Allen Nelson IV

Allen S. Nelson IV is the pastor of Perryville Second Baptist Church in Perryville, Arkansas. He and his wife Stephanie have been married since 2006 and have 5 children. Besides enjoying time with his family, Allen loves teaching the Bible, reading good books, and time outdoors. He is the author of From Death to Life: How Salvation Works and Before The Throne: Reflections on God’s Holiness He is an avid Dallas Cowboys and Arkansas Razorbacks fan, which means he's always excited about 'next year.' You can follow him on twitter @cuatronelson.
5 Deceitful Schemes Seeking to Ruin Churches

5 Deceitful Schemes Seeking to Ruin Churches

In Ephesians 4:14, Paul desires that local churches “…may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.” In this post, I want to give you 5 examples of deceitful...

Why the Church Should “Get with the Times”

Why the Church Should “Get with the Times”

In 2 Corinthians 5:17 Paul writes, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." The Greek word for "old" in our text is ἀρχαῖα. It’s where we get the English word “archaic.” I’m not trying to read that...

No One is Scared of the Church

No One is Scared of the Church

Exodus 12:33 shows us that the Egyptians saw God's people as a threat to them. The text states, "The Egyptians were urgent with the people to send them out of the land in haste. For they said, 'We shall all be dead.'” This is, of course, right after the tenth and...

Neutrality is War

Neutrality is War

I recently finished reading Christian Theistic Evidences by Cornelius Van Til (edited by K. Scott Oliphint). It was a great book, but this post is not a review. Rather, I came away with a thought from the book, that I've known for some time, but thought I'd put into...

Why You Should be a Baptist – Part 5

Why You Should be a Baptist – Part 5

This is the fifth and final post in a series of posts on why you should be a baptist. In the last few posts, we've been looking at what Baptism signifies. We conclude with today's post. Baptism signifies, Resurrection, Regeneration, Renewal, Relocation, Resolve,...

Why You Should be a Baptist – Part 4

Why You Should be a Baptist – Part 4

In the previous two posts, we have walked through 5 points on the significance of Baptism. I am trying to convince you to be a credobaptist. And if you already are a credobaptist, I hope that these posts help you to glory in the gospel all the more. We will finish 2...

Why You Should be a Baptist – Part 3

Why You Should be a Baptist – Part 3

In the previous post, we began to walk through 8 wonderful realities that our Baptism points to. We finished 3 last time and we will finish another 2 today. Before we get into the list let me say how much my walk with the Lord has been improved by listening to and...

Why You Should be a Baptist – Part 2

Why You Should be a Baptist – Part 2

The last post was really an introduction to this discussion. In this post, we begin to get into more of the meat of the matter. And what I want to do is lay out for you 8 truths about the symbolic nature of Baptism. In doing this, I hope to persuade you to be a...

Why You Should be a Baptist – Part 1

Why You Should be a Baptist – Part 1

Benjamin Keach, a 17th Century Baptist, was once put in a pillory to face physical pain and public scorn because of his views on credobaptism (also called "believer's baptism"). Sadly, today, I’m afraid too many Baptists cannot defend the doctrine of credobaptism very...

Spirit Baptism and Water Baptism

Spirit Baptism and Water Baptism

Baptism and the Spirit In the New Testament, we recognize the word “baptism” is not only used to refer to physical water. For example, John the Baptist says in Mark 1:8 that Jesus is coming to “baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” Or, in 1 Corinthians 12:13 Paul says,...

The Work of Elders and Deacons (Benjamin Keach)

The Work of Elders and Deacons (Benjamin Keach)

Consider the words of 17th century Baptist, Benjamin Keach (1640-1740), on Elders and Deacons: The Work of Elders 1. The Elder’s or Pastor’s work is to study the word, to show himself approved. “A workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of...

When the Gospel takes Root

When the Gospel takes Root

The following is an excerpt from my book, From Death to Life: How Salvation Works (you can order this at our shop here at ThingsAbove): Affections, Actions, and Attitudes Here’s a helpful alliteration to assist in discerning whether or not the gospel has actually...

The Love of Christmas

The Love of Christmas

We covered Ephesians 3:18-19 recently at Perryville Second Baptist Church. Strange interpretations have been given on these words “the breadth and length and height and depth…” Some very old writers said it refers to the cross as the cross has four directions and Paul...