WEEK 3: BIBLE
God has reliably revealed himself to us in history through his Creation, in the Bible, and, ultimately, in the Person of Jesus.
God has graciously disclosed his existence and power in the created order and has supremely revealed himself to fallen human beings in the person of his Son, the incarnate Word. Moreover, this God is a speaking God who by his Spirit has graciously disclosed himself in human words: we believe that God has inspired the words preserved in the Scriptures, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, which are both record and means of his saving work in the world. These writings alone constitute the verbally inspired Word of God, which is utterly authoritative and without error in the original writings, complete in its revelation of his will for salvation, sufficient for all that God requires us to believe and do, and final in its authority over every domain of knowledge to which it speaks. We confess that both our finitude and our sinfulness inhibit the possibility of knowing God’s truth completely, but we affirm that, enlightened by the Spirit of God, we can know God’s revealed truth truly. The Bible is to be believed, as God’s instruction, in all that it teaches; obeyed, as God’s command, in all that it requires; and trusted, as God’s pledge, in all that it promises. As God’s people hear, believe, and do the Word, they are equipped as disciples of Christ and witnesses to the gospel. This Word yields to us the True Story of the whole world.
1. We cannot know the infinite God fully, so we should be humble but we can know Him accurately, so we should be confident.
2. To disobey or disbelieve Scripture is to disobey or disbelieve God.
Questions for Reflection
1. If Christianity is built on revelation and not on speculation, how does that affect the way we seek to follow Jesus?
2. If truth is ultimately revealed in a person (Jesus), how does that change our approach to growing in the knowledge of God?