Truths We Confess: A Layman's Guide to the Westminster Confession of Faith, Volume 1 - The Triune God  -     By: R.C. Sproul
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Truths We Confess: A Layman's Guide to the Westminster Confession of Faith, Volume 1 - The Triune God

P & R Publishing / 2006 / Hardcover

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Experienced Bible teacher and pastor R. C. Sproul explains, "From the early days of the Apostles' Creed...the church's commitment is shown to the command of our Lord not only to believe in our hearts, but also to profess with our lips what it is that we believe. Christianity is a religion with content. Its truths are central to the life and practice of the church."

Each new generation faces the challenge of keeping its doctrine pure. In order to protect the church from distortions of the Word, it must confess the faith carefully and consistently. In this new work, the first volume of Sproul's three-part series on the Westminster Confession of Faith, Sproul discusses the first eight chapters. Topics discussed include Scripture, the Trinity, Creation, Providence, the Fall, God's Covenant with Humanity, and Christ as Mediator.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: P & R Publishing
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 159638039X
ISBN-13: 9781596380394
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Publisher's Description

In his three-volume exposition of the Westminster Confession of Faith, R. C. Sproul writes both with insight into current issues and clarity for lay readers. The resulting commentary will long serve the church as an invaluable aid for digesting and teaching the eternal truths of Scripture. This first volume (of three), covering chapters 1–8 of the confession, explains what we need to understand about Holy Scripture, God and the Trinity, his decrees, creation, providence, the fall into sin, God’s covenant, and Christ the Mediator. Every discussion is geared toward bringing us to a deeper knowledge of and greater love for the doctrines of grace set forth in God’s Word.

Author Bio

R. C. Sproul (Drs, Free University of Amsterdam) is founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries. He has written more than sixty books, including The Holiness of God, Faith Alone, Scripture Alone, Chosen by God, What Is Reformed Theology?, The Glory of Christ, The Mystery of the Holy Spirit, and Getting the Gospel Right. He is also general editor of The Reformation Study Bible, which has been published with the New King James Version and the English Standard Version. Dr. Sproul was professor of systematic theology and apologetics at Knox Theological Seminary in Fort Lauderdale until 2004 and, before that, taught at Reformed Theological Seminary. He serves as senior minister of preaching and teaching at Saint Andrews Chapel, Sanford, Florida, and teaches on the national daily radio program Renewing Your Mind.

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As a general rule, the major confessions of the Christian faith (e.g. Heidelberg, London, Westminster, etc.) don’t feature regularly on best seller lists. They are often perceived as difficult to read and understand. And for some people, they are seen simply as shibboleths by which to judge the relative worthiness or unworthiness of a particular church for membership. (A few from this group see that as a reason to embrace them, others as a reason to reject them out of hand.)

In his new series, Truths We Confess, Dr. R.C. Sproul attempts to unfold the riches one of the most well-known Protestant confessions, the Westminster Confession of Faith, for the ordinary Christian. The first volume, titled The Triune God, tackles the first eight chapters of the confession. These chapters cover the most foundational aspects of the Christian faith, including Scripture, God’s triune nature, Creation and the Fall, God’s covenant with Man, and Jesus Christ’s role as our Mediator. (Other essential doctrines covered by the confession, including salvation, the Christian life, the Church, the family and the end times, are discussed in vols. two and three.) The format of each chapter is to begin with the relevant chapter from the Confession, and then to break down the chapter into sections, with commentary on each section and, frequently, on phrases or even individual words in each section.

In the eight chapters of this first volume, Sproul unpacks the contemporary implications of concepts such as the inerrancy of Scripture, creationism vs. evolution, natural depravity, free will, prayer, evangelism and more.

There is probably no one more knowledgeable from within the Reformed tradition than R. C. Sproul to take on such a challenging task. But perhaps it is this same knowledge and experience that makes this work not entirely successful as a true “layman’s” guide.

While the concepts are rich, Sproul uses what to many will seem like an excessive amount of Latin and twenty-dollar words. There is also insufficient differentiation between the portion of text from the Confession and the commentary, making scanning and understanding the flow of either the Confession or the commentary, rather difficult. Neither of these factors makes this book an ideal pick for someone new in the faith, or new to the ideas of Christian confessions. But for those looking for a thorough contemporary overview of a pivotal document of the Christian faith, Truths We Confess will make for helpful and thought-provoking reading. -- Rachael Stark, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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