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The Word of God

We believe and teach that the Holy Scriptures, as represented in the sixty-six books of the Bible (the Protestant Canon), constitutes the infallible and authoritative Word of God and is God’s special revelation to mankind.

These Scriptures are God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16), and thereby, are absolutely inerrant and infallible in the original autographs. Like the Living Word of God, Christ, the written Word of God is fully divine and yet genuinely human. The Holy Spirit superintended a variety of human authors, including their personalities, backgrounds, and styles (Jeremiah 1:5; Galatians 1:15-17), resulting in the production of God’s book, the Bible (2 Peter 1:20-21).

We believe and teach that although no one text-type or any particular version derived from it necessarily represents the autographs identically at every place, many of the various traditional and contemporary English translations should be looked upon as being reliable conveyers of God’s Word to mankind.

In the light of all these truths, the Bible is fully authoritative, that is, it alone is our infallible rule for faith and all practice (Deuteronomy 32:44-47; Isaiah 1:10; 8:16, 20; 30:8; 34:16; 40:6-8; 55:11; Jeremiah 23:29; Zechariah 7:12; Matthew 4:4, 7,10; 5:17-19; John 10:35; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12-13). Believing unreservedly in the total truth and trustworthiness of Scripture, we employ the literal-grammatical-historical method of interpretation.

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