The Bible – The Complete and Final Authority

Community Bible Church stands firmly on the truth that all sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments are God’s inspired word (II Tim. 3:16-17). Although God used men as the human authors for these writings, the Holy Spirit guided them so that every word they recorded was God’s unfailing, errorless truth (II Pet. 1:20-21). As God’s divine revelation of truth, the Bible is the complete and final authority concerning eternal salvation and Christian living. We must never add to the Bible or take away from it.

Concerning the early church, Acts 2:42 states, “And they were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” The “apostles’ teaching” later became the New Testament writings. Those teachings, along with the Old Testament, became the full revelation of God’s truth to the world. Like the early church, we are to be devoted to that teaching.

In II Timothy 2:15, each of us is called to “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth.” Our sincere desire is to “handle accurately” God’s truth, and allow it to be the foundation for all we do and teach as a local church. Through careful interpretation, clear teaching, and consistent application of the Bible, we seek to help people grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. As people mature in their faith, they will be more fully equipped to serve Christ (Eph. 4:11-12).

Our emphasis on teaching God’s truth extends not only to the pastor’s teaching, but to all teaching within Community Bible Church. This includes youth and adult Sunday school classes, evening youth groups, mid-week Bible studies, retreats, vacation Bible school, children’s messages during the worship service, outreach events, and all other special activities.

Although we place great emphasis on the teaching of God’s word, we also recognize and emphasize other crucial aspects of the Christian life, such as worship, prayer, fellowship, and service. The Bible addresses each of these issues. Therefore, it is important that they be done in a manner consistent with the guidelines set forth in Scripture.

Finally, we encourage each individual to regularly read, study, and meditate on the Bible. As this is done, people will discover personally, the teaching and truth of God’s word.