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Truths We Confess

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A helpful work from the late RC Sproul for anyone seeking to interact with the Westminster Confession of Faith.

There are a number of these works available by a number of reliable authors at this present time.

This work like others provides a the text of the Confession along with commentary on the text.  This particular work has a very thorough line by line commentary on the Confession.

Given that the work is published by a Reformed printing house and from a reliable and well-known Reformed teacher of the Church, this will certainly make it a stand out resource to have.
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In this book, the late R.C. Sproul expounds on the Westminster Shorter Catechism.  Since this is about the finest distillation of the Reformed faith ever written, Sproul has basically written a new systematic theology from the writings and understandings of the Westminster divines. Sproul is unsurpassed as a writer and teacher that can take quite complicated concepts and make them understandable and practical. Highly recommended!
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We have a copy of my husband's grandfather's old catechism. It is written in German. I have only a very cursory ability in the language of our heritage. 

Yet, we have kept it. 

It sits on our bookcase, alongside others. It seems like a keepsake, an heirloom sorts.

Our grandparents' generation was required to memorize the catechism in order to be baptized. In contrast, I had no memorization or catechism lessons as I was baptized. Now, in my thirties, I find myself wishing that I had a better foundation for what I believe.

I guess that's why I am glad for books...and a love of reading.

The Westminster Confession of Faith was written in 1646 to guide the church, and teach believers the concepts of the Gospel. There is the very full version, and an adapted "shorter catechism" that is basic and simple. As I have been teaching my kids at home, we work through the questions and it is always amazing to see how much they can remember and understand.

In this book by R.C. Sproul, "Truths We Confess," he is essentially writing a commentary on the confession, looking at the different theological truths that we can glean from a Reformed perspective.

As challenging as it can be to read theology, I have found this to be really excellent. Although he was an academic, Sproul has a great ability to relate difficult truths to simple illustrations, which is beneficial especially for me as a regular person. His pastoral voice comes through in his teaching. There are many times that the concepts overlap, so I found the repetition helpful for me, as I visited the topics again.

This is a long read. It may be best to take in chunks. Maybe you want to read it as you study a specific topic throughout Scripture.

However you would best want to use it, there's no doubt that as believers, we are called to continue learning and growing in what we believe about our faith. Theology is a big word that we often want to throw out onto the pastors, leaders or missionaries. Yet, Sproul would say that we are all theologians, and that some are good ones and some are not. 

We won't grasp every truth right away, I know I sure haven't! But over time, as we keep learning and studying, these concepts become familiar to us and give us a firm foundation on which we stand.

I think that Grandpa's catechism stays on my shelf to remind me of our heritage of faith, and to remind me to keep building my foundation, and the heritage I am passing on.

How are you building your foundation?

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a complimentary copy of this book, and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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Sproul makes Westminster Confession of Faith accessible and easy to understand. This teacher has a way of taking the deeper truths of our faith and explaining them in a way that makes you nod your head. I defintely recommend this resource!
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What an excellent resource for every Christian to own and refer to. R.C Sproul is an excellent teacher who clearly teaches the truth of the word of God. Theologically rich and one to own and pass on to future generations.
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Truths We Confess: A Systematic Exposition of the Westminster Confession of Faith is a great volume of rich explanation of the doctrine held for centuries. In the profound way that the gifted R.C. Sproul brought with all of his teachings, the deep truths are presented in an accessible way to the reader, without giving way to simplicity or a watering-down of more complex understandings. R.C. Sproul knew that the mind must be stimulated with the glory of God to be renewed in holiness. This volume will stretch the mind of many, while also edifying the soul of all.
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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. I affirm the 1689 London Baptist   confession of faith. This WCF book does a great job explaining in detail each point. Sproul does a greatt job helping the reader understand the biblical and historical significance of each point. This book is helpful and a great resource for the reformed library. #TruthsWeConfess #NetGalley
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As a homeschooling family who is new to reformed theology and the Westminister confession of faith this book “Truths we Confess” has been a wonderful resource. R.C. Sproul  is an amazing teacher who explains things in a way even my children can understand.
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The late theologian, R. C. Sprout had the great gift of taking deep theological concepts and presenting them in ways that assist laymen in gaining a clearer understanding. Many topics within the Christian faith have come under discussion over the years. This book takes the 400-year old Westminster Confession, which has been presented as the most precise and accurate summary of Biblical Christianity content, and works to clarify it for the reader. However, this book is not one to be read through quickly. Instead, the reader should take time to digest the concepts presented for each subject. The benefit of developing a better understanding may prove to be life-changing.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book provided by the publisher and Net Galley. However, the thoughts expressed are totally my own.
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We homeschool and I am learning the Westminster Shorter Catechism with my children.  I did not grow up learning it.  This book gave me so much more detail on the Confession of Faith in a way that was so easy to understand.  Sproul was one of t he very best at this!
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R.C. Sproul's "Truths We Confess" is an exposition of the Westminster Confession of Faith.  Originally published as a 3-volume set in 2006-2007, it has now been combined and re-released in this one-volume edition.  Though the 720 pages of theologically-rich material may seem daunting, I challenge you to consider a slow and thorough reading of this book.

In his foreword, Dr. Sinclair Ferguson explains the importance of the Westminster Confession to the everyday Christian.  "The Westminster Confession of Faith was written not to be dissected by academics but to guide the church and to instruct Christians and help them grasp the structure of the gospel.  It does for us what, sadly, is no longer done as a matter of course either in the church or in the educational system: it teaches us first principles, and it shows us how to think through everything in light of them."

Sproul writes, "The Westminster Confession is the most precise and accurate summary of the content of biblical Christianity ever set forth in a creedal form."  He goes on to explain the 33 tenets of the confession in a format that is accessible to the lay reader.  Each tenet is listed at the beginning of a chapter, then broken down and further explained throughout the chapter.  Appendices contain the full content of both the larger and shorter Westminster Catechism.

It is important to note that Sproul writes from a Reformed background, explaining a Reformed confession.  While I do not agree with the view of baptism presented, most other chapters were consistent with my Baptist/Bible church beliefs.  

This very thorough book is best taken in small sections.  This might best be read as a reference when studying different doctrines, or a challenge to read one chapter a week over the course of time.  In full transparency, I am not yet finished reading this book myself.  My survey thus far has given me confidence to recommend this book and to finish reading it in the future.
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There are many confessions of faith that Christians have held on to for generations. We have the Heidelberg Catechism, Belgic Confession, and the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith. One popular confession which those in the Presbyterian church hold on to the Westminster Confession of faith. There are some Baptists that have loved this confession but disagree with some of it. Probably the biggest disagreement in this confession for Baptists is on the area of Baptism.

R.C. Sproul wrote a book a few years ago that does an exposition of the Westminster Confession to help his readers understand what this confession teaches through the lens of Scripture. The book is titled, Truths We Confess, which was originally three volumes but has been revised into one single volumes. Sproul grows through each chapter and paragraph of the confession to show the reader why we believe what we believe the confession states. The confession addresses Scripture, Creation, the Trinity, Justification, and many more doctrinal beliefs.

As a Baptist, I know where I stand on the issue of Baptism which Sproul does address in this book because that is what the confession addresses. The Confession states that children of believers are to be baptized. Of course Baptists are not going to agree on this issue. While this book is good for Presbyterians and any believer that holds to this Westminster, it is also good for Baptists to read to understand more about the faith we believe.
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This huge book (Amazon lists it at 720 pages) comprises R C Sproul's line by line exposition of the Westminster Confession of Faith. It's effectively a Systematic Theology and in line with many of Sproul's other books renders sometimes complex theological topics understandable whether you're a seasoned academic or a theological beginner so to speak. It is deep but doesn't make you feel like you're sinking in quicksand and Sproul's passion and enthusiasm for theology shines through. Personally it's the kind of book I'd dip into for reference rather than aim to read through more systematically but whichever way you read it you will benefit. For anyone interested in Reformed Theology this may well become a must have book. R C Sproul entered heaven in December 2014 and his friend and colleague Sinclair Ferguson's Foreward is worth reading itself. Recommended. 

Thanks to NetGalley & Reformed Trust Publishing for ARC.
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