WE BELIEVE IN THE AUTHORITY OF GOD'S WORD
We believe the Bible is the unadulterated and infallible Word of God. The source of the Bible is God, and all scripture is given by the inspiration of God. "Inspiration" means that the Word was "God-breathed", or divinely created. God purposed that it be beneficial to us as a governing or guiding factor in our lives.
II Timothy 3:16-17 says that:
"All scripture is given by, inspiration of God, and is profitable, for doctrine for reproof; for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."
A. Dividing power, as a "sword" (Hebrews 4:12)
B. Reflecting powers as a "mirror" (James 1:22-25)
C. Cleansing power as a "detergent" (Ephesians 5:26; John 15:3)
D. Reproductive Power, as a "seed" (1 Peter 1:23)
E. Nourishing power as a "food" (Milk of the Word - Peter 2:2)
F. Guiding power as a "lamp" (Psalm 119:105; II Peter 1:19)
G. Power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16)
God's Word is the Source of All Power
A. Holy Spirit
1. God used man as a vehicle to make known His revelation.
2. David, as well as Isaiah (Authors of Old Testamant scripture), was prompted to speak by the Holy Ghost (Acts 1:16 and Acts 28:25)
B. The Holy Spirit is the source of infallible relation.
1. God's Word is not devised by man's intellect
2. It is not subject to private interpretation (II Peter 1:20)
Who is the Author of the Word?
God's Word, both the Old and New Testament, is totally complete in itself.
A. One shall not add to, nor diminish from, the Word of God (Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:32)
B. We are warned of the consequences of adding to or taking from God's Word (Revelation 22:19)
Is God's Word complete in itself?
When we receive His Word and appropriate it in our lives, it produces and shall propser that which He sends it to (Isaiah 55:11)
A. Cleanse our ways (Psalm 119:9)
B. Produces Faith (Romans 10:17)
C. Begins a process of change, and our minds come in harmony with God's thoughts and purposes for our lives (Psalm 19:7)
D. Brings peace that we obtain in no other way (Isaiah 55:8-12; Philippians 4:7)
What will reading the Word do for us?
A. It authenticates the diviniy of Jesus Christ (John 20:31; I John 5:13).
B. It is an instruction manual for spiritual discernment and for a living a Holy, successful life before God.
II Timothy 3:16-17
4. Instruction in Righteousness
What is the purpose of God giving us the bible?
A. Perpetual (Matthew 55:18)
B. Eternal (I Peter 1:25)
C. Not Bound (II Timothy 2:9)