“… the Westminster Confession became the doctrinal standard for Puritan theology.” — Kelly M. Kapic and Randall C. Gleason, The Devoted Life: An Invitation to Puritan Classics
“… the Westminster Standards are the most precise and accurate summaries of the content of biblical Christianity ever set forth in a creedal form … no historic confession surpasses in eloquence, grandeur, and theological accuracy … I am not aware of any theological document in all of church history that articulates the biblical faith more precisely or with greater care than the Westminster Confession of Faith. I stand in awe at the wisdom manifested by those who framed this document …” — R.C. Sproul, Truths We Confess: A Layman’s Guide to the Westminster Confession of Faith, Vol. 1, 2
As a covenant family of Reformed, Presbyterian, and Confessional Christians, we subscribe to and teach the Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) and Larger and Shorter Catechisms as the vital emphases of the Christian faith and life. Following below are resource links to read them online in English and Spanish, and to listen to the Shorter Catechism in English.
“For those of us who believe the Bible, the [Westminster] Confession can supply an invaluable introduction to its main doctrines. Growth in grace will follow upon a careful study of the Confession as we compare its statements with the Biblical passages which it combines and summarizes. Let us not neglect this excellent document … any communicant member who neglects the Confession is thereby deprived of the best brief guidebook to an understanding of the Bible.” — Gordon H. Clark, What Presbyterians Believe
Westminster Shorter Catechism
Westminster Shorter Catechism – in Spanish
Westminster Shorter Catechism Audio MP3 files (from http://ipcnorfolk.org/resources.shtml):
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Westminster Shorter Catechism Audio MP3 files (with Scriptures, each Q&A with Scripture as individual file for convenient MP3 player usage) recorded by our church. Click here for audio files.
“The Westminster Assembly of Divines, representing all parties of English Protestantism … sat for about seven years, during which time 1163 sessions were held. Ample time was taken for the unhurried and thorough investigation and discussion of the matters under consideration. There was a patient and painstaking effort to ascertain the real sense of the Scriptures on these matters. No doubt the Assembly’s work, for industry, patience, thoroughness and whole-hearted devotion to the Word of God, has never since been paralleled.” – J. G. Vos, The Visible Church: Its Nature, Unity and Witness
“This is what I have found the Standards to be, a guided tour through the far reaches of heaven … Find whatever time each day you can spend taking this guided tour of heaven by the Westminster Divines as contained in the Larger Catechism, and make that a mandatory part of each and every day.” — Chuck Baynard, Commentary on the Westminster Larger Catechism, Volume 2
“I think we can find a direct correlation between the condition of the home, church, and government to the emphasis the church and individuals place on teaching these precepts (The Westminster Catechisms) to the children in their care.” — Chuck Baynard, Commentary on the Westminster Larger Catechism, Volume 2
John Murray, Collected Writings: The Claims of Truth, Volume 1:
- “It was the Westminster Assembly that gave to us the Westminster Confession of Faith and Larger and Shorter Catechisms. Language fails to asses the blessing that God in his sovereign providence and grace bestowed upon his church through these statements of the Christian faith … the flower and fruit of some fifteen centuries of creedal or confession formulation of the Christian faith.” (“A Notable Tercentenary”, 312)
- ” … the Westminster divines were the heirs of all the other evangelical creeds of the Reformation period … It is noteworthy … that the Westminster Confession and Catechisms are the last in the series of the great Reformation creeds … no other Protestant or Reformed Confession had brought to bear upon its composition such a combination of devotion, care and erudition as was exhibited in the work of the Westminster Assembly.” (Ibid, 313).
- “The Westminster Confession and Catechisms are … the mature fruit of the whole movement of creed-formation throughout fifteen centuries of Christian history, and, in particular, they are the crown of the greatest age of confessional exposition, the Protestant Reformation. No other similar documents have concentrated in them, and formulated with such precision, so much of the truth embodied in the Christian revelation.” (Ibid)
- “They bear the marks of human infirmity and fallibility, but no other statements framed by men so adequately express the confession of Christian belief. For this reason they have been the Confessions of faith of some of the most faithful churches upon earth since the Reformation.” (Ibid, 314)
- “Let us prove all things; but let us also hold fast that which is good.” (Ibid, 315)
- “The amount of work and time expended on the Confession of Faith will stagger us in these days of haste and alleged activism. But the influence exerted all over the world by the Confession can only be understood in the light of the diligent care and prayerful devotion exercised in its composition.” (“The Importance and Relevance of the Westminster Confession”, 316-317)
- “No creed of the Christian Church is comparable to that of Westminster in respect of the skill with which the fruits of fifteen centuries of Christian thought have been preserved, and at the same time examined anew and clarified in the light of that fuller understanding of God’s Word which the Holy Spirit has imparted.” (Ibid, 317)