We believe that the Bible is the inspired and infallible Word of God, the final authority for faith and life. God’s revelation in the Old Testament through creation and the covenant was a preparation for the supreme revelation through Jesus Christ in the New Testament.
General Revelation. God reveals himself to all people through creation, history, and human nature. God’s creative genius is evident in creation’s intricate beauty. Sun, moon, stars, earth, plants and animals reflect the glory of God. God’s purposes can be discovered in history. The pattern of events in the lives of nations and individuals reveals that God is at work. God’s personal nature and moral principles are seen in people. By following their consciences and desiring to worship, people experience glimpses of the holy God. Such revelations of God are widespread but veiled in mystery. Through the eyes of faith, we see abundant evidence that God is pursuing a relationship with the sinful human race.
Ge 1, 2; Job 12:7-10; 38-42; Ps 19:1-6; 139:13-18; Ac 17:22-34; Ro 1:19-21; 2:14-15; 1 Co 2:7-16; 2 Co 3:2-3
Word of God. The living God of the Bible spoke. God spoke and creation burst from nothing. God spoke and entered into a lasting covenant with Abraham and his descendants. God spoke and the Law was written to guide the people of Israel in their pursuit of holiness. God spoke and the prophets declared with passionate conviction what the LORD said about justice, righteousness and walking humbly with God. God spoke and the Word became a living person, the supreme revelation of God — Jesus Christ. God spoke and offered direction to the early church through the apostles. God spoke of promised judgement and the hope of Christ’s return in the future.
Ex 3:14-16; Dt 4:9-14; Ps 119:105; Jer 1:1-10; John 1:14-18;
Col 1:15-16; 2 Pe 1:20-21; Heb 1:1-2; 11:3
Authority of the Bible. The Bible is the only authoritative written word of God. Writers inspired by the Holy Spirit faithfully recorded God’s words and actions in creation, Israel, Jesus, and the early church. The Bible is God’s appointed revelation for teaching people to live faithfully and for leading us into eternal life. The words of the Bible empowered by the Holy Spirit create a community of faith that reflects the character of the Author.
Ps 119; Isa 40:8; 2 Ti 3:16-17; 1 Pe 1:24-25; 2 Pe 1:20-21
Reading the Word. The Bible was written to instruct and inspire believers toward faithfulness. Its message is best interpreted in the context of the community of faith. Meditation on the Bible imparts God’s wisdom as the Spirit clarifies the meaning of the words and directs the application. Bible reading involves careful submission to the text in its cultural context, be it story, law-code, poetry, wisdom, prophecy, miracle, or letter. Meaningful Bible reading focuses on Jesus Christ, the promised Messiah of the Old Testament, the Word of God in the New Testament, and the foundation of the church for all generations.
Josh 1:8; Neh 8:8; Ps 1:2-3; John 16:7-8, 13-15; Acts 17:11; 1 Cor 2:6-8, 12; 2 Cor 3:2-3; 2 Tim 2:15; 3:16; Heb 1:1-2
For more reading check out this article from in the Recorder.