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Edmonton, AB  T6R 2V4
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What We Teach - Scripture
What We Teach
The Doctrinal Statement
of
Grace Reformed Baptist Church of Edmonton
 
Contents

THE HOLY SCRIPTURES

We teach that the Word of God is an objective, propositional revelation (1 Thessalonians 2:131 Thessalonians 2:13 (New American Standard Bible)
13For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.   
; 1 Corinthians 2:131 Corinthians 2:13 (New American Standard Bible)
13which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.   
), verbally inspired in every word (2 Timothy 3:162 Timothy 3:16 (New American Standard Bible)
16All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;   
), absolutely inerrant in the original documents, infallible, and God-breathed. We teach the literal, grammatical-historical interpretation of Scripture which affirms the belief that the opening chapters of Genesis present creation in six literal days (Genesis 1:31Genesis 1:31 (New American Standard Bible)
31God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.   
; Exodus 31:17Exodus 31:17 (New American Standard Bible)
17"It is a sign between Me and the sons of Israel forever; for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day He ceased from labor, and was refreshed."   
).
We teach that the Bible constitutes the only infallible rule of faith and practice (Matthew 5:18Matthew 5:18 (New American Standard Bible)
18"For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.   
; 24:35Matthew 24:35 (New American Standard Bible)
35"Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.   
; John 10:35John 10:35 (New American Standard Bible)
35"If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken),   
; 16:12-13John 16:12-13 (New American Standard Bible)
12"I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.   13"But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.   
; 17:17John 17:17 (New American Standard Bible)
17"Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.   
; 1 Corinthians 2:131 Corinthians 2:13 (New American Standard Bible)
13which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.   
; 2 Timothy 3:15-172 Timothy 3:15-17 (New American Standard Bible)
15and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.   16All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;   17so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.   
; Hebrews 4:12Hebrews 4:12 (New American Standard Bible)
12For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.   
; 2 Peter 1:20-212 Peter 1:20-21 (New American Standard Bible)
20But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation,   21for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.   
).
We teach that, whereas there may be several applications of any given passage of Scripture, there is but one true interpretation. The meaning of Scripture is to be found as one diligently applies the literal grammatical-historical method of interpretation under the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit (John 7:17John 7:17 (New American Standard Bible)
17"If anyone is willing to do His will, he will know of the teaching, whether it is of God or whether I speak from Myself.   
; 16:12-15John 16:12-15 (New American Standard Bible)
12"I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.   13"But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.   14"He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you.   15"All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.   
; 1 Corinthians 2:7-151 Corinthians 2:7-10 (New American Standard Bible)
7but we speak God's wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory;   8the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory;   9but just as it is written,
"THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD,
AND which HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN,
ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM."   10For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.   . . . . (click for complete reference)
; 1 John 2:201 John 2:20 (New American Standard Bible)
20But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know.   
). It is the responsibility of believers to ascertain carefully the true intent and meaning of Scripture, recognizing that proper application is binding on all generations. Yet the truth of Scripture stands in judgment of men; never do men stand in judgment of it.

Scripture taken from, except those noted otherwise, the NEW
AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, © Copyright 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971,
1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.
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