The Regular Baptist Press story is a 64-year-old plot line of publishing doctrinally sound church resources. The characters in this story have pursued a mission of glorifying God by providing church educational resources that are true to God’s Word and that encourage maturity in Christ. Classroom curriculum, children’s ministry, Bible studies, along with academic and practical ministry books are the trustworthy products our team has created over the years. We are grateful to the Lord for this work and thankful for every writer, editor, and designer who, by God’s grace, made it possible.
But it is not time for us to rest. We are optimistic about the creative opportunities before us. Strategically, we will chart these waters three ways:
- First, we will partner with the church to do gospel work.
Church and publisher working together, collaborating, helping each other in a ministry of the Word to people who are seeking or courageously following Christ. RBP is rooted in a theology of the church that honors the amazing Body of Christ as the pillar and ground of the truth (1 Tim. 3:15). I love talking to pastors and ministry leaders about their gospel work, learning from them, and discovering ways to offer their ministry of the Word to the larger Body of Christ.
- Second, we will resource the church with products and services for the rapid changes in our current culture.
Things are changing so fast around us. The moral underpinnings of the past are eroding. The baseline of Bible knowledge is no longer a safe assumption. Change can cause concern or create new opportunities. RBP is choosing to seize the opportunities to come alongside the church and help it effectively and powerfully speak the gospel into church life, the marketplace, and the public square. In addition to printed products, RBP will continue to offer relevant teaching and training sessions—some on-site and in person, others online.
- Finally, we will encourage the church to be strong and mature in Christ.
In the book of Acts (9:31) we learn that the Holy Spirit is actively involved in building up and encouraging the church. Acts (15:41) also highlights the privileged use of God’s servants in the maturing process of the church. I never cease to be amazed that God uses us as a means to do His work.
The story of RBP, along with all the gifted characters in it, is the story of a publisher committed to a strong church of mature believers. This is the greater gain that motivates us every day to do gospel work.
John F. Klem is director of Regular Baptist Press.