WHAT WE BELIEVE SERIES
What We Believe (1 of 6):
From time to time folks ask for a quick quote concerning things we believe and hold dear. With that in mind, I trust that these short articles of faith will help. The first statement of faith will deal with our belief about the Scriptures.
We believe that the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments are the objective, written revelation of God and thus constitute the Word of God (Hebrews 1:1-2); that men chosen by God wrote the Bible under the guidance and enabling of the Holy Spirit; that every word of the Original autographs is God-breathed; and, therefore, that the whole of Scripture is both inerrant and authoritative for the faith and life of the believer (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
We also believe that the Scriptures are sufficient and, in conjunction with the Holy Spirit and the caring body of Christ, are entirely adequate for every spiritual or emotional problem, and are in no need of any supplement from secular psychotherapies (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:3-4; Psalms 19:7-11).
We further believe that Scripture is the fresh and present voice of Christ by which He communicates through the Holy Spirit to His people. Therefore, no current revelatory, prophetic word is necessary (Hebrews 3:7; 4:12).
We believe that the Scriptures are to be interpreted in the literal/grammatical/historical sense.