We Are A Biblically Faithful Church
Our second distinctive at Grace Community Church is simple: we seek to be a Biblically Faithful Church. We believe that 2 Timothy 3:16-17 teaches us 3 Convictions of what it means to be a Biblically Faithful People.
First, The Bible is Inspired by God (The Nature of Scripture)
“All Scripture is breathed out by God”
The “all” indicates everything bit of it. In the context this is referring to the Old Testament. The word “Scripture” is used of the New Testament as well. By implication this statement is referring both to the Old and the New. Scripture is referring to the sacred writings of God. If I could paraphrase this statement I’d say, “The totality of the nouns, verbs, and other parts of speech in both the Old and the New Testament are exhaled out of God’s Holy mouth.”
What Does this Mean? Paul is stating what we call the doctrine of plenary and verbal inspiration – the totality of the words of Scripture are inspired by God Himself. The Baptist Faith and Message 2000 states,
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy.
Do you want to hear the voice of God? – Open the Book! Want to know what God desires for your life? – Read the Bible! Scripture reveals God and His plan for our lives – God spoke creation into existence. He sent the Word (Jesus) to redeem us. God speaks and things happen. The word of God is living and active.
Second, The Bible is Profitable (The Usefulness of Scripture)
The Bible is Profitable meaning it is “useful or beneficial.” Because the Bible is the very Word of God, the Bible is useful. Since God has spoken, we listen to what He says. Paul presents 4 functions of Scripture:
Teaching – The first way the Bible is useful is found in its ability to instruct or teach – it is useful in imparting truth to its hearers. Listen to Psalm 86:11, “Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.” God desires to teach us (instruct us). This shows us who God is and what He requires of us.
Rebuking – As God teaches us through His Word, He also reveals to us our sin. The Word reveals our hearts before a Holy God. When you read the Bible, God confronts us with our rebellion against Him. The Word is sharp and it opens us up to rebuke. We need this in order to live rightly.
Correcting – Since the Bible rebukes the intentions of our hearts and actions, God also shows us how we can correct those issues. The Bible corrects us. As the Bible convicts us of sin there is a natural progression to the recovery of the sinner to a better life.
Training – The Bible trains us to live a godly life. This word is used in Eph 6:4 “discipline and instruction of the Lord. It is a word used in the context of education. This leads to a life of righteousness
Third, The Bible Equips (The Purpose of Scripture)
The overall purpose of Scripture is the equipping of God’s people. Since the Word of God is inspired by God it is profitable for equipping the people of God. The word “equip” implies that there is a mission or task. The passage states, “equipped for every good work.”
These “good works” in the New Testament can range from serving in church, sharing the gospel, to feeding the poor. The Bible equips us to live our mission out in the world. God has provided us all we need for faith and practice.
The 1689 London Confession states, “The Holy Scripture is the only sufficient, certain, and infallible rule of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience.” These 3 convictions drive GCC to be a Biblically Faithful Church. As Baptists we believe that the Bible – God’s Word – is the authority of the Church. It is not the pastor or the people. Rather Christ rules His Church through His Word. At GCC we gladly submit to its authority.