What We Believe: The Bible

It was a great day yesterday at our Barrie campus as we kicked off the new series, Not Actually Jesus (it launches this coming Sunday, June 6th at our Orillia campus!)  As promised, we’re starting a discussion this week about what we believe.  This should be fun, because the discussion was already ramping up in the foyer yesterday after the services!

It’s a follow up to the first message of the series (watch it here or get the podcast via iTunes), in which we challenged the idea that it doesn’t really matter what we believe about spiritual things as long as we’re sincere. Truth matters because while you might be sincere, you can be sincerely wrong. We’ve designed this six part blog series as a follow up to the first message to help all us find a benchmark against which we can measure what we believe. It’s much easier to callibrate truth in your life if you have a clear reference point for what Christians believe about key concepts.  As I said in the message, we’re excited about aligning our lives with what’s true because life become so much more rewarding and fulfilling when we align them with what’s true (think about driving over a well engineered bridge or eating chicken that’s fully cooked). 

Our doctrinal statement at Connexus isn’t long; and instead of focusing on what divides us as Christ-followers, we focus on what unites us.  These are truths that have been embraced by the majority of Christians in every generation for almost 2000 years.  Each day this week we’re sharing a short doctrinal statement and encouraging you to ask questions, share comments and probe beneath the surface. 

So, you ready?  Here we go.  This is what we believe about the Bible:

We believe the entire Bible is the inspired Word of God and that men were moved by the Spirit of God to write the very words of Scripture. Therefore, we believe the Bible is without error.

What’s your take on this?  What part of this truth is easy to embrace?  What’s harder for you?

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3 Comments

  1. Chris Oldcorn says, May 31, 2010 at 11:45 am

    I believe that the Bible is the Word of God and not just a good book of examples on how to live.

    The issue that is hard for me is the vast difference of a vengeful Old Testament God with the loving New Testament God. It is almost like two separate Gods which isn’t the case.

  2. carey says, May 31, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Chris…great observation. Many people share your frustration. I love this teaching from Matthew 5:17 where Jesus shows his purpose was not to abolish the law, but to fulfill or complete it’s purpose. When you study that, and look at the number of times “love” and “mercy” appear in the Old Testament as attributes of the character of God, and the number of times ‘judgment’ appears in the New Testament, more consistency develops between Old and New.

    Hope that helps!

  3. Justsomegirl says, June 8, 2010 at 7:29 am

    I agree with all of the statements. I think they are clear and concise and cover what is really important about God. I think having these clear statements is very important – kind of the rock on which we stand. With all of the drift in our culture, knowing what we believe in this clear way is critical. Awesome job.

    I just don’t like the use of “men” instead of “people”. As in:

    We believe the entire Bible is the inspired Word of God and that PEOPLE (men) were moved by the Spirit of God to write the very words of Scripture. Therefore, we believe the Bible is without error.

    We believe that PEOPLE WERE (mankind was) created in the image of God to have fellowship with Him but became alienated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, PEOPLE ARE (man is) incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through THEIR (his) own effort alone.

    We believe in one God who exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that Jesus Christ is the second member of the Trinity (the Son of God) who became flesh to reveal God to PEOPLE (man) and to become the Saviour of the lost world.

    Glad we have these statements. Having an anchor is good.

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