We believe the Bible teaches that God reveals His goodness, wisdom, beauty, and power to the whole world through His work in creation, His provision and ongoing care for the world, and the witness of the human conscience.1 God has revealed Himself in various special and personal ways throughout history, and Jesus Christ is God's supreme revelation of Himself and His Word.2 Consistent with the way Jesus spoke about the Scriptures, the whole Bible – organized in thirty-nine books of the Old Testament and twenty-seven books of the New Testament – is the written Word of God, its original words having been breathed out by God the Holy Spirit without error through various human authors.3 God has preserved His written Word throughout history so that the Bible may be faithfully understood, translated, taught, believed, and practiced by all peoples, in every language, and among every nation.4 Finally, the Bible is completely true, trustworthy, relevant, and supreme in its authority, and it teaches everything we need to know to be saved by faith and to live in joyful obedience and hope as disciples of Jesus Christ.5
1 On God's revelation in creation and ongoing care: Ps. 19:1; Jer. 10:12-13; Acts 14:17; Rom. 1:18-20. On God's revelation witnessed in human conscience: Matt. 5:46-47; Rom. 1:18-25 and 2:14-15.
2 For examples of God's special revelation throughout history, see: Gen. 2:16-17, 3:8-19, and 12:1-3; Josh. 1:8; Ps. 19:7-11 and 119:105 and 130; Isa. 8:20; Heb. 1:1-2. On the supremacy of God's revelation in Jesus Christ: Mark 12:6; Luke 24:44-47; John 1:14-18 and 5:39; Col. 1:15-20; Heb. 1:1-4.
3 On Jesus's view of Scripture: Matt. 5:17-18, 21:42, and 26:54; Luke 4:21 and 24:27; John 2:22, 5:39, and 10:35. On Scripture's origin: 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20-21. On the New Testament writings regarded as Scripture: John 16:13; Col. 4:16; 1 Thess. 5:27; 1 Tim. 4:13 and 5:18; 2 Pet. 3:2 and 16.
4 On God’s preservation of Scripture as affirmed in the New Testament by both Jesus and the Apostle Paul: Matt. 24:35; Rom. 15:4 and 16:26; 1 Cor. 10:11.
5 On the attributes of Scripture: Deut. 17:19 and 32:47; Ps. 19:7-11; Matt. 5:17-18 and 15:3; 2 Tim. 3:15-17; 2 Pet. 1:3 and 16-21.