “is to lay bare the foundational issues which have shaped our first 25 years together, and then to issue a fresh summons of commitment to the Lord Jesus himself and to these principles insofar as they are Biblical, that we might preserve and pass them on to the rising generations

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Tenet 1:
We Are Determined that Jesus Christ Shall Have His Rightful
Place in the Totality of the Life and Ministry of this Assembly:
 
   1) as the exclusive foundation
   2) as the sole source of spiritual life
   3) as the supreme Lord and ruler

Tenet 2:
We are Determined that all of Our Doctrine and
Practice Shall be Molded by The Word of God:
 
    1) the basis for this determination:
       a) consequence of taking seriously Christ's relationship to his Church
       b) consequence of taking seriously the Church's relationship to truth
    2) the major expressions of this determination:
       a) the central place of Scripture in the Confession of Faith
       b) the central place of Scripture in our public worship
       c) the central place of Scripture in in our congregational life
       d) the central place of Scripture in the deliberations of the leadership

     3) the cost of maintaining this determination:
        a) justification for using the expression "the cost"
        b) declaration of the specifics of that cost
            1) it will cost us the mental and spiritual diligence essential
                to having something more than second-hand convictions
            2) it will cost us the reproach and misrepresentation of those who
                conform to current opinions, fads & fassions in doctrine & practice
            3) it will cost us the native desire & tendency to become carnally
                comfortable in our own traditions

Tenet 3:
We Are Determined to Maintain a God-Centered
Climate in the Totality of Our Life and Ministry:
 
    1) explanation of the terminology:
    2) demonstrations:
       a) in our Confession of Faith
       b) in our stated seasons of worship
       c) in our stated seasons of prayer
       d) in the service and witness of the church
    3) four exhortations to maintain/increase

Tenet 4:
We are Determined that Our Life & Ministry will Unquestionably Confirm the Unique Place Assigned to the Church in the Saving Purposes of God:
     1) definition of the Church
     2) description of the Church<
     3) demostration of the uniqueness of the
         Church in the saving purposes of God

Manifestions:
     1) it is Christ centered
     2) it is Church based

     1) they are Christ centered
     2) they are Church based

    1) Agents involved in their recognition:
       a) the man himself
       b) mature people of God as a body of wise counselors
       c) formal encouragement of the Church through its
           appointed/existing leadership
    2) Agents involved in their preparation:
       a) general training
       b) specialized training
    3) Agents involved in their ordination:
        - the church's function is:
       a) central
       b) paramount
       c) final


Tenet 5:
We are Determined to Strive for a Membership Role Comprised Only of Truly Regenerate and Genuinely Converted Men and Women:

Tenet 6:
We are Determined to Persue a Biblically-Established Standard for Church Officers:

Tenet 7:
We Shall Validate in Our Corporate Experience the Life-Out-Of-Death Principle Essential to Real Christianity:

Tenet 8:
We Are Determined to Maintian the Presence of an Ungrieved Holy Spirit in Every Facet of Our Life / Ministry:

Tenet 9:
We Are Determined to Maintain a Balanced New Testament Perspective in Our Teaching and Expectations Concering Conversion and the Christian Life:
Conversion:

The Christian Life:

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Tenet 10:
We Are Determined to Establish, Maintain & Transmit an Understanding and Practice of Our Biblical Duty Towards the Rising Generations of Our Children:
       - as parents
       - in our own personal houses, with our natural seed, we must:
         a) pursue and exemplify universal obedience
         b) teach and command universal obedience
         c) Biblical Illustrations

         (Note, in sermon #114 pastor Martin refers back to this message,
         and mentions his series on child training for those that want an
         expanded coverage of this theme: this series can be found here)

       - in the House of God, with our spiritual seed, we must:
         a) maintain the unquenched passion of our love to Christ
         b) maintain an uncompromising adherence to the truth Christ

       - in the House of God, with our spiritual seed, we must:
         c) maintain an unfeigned love for one another
         d) maintain an unfractured unity as a Body of Christ
         e) maintain an unyielding commitment to corporate holiness

       - in the House of God, with our spiritual seed, we must:
          f) maintain an unbroken continuity of godly leadership
             to guide us in implementing the rule of Christ
              1) origin of human leadership
              2) essence of their task
              3) necessity of maintaining unbroken continuity

       - in the House of God, with our spiritual seed, we must:
          g) maintain an unashamed aggressiveness in
              proclaiming and defending the Gospel of Christ (1)
              1) sampling of the Biblical Mandate
              2) three crucial questions arising from the mandate (part 1):
                 a) what realities that make this necessary?
                    1) the unchanging condition of mankind
                    2) the unchanging remedy
                    3) the ordained means to bring the remedy to men

       - in the House of God, with our spiritual seed, we must:
          g) maintain an unashamed aggressiveness in
              proclaiming and defending the Gospel of Christ (2)
              2) three crucial questions arising from the mandate (part 2):
                 b) What are the means sanctioned by God?
                    1) the activity of men equipped by God & set apart by the Church
                    2) the activity of each Christian
                    3) the church promoting specific & concentrated efforts by its members

       - in the House of God, with our spiritual seed, we must:
          g) maintain an unashamed aggressiveness in
              proclaiming and defending the Gospel of Christ (3)
              2) three crucial questions arising from the mandate (part 3):
                 c) What are the major hindrances (& antidotes) to our
                    unashamed proclamation & defense of the Gospel? (part 1)
                    1) our evil heart of unbelief re: the true state & ultimate fate of men
                    2) our sinful reluctance to bear hatred, reproach & rejection

       - in the House of God, with our spiritual seed, we must:
          g) maintain an unashamed aggressiveness in
              proclaiming and defending the Gospel of Christ (4)
              2) three crucial questions arising from the mandate (part 4):
                 c) What are the major hindrances (& antidotes) to our
                    unashamed proclamation & defense of the Gospel? (part 2)
                    3) our overreaction to boorish insensitive aggressive witnessing
                    4) the absence of prayerful considered preparation

(Note, these last two messages are not listed in the Trinity Pulpit catalogue as part of the Manifesto series. However, as can be heard by listening to them, they are a continuation of the "Three Crucial Questions" which began in sermon #113. These two SS lessons address the third of these "Three Crucial Questions".) :



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