Creed

Westminster Confession of Faith

Although the light of nature, and the works of creation and providence do so far manifest the goodness, wisdom, and power of God, as to leave men unexcusable; [1] yet are they not sufficient to give that knowledge of God, and of his will, which is necessary unto salvation. [2]

Therefore it pleased the Lord, at sundry times, and in divers manners, to reveal himself, and to declare that his will unto his church; [3] and afterwards, for the better preserving and propagating of the truth, and for the more sure establishment and comfort of the church against the corruption of the flesh, and the malice of Satan and of the world, to commit the same wholly unto writing: [4] which makes the Holy Scripture to be most necessary; [5] those former ways of God’s revealing his will unto his people being now ceased. [6] 

 [1] Romans 2:14-15, Romans 1:19-20, Psalm 19:1-3, Romans 1:32, Romans 2:1 
[2] 1 Corinthians 1:21, 1 Corinthians 2:13-14 
[3] Hebrews 1:1 
[4] Proverbs 22:19-21, Luke 1:3-4, Romans 15:4, Isaiah 8:19-20  
[5] 2 Timothy 3:15, 2 Peter 1:19 
[6] Hebrews 1:1-2 

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What Is the Westminster Confession of Faith?

It was 1643. London. The little British world—Scotland, England, and Ireland—was caught in a civil war. And the Christian church wasn’t doing much better.

Debates still raged over the authority of the Bible. The Reformation—the return to the truth of the Bible, which had begun a century earlier—had spread all over Europe, and biblical teaching was beginning to take root in churches.

But it was time for reform in the Church of England—the official church of the British isles. Time to re-forge its foundational documents according to the clear doctrines of Scripture and change Anglicanism for the better.

So in order to find peace within warring factions of the church, in 1646, over a hundred men of one mind piled into Westminster Abbey to rewrite the Church of England’s foundational documents.

Three documents emerged from this meeting. The Westminster Confession cemented in corporate conviction the non-negotiables, those doctrines that the Bible taught that people must believe and which the Church of England would cling to and teach. They also wrote the Shorter and Longer Catechism and a Directory for the Public Worship of God.

The Westminster Confession is an old document created for a past kingdom in a faraway land. Is it worth your time, and is it relevant to you? Three things are worth noting.

First, yes, it’s worth your time, but it will take time—it’s a challenging and dense read. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dive in—after all, finding diamonds takes hard digging.

Second, the writers thought these truths so important that they also formatted their Confession into a shorter and a longer catechism–a series of questions and answers for kids. The writers hoped you would read the Confession and even memorize it.

Third, the catechism is worth your time because it will nourish your soul with truth from God’s Word. It will sharpen your understanding of what the Bible teaches, and educate you on the essentials of the Christian faith.

We hope you find, as we have, the Westminster Confession of Faith a profitable read. Enjoy!

by Bibles.net

The History of the Westminster Confession

Canons of Dordt
The Canons of Dordt were published in the Netherlands, rejecting Arminian doctrines. This document attempted to move Reformed churches toward John Calvin’s teaching, which was believed to be more biblical than Arminian doctrine.
War
The English Civil War began between Scotland, England, and Ireland.
Decision to Write Westminster
Puritans controlling the English Parliament called for a confession to guide the Church of England toward Calvin’s teaching.
Writing of the Confession
The Westminster Confession of Faith was written.
End of War
The English Civil War ended.
Second London Baptist Confession
Baptists in England produced the Second London Baptist Confession, altering portions of the Westminster Confession, in order to guide Reformed Baptist churches.
Adopted by Presbyterians
American Presbyterians officially adopted the Westminster Confession as their doctrinal standard.
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1729

Video: 3 Min
by Chad Van Dixhoorn Reformed Theological Seminary

Article: 2 Min

The Westminster Confession of Faith Today

by Chad Van Dixhoorn at Reformation 21

Verse
EPHESIANS 4:11-16 ESV

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we 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. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. 

Article: 7 Min

The History Behind the Westminster Shorter Catechism

by Sinclair Ferguson

Quote

Emotions Are Shaped by What We Think About

B.B. Warfield

The emotions of the heart, in which many seem to think religion too exclusively to consist, ever follow the movements of the thought. Passion for service cannot take the place of passion for truth, or safely outrun the acquisition of truth…This is why God establishes and extends his Church by the ordinance of preaching; it is why we have Sunday schools and Bible classes.  

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Video: 11 Min

Quote

You do not know the truth, my brother, merely because you
accept the Westminster Assembly’s Confession,
and have studied it perfectly. No, we know nothing till, we are taught, of the Holy [Spirit], who speaks to the heart rather than to the ear. 

Article: 7 Min

Is the Shorter Catechism Worth My Time?

by B.B. Warfield at The Westminster Presbyterian

Quote

“What is the chief end of man?”
Man’s chief end is to
glorify God
and to enjoy him forever.

Message: 50 Min

What Is It Like

to Enjoy God?

by John Piper

Verse
ROMANS 11:36 ESV

For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. 

by D.A. Carson & Curtis Allen, 6 Min

What Does the Westminster Confession Say?

Praise & Worship

The Shorter Catechism Vol.1

by Bruce Benedict

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