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This video is a well made introduction to recovering the particular baptist view of covenant theology.

http://youtu.be/_lKe2VopL9k

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The guys at Reformed Forum have available a helpful podcast looking at the history of credo-baptist or baptism of believers alone.  The podcast looks at the Anabaptist, General Baptist, and the Particular Baptist showing the differences between the three and how you can’t lump all baptist today into the Anabaptist category. They interview James Dolezal who makes a strong argument for baptism of disciples alone from a covenantal reading of the scriptures.  He also makes a helpful distinction on what God is saying in baptism and what man is saying in baptism.  I commend the listening of this podcast to all who believe Christians should be baptized.

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Malone, Fred A. : The Baptism of Disciples Alone: A Covenantal Argument for Credobaptism Verses Paedobaptism Revised and Expanded

This was a great book in learning what the bible teaches about baptism.  It was a bit technical in places but for the most part not to bad of a read.  It was helpful in understanding what the differences where between paedobaptist covenant theologians and credobaptist covenant theologians.  It was actually a decent introduction into covenant theology.  It was helpful in understanding the regulative principle of worship also.  He starts by allowing John Murray to speak for himself about baptism so as to prevent forming a straw man.  Malone then helps us understand a biblical hermeneutic and how the paedobaptist is inconsistent with his hermeneutic.  Malone explains the paedobaptist don’t have specific verses they point out necessarily to support infant baptism but rather have a “string of pearls” and teaching and inferences they make when strung together allow them to form the doctrine of infant baptism. Malone takes each pearl of the necklace and refutes it leaving the paedobaptist in my opinion with nothing to hold on to and only to turn to biblical baptism of disciples alone.  I was impressed by the book and am currently working through the appendixes.  I would recommend this to all who are serious about understanding what the bible teaches about baptism, but especially to those who agree with many paedobaptist on their soteriology and may be considering their ecclesiology as well.  Malone was a Baptist, to a Presbyterian, and back to a Baptist so reading his story at the beginning of the book will be of interest to many as well.

Publisher: Founders Press

Binding: Sewn

Boards: Hardback

Pages: 319

Scripture Index: Yes

Subject Index: Yes

Appendixes: Yes. Includes Spurgeon on Baptism, The Proper Mode of Biblical Baptism, Book Review of  “The Biblical Doctrine of Infant Baptism” by Pierre Marcel, the appendix to the 1689 London Baptist confession, Book Review of “The Case for Covenantal Infant Baptism” by Gregg Strawbridge, and Extreme Covenantalism Rejected

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Blackburn, Earl M. : Covenant Theology: A Reformed Baptist Overview (G)(17pgs)  This is a great short introduction into what covenant theology is, making proper distinctions between the continuity and discontinuity of the covenant of grace from the old covenant administrations to the final new covenant administration.  Shows that God works with humanity through covenants.  He spends a significant amount of time discussing the newness of the new covenant and how it is superior.  The booklet also includes a small appendix by Kenneth Puls showing helpfully how the new covenant is not like that which came before.

This is a small stapled booklet that can be purchased from Solid Ground Christian Books

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