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The Westminster Confession of Faith is an excellent summary of the Bible’s teaching, long valued by Christians as a concise guide upholding the truth as it is in Jesus, and in doing so, refuting the errors which have over the centuries assailed His Church on earth. The Confession and the other Westminster Documents were composed during the Puritan Era in Britain, a time of unparalleled blessing in which the mighty works of God were seen in the preaching and practice of the churches of the United Kingdom

In 1643 the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament at Westminster in England, acknowledging that “amongst the infinite blessings of Almighty God upon this nation, none is nor can be more dear to us than the purity of our religion”. So they thought it “fit and necessary to call an Assembly of learned, godly, and judicious Divines to give their advice and counsel”. An assembly of some of the most experienced and godly pastors of Scotland, England and Ireland therefore met together at Westminster for a period of about six years primarily to draw up a Confession of Faith which would purify the Church of England from unscriptural forms of government and worship, thus uniting the Churches of the three Kingdoms in doctrine and practice, according to the Word of God. 

The Scots Confession, the Irish Articles of Religion and the Thirty-Nine Articles of the English Church were drawn on and the resulting Confession also reflected the substance of the Continental and early Christian Creeds. Most of the men of the Westminster Assembly were Presbyterians (including the Scottish “commissioners” to the Assembly), and several notable Independents (Congregationalists) were included. The Westminster Confession, the Larger and Shorter Catechisms and the Sum of Saving Knowledge are still used worldwide by evangelical Presbyterian churches. The Shorter Catechism is taught to children as an introduction to the Christian Faith.