I’ve entered a new, personal study on the Westminster Confession of Faith. As a Presbyterian (and a PCA presbyterain to be specific), the Westminster Confession forms the basis for theology in the church. Now, a member needn’t subscribe to the confession; faith in Jesus Christ is all that’s required. However, if one were to become an officer, there is a certain adherence, acceptance and upholding these standards. As one trained in the PCA’s official seminary, I tend to hold to these standards and, based on the encouragement of Monergism Books, I’m commencing a study to deepen my own theological education and devotion to God.
The Westminster Confession of Faith, as it’s fully know, has three parts: the Confession, and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms. Originally, the Shorter Catechism was considered to be for women and children, while the Larger was for men. Now, no one seems to memorize the Larger, finding the paragraph long answers too daunting.
As for me, I’m starting with the Shorter Catechism, digging through the scripture proofs to ponder them a bit more deeply. As a sample, the first question:
Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God,and to enjoy him forever.
The proofs are lengthly. I may, if time permits, offer a few up here on occasion.
Solo Deo Gloria,