The Holy Scriptures

We teach that the Bible is God’s written revelation to man, and thus the sixty-six books of the Bible given to us by the Holy Spirit constitute the plenary (inspired equally in all parts) Word of God (1 Corinthians 2:7-14; 2 Peter 1:20-21).

We teach that the Word of God is an objective, propositional (contains definite, objective statements) revelation (1 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Corinthians 2:13), verbally inspired in every word, absolutely inerrant in the original documents, infallible, and God-breathed (Psalm 19:7-9; 2 Timothy 3:16).

We teach that the Bible constitutes the only infallible rule of faith and practice. God communicates with His people through the Scriptures (Psalm 119:89; Matthew 5:18; 24:35; John 10:35; 16:12-13; 17:17; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20-21).

We teach that God “breathed out” His written Word by a process of dual authorship. The Holy Spirit so superintended the human authors that, through their individual personalities and different styles of writing, they composed and recorded God’s Word to man (2 Peter 1:20-21; 3:15-16).

We teach that, whereas there may be several applications of any given passage of Scripture, there is but one interpretation. The meaning of Scripture is to be found as one diligently applies the literal, grammatical-historical method of interpretation under the illumination of the Holy Spirit (John 16:12-15; 1 Corinthians 2:7-15). It is the responsibility of believers to ascertain carefully the true intent and meaning of Scripture, recognizing that proper application is binding on all generations (2 Timothy 2:15). Yet the truth of Scripture stands in judgment of men; never do men stand in judgment of it (Hebrews 4:12). Since God’s Word is sufficient for “life and godliness” (Psalm 19; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:3-4), the church’s ministry is based upon Scripture without the integration of psychology or worldly philosophy (Colossians 2:8).