Can we trust the Bible? Can we trust that it remains pure even after thousands of years of retranslation?  How can we be sure that the Bible hasn't been revised, rewritten, or changed?

What about those stories or passages in Scripture which seem unfair or don't reflect what we believe as a culture today?  Should we overlook those passages?  Should we skip the bad stuff and only learn the good stuff?

In the King James translation a better translation than the English Standard?  Should we even read the Old Testament at all since the Church didn't start until the New Testament?

The questions continue...

To be fair, these are good questions and worth exploring.  But, as I'm sure you can tell, most of these questions do not stem from a place of faith but a place of doubt. 

The very first words out of the serpent's mouth as it spoke to Eve: "Did God really say..."  These words are at the core of all temptation; they are the root of sin.  For of that ancient serpent - the devil - can convince you that Scripture cannot be trusted, then his task is nearly done.  The final blow in his rhetoric is to cause doubt that Jesus truly forgives your sins.

Proverbs 3 says: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding", and again, "Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil."  And doubt, when it gets the best of us, draws us away from God and His Word and instead draws us to our own minds, our own hearts and our own understanding.

But can we trust the Bible?  YES!  Set aside the fact that differences between translations are few and far between, and that historically Scripture has been preserved from age to age, a miracle in and of itself, we are called to believe in Scripture, that it is "breathed out by God" and continues to be "profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work" (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

What does this mean?  It means that we do not adjust or change Scripture so that it better fits with culture.  Remember, God created this universe.  He created each and every rock and stone, all the plants and animals, and He created each and every one of us.

We are God's creation, and we have no business telling God how we want His creation to exist, what is good or what is evil, or whether His Word is or is not helpful or useful for culture.  His Word is ALWAYS helpful and useful.

At St. Paul's we teach the Word of God as it stands.  We teach it and confess it boldly, even when it goes against culture.  We believe that "all Scripture is breathed out by God" and cannot in good faith teach it any other way. 

For our children, we teach the Word every Sunday at 10:30 am through easy to follow lessons and crafts.  For our teens we teach the faith through our 2-year Confirmation classes which prepare them to make a bold confession before all.  For the adults we teach the faith every Sunday morning at 10:30 am and Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm.  Other teaching opportunities may be added throughout the year depending on the season.  All are welcome to join any of our classes or studies.  Please bring your bible!