Westminster Assembly

(1643-1648)

The Westminster Assembly was an advisory body of theologians to the English Parliament which met at Westminster Assembly from 1643 to 1648. It produced a new range of standards for church order and government, worship and doctrinal confession for the churches of England, Scotland and Ireland that have been used ever since by Presbyterian churches across the world.

Richard Baxter said that “the Christian world, since the days of the Apostles” never had “a Synod of more excellent divines [theologians]”.

How Do I Know What God Commands?

How Do I Know What God Commands?

What has God’s authority as opposed to the authority of mere human beings? It’s a big question but here’s a straightforward and biblical approach. Five different levels of divine authority are outlined.

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Are All Sins Equal?

Are All Sins Equal?

Are all sins the same in God’s sight? Is no sin any worse than any other sin? Let’s be clear that Scripture does say that some sins are worse than others. Here’s a thorough look at the subject.

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You are What You Digest (Spiritually)

You are What You Digest (Spiritually)

Just as food well digested gives the necessary nutrients and energy to the body, so meditating on the Word absorbs it into our hearts, life and experience so that we practice it. Spiritual growth requires it.

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The Answer to a Political Crisis

The Answer to a Political Crisis

There is no shortage of feverish opinion and speculation in a deepening political crisis. How will a resolution be found? Surely when things come to such a conflict and intractable impasse we can see that a greater wisdom is required.

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Confessionalism and a Flourishing Church

Confessionalism and a Flourishing Church

A full confession of faith invites Christians to explore and value the panorama of God’s truth and become mature in their understanding. A Confession helps the Church fulfil its commission to make spiritually mature disciples.

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Meditating Often on the Word

Meditating Often on the Word

Perhaps we don’t get so much from reading the Bible and hearing sermons because we don’t meditate on the truths we encounter. We need not only to pray in response to what we read but to meditate on it.

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What Do Reformers Look Like?

What Do Reformers Look Like?

We may never be used to bring about wide scale change but this does not mean we cannot be reformers. Here are the characteristics of those who care about submitting to God’s Word in everything.

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Live the Truth

“To live the truths which we know, is the best way to hold them fast.”

THOMAS CASE  (1598–1682)

a member of the Westminster Assembly.

Generalised repentance is not enough

“It is every man’s duty to endeavour to repent of his particular sins, particularly”

Westminster Confession of Faith 15:5

Zeal is your crown

“Whatever you part with…part not with your zeal, let this be your honour and crown”

Oliver Bowles

A member of the Westminster Assembly who gave this counsel in preaching to the Assembly and the Houses of Parliament in 1643.

The Psalms...uniquely sufficient

“There can be no composures of men, that will suit the occasions, necessities, afflictions, or affections of God’s people, as the Psalms of David”. 

Thomas Ford

A member of the Westminster Assembly.