Confessing the Faith
A Reader’s Guide to the Westminster Confession of Faith
In Confessing the Faith, Chad Van Dixhoorn offers a fresh look at a classic statement of the Reformed faith. The Westminster Confession of Faith finds itself in the first rank of great Christian creeds. Presbyterian and Reformed churches employ its doctrine for instruction; others acknowledge few texts to be so useful in the Christian’s quest to glorify and enjoy God.
This accessible, biblical, and thoughtful work digests years of study and teaching into bite-sized sections. Van Dixhoorn’s work is historical and practical in its focus. It deliberately presents readers with more than another survey of Reformed theology; it offers a guide to a particular text, considers its original proof-texts, and seeks to deepen our understanding of each paragraph of the Confession.
Challenging hearts and minds, Confessing the Faith hopes to edify and instruct both advanced and general audiences, as the authors of the Westminster Confession of Faith surely hoped their magnum opus would do.
“The author is an acknowledged expert on the history and development of the Westminster Confession. The main strength of the commentary, however, lies in the sure way Dr. Van Dixhoorn unpacks the teaching of the Confession in the light of God’s word and applies it with pastoral wisdom to the life of believers today. ‘Tolle lege’, pick up, read and sink the roots of your life into the rich soil of biblical truth.”
— Ian Hamilton, Minister of Cambridge Presbyterian Church since 1999 and author of The Faith-Shaped Life
“Dr Van Dixhoorn is a pastor-professor in the Presbyterian and Reformed tradition who knows and appreciates the theology of the Assembly and of its writings. It is therefore something to be welcomed and celebrated that he has produced a commentary on the Westminster Confession of Faith. To all who are interested in understanding the Confession’s theology better, I commend this book enthusiastically.”
— Ligon Duncan, Senior Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi
About the Author
Born in Canada, Chad Van Dixhoorn earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Western Ontario. He went on to earn two master degrees from Westminster Theological Seminary and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He now serves as professor of Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary. Chad’s book has been described as the first book a Sunday school teacher should use when teaching from the Confession. What sets this book apart from other studies on the confession is its devotional helpfulness. Readers will not only come to understand the confession better as a historical document, but they will come to love their God more and worship him more fully.