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Westminster Confession of Faith: Study Guide and Modern English Version

Question:

Is there a Study Guide available for the Westminster Confession of Faith? Is the Westminster Confession of Faith available in Modern English? Thank you.

Answer:

Yes and yes. I highly recommend as a study guide The Westminster Confession of Faith for Study Classes by G. I. Williamson (Presbyterian & Reformed Pub. Co.), available in paperback. It currently retails at $16.99.

In 1993 the General Assembly of the OPC approved a "Modern English Study Version" of the Westminster Confession of Faith (as adopted by the OPC) which was carefully prepared by our Committee on Christian Education and published by Great Commission Publications.

This Westminster Confession of Faith with Parallel Modern English Study Version is presented in paperback with the official OP text of the WCF on the left-hand page and the parallel modern English text on the right-hand facing page. With the "legal" text are also footnotes giving the Biblical support for the points of the Confession (also adopted by a General Assembly).

Please note that the Westminster Confession of Faith with Parallel Modern English Study Version is also available in HTML format on the OPC website. You'll find the Confession here and a "Preface" here.

Both of these books are very useful, and both can be obtained from Great Commission Publications in Suwanee, Georgia (800-695-3387): http://gcp.org.


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"Questions and Answers" is a weekly feature of the OPC website. At least one new question is posted each week, so there should always be something new here for you to read. (For those who would like to look at previous questions and answers, they will continue to be available as well.)

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