The one sufficient revelation of God is Jesus Christ, the Word of God
incarnate, to whom the Holy Spirit bears unique and authoritative
witness through the Holy Scriptures, which are received and obeyed as
the word of God written. The Scriptures are not a witness among others,
but the witness without parallel. The church has received the books of
the Old and New Testaments as prophetic and apostolic testimony in which
it hears the word of God and by which its faith and obedience are
nourished and regulated.
The New Testament is the recorded testimony of apostles to the coming of
the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, and the sending of the Holy Spirit to
the Church. The Old Testament bears witness to God's faithfulness in his
covenant with Israel and points the way to the fulfillment of his
purpose in Christ. The Old Testament is indispensable to understanding
the New, and is not itself fully understood without the New.
The Bible is to be interpreted in the light of its witness to God's work
of reconciliation in Christ. The Scriptures, given under the guidance of
the Holy Spirit, are nevertheless the words of men, conditioned by the
language, thought forms, and literary fashions of the places and times
at which they were written. They reflect views of life, history, and the
cosmos which were then current. The church, therefore, has an obligation
to approach the Scriptures with literary and historical understanding.
As God has spoken his word in diverse cultural situations, the church is
confident that he will continue to speak through the Scriptures in a
changing world and in every form of human culture.
God's word is spoken to his church today where the Scriptures are
faithfully preached and attentively read in dependence on the
illumination of the Holy Spirit and with readiness to receive their
truth and direction.