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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 Christ Shall Have His
Rightful Place In The Totality of the Life and
Ministry of This Assembly:
 
1) Christ Shall Have His Rightful Place in His Church
   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:
 
2) Scripture Shall Mold Our Faith And Practice, Part 1
    1) the basis for this determination:
       a) inescapable consequence of taking seriously Christ's relationship to his Church
       b) inescapable consequence of taking seriously the Church's relationship to truth
    2) the major expressions of this determination:
       a) the central place given to the Scriptures in the Confession of Faith
       b) the central place given to the Scriptures in our public worship
       c) the central place given to the Scriptures in in our congregational life
       d) the central place given to the Scriptures in the deliberations of the leadership

3) Scripture Shall Mold Our Faith And Practice, Part 2
     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:
 
4) We Shall Maintain a God-Centered Climate
    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 and Ministry will
Unquestionably Confirm The Unique Place Assigned
to the Church in the Saving Purposes of God:
 
  5) Definition and Demonstration
     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:
  6) In the Theology & Practice of the Christian Life:
     1) it is Christ centered
     2) it is Church based

  7) In Evangelism and Missions
     1) they are Christ centered
     2) they are Church based


  8) In the Call of Men to the Ministry
    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


  9) In Sending Forth Church Planters
10) In Recognizing Resident Pastors

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, The Christian Life and the Mission of the Church:
 
Conversion:
  41) The Necessity of Conversion
  42) The Diversity of Conversion
  43) The Needs that Only Christ Can Meet
  44) Repentance Towards God
  45) Repentance in Regard to Sin, Self, Self-Righteousness
  46) The Lordship of Christ In Salvation (1)
  47) The Lordship of Christ In Salvation (2)
  48) The Lordship of Christ In Salvation (3)
  49) The Role of Faith in a Life of Holiness
  50) A Radical Break with the Dominion of Sin
  51) A Continual Warfare with Remaining Sin
  52) The Motives of Our Warfare with Sin
  53) The Goal of Our Warfare with Sin
  54) How God's Power Works in Us

The Christian Life:
  55) The Purpose of This Study
  56) No Master Key
  57) No Escape From Tension and Conflict (1)
  58) No Escape From Tension and Conflict (2)
  59) No Escape From Tension and Conflict (3)
  60) No Area of Passivity
  61) No Crisis Experience (1)
  62) No Crisis Experience (2)
  63) No Crisis Experience (3)
  64) No Crisis Experience (4)
  65) The Duty of Prayer
  66) The Privilege of Prayer
  67) The Promises of God Encourage Us to Pray
  68) Our Felt Needs Impel Us to Pray
  69) The Central Place of Personal Bible Reading (1)
  70) The Central Place of Personal Bible Reading (2)
  71) How to Assimilate the Contents of the Bible (1)
  72) How to Assimilate the Contents of the Bible (2)
  73) Trials as a Means of Grace (1)
  74) Trials as a Means of Grace (2)
  75) Trials as a Means of Grace (3)
  76) Trials as a Means of Grace (4)
  77) Trials as a Means of Grace (5)
  78) The Corporate Means of Grace (1)
  79) The Corporate Means of Grace (2)
  80) Public Reading of the Scripture (1)
  81) Public Reading of the Scripture (2)
  82) Preaching as a Means of Grace (1)
  83) Preaching as a Means of Grace (2)
  84) Preaching as a Means of Grace (3)
  85) Preaching as a Means of Grace (4)
  86) Preaching as a Means of Grace (5)
  87) The Concept and Context of Christian Fellowship
  88) Christian Fellowship (1) Unrestrained Acceptance
  89) Christian Fellowship (2) Love and Brotherly Kindness
  90) Christian Fellowship (3) What is Love?
  91) Christian Fellowship (4) What is Love? (1)
  92) Christian Fellowship (5) What is Love? (2)
  93) Christian Fellowship (6) What is Love? (3)
  94) Christian Fellowship (7) What is Love? (4)
  95) Christian Fellowship (8) What is Love? (5)
  96) Christian Fellowship (9) What is Love? (6)
  97) Our Manifesto/Review of the Entire Series
  98) The Lord's Supper as a Means of Grace (1)
  99) The Lord's Supper as a Means of Grace (2)
 100) The Lord's Supper as a Means of Grace (3)
 101) The Lord's Supper as a Means of Grace (4)
 102) The Lord's Supper as a Means of Grace (5)
 103) The Lord's Supper as a Means of Grace (6)
 104) Corporate Prayer as a Means of Grace (1)
 105) Corporate Prayer as a Means of Grace (2)
 106) Corporate Prayer as a Means of Grace (3)
 107) Corporate Prayer as a Means of Grace (4)
 108) Corporate Prayer as a Means of Grace (5)

Hear also:
Priority of Attending Prayer Meeting
Men Ought Always to Pray (Luke 18:1-8)

Tenet 10:
We Are Determined to Establish, Maintain and Transmit an
Understanding and Practice of Our Biblical Duty Towards
the Rising Generations of Our Children:
 
109) Our Duty Toward the Rising Generation (1)
       - 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, which series can be found here
)

110) Our Duty Toward the Rising Generation (2)
       - 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

111) Our Duty Toward the Rising Generation (3)
       - 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

112) Our Duty Toward the Rising Generation (4)
       - 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

113) Our Duty Toward the Rising Generation (5)
       - 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

114) Our Duty Toward the Rising Generation (6)
       - 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

115) Our Duty Toward the Rising Generation (7)
       - 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

116) Our Duty Toward the Rising Generation (8)
       - 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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