The Westminster Standards
The Westminster Standards consist of the Confession, the Larger Catechism, and the Shorter Catechism. These three together are what our church believes and teaches.
The Westminster is nearly 400 years old and came from a desire for the pastors in England, Scotland, and Ireland to have a common set of beliefs between them. These documents were subsequently used in the United States for 200 years by most every congregation. During the mid-1800s this began to change and more and more churches moved away from having a documented set of beliefs.
Presbyterians, in general, are one of the few denominations that did not do away with these documents but sought to uphold them as a good and thorough explanation of the faith contained in the Scripture. We continue to uphold that here in Jasper.
Our pastors, elders, and deacons must all agree that these documents contain a proper explanation of the faith. Our members are not required to agree to the whole of the Westminster but they should be aware that this is the system of doctrine that we uphold and teach.