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Truths We Confess: A Layman's Guide to the Westminster Confession of Faith: Volume 1: The Triune God (Chapters 1-8 of the Confession) [Hardcover]

By R. C. Sproul, Jr. (Author)
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Timeless truths?viewed in their enduring relevance.

In his three-volume exposition of the Westminster Confession of Faith, R.C. Sproul writes with both 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.

Why teach biblical truth from a confession of faith? Sproul explains:
?Though human confessions and creeds are penned by fallible people without the benefit of the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, I stand in awe at the profound level of theological and biblical precision manifest in the Westminster Confession of Faith. I would argue that the Westminster Standards are the most precise and accurate summaries of the content of biblical Christianity ever set forth in a creedal form. . . . in my judgment, no historic confession surpasses in eloquence, grandeur, and theological accuracy the Westminster Confession of Faith.? ?from the preface

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 decree, 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.

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In his three-volume exposition of the Westminster Confession of Faith, R.C. Sproul writes with both 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 decree, 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.

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Studio: P & R Publishing
Pages   279
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.23" Width: 6.27" Height: 1.11"
Weight:   1.26 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2006
Publisher   P & R PUBLISHING #97
Series  Laymans Guide To The Westminster  
Series Number  1  
ISBN  159638039X  
ISBN13  9781596380394  


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More About R. C. Sproul, Jr.


R. C. Sproul Dr. R.C. Sproul is the founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries, an international Christian education ministry located near Orlando, Florida. His teaching can be heard on the program Renewing Your Mind, which is broadcast on hundreds of radio outlets in the United States and in 40 countries worldwide. He is the executive editor of Tabletalk magazine, general editor of The Reformation Study Bible, and the author of more than seventy books and scores of articles for national evangelical publications. Dr. Sproul also serves as president of Ligonier Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies, and Reformation Bible College in Sanford, Florida. He currently serves as senior minister of preaching and teaching at Saint Andrew's in Sanford, FL.

R. C. Sproul currently resides in Orlando, in the state of Florida. R. C. Sproul was born in 1939.

R. C. Sproul has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Classic Theology
  2. Crucial Questions
  3. R. C. Sproul Library
  4. St. Andrew's Expositional Commentary


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Confession Yes, Expanded to Better Understanding  Jan 13, 2008
The Triune God, the first volume out of R.C. Sproul's three volume layman's guide to the Westminster Confession of Faith. The confession was written by English Puritans. Pastors, leaders of churches and their Christian community who refused to conform to the British government and the Church of England. It is a statement or confession of Faith in contrast to the Anglican Faith, Roman Catholicism, and Arminianism. It is a statement of an alternative systematic theology. The several of the authors had gone to prison and/or been kicked out of their community for preaching these truths.

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.
 
Great ... just great!  Nov 25, 2006
This is a scary-great read. It's one grand step toward a greater understanding, transported with great diligence by those that went before us ... and with the expert help of R.C.

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
 

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