The Study of the Word of God
The written content of the Bible was revealed by God in order to unveil Himself and His eternal plan to mankind.
Through inspiration, God moving holy men to write, the Lord made certain that His revelation about Himself was recorded without error in the original documents. Every facet of Scripture (including statements that regard science, history, and geography) is God breathed (2 Timothy 3:16–17; 2 Peter 1:20–21).
Illumination is the ministry of the Holy Spirit to believers, teaching them all things from the closed canon of Scripture, through their study and meditation for the purpose of glorifying Christ. The Spirit also uses those who have the gift of teaching, as well as the written works of those now dead, to carry out this ministry (Psalm 119:99; John 16:12–15; Romans 12:7; 1 Corinthians 2:9–3:3; 2 Timothy 2:15; 1 John 2:27).
Since the Bible’s ultimate Author is God, it is without error and is our authoritative guide in all matters of faith and practice (John 16:12–15).
The canon of Scripture is a closed collection of all writings and only those writings inspired by God. The 39 books of the Hebrew Old Testament and the 27 books of the Greek New Testament comprise the whole canon of Scripture (2 Timothy 3:16; Jude 3; Revelation 22:18–22). Because Scripture is God’s only written revelation to men, it is our sole source of infallible guidance for faith and practice. We do not accept the apocryphal books as canonical (Matthew 5:17–18; cf. Revelation 22:18–19; Jude 3).
Interpretation of Scripture.
We believe in a normal (literal), grammatical and historical interpretation of Scripture that affirms, for example, the belief that the opening chapters of Genesis present creation in seven literal, 24-hour days (Genesis 1:31; Exodus 31:17).
Scripture states that it is able to equip us for every good work. In addition, the Lord states that He has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness through the body of knowledge wherein His great and precious promises are recorded. Therefore, we believe that the Bible alone, as believers apply it to their lives, is a sufficient resource to prepare them to handle all the problems and exigencies of life and ministry (2 Timothy 3:16–17; 2 Peter 1:3–11)
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