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]”.
We tend to accept disunity as inevitable. But Burgess calls us to addresses the spiritual and visible unity that Christ desires for His people. He shows how attractive it is. This should inspire and motivate us.
Half-committed Christians fail to seek Christ’s interests first and foremost. The Church suffers as a consequence. Here’s how to get our priorities straight.
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.
What is true thankfulness? Thomas Case shows us from Scripture how attractive it is and how we can become more thankful to God.
We are unlikely to agree with all of them all of the time. We may be frustrated or irritated by them. The Bible gives us clear wisdom as to how we are treat our rulers, even when we disagree with them.
What if our souls have begun to wither and we’ve scarcely noticed. How would we know? More importantly, how can we recover a declining condition?
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.
“What is the point of our existence?” Discover a timeless answer to a timeless question for yourself.
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.
Understanding the promises is vital for prayer, meditating on the Word, encouraging others and living by faith. The Bible is full of precious promises, do we know, value and apply them?
Christian growth? Church growth? The Westminster Standards offer a different perspective on what really works.
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.
Scripture makes it clear that the Holy Spirit is a divine person. But this is not only about a core article of faith, it has deep practical implications for our everyday spiritual life.
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.
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.
Post-familialism means moving beyond the family as the most basic unit of civilisation. But the Church and nation are built on families. We need families built with the right foundation of Christ and His Word more than ever.
Have we translated the Lord’s Prayer wrong? No. In fact there are clear reasons why we need to pray “lead us not into temptation” in our daily warfare with sin.
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.
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”
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”.
A member of the Westminster Assembly.