THE HOLY BIBLE
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, with supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. The Holy Bible is God’s revelation of Himself to man and is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth – without any mixture of error – for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us – therefore it is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.
Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 17:19; Joshua 8:34; Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11,89,105,140; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8; Jeremiah 15:16; 36:1-32; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Acts 2:16ff.; 17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21.
We encourage our church family to read and study the Bible with a translation that they enjoy. Because we teach through the Bible verse-by-verse, our elder team wanted to commend one version that will be used consistently for our weekend teaching. However, our pastors, like the rest of the church family, will continue to read and study from several of the current translations. Our choice for weekend teaching is the English Standard Version. We believe it strikes a great balance between “literalness” and “readability.” Though we are eager to use this translation for our public teaching, we don’t hold it to be the translation and encourage people to find a translation that they will enjoy and receive the most benefit from.