What We Believe

What We Believe

Our beliefs are simple: "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work" (2 Tim. 3:16-17).

"All Scripture is inspired by God" — The word "inspired" could be translated "breathed-out" (NIV). Therefore, we believe that the things that we find in our Bibles are directly from God. Paul described the Bible as "the depths of God" and "the mind of Christ" (1 Cor. 2:10, 16). To what does "All Scripture" refer? All Scripture refers to the Old Testament (which Timothy had known from his youth, 2 Tim. 3:15, and which Jesus used to explain who He was, Luke 24:27) and the New Testament (which was written by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, John 14:26). We believe that all Scripture is inspired by God.

"All Scripture is... profitable" — There is something to be gained by an understanding of God's inspired Word. It is able to teach us what we need and correct us when we are wrong. Therefore, the Bible is our sole guide when it comes to everything we do. We have determined only to act where the Scriptures authorize us to act. We believe that all Scripture is profitable.

"So that the man of God may be adequate" — Other translations prefer the word "complete" (NKJV, ESV, YLT). The point is this: when the Word of God is read and applied, the man of God will have nothing lacking. This is possible because the Word of God is complete, "once for all delivered to the saints" (Jude 3). Paul said, "Even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!" (Gal. 1:8-9). We believe that all Scripture, when properly read and applied, will make the man of God everything that God expects him to be.

Another way we could summarize our beliefs is in this way: we desire to be pleasing to God. The only way we can be pleasing to God is to do the things He instructs us to do, in the way He instructs us to do them. "For [are we] now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or [are we] striving to please men? If [we] were still trying to please men, [we] would not be a bond-servant[s] of Christ" (Gal. 1:10).