We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
God communicates to people through His inspired word (2 Tim. 3:16-17). All 66 books of the Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired; that is, the entire Bible communicates the very words of God Himself (2 Pet. 1:21). The grand narrative of Scripture points to its author, Jesus (Jn. 5:39). Meaning, all of the Old Testament points to the coming of Christ (Lk. 24:27), and all of the New Testament refers back to Jesus (Heb. 1:1-2). Some passages of Scripture communicate the exact words of God, such as words spoken through a prophet (Is. 7:7; Jer. 2:2; Ez. 5:7; Amos 5:4). Other sections, however, were written by human authors under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (2 Pet. 1:21).
Although the Bible was written by man, the original manuscripts are without error. In other words, Scripture does not contradict itself, because that would infer contradiction on God’s part (Num. 23:19). Any passages that seem to contradict other sections are the result of reader error. Regardless of its author, all books of the Bible (read in tandem with the whole counsel of Scripture) are authoritative in what they teach and command (Ps. 119:9-16; Is. 28:13). Jesus quoted Scripture as if it were authoritative over Him (Matt. 4:1-11; 26:24; Lk. 24:46). Therefore, all of mankind is subject to the authority of God’s revealed Word (Ps. 119:21; Rom. 15:4).
The broad narrative of Scripture is sufficient in revealing God’s plan for the salvation of man (Lk. 24:27; Acts 8:34; 17:2; Rom. 10:17). Meaning, one does not need to seek other “sources” beyond the Bible to know or understand what God requires of man to be saved. Though Scripture is sufficient in revealing God’s will for salvation, man is still dependent on the Holy Spirit to understand the Scriptures correctly (Ps. 119:18; Lk. 24:45; Acts 16:14).
For the Church, the Scriptures serve as ultimate authority in the daily affairs of believers, and members are to subject themselves under the Bible’s teachings (Acts 17:11; 1 Tim. 4:13; 2 Pet. 3:14-19). The Church can trust the Bible’s authenticity based upon how Jesus himself spoke of the Scriptures (Matt. 4:1-11; Jn. 13:18; 17:12), and how the Bible’s authors speaks of their writings (2 Pet. 3:16). Trusting the Bible’s authenticity is not a matter of trusting in man, but rather in God’s faithfulness to preserve His Word (Ps. 33:11; Is. 46:10; Matt. 24: 35; 1 Pet. 1:25).