The Holy Scriptures

We teach that the Bible is God’s written revelation to man, and thus the 66 books of the Bible given to us by the Holy Spirit constitute the verbal-plenary inspired Word of God (1 Corinthians 2:7-14; 2 Peter 1:20-21). We teach that the Word of God is an objective, propositional revelation (1 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Corinthians 2:13), God-breathed in every word (2 Timothy 3:16), and is therefore absolutely inerrant and infallible in the original documents. We teach the literal, grammatical-historical interpretation of Scripture, unless Scripture itself warrants symbolism by clear contextual indicators. We teach that the literal grammatical-historical interpretation affirms the belief that the opening chapters of Genesis present creation ex nihilo in six literal 24 hour days (Genesis 1:31; Exodus 31:17) and that Adam and Eve were true historical persons (Genesis 2:7).

We teach that the Bible constitutes the only infallible rule of faith and practice and is the supreme authority for conduct and confession (Matthew 5:18; 24:35; John 10:35; 16:12-13; 17:17; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20-21). We teach that the human authors of Scripture were so sovereignly and supernaturally superintended by the Holy Spirit as to assure that the words they wrote were the very words of God, and that the same Holy Spirit supernaturally and sovereignly superintended over the preservation of Scripture in such a way as to assure for all generations that the pure and perfect Word of God is forever settled in heaven and on earth so that it always stands in judgment over men as the full and final standard of absolute truth (1 Corinthians 14:37;  2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 12:6-7; 119:89).