I believe and affirm that the Bible is true in all it asserts and denies. That it is reliable and worthy of my confidence and wholehearted dependence. I affirm that it should be interpreted with a common sense (literal) hermeneutic which means simply that the plain meaning of the text is accurate. This does not mean there is not metaphor or simile in the text – if it says “Jesus is the Door” or “the man was as strong as an ox” we would understand those just as we would in regular speech which is not difficult.
I affirm the Bible to be God’s Word, not human fable or myths, accurate in its historical record and more than accurate it is a sword, designed by God to cut through blindness and deception in the hearts of men to awaken them to new life by his Spirit and to guide believer’s on the path of life. I affirm the Bible is infallible and inerrant in its original manuscripts. I affirm that God has preserved his word in reliable translations of it so that we may with confidence read what he said as he intended it to be read. I affirm the Scriptures authority over me and in all areas I am right to submit myself to it rather that lift my own authority and sense of right above it.
I affirm that all scripture asserts, commands, and teaches, understood in the proper grammatical, historical context, is designed by God through his Spirit to rebuke, correct and instruct all who read it so that they being so instructed are enabled by its words and His Spirit to see and delight in the beauty and awesome glory of our Savior Jesus Christ.
In these things, I rejoice.
2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
Is not my word like fire, declares the LORD, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O LORD, God of hosts.
The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
But Jesus answered them, “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God.
My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.
You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me,
For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.
You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word.
How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.
This is the disciple who is bearing witness about these things, and who has written these things, and we know that his testimony is true. Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.
On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”
But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction.
The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the LORD! May your hearts live forever!
2 Peter 3:15-16
And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.
2 Peter 1:21
For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have given me life.
I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.
The law of his God is in his heart; his steps do not slip.
The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.
1 Peter 2:2-3
Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
2 Timothy 4:1-7
I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. …
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