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Truths We Confess Volume 3: The State, The Family, The Church, and Last Things: A Layman's Guide to the Westminster Confession of Faith Hardcover – June 30, 2007
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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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While the three volumes are lengthy, so is the basic Westminster Confession. This 3 volume series allows the reader to have one of the best commentaries not only on the text of the Confession but also on the Bible passages. Over the years many authors have attempted to write (or just expand) the Confession. Sproul gives it life and meaning for the next generation. Worth every penny!
Those who do not understand the argument for infant baptism as oppose to believer's baptism will find this work edifying. The author makes the argument that baptism is the sign of the new Christian covenant that replaces Circumcision which is the sign of the old covenant that was given before Christ's death and resurrection. This argument is a just one chapter of this work. This topic is one did not have full comprehension of even though I was raised in the Reformed Church. My understanding was notional and not educational. I never attend catechism in my youth.
Other concepts explained and explored:
What is the role of the civil government and its relationship to the true Christian church? The civil magistrate is a servant of God yet some roles are reserved to the church? It is God ordained that the two have their own roles yet both should be obedient to God.
Difference in perspective and function changes whether promised in the body of Christ - the church as oppose to one taking their marriage vows before a civil magistrate. Both are valid before God, yet what is promised is distinct and quite distinct in the marriage partner's obligation to God's teachings.
What is a true church? What is a true Christian fellowship? What is the communion of saints? What is the Christians obligation to each other? What is the Christian obligation to belong to a local place of worship? What is his obligation to be obedient to teachings and not be disruptive to that local body? The Church has an obligation to discipline those who reject its teachings and/or are arrogant in his disobedience to God.
What is the essential differences between what the Roman Catholic Church call sacraments and how sacraments are understood in the Westminster Confession of Faith?
One will find a biblical understanding of Heaven, Hell, and the state of men after death plus the state of men after the bodily resurrection from the dead. RC Sproul describes how many churches are moving way from Biblical understanding of these concepts. RC Sproul describes the second coming of Jesus Christ, the judgment of men unto righteousness and those judged unto wrath. How those are judged differently whether one is redeemed through the blood of Jesus Christ.
I hope this gives you a good understanding of this work. I whole heartedly encourage you to seek out and read all three volumes, but I found this volume of the most interest.