God's Church is Bible-Centered

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Let’s Talk About the Church

so we can understand a little more what it means to be “The Church of God”.
There is no such thing as a church that has no set of beliefs, and that is true of us as a movement.
We have called ourselves the Reformation Movement of the Church of God, which is a nominator that means to restore the Church to be a reflection of the church in the first century, founded on Christ Jesus, who is the Rock in Peter’s confession that “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” Matthew 16:16,18
“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” “And I say to you… on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.”
I want to share today about another important, foundational truth we hold dear in the Church of God.
Last week, I shared that. . .

God’s Church is One Church

And today, I am focused on the truth that

God's Church is Bible-Centered

Next week, the focus will be that

God’s Church is Called to Holiness

Then, on the last Sunday of this September,

God’s Church Lives in God’s Kingdom Now.

So let’s get to the important stuff here:

God’s Church is Bible Centered

and this is important for a lot of reasons.
Our clear understanding is that

We Have No Creed But the Bible

Because we have discovered that every creed ever constructed falls short of the whole teaching of Scripture.
We stand by the statement of Paul the Apostle to his Apprentice Timothy, when he says about the Bible,
2 Timothy 3:16–17 ESV
16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
The important understanding of those verses are that all scripture comes from the mouth of God, is profitable so that the person of God may be perfectly equipped for every good work.
Why do we stand on a statement of “We have no creed but the Bible?”
It’s because historic Christianity has divided itself by the multiplication creedal statements that have been used to keep one Christian fellowship apart from the others.
There is one early and important creedal statement of Christianity, that was the basic statement of faith of the early church. Many of you have had the experience of repeating such a creed, sometimes every time you went to worship.
We know it as

The Apostles Creed

which was put together about AD 180:
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth;
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
That, by the way, is an essential statement of the Christian Faith that has no error in it. It is concise and specific, in order to give the Christian who did not read, who had no Bible, because it was was not even settle on until 325 AD, a statement of what they believed about Jesus before their Baptism, and affirmed week by week.
Some might bristle at the phrase “the holy catholic Church.” but please understand that this creed was written 700 years before Rome was the center of Western Christianity, and catholic is a word that means “universal” or that refers to the whole church, to God’s One Church of All the Redeemed.
Creeds began to be used as weapons of one movement against another, forming and establishing denominations that divided the church.

So Many Creeds

were produced over the years, that no one can really keep up.
Wikipedia lists a collection of creeds of the Christian church.
Creeds of the early church (11)
Interdenominational creeds (7)
Ecumenical creeds (15)
Denominational creeds (23/115)
Adventist, Anabaptist/Mennonite Anglican Arminian Assemblies of God Baptist Catholic Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Congregational Eastern Orthodox Huguenot Lutheran Methodist Moravian Pentecostal Presbyterian Puritan/Congregational Quaker Reformed Salvation Army United Church of Canada United Church of Christ Waldensian
Creeds of specific movements: Neo-Evangelical (4)

Jesus is Lord

The very simplest of creeds is the basic creed of faith in
Romans 10:9 ESV
9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

All Scripture

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV
16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
John 5:39 ESV
39 You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me,

Can I Have a Witness?

Hebrews 4:14 ESV
14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.

We Believe.

Anderson School of Theology, 1979.
We believe in the principle of openness to all affirmations of the Christian faith which are expressions of the biblical revelation. The intended unity among Christians is not based on the achievement of full agreement on all theological questions. Rather, it is based on a common membership in the church through the grace of God and is anchored by a common commitment to the centrality of Christ and the authority of the Word of God.

We Believe

Anderson School of Theology Faculty and Staff, 2003,
We believe in one eternal, holy, and loving
God who calls us to respond in faith. We, therefore,
give the following testimony of our faith, realizing
that for testimonies of faith to be Christian they
must conform to God’s revelation in the Holy
Scriptures. Although we can never put into a short
document all that we are taught in the Bible, we do
affirm the following:


God is revealed generally in the created
order and in the human conscience. This Living
God, however, has spoken especially to us in the
covenantal story of the whole of Scripture and
definitively in Jesus Christ.

The Bible

We believe in, treasure, and cherish the Bible
as the written Word of God, and hold that the
sixty-six books of the Protestant biblical canon
constitute the Holy Scriptures. We believe that
both the Old and New Testaments are necessary
for understanding God’s revelation in Scripture,
both of which are to be interpreted in light of the
revelation given to us in Jesus Christ. The Bible
is inspired by God and is fully authoritative and
sufficient for Christian life and practice. We further
believe that the Bible is historically reliable and
that its message is faithfully preserved in the textual
We rejoice that the biblical gospel is the
good news of God’s love to our world!

Can I Have A Witness?

Hebrews 4:14 CSB
14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens—Jesus the Son of God—let us hold fast to our confession.

Preach the Word

1 Timothy 4:13 CSB
13 Until I come, give your attention to public reading, exhortation, and teaching.

Interpret the Scriptures for Understanding

Acts 8:29–35 CSB
29 The Spirit told Philip, “Go and join that chariot.” 30 When Philip ran up to it, he heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you’re reading?” 31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone guides me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 Now the Scripture passage he was reading was this: He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb is silent before its shearer, so he does not open his mouth. 33 In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who will describe his generation? For his life is taken from the earth. 34 The eunuch said to Philip, “I ask you, who is the prophet saying this about—himself or someone else?” 35 Philip proceeded to tell him the good news about Jesus, beginning with that Scripture.

Study the Bible

Acts 17:11 ESV
11 Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.
The outline of Church of God principles is at JesusIsTheSubject.org/our-beliefs/

The Supremacy of Scripture.

We are a people of the Bible—the Old and New Testaments, supernaturally inspired, preserved across time, cultures, and continents, delivered to us, useful for reproof and instruction, for righteousness. The Scripture is our backstop, the ultimate field of inquiry and judgment, the measure of conduct, faith, and practice. Whatever the question, whatever the test, whatever comes before us, in the end, it is the Scripture, above all other disciplines, that informs and defines us. All other sources of knowledge fall beneath its shadow (2 Tim 3:14–17).

Back to the Blessed Old Bible

D. O. Teasley, 1901
Back to the blessed old Bible, Back to the city of God;
Back to the oneness of heaven, Back where the faithful have trod.
Back from the land of confusion, Passing the wrecks and the creeds;
Back to the light of the morning, Jesus our Captain leads.
Back to the blessed old Bible, Back to the light of its word;
Be on our banners forever: “Holiness unto the Lord.”
Back to the blessed old Bible, Saints of Jehovah, rejoice;
Jesus is calling His people Back to the land of their choice.
Often our fathers have sought it While we in Babel abode,
Now we have found the fair city—Church of the living God.
Back to the blessed old Bible, Back to the light of its word;
Be on our banners forever: “Holiness unto the Lord.”
Back to the blessed old Bible, Leaving confusion and strife;
Fleeing from Babel to Zion, Back to the joy of our life.
Over the mountains we wandered, Looking in vain for the right;
Now in the evening we’ve found it: Truth of the gospel light.
Back to the blessed old Bible, Back to the light of its word;
Be on our banners forever: “Holiness unto the Lord.”
Back to the blessed old Bible, Back at the Master’s call,
Back to the words of our Savior, Loving, obeying them all.
Never in sects to be scattered, Never again to do wrong;
Unity, holiness, heaven, Ever shall be our song.
Back to the blessed old Bible, Back to the light of its word;
Be on our banners forever: “Holiness unto the Lord.”


Daniel S. Warner (1888); Andrew L. Byers (1900)
By Thy blessed word obeying, Lord, we prove our love sincere;
For we hear Thee gently saying, “Love will do as well as hear.”
Dear Redeemer, we would hallow All Thy word so firm and true;
In Thy footsteps meekly follow, Thy commands we love to do.
Feigned hearts Thy name professing, Thy commandments cast aside;
But we feel Thy great salvation, And in all Thy truth abide.
Every word Thy mouth hath spoken Is essential to our life;
All Thy mandates love betoken, To oppose them is but strife.
In Thy wisdom, Lord, confiding, We will follow in Thy way;
With Thy love in us abiding, ’Tis delightful to obey.
Each commandment Thou hast given Is a waymark on the road;
Leading up from earth to heaven, To the blessed throne of God.
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