Fifth Council tackles dispensational preaching

Fifth Council tackles dispensational preaching

The importance of dispensational preaching in the church, as well as approaches focusing on preaching specific books of the Bible, were among the topical areas discussed during a special meeting of biblical scholars and observers held for the first time away from the Baptist Bible Seminary campus.

"Dispensationalism and Biblical Preaching" was the theme for the fifth Council on Dispensational Hermeneutics, held October 3-4 at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, TX. Organized and moderated by Seminary Dean Dr. Mike Stallard, the 2012 session followed similar meetings held since 2008.

The topic and details from the Council will also be shared at Minister's Enrichment Day, October 30 at BBS. Registration and a schedule are online at at

"We were able to network with a broader range of dispensationalists," Dr. Stallard said. "We connected with pastors and faculty members in a different region of the country and offered high quality speakers. It was a great opportunity."

BBC&SMore than a dozen speakers participated in workshops, with papers presented and discussion times following. Special panels discussed dispensational preaching in multi-ethnic contexts and the broader issue of biblical preaching in the church.

Papers will be posted online at later this fall, after feedback from the presentation and discussion is incorporated. Photos, a list of members, and information from previous Councils are online now.

A new book based on the 2009 Council published by Regular Baptist Press, "Dispensational Understanding of the New Covenant," was also previewed at the meeting.

"Dispensationalists need to own the topic of biblical preaching," Dr. Stallard said. "Because of our hermeneutic of literal interpretation, expository preaching is critical."

Inside the Council
Dispensationalism holds to historical-grammatical principles of interpreting the Bible, including prophecy. The Council meetings add academic weight and credibility to the effort at keeping objective interpretation of scripture at the forefront of modern biblical presentation in churches and academia. The event has served as a forum for traditional dispensationalists to discuss biblical interpretation and related matters.

Dr. Stallard describes the Council as "a 20-year project" to advance academic dispensational discussions to the church level and beyond. The sessions will alternate between BBS' Clarks Summit, PA, campus and other locations.

"We must never lose our desire to think about practical application," Dr. Stallard said. "What we do needs to be seen and heard in other parts of the country."

The 2013 Council will focus on sign gifts of the Holy Spirit. It will be held September 18-19 at BBS. A site for the 2014 Council, which will rotate away from Clarks Summit, has not been finalized.

BBC&SMembers of the Council steering committee are:
- Dr. Rod Decker, Baptist Bible Seminary
- Dr. George Gunn, Shasta Bible College
- Dr. Elliott Johnson, Dallas Theological Seminary
- Dr. Joe Parle, College of Biblical Studies
- Dr. Mark Soto, Grace Seminary
- Dr. Mike Stallard, Baptist Bible Seminary

Connect at Minister's Enrichment Day on October 30
A special focus on biblical preaching and a unique time of fellowship are featured Tuesday, October 30 at BBS' fall Minister's Enrichment Day, a powerful opportunity for pastors, youth pastors, and their wives to learn and be encouraged and refreshed.

Drawn from the work of the just-concluded Council, the program at the Stowell Seminary Building runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

The cost is $15 per person and $25 for couples. It includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day.BBC&S

Online registration is available at

For details, contact Paul Golden at

An afternoon Youth Pastors Track will be led by veteran ministry leader and BBC&S Vice President for Enrollment & External Relations Mel Walker and Teen Leadership Conference Director Dwight Peterson. An afternoon Ladies Track features powerful speaker and LYFE Women's Conference Director Diane Lytle.

A complete schedule of the day is here.

Baptist Bible Seminary offers students a genuine blend of rigorous academic content and transformational hands-on applications. Six advanced degrees are available in several affordable and flexible formats.

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Posted on: 10/22/2012 3:06:05 PM

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