What is the Bible?

 
A portion of John 1 from Codex Sinaiticus, one of the oldest surviving biblical manuscripts

A portion of John 1 from Codex Sinaiticus, one of the oldest surviving biblical manuscripts

The Bible is a collection of books written over the course of more than a millennium. While the Bible had a variety of human authors, the primary author of all the books of the Bible is the Holy Spirit, who caused the human authors to speak and write the Word of God (2 Peter 1:21). This is why we say that the Holy Scriptures are inspired (breathed out by God, 2 Timothy 3:16).

We believe that the Holy Scriptures are Christocentric, which means that the entire Bible points us to Jesus (Luke 24:27). God caused the Bible to be written to bring us faith in Jesus so that we may have life in him. (John 20:30-31).

We confess that the books of the Holy Scriptures are the written Word of God and the only rule and norm of the Church's faith and practice.