A Brief History of the Presbyterians

A Brief History of the Presbyterians

James H. Smylie

Language: English

Pages: 160

ISBN: 0664500013

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A Brief History of the Presbyterians offers laity and clergy a succint and thorough introduction to the history of Presbyterianism. James Smylie chronicles the origins of the Reformed tradition and carries the sage through each subsequent era up to the eve of the twenty-first century, focusing on Presbyterianism in North America. All the major figures in the history of Presbyterianism, such as John Calvin, Francis Makemie, and John Witherspoon are included, as well as a host of others.

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and ordained John Boyd to the ministry. It heard him preach on John 1:12: "But to all who received him ... [God] gave power to become children of God," first with an exegesis of the text, then exposition followed by application. This represented the proper composition of the sermon for Presbyterian pulpits. In the second meeting, the enlarged assembly adopted the following goals: Overtures proposed to the Presbytery&. agreed upon, for propagating the interest of religion: First that evry minister

to the thousands of immigrants swarming to the New World from Ireland, Scotland, and England. Presbyterians from the New York and New jersey area appealed for such help for Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and the Carolinas, as well as for themselves. "A great number of congregations have been formed upon the Presbyterian plan," they reported, and the people needed the "ministrations of the gospel." Philadelphia Presbyterians also wrote to Britain, asking not only for church leaders but also for

the theme of which was "Man's Disorder and God's Design." Christians from all over the world, after a turbulent period of history, reaffirmed faith in God and God's gracious purposes for all humankind. The message of the Council is summarized in one of its statements: There is a word of God for our world. It is that the world is in the hands of the living God, Whose will for it is wholly good; that in Christ jesus, His incarnate Word, Who lived and died and rose from the dead, God has broken the

among others. In 1995 the General Assembly voted that it could not yet officially enter into an ecclesial agreement, and it referred documents on The COCU Consensus and Churches in Covenant Communion to a committee for study. It wished to clarify for the denomination concerns over the office and role of bishops, of elders, and of ordination services, together with other aspects of the plans. Presbyterians were also involved in two other ecumenical endeavors. First, the PC(USA) strongly supported

revolution known as the Renaissance, Europeans took a fresh look at the biblical, Greek, and Roman sources of Western ideas and, in the process, changed how humans thought about themselves in relationship to the world. This intellectual stimulation led to scientific and technological breakthroughs that helped prove not only that the earth is almost round, but also that it, and the solar system, revolves around the sun. These developments quickened European exploration, exploitation, and

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