Johnson, Terry L.
For centuries, the Westminster Shorter Catechism has helped Christians young and old to know their “chief end.” Now, authors William Boekestein, Jonathan Landry Cruse, and Andrew J. Miller value this venerable catechism and winsomely introduce a new generation to its powerful message. Dividing the catechism into 52 brief devotions, they explain and apply each question and answer in a year’s worth of Lord’s Days. This valuable new resource is great for individual and family use for all who desire to “glorify and enjoy God forever.”
“May a Catechism prove to be devotional material? Well, of course! As Paul says, truth is in order to godliness. And what better way to start the day than to read these devotionals on the Shorter Catechism. Boekestein, Cruse, and Miller have provided us with an outstanding primer to get the juices flowing and the heart engaged. Outstanding!”
—Derek W. H. Thomas, pastor, author, Ligonier Teaching Fellow
“The church in our own day urgently needs not only to confess what we believe but to announce what is true. Glorifying and Enjoying God helps us to do just this as it presents the objective claims of a classic catechism in a format perfected for weekly worship and study at home. Together read, recite, and rejoice in these truths!”
— Chad Van Dixhoorn, Professor of Church History and Theolgy, Reformed Theological Seminary Charlotte
“If you view doctrine as dry and connect catechism with tedious repetition, you need Glorifying and Enjoying God. Here three pastors explore the greatness of God and the glories of his grace, revealed in the Bible and captured concisely (and brilliantly!) in the Shorter Catechism. This is solid food for Christ-hungry hearts, rich nourishment for growing children of God.”
—Dennis E. Johnson, Professor Emeritus of Practical Theology, Westminster Seminary California
About the Editors
William Boekestein is pastor of Immanuel Fellowship Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He and his wife Amy have four children.
Jonathan Landry Cruse is pastor of Community Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he lives with his wife and three children. He is the author of several books, including What Happens When We Worship.
Andrew J. Miller is the Regional Home Missionary for the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in central Pennsylvania, where he lives with his wife Rebekah and their five children.
On 1 July 1643, the Westminster Assembly of Divines, consisting of many of the foremost theologians of the English and Scottish churches, convened at Westminster Abbey in London. Their task from the English Parliament was ambitious to say the least: to reform the liturgy, discipline, and government of the Church of England; to promote church unity between England, Scotland, and the Continent; and to clarify and revise the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion of the Church of England.
Over the course of five politically tumultuous years, committees of the Assembly met and developed a set of documents that would have significant influence in defining the belief and practice of Presbyterian churches in Britain (especially in Scotland) and indeed the world. The doctrinal framework that the Assembly established in their Confession also provided the foundation of the central creedal documents of the Baptists and Congregationalists that were clarified in the decades following the Assembly.
Although the hoped-for unity between the English and Scottish churches did not materialise, nevertheless the documents produced by the Assembly, and especially the Confession of Faith and Larger and Shorter Catechisms, would become the touchstone for sound doctrine, cherished by generations of Christians as a well-honed summary of biblical truth.
Of the Confession of Faith itself, Professor John Murray noted: ‘The Westminster Confession is the last of the great reformation creeds. 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.’
This volume contains the Confession of Faith, the Larger and Shorter Catechisms, and the other principal documents to come out of the Westminster Assembly. The text is newly typeset, and biblical references are given in full. Later American revisions of the Westminster Confession are included in an appendix.
In Contending for the Faith, Joel Beeke and William Boekestein help children understand the struggle for reformation in England and how the Westminster Assembly sought to further the Reformation in that land. In this book, children will learn about the five documents that became key standards of Presbyterianism: the Form of Church Government, the Directory of Public Worship, the Confession of Faith, the Larger Catechism, and the Shorter Catechism.
Although these reforms did not find a lasting place within the Church of England, they have remained formative for Presbyterian and Reformed congregations around the world.