Upon this Rock: Introduction Now Available

In 2010, B&H Academic published Upon this Rock: A Baptist Understanding of the Church. A volume of many contributors (including coeditors Malcolm Yarnell and Thomas White), Upon this Rock examines Article VI on “The Church” of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Baptist Faith and Message statement and related issues of ecclesiology at the local and national level.

Here is Article VI of the Baptist Faith and Message:

VI. The Church

A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Each congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ through democratic processes. In such a congregation each member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord. Its scriptural officers are pastors and deacons. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.

The New Testament speaks also of the church as the Body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation.

Recently, B&H Academic has made available for free my introduction to the volume, “The Duty of Baptists to Teach Their Distinctive Views?”. You can learn more about the volume here and also read my chapter here.