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.
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.
Reformation is required in our own day, it is an act not just an event. There are many challenges but we must not only want to see it happen but engage actively in it in our own day.
We are always giving our minds and hearts to something–why not the best things? Discover the biblical requirement of giving our minds entirely to spiritual things for a set time.
Zeal is essential in spiritual things. It is a burning desire to please God and that His will may be done on earth as it is in heaven.
The benefits of regular and close engagement with the Westminster Standards are immense. Here are 7 key reasons to be enriched by them in spiritual understanding, obedience and experience.
Fasting and prayer brings great spiritual blessings. But why do some Christians never engage in fasting and prayer? Answering this gives practical help.
Effective discipleship is central to the Church’s purpose. Historically, the Church has always been engaged in making disciples. It has also been clear about the best way to engage in this.
It’s easy to shape worship according to our own personal preferences. But what standard of beauty does God have when it comes to His own worship?
Lent has become fashionable for many evangelicals. But by adopting it they are giving up true liberty of conscience by bowing to mere commandments of men rather than God’s requirements.
We may know many things, but do we know the right things? More than this, how well do we know the right things? This is our own and our children’s greatest need.
The is a practical matter. We need to know that God is not powerless and defeated by it but rather that He overrules it to a greater good and His greater glory.
This is a practical, everyday matter. What does your baptism say to you? What have you done with it?
Biblical marriage is not fully intact amongst evangelicals just because they oppose same-sex marriage. A more subtle and less publicised redefinition of marriage is prevailing in society: where do we stand?
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