God wants to be known and worshipped by his creation because he is loving and created us for relationship with him. The question that haunts a great many people is, “How can I really know God?” That’s why the Bible, or Scripture, is so important to us and to our church.
God has revealed himself—who he is and what he is like—within the pages of the Bible. It is broken down into sixty-six books within the Old and New Testament. From start to finish the Bible tells the story of God’s glory and faithfulness. We believe that although God used human agents to write the Bible, they wrote exactly what he wanted so that we can rightly say that the Bible is God’s Word. It is God’s word in such a way, that to disbelieve or disobey anything we find in Scripture is to disbelieve or disobey God. That is why it is so important to read and understand the Bible. It is the authority by which all other books, teachings, and patterns of life are judged. It’s the standard of God’s truth given to us, that helps us distinguish between what is true and false.
Within the pages of the Bible he has told us that we were created for his glory, how our sin and rebellion broke the world by belittling his glory, and how he sent Jesus to vindicate his glory and mend our brokenness, restoring us to right relationship with him. He tells us how to live in ways that honor him and bring about our greatest joy. Apart from God revealing himself we’d be left to our own subjective experiences and ideas to try and find out who God is and what he is like (and there are plenty of ideas out there). But God did more for us than leave us to guess about how to find him in the middle of our brokenness, he revealed himself through the person of Jesus and the writing of the Bible.
If you want to know God, read his book!
- What comes to mind when you think of the Bible?
- How is your view of scripture influenced by knowing it is God’s message for us today?
- How has reading the Bible impacted your understanding and faith in God?
Doctrine of Scripture
When we speak of the Doctrine of Scripture, we are referring to the authoritative sixty-six books of the Bible that make up the Old and New Testament and serve as the Christians guide to belief about God and life with God.
Key Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 19:7-11