The Baptist Challenge is a wonderful
Christian Paper. If you read it, your heart will be blessed.
The Editor is
Bro. M. L. Moser.
I had to remove the link because Bro.
Moser's site link is no longer working. If you know what might have
happened I'd appreciate your writing me and letting me know. Thank you..
This book dedicated to the millions of Baptist martyrs who, all down
through the ages of church history, have given their lives for "the faith
once for all committed to the saints." May we be as true to the faith as
And to the membership of the Central Baptist Church of Little Rock that
has stood by me so loyally throughout the more than a quarter of a century
that I have been their pastor.
I want to acknowledge the work of love of my son and associate, M. L.
Moser, Jr. and his faithful wife Edith, for their untiring efforts in
getting this book ready for the public. Except for their work in preparing
the manuscript, the proofreading, printing, and the many different kinds
of work involved in such an undertaking, this work would have been
The plan and the outline suggested in this book has been put to the test
for more than fifteen years in the Central Baptist Church of Little Rock,
Arkansas. Back in the 1920's, I became dissatisfied with the quarterlies
of the Southern Baptist Convention. At the best, they were but thin milk
and water, and at the worst contained some modernistic and social gospel
statements. Because of the modernism and the infidelity of the literature
of the Southern Baptist Convention, the Central Baptist Church began the
use of the Bible and the Bible only in its Sunday School in the fall of
1931. We found such a plan eminently successful in the Sunday School, but
we faced great difficulties in the Training Union.
We asked other independent churches about their plans and found that none
had seemingly found a solution to the problem. We tried first one plan and
then another, but without any success. After several discouraging
attempts, we finally disbanded our Training Union groups and had only the
Sunday night preaching services. We were losing some of our young people
that way, and so began again to consider ways and means of once again
establishing a Training Union. There was no thought of going back to the
use of quarterlies as commonly used
After much prayer, a new plan was devised that would supplement the Sunday
School. In the Sunday School we studied the Bible book-by-book. Why not,
in the Training Union, study the Bible doctrine-by-doctrine. In that way
all our people would be developed in a full rounded systematic study of
the Bible. We decided to use Pendleton's Church Manual as an outline. In a
few weeks we had divided Pendleton's Church Manual into fifty-two lessons
and were ready to set up our Training Union again. The plan took hold of
our church, but the growth was slow. The change was a radical one and took
time for development, but as the plan "caught on," the spiritual power of
the church developed. Our people, and especially the young people, became
indoctrinated and the whole life of the church showed improvement. In my
personal opinion, nothing has helped build a spiritual backbone in our
church so much as this series of studies.
In the years that have come and gone since the plan was adopted, there
have been some minor improvements, but the original plan is still the
basis of the study. We believe that the plan can work in every church and
that the plan, if carefully and prayerfully carried out, will result in,
not only holding the young people of the church, but in the general
strengthening of the entire body. We suggest the adoption of some such
plan to every Baptist church.
The outline for the entire year is published and every member supplied
with a copy. While we include the material from Pendleton's Church Manual,
the Bible is the source book for every lesson. This plan supplements the
Sunday School lessons and provides a well-rounded course in Systematic
Theology. At the end of the year, every member in the course would be
indoctrinated as no other method in use at the present time could
indoctrinate. The course would be repeated year after year, using the same
outline. New members would be added to the course from time to time, and
older members would become more thoroughly acquainted with the Bible. In a
very short time all who participate in the Training Union would be able to
give "a reason of the hope" that is in them.
In publishing this book, we send it forth with a prayer that God will
bless its use and that "the faith which was once delivered unto the
saints" will become a living reality in the lives of our Baptist people.
M. L. Moser, Sr., Pastor Emeritus
Central Baptist Church
Little Rock, Arkansas
It gives me great pleasure to introduce this book of 52 lessons in Baptist
doctrine, church decorum and program to its readers. A whole year's course
of studies for church members in training for greater service is a keenly
felt need among independent Baptists particularly, and doubtless it would
do valuable service to any church that will make consistent use of it.
It is a unique work, using the text of Pendleton's Church Manual, taking a
portion week by week till the whole work is covered thoroughly. The manual
text is supplemented with the publishers own notations, topics for group
leader's discussion and suggested subtopics and questions for class-member
The value of the text is enhanced appreciably also by giving the full text
of the Orthodox Baptist Confession of Faith. It was based largely on the
confession included in Pendleton's Church Manual and matured by the late
Dr. W. Lee Rector in 1935. We know of no confession more faithful to the
historic Baptist faith and practice than the Orthodox Baptist Confession
The work is also made valuable to all Baptists who care to take the
trouble to be faithful in faith and practice to our Baptist heritage
according to the New Testament by piquant quotations from recognized
Baptist authorities on doctrine, church decorum, church independence and
missions. These quotes are choice bits and should be treasured as a rich
heritage by all Baptists.
The work is past the experimental stage having been used by the Central
Baptist Church of Little Rock, Arkansas, for a number of years. It
provides a means to a coveted end: namely, a more thoroughly indoctrinated
and trained church membership to carry on the noble work left to the
churches by our Lord Jesus Christ till He comes again. I am happy to
commend it to pastors and churches desiring a constructive work.
R. Nelson Colyar, Th. M.
I'm placing a link to the
BIBLE for your convenience so you can look up some of these
references... It will come in a new window and you can reduce it and keep
it for for all your Bible study lessons...
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Wonderful Words of Life
Disclaimer; I am highly honored and humbled at receiving the permission of
Bro. M. L. Moser in being able to place his book on the Jim Keeling
Ministries web site.
Little did I know back in the early 80's when first given a copy of the
"Baptist Doctrine in One Year" book, by my late pastor, Bro. C. B.
Troutman, that I would, 25 years later, be sharing this wonderful Bible
learning tool with all of you. I wish to thank Bro. Moser for his kindness
for allowing me to share this masterpiece and I know that it will bless
all who study it's pages and lessons.
This Bible study is not only for Baptist but for any domination, race,
color or creed who have a yearning to grow in Bible truth and doctrine.
Regardless of your background... If you are a bought by the blood, born
again child of God, this Baptist Doctrine in one Year book is a must read
. May the Holy Spirit guide you into all truth as you learn of God's Holy
direction for your life. Thank you and may God richly bless you!