Reformed Baptist Fellowship of Indiana
We are thankful to the Lord as we enter our third year of fellowship, and in particular for the blessings mentioned below which occurred throughout the year of 2016.
Here are a couple of testimonies of fruitfulness that have come from 2016:
1. There is a young pastor who is at an American Baptist Church (USA) that requested copies of the 1693 Baptist Catechism to begin teaching at his church.
2. Additionally, there is another pastor at a SBC church who also contacted us to get 100 copies of the Baptist Catechism to teach at his church.
3. There was a RB family who found a RB church which participates in the fellowship to member into and thus has been a real blessing to their further strength and growth.
4. A seminary student from Covenant Baptist Seminary who fellowships with us has just finished transcribing and formatting Stott's 'History of the Indiana Baptists' which of course illustrates the place of the 1689 Baptist Confession in the roots of Indiana Baptists. We hope to get this printed and mailed out to over 900+ Baptist churches throughout Indiana in hopes of planting seeds of introduction to these old doctrines that many know nothing about.
5. There is a 16yr old young man that attends the fellowship with his father that is working on a school book report covering the book by RBAP publishers entitled 'Covenant Theology from Adam to Christ' by Nehemiah Cox and John Owen.
6. The spirit of co-operation and our united efforts to preserve the biblical doctrines of the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith through a fellowship such as ours has inspired brethren in Ohio to start a similar fellowship which had their first meeting in Oct. 2016 with a great turn out.
7. This forum of the fellowship creates an opportunity for those who are interested in or are themselves confessional RBs to come and enjoy like minded fellowship. For instance we learned of two young men from the Terre Haute area that joined us at a recent meeting who were overwhelmed at the opportunity to sit down and discuss the doctrines of the 1689 Baptist Confession and the various implications they have on church and practice face to face with other brethren. Additionally, these brethren reported that there is a strong possibility a confessional RB church is going to be planted in their area!
8. After briefly discussing the various types of unity (doctrinal/confessional, ecclesiastical, practical, spiritual, liturgical) their was a proposal and latter discussion of working together to use the fellowship (with the co-operation and participation of the variously involved churches) as a positive platform of education to the broader evangelical community within Indiana regarding the doctrinal beliefs held by Reformed Baptists as contained in the 1689 Baptist Confession through an on-line and printed news-letter in addition to on-line videos.
Additionally, for the new year we confirmed our initial primary purpose for the fellowship : Educate, Equip and Encourage one another for the work of the ministry - all to the glory of God.
Therefore, please pray for a blessed new year as we seek to honor Christ and His Church as servants who continue to uphold the biblical doctrines as historically confessed in the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith.