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What we believe and teach: The Bible

13 January 2016

What we believe and teach: The Bible

holy-bibleThe Bible is the Word of God. It is composed of sixty-six holy books whose names are these: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs (or The Song of Solomon), Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude, Revelation. All these books are holy – that’s why they are called ‘Holy Scriptures’ or ‘Holy Scripture’ – because they are God-breathed (that is, they are given by inspiration of God), for they were not written by the will of man but holy men of God wrote them as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. Therefore whatever these books say and teach is true because it comes from God, who cannot lie. Therefore we trust in the Bible with all our heart. The Bible does not contain errors or contradictions.

The Holy Scriptures are complete because they contain all the things those who live far from God need to know to be saved from their sins and be reconciled to God, as well as all the things we Christians need to know to conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the Gospel (that is to say, to live righteously, godly and soberly), while we wait for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ.

The Holy Scriptures are the final and absolute authority in faith, conduct and morals. All teachings, all revelations, and all prophecies, must be examined carefully in the light of the Holy Scriptures to see if they are sound (in this case they must be accepted) or wrong (in this case they must be rejected). Any earthly authority that expressly commands us to break the Word of God must not be obeyed. Therefore, for instance, if the governing authorities command us not to pray God in the name of Jesus Christ or they command us not to preach the Gospel of the grace of God, we must disobey them.

By the Holy Scriptures we are comforted, encouraged, taught, corrected and rebuked, led in the paths of righteousness, and made wise for salvation through our faith in Christ Jesus, the Son of God. Therefore we exhort the saints to meditate on the Word of God continually, to put it into their heart, and to have it ready on their lips, so that they may comfort one another with it and may teach and admonish one another with all wisdom. Furthermore we exhort them to divide the Word of God rightly, that is to say, to interpret it correctly, lest they give place to false doctrines and be put to shame. (Giacinto Butindaro, from http://www.the-new-way.org/)

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