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On Being Presbyterian: Our Beliefs, Practices, and Stories (Lucas)

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Pastor and seminary professor Sean Michael Lucas suggests that being Presbyterian means embracing distinctive beliefs, practices, and stories as one's own. As new members, church officers, and potential Presbyterians read about beliefs, practices, and stories, they will understand and move to embrace this way of being Christian.

Written in a nontechnical style, On Being Presbyterian is a unique resource for equipping believers and introducing them to Presbyterian church practice.

Table of Contents:

Part 1: Presbyterian Beliefs

1. God Is King: The Sovereignty of God

2. The Priority of Amazing Grace

3. God’s Story, Promise, Reign: Covenant and Kingdom

4. What in the World Is the Church?

5. Sacraments: Signs and Seals of God’s Grace

Part 2: Presbyterian Practices

6. A Heart Aflame: Presbyterian and Reformed Piety

7. Gospel-Driven Presbyterian Worship

8. ‘Decently and in Order’: Presbyterian Church Government

Part 3: Presbyterian Stories

9. The Glorious Reformation: Calvin, Knox, and the Beginnings of Presbyterianism

10. Errand into the Wilderness: Early American Presbyterianism

11. The Golden Age: American Presbyterians in the Nineteenth Century

12. ‘A True Presbyterian Church’: Twentieth-Century Presbyterianism in the American North

13. ‘A Continuing Presbyterian Church’: Twentieth-Century Presbyterianism in the American South

Epilogue: Becoming Presbyterian   


"At last a brief, popular introduction to Presbyterianism that I can put in the hands of Bible-believing, gospel-loving Presbyterians and other evangelicals interested in this part of the Christian family. Readable, sympathetic, and circumspect." — J. Ligon Duncan III

"The people who fill Bible-believing Presbyterian churches increasingly have little Presbyterian background. Lucas provides a terrific resource to get everyone up to speed . . . highly readable." — Bryan Chapell

"Lucas writes with depth, breadth, and passion for his topic. On Being Presbyterianis highly recommended for anyone who wants to explore Presbyterian traditions down to their roots." — Peter A. Lillback


Sean Michael Lucas (BA, MA, Bob Jones University; PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.