What do Presbyterians believe?

I have often been asked by my Baptist friends (and others), “What do Presbyterians believe?” I sometimes respond by asking, “What do Baptists believe?” because I know that there are many diverse views across the broad spectrum of Baptist life. It is somewhat similar in the realm of Presbyterianism, since there are some Presbyterian denominations that have long since left the land of Biblical Orthodoxy. I am a member of the Presbyterian Church in America which claims:

The Constitution of the Presbyterian Church in America, which is subject to and subordinate to the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, the inerrant Word Of God, consists of its doctrinal standards set forth in the Westminster Confession of Faith, together with the Larger and Shorter Catechisms, and the Book of Church Order, comprising the Form of Government, the Rules of Discipline and the Directory for Worship; all as adopted by the Church.

Of these documents describing the beliefs of Biblical Presbyterians, the Westminster Shorter Catechism, being written to educate lay people and their children in matters of doctrine, is an excellent tool to teach Biblical truth simply and directly. Therefore, I thought that I would, over the course of 2013, attempt to regularly post the questions and answers of the Catechism so that interested readers can get an understanding of these doctrines that have changed so many lives down through the centuries. I hope this exercise will be both educational and encouraging for all who take the time to read this blog.


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