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The Faithful Subordinate Standards of the RPNA (GM)

Our single primary standard, from which all our doctrines and beliefs are derived, is the Word of God, i.e., the Holy Scripture of the Old and New Testaments. Similarly, our faithful forefathers derived their doctrines also from Scripture and have, at various times in history, preserved those doctrines for us in writing. In keeping with the Scripture's command, we "hold fast" to the doctrines contained in the documents listed below, insofar as they are agreeable to Scripture. These documents, because their authority is derived from Scripture, are known as our secondary standards or subordinate standards.

Date Document Type
200?-500? The Apostle's Creed Confession / Creed
381 The Nicene Creed Confession / Creed
415?-550? The Athanasian Creed Confession / Creed
1541 John Calvin's Genevan Catechism Catechism
1560 The Scottish Confession of Faith Confession / Creed
1560 The First and Second Books of Discipline Ecclesiastical Standard
1560 to 1616 The Book of the Universal Kirk of Scotland Ecclesiastical Records
1561 The Helvetic Confession of Faith (with qualifications) Confession / Creed
1562 The Book of Common Order Ecclesiastical Standard
1567 The Form of Examination Before the Communion Ecclesiastical Standard
1581 The National Covenant (later approved by the Westminster Assembly) Covenant / Covenant Renewal
1569 Renewal of the National Covenant
March 30, 1596, at the Assembly held at the Little Church of Edinburgh, and the Synod of Fife, May 12, 1596, and also in the Presbytery of St. Andrews in 1596
Covenant / Covenant Renewal
1638 to 1649 The Acts of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland (1638-1649 incl.) Ecclesiastical Records
1639 Act ordaining by Ecclesiastical authority, the Subscription of the Confession of Faith and Covenant,
With the Assemblies declaration, August 30, 1639, Session 23
Covenant / Covenant Renewal
1643 The Solemn League and Covenant (later approved by the Westminster Assembly) Covenant / Covenant Renewal
1645 The Form of Presbyterial Church Government Ecclesiastical Standard
1645 The Directory for the Public Worship of God Ecclesiastical Standard
1646 The Westminster Confession of Faith Confession / Creed
1647 The Directory for Family Worship Ecclesiastical Standard
1648 The Larger Catechism Catechism
1648 The Shorter Catechism Catechism
1648 The Act of the Commission of the General Assembly for renewing the Solemn League and Covenant,
October 6, 1648, including a Solemn Acknowledgement of the Public Sins and Breaches of the Covenant
Covenant / Covenant Renewal
1650 The Psalms of David in Metre Psalm book
1678 The True History of the Church of Scotland (Officially sanctioned by the Church of Scotland) Historical Document
1712 The Auchensaugh Renovation of the National Covenant and the Solemn League and Covenant
by the Reformed Presbytery (Auchensaugh, Scotland, 1712)
Covenant / Covenant Renewal
1761 The Act, Declaration, and Testimony, by the Reformed Presbytery
(Scotland, 1761), with supplements added by the Reformed Presbytery in America in 1876)
Supplements by the Reformed Presbytery of Scotland:
- Supplement to Part Second
- Addenda
Supplements by the Reformed Presbytery of the United States:
- Supplement to Part III
- Supplement to Part IV
Ecclesiastical Standard
1743 to 1822 Judicial Minutes of the Reformed Presbytery in Scotland Ecclesiastical Records
1763 to 1779 Minutes of the Reformed Presbytery in Ireland Ecclesiastical Records
1774 to 1778 Judicial Minutes of the Reformed Presbytery in America Ecclesiastical Records
1782 to 1839 Minutes of the Reformed Presbytery in Ireland Ecclesiastical Records
1806 Reformation Principles Exhibited Ecclesiastical Standard
1798 to 1805 Judicial Minutes of the Reformed Presbytery in America Ecclesiastical Records
1840 The Deed of Constitution of the Reformed Presbytery in America Ecclesiastical Records
1840 to 1845 Judicial Minutes of the Reformed Presbytery in America Ecclesiastical Records
1854 to 1887 Judicial Minutes of the Reformed Presbytery in America Ecclesiastical Records
1880 The Renovation of These Public Federal Deeds
Ordained at Philadelphia, October 8, 1880, by the Reformed Presbytery, With Accommodation of the Original Covenants, in Both Transactions, to their Time and Positions Respectively
Ecclesiastical Records
1881 A Short Directory for Religious Societies (Scotland and America) Ecclesiastical Records
-- Ecclesiastical Terms of Communion Terms Of Communion
   

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