We believe 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 We also believe God has revealed Himself in various special and personal ways throughout history, and that Jesus Christ is God's supreme revelation of Himself and His Word.2 Consistent with the way Jesus Himself spoke about the Scriptures, we believe 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 without error by the Holy Spirit through various human authors.3 We further believe God preserves His written Word throughout history so the Bible may be faithfully understood, translated, taught, believed, and practiced by all peoples, in every language, and among every nation.4 Finally, we believe the Bible is completely true, trustworthy, relevant, and supreme in its authority, and that the Bible 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 God's revelation in creation and ongoing care: Ps. 19:1; Jer. 10:12-13; Matt. 5:46-47; Acts 14:17. God's revelation witnessed in human conscience: Rom. 1:18-25 and 2:14-15.
2 Examples of God's special revelation throughout history: 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. The supremacy of God's revelation in Christ: Mark 12:6; Luke 24:44-47; John 1:14-18 and 5:39; Heb. 1:1-2.
3 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. 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 God’s preservation of Scripture affirmed in the New Testament by Jesus and the Apostle Paul: Matt. 24:35; Rom. 15:4 and 16:26; 1 Cor. 10:11.
5 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.
The Bible faithfully records the epic, historical drama of God’s loving and relentless pursuit of His most favored creatures – human beings – who keep running away from Him in pride, rebellion, guilt, fear, and shame. The Bible graciously reveals that God’s good, sovereign, reconciling, and ultimate purpose is fulfilled in and through the work and the Person of Jesus Christ. The Bible also consistently teaches that the Christian life is both a lifestyle and a lifetime of working out our relationship to God through faith in Jesus Christ expressed in obedience to Him, God’s Spirit and Word guiding and equipping us. Historically, an essential aspect of being a Christian and Christian church involves accepting, believing, obeying, and teaching the Bible as God’s Word written. Consequently, our statement of doctrinal faith expresses a positive case for the fundamentals of what we believe the Bible teaches, what we are committed to teaching, and how we are committed to living in our time and place. This is why we begin with the Bible.