As evangelical Christians continue to come into contact with historic Reformed writers and the Reformed confessions they often notice some significant discrepancies between what they have known and believed, what is being presented as “Reformed,” and what they are reading in older sources. Covenant theology and baptism are two of the focal points in such discussions. What readers are discovering is that there are competing covenant theologies and competing ways of understanding the history of redemption and of interpreting Scripture that both claim to be Reformed.
Below are some resources written to help readers to cross the bridge from modern evangelical theology, piety, and practice to classical, confessional Reformed theology, piety, and practice. My advice is to read these free, online resources in the order presented. The actual discussion of baptism comes toward the end last because one’s understanding of baptism is really the product of a number of other assumptions and conclusions that one has already drawn about the nature of the history of redemption and about how the Bible is to be read and interpreted.
- Why Does It Take So Long To Explain Infant Baptism?
- A Really Short Case For Infant Baptism (117 words)
- On the New Covenant
- Is There A Covenant Of Grace?
- What Is The Substance Of The Covenant Of Grace?
- Jude On the Continuity of the Covenant of Grace
- Did The Covenant Of Grace Begin In The New Covenant?
- Tracing the Paradigm Shift: Two Ways Of Being In The One Covenant of Grace
- Some Of The Differences Between Baptists And Reformed Theology On The New Covenant
- Three Ways Of Relating To One Covenant Of Grace
- Moses Was Not Abraham
- The Abrahamic Covenant Unifies Redemptive History
- What Is And Is Not New About The New Covenant
- Resources On The Role Of Abraham In Redemptive History
- Yes, The Reformed Churches Do Baptize On The Basis Of The Abrahamic Promise
- Video: The Abraham Paradigm
- What Do We Mean By Sacrament, Sign, and Seal?
- Abraham, Moses, and Circumcision
- Jesus: Baptism Is Death
- Circumcision And Baptism
- True Circumcision Was Always Spiritual
- Ishmael and Infant Baptism
- Baptism and the Benefits of Christ: The Double Mode of Communion
- Does Baptism Save?
- If We Baptize Infants Why Do We Not Also Commune Them?
- Untangling Webs of Assumptions About Baptism
- Does Romans 8:9–11 Require Believer’s Baptism?
- A Reformed Defense Of Infant Baptism
- Seed, Seeds, and Infant Baptism
- What’s the Use Of Infant Baptism?
- What About Matthew 19:13–15?
- Does Romans 8:9–11 Require Believer’s Baptism?
- Household Baptisms In Acts
- Is Infant baptism a Roman Catholic leftover?
- Does the Nicene Creed Teach Baptismal Regeneration?
- The Reformed Churches confess Infant Baptism
- Video: Why Baptize Infants
- Dunking, Sprinkling, Or Pouring (Or Does It Matter)?
- Further Reading on Covenant Theology
- What Advantage Has The Jew? Much In Every Way
- Deconversion And Covenant Theology
- Should We Talk About Breaking The Covenant Of Grace?
- For Whom Is Christ Mediating?
- Baptists And Federal Visionists Together?
- Engaging With 1689 (series)
- An Intramural Baptist Debate That Illumines The Profound Differences Between Baptist And Reformed Theology, Piety, And Practice
- Acts 2:39: What Is The Promise And To Whom Is It Made?
- There Is No Credo Baptist Heidelberg Catechism or Why Hercules Collins Was Not Reformed
- Engaging Confessional Baptists on Covenant Theology (Part 1): Typology
- Engaging Confessional Baptists on Covenant Theology (Part 2): Unity of Salvation in the Old and New Testaments
- The 1689 Compared and Contrasted With the WCF
- Origen: The Early Church Received The Practice Of Infant Baptism From The Apostles
- Tertullian Acknowledged The Existence Of Infant Baptism
- Hippolytus (c. 215 AD): Baptize Infants
- Cyprian: Baptize Infants (253 AD)
- Cyprian Appealed To Colossians 2:11-12 In His Explanation Of Infant Baptism
- Augustine: Infant Baptism Is The Apostolic And Universal Practice Of The Church
- Calvin Addressed The Same Objections To Infant Baptism That We Hear Today
- Turretin Answers Objections To Infant Baptism (5)
- Another Particular Baptist Wrinkle: The Early Church Baptized Infants But For The Wrong Reasons
- Some Practical Consequences Of Reformed Covenant Theology
- Heidelcast Series: I Will Be A God To You And to Your Children
- Heidelcast Series: Chad Vegas On Covenant and Baptism
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