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]”.
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.
Sometimes people are tempted to think that ending it all is the best way out. There is also considerable pressure to legalise assisted suicide. But Scripture gives us clear and compelling reasons why life is worth preserving.
In times of widespread uncertainty we need a humble response to God’s providence. This is not fatalism, we still plan but with submission to God’s will, seeking His glory above all.
It is all too easy to overlook the issue of half truths but it is bigger than we realise.
Our words are powerful. Here are some key simple truths as to how and why we are to love truth with our words.
Are the concerns of this life and the life to come in direct conflict? Or do we have the wrong perspective? A distinctly heavenly way of life offers the right motivation and perspective on our earthly duties. Jeremiah Burroughs explains how.
We need to live as salt and light in a culture that degrades the body. To do this we need a right understanding of true and proportional natural affection towards ourselves.
The focus of preaching is God’s Word. But what is the focus of God’s Word? That tells us what is the true and ultimate focus of preaching
Should we make a priority of pleasing God and if so how should we do it? We look at the answers the Bible itself gives.
The Westminster Confession has great personal as well as corporate value. Here are some of its qualities. We need to discover it for ourselves.
The connection between work, time, and place have changed dramatically in recent times creating new challenges for work-life balance. God has already provided the remedy for our 24/7 world.
Thomas Manton shows us what the Saviour requires in terms of our words, thoughts and affections in prayer. This shows us what prayer is and how to pray.
It is clear that marriage is a demeaned institution in our culture and that ought to concern us. How do we restore that honour?
It’s understandable that we find it troublesome to work through the difficulties of church and state matters. But it can lead to practical problems when situations arise. Ultimately, this is about the glory and the authority of Christ as Head of the Church.
We barely notice many things we depend on until things become more challenging. But we need to acknowledge often that all outward necessities of this life are the gift of God.
This is not about what you might expect. Showing love for our neighbour through this command is not simply about what we do or do not do. It reaches to our hearts also.
Nothing could be more counter-cultural than living in a way that is God-centred rather than serving the great idol of self. This displays our real purpose. It shows others what we were meant to be.
There are times when God in His providence forces us to stand still. Many lessons can be learned through being still and waiting on God. Much hope and strength may be known.
Being in but of the world is a difficult principle to apply for many. How far do you take it? Much could be and needs to be said about how to apply this truth but first of all we need deeper sense of the spiritual principle being taught.
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