Reformation is all about closer obedience to God’s will.
God’s revealed will in the Bible covers all areas of our faith and life. In an increasingly anti-Christian society, we all need every help we can get in seeking still closer obedience. Not only in our personal lives but also in the life of the Church.
Reformation Scotland helps by mining the riches of the past to get resources for today’s Church. We match current needs with the best of this heritage of spiritual wisdom.
Why do we focus on the Second Reformation period?
Simply because it was the period of greatest radical reformation and rediscovery of Biblical truth in the Church of Scotland. It was also the greatest spiritual revival throughout the whole nation that Scotland has ever experienced. The nation entered into covenant with God in a unique way.
We are convinced that the Christian Church in Scotland needs to repent and re-engage with these teachings once more. In doing so we will discover God’s blessing on obedience to His truth. The Biblical truths reclaimed in the Second Reformation are the only safe foundation for the future of the Scottish Church.
We aim to promote the biblical understanding attained during that time. This includes the biblical standards for faith and worship produced by the Westminster Assembly. Amongst them is the Westminster Confession of Faith, the doctrinal standard of the Scottish Presbyterian Church.
By stimulating a wider and deeper understanding of these attainments, we aim to promote the restoration of the Christian Church in Scotland.
What was the Second Reformation?
The Second Reformation in Scotland covers the time from the signing of the National Covenant in 1638 until 1661. The attainments of this period were covenanted uniformity in doctrine, worship and church government.
The Solemn League and Covenant of 1643 bound the whole British Isles to seek further reformation together in these areas. This led to the biblical standards for faith and worship produced by the Westminster Assembly. Amongst them is the Westminster Confession of Faith which remains the doctrinal standard of the Scottish Presbyterian Church.
Noted Christian writers during this period expounded biblical principles in a very clear way. It was a time when authors such as Samuel Rutherford, George Gillespie and James Durham flourished. We intend to publish the best of this Scottish Presbyterian literature in an accessible form. Find out more about the Second Reformation on our site.
Who we are
Reformation Scotland Trust was formed in 2013. The Aim of the Trust is to promote the restoration of the Christian Church in Scotland, by informing, educating and promoting understanding of the attainments of the Second Reformation in Scotland.
There are three trustees responsible for Trust policy and one employee responsible for preparing material for publication.
Rev Kenneth Stewart is the Minister of the Glasgow congregation of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Scotland. He is the Chairman of the Trust.
Rev Maurice Roberts retired recently as Minister of the Inverness congregation of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing), and joined as a trustee in 2013.
Rev David Campbell is the Minister of the Edinburgh congregation of the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland, and joined as a trustee in 2014.
Matthew Vogan is the General Manager for Reformation Scotland Trust, and has worked for the Trust since February 2015.