Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Daily Reading in the Westminster Standards

For all you faithful confessionally reformed Presbyterians, and for any who desire to become more familiar with the Westminster Standards, The Westminster Confession of Faith (WCF) and Larger (LC) and Shorter (SC) Catechisms, but don't know how to get started, then I have the site for you.

At the Daily Westminster, there are daily readings from the standards that will take you through the WCF, LC and SC in a year. The readings are quite short and can be completed in under five minutes. The reading schedule used was organized by Dr. Joseph Pipa. See more here on the suggested guidelines for utilizing Daily Westminster.

One of the things I really like about the reading schedule is that it does not take you through each source one at a time, but rather, the readings are arranged so that as you go through the WCF, readings from the corresponding sections in the LC and SC are included. This arrangement helps you not only to become familiar with the theological content of the standards, but also helps you to see how they all fit together topically.

For example, on January 25, the reading was WCF 3.1, which deals with "God's Eternal Decree." The following day, on January 26, the reading came from LC, Q. 12 and SC, Q. 7, both of which ask, "What are the decrees of God?"

Another thing I like about the Daily Westminster is that the readings contain the proof texts, which are linked to the online English Standard Version of the Bible. So in one place you can read the assigned reading and quickly see the prooftexts. This also helps to facilitate scripture memory as you memorize the catechism questions.

I highly recommend utilizing this great resource. You can easily subscribe to it using your email, or if there are other blogs you follow, then I highly recommend using Google Reader, which will retrieve the daily readings for you.

And for the really initiated, if you like Daily Westminster, then also take a look at Daily Confession. It basically does the same thing as Daily Westminster, except it also integrates readings from the Three Forms of Unity (Belgic Confession, Canons of Dordt, and the Heildelberg Catechism) and the Children's Catechism.

3 comments:

  1. Hi! I have a question brought on by your blog about reading through the catechisms etc. Do you know of any websites that will email a daily devotional based on the catechism(s) WCF, Heidelberg Catechism, Belgic confession etc.? Chris and I have trouble sitting down and doing devotions together b/c of work schedules, and i'm hoping that if i can find somethign that can be emailed to both of us, we can discuss it over dinner or something like that.
    Thanks,
    Leigh

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  2. Hi Leigh, so far I have not found anything, but I am still looking!

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  3. Thanks for the links. I've added both of them to my Google Reader.

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