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Truths We Confess: A Layman's Guide to the Westminster Confession of Faith: Volume 1: The Triune God Hardcover – September 1, 2006
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About the Author
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 Andrew's Chapel, Sanford, Florida, and teaches on the national daily radio program Renewing Your Mind.
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For those unfamiliar, the Westminster Confession is an in your face, no holds barred, biblically based assault on sissy-nice interpretation and politically correct church direction. Sproul builds a modern reflection of the Confession and brings the magnificence of the original to life.
You will either thoroughly enjoy this book ... or you will just say "NO" ... based on your churched preconceptions. I do not think there will be much middle ground among readers. Sproul's answer to the question of "For whom was the Bible written?" may do the trick.
This is a seriously important primer on reformed theology brought to modern seekers through Sproul's genius. Luther would be proud ...
"I do not pray for the world, but for those whom You have given me, for they are Yours." John 17:9
The Triune God is based on the first three chapters of the confession. This volume includes a chapter on the Trinity: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost; the content is certainly not limited to that subject. The eighth chapter, 50 pages, is about Christ the Mediator which certainly could be part of an explanation of the nature of the Triune God. That chapter is about Jesus intercedes for the believer in Heaven. The other six chapters is more of a stretch. The first chapter is about composition of the bible, and how God authored scripture. The third chapter is about God's Eternal decree. This chapter separates the difference in meaning between the terms predestinate, preordained, foreknowledge, and election. God's nature and relationship to time is explained. How it concerns Salvation is emphasized. He fourth chapter is about God's creation of the universe out of nothing and in a supernatural nature that cannot be explained through science. The fifth chapter is about providence; how God preordains all that has happened and what will come to past. Gods continue activity in the Created world, in historic events, and individual lives. The sixth chapter is about Adams original nature, Adams fall, man's sin nature, and God's righteous prerogative to punish each individual for his rebellion against God's will. The seventh chapter is about God's covenant with man: how God chooses to reconcile the sinner back to God bases on the creator's prerogatives. How God chooses to count certain retentive sinners righteous based on the obedience of The Son.
R.C. Sproul explains the brief statements of the confession in his usual thorough concrete way in which he elaborates on scripture and the theories of philosophers. The other two volumes deal with the individual who accepts Jesus as Savior. The remaining volume with the body of Christ the Church. I have not as yet read either of those two volumes.
The Westminster has both a shorter and longer catechism that goes along with the Confession that is why I tag it as so. Even though the author restricts himself to the Confession.