Understanding the Faith New ESV Edition


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Understanding the Faith is for those who desire to profess their faith publicly and become members of a church. This workbook walks students through the essentials of the Christian faith, modeling the format of The Westminster Shorter Catechism.

This workbook has been used by churches for more than thirty years. This revised edition using the ESV® text makes the workbook easy to use for pastors, teachers, parents, and youth.


“Hundreds of our youth have been tutored in the opportunity of making their profession of faith in Christ and admission to church membership by this biblically strong, Reformed curriculum. It is unique. I am delighted to see it updated and published for a wider audience.”

Michael A. Rogers, senior pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Lancaster, PA

“Steve Smallman’s communicant-class lessons logically and enjoyably explained church membership. I emerged from his class with a richer understanding of Scripture and the Christian faith. Even after graduating from college with a degree in religion, I still find Understanding the Faith to be an excellent resource and a reminder of what church membership is all about.”

Ryan Dolibois, teacher/administrator for Houston inner-city schools

“It is important that my children know the scriptural reasons for what we believe. It is not enough for them to recite facts; they need to know why we believe what we do. Understanding the Faith is an excellent tool for accomplishing this purpose, not just for children, but also for adults. I recommend it for use in communicants classes, in Sunday School, or for teaching in the home.”

—Cynthia Delvecchio, homemaker, Philadelphia


About the Author

Stephen Smallman served for over forty years in pastoral ministry. He is an urban missionary serving with CityNet Ministries and is assistant pastor of New Life Presbyterian Church in Glenside, Pennsylvania.

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Weight 280.0 g
Dimensions 278 × 216 × 9 mm

Smallman, Stephen, (Author)

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P & R Publishing (2009), Edition: New ESV Edition, 96 pages

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