IT IS LIKE NO OTHER BOOK!
The Bible was written over a period of 1,500 years, by 40+ authors, in 3 different languages (Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek), on 3 different continents, addressing hundreds of subjects; yet with complete unity! Imagine any 10 authors from a 10-year span, writing today on just one subject: do you think it likely that they would agree?
Another uniqueness is in the fact the Bible says that every man has broken the moral standard of God, and is a sinner before Him. If the Bible was merely written by men, why would they write such a story about their fallen condition? Books written today praise man’s potential, claim he has a “divine spark” within him, has unlimited potential, etc., etc. That’s how man writes about himself, but the Bible does not.
The reason: the apostle Paul gives the answer in 2 Timothy 3:16, “All Scripture is inspired by God…” The word “inspired” means “breathed out”, pointing us to the fact every word comes from the very “mouth” of God.
IT IS PROFITABLE FOR LIVING LIFE!
The apostle Paul adds that the Scripture is profitable and sufficient for all we need to live life to his glory, and our good! The writer to the Hebrews adds that the Word of God is “living and active”, that it “pierces” the soul, and is able to “discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
At Maple Street Community Church, the Word of God is central to all we do. We preach it and teach it, we are committed to obeying it, and to applying its every principle and precept in its context.