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The Reformed Faith
An Exposition of the Westminster Confession of Faith
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The Westminster Confession is the most accurate and comprehensive creed so far produced by the church. Many of its statements are short explanations of a profound doctrine that needs to be unpacked. The classic explanation of the confession provides a thorough theological grounding.
This book is completely re-typeset for this 5th reprint by Christian Focus Publications.
Dr Robert Shaw (1795-1863) was a Scottish Presbyterian theologian and minister at Whitburn (halfway between Edinburgh and Glasgow). He was a leader in the Original Secession Church.
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"If personal testimony is any encouragement, perhaps I may be allowed to place my own on record. I recall, with great gratitude,a period in my later teens when I first became acquainted with the Westminster Confession, and began to study it with the aid of a commentary. Looking back, I think of that as one of the most valuable investments of time and thought I ever made. It took me a stage further in understanding the greatness of God, the glory of Christ, the ministry of the Spirit, the nature of the Christian life, the church and the world to come. I sometimes compare that time of study to the activity of a squirrel gathering nuts which will see him through the winter! So it has proved to be. Let Robert Shaw be your guide, reading him with careful and prayerful thought, discernment and appreciation, and you will know what I mean."
Sinclair B. Ferguson, Associate Preacher, St. Peter's Free Church, Dundee
". . . one of the best written and helpful expositions ever to appear. From ‘Of the Holy Scripture' to ‘Of the last judgement' each category of doctrine is opened up with clarity and applied with warmth and spirituality . . . Originally published in 1845 and now reprinted again by CFP, this edition is enhanced by an introduction and foreword by Sinclair B. Ferguson. He says of Shaw: ‘His work provides a minature course in theology. More than that, it explains, expounds and applies the whole gospel in a way that will explain the message of Scripture, illumine understanding, stimulate worship and strengthen Christian living.' . . . the value of the book is enhanced by the text of The Westminster Confession (together with Scripture proofs) given before each section is expounded . . . It is a handsome volume and is recommended highly."
This is without a doubt the best exposition on the Westminster Confession of Faith. His work on the covenant of works and the covenant of grace is worth the price of the book; but he also does an excellent job on justification and all of the other points of the WCF. This is the best book on the Reformed faith that I know of. Thanks for keeping it in print. You might also want to get it for your it for your pastor.
Posted by Eric Roessing, Michigan at 18:37 on Thursday 22 January 2009