Calvinism, Communion and the Baptists (Studies In Baptist History And Thought Series)
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Jesus's words in John 17 represent one of the church's highest values quot;May they all be one as you and I Father are one.quot; Yet divisions occur from the highest levels of the church to street level projects often neutralizing effectiveness and undercutting the credibility of Jesus's message. This book helps any believer turn the ideal of John 17 into reality. It provides solid grounding in the principles of partnership abundant case histories and empowering quot;how toquot; suggestions for lay person and ministry leader alike.
"This book is concerned with English Calvinistic Baptist churches from the later 1600s until the early 1800s, arguing that there was then no connection between 'restricted communion' and 'hyper-' or 'high' Calvinism. A minimal definition of 'restricted communion' would be the reception at the Baptist communion of those alone who had been immersed in water upon a profession of faith." "A sketch of English Calvinistic Baptists in the years preceding and following the 1689 Act of Toleration stresses that they were a denomination other than that of the 'General' Baptists, and that most Baptists, irrespective of party lines, were de facto 'Strict Baptists'." "Historical arguments for and against restricted communion will demonstrate that during that period there was no definitive link between the Particular Baptists' communion discipline and their interpretations of Calvinism. Attention is given to John Gill's and Andrew Fuller's interpretations of the relation between the atonement and evangelism."--BOOK JACKET.
Peter Naylor is a retired Baptist minister living in Wellinborough, UK, and completed his doctorate at the University of Potchefstroom, South Africa. He and his wife have two daughters and two grandchildren. Having lectured, mainly in India and Sri Lanka, his aspiration now is to focus upon biblical studies.