At the heart of Christian spirituality is a high regard for the centrality of the Bible in our life of faith. It is as we read, study, reflect on and learn from Scripture that we come to understand the truth of God’s love, the message of the Gospel, and the need to grow in our trust in God’s grace at work in our lives.
The “Living Faith” document of the Presbyterian Church in Canada affirms the important role that the Bible plays in our faith when it states,
The Bible has been given to us
by the inspiration of God
to be the rule of faith and life.
It is the standard of all doctrine
by which we must test any word that comes to us
from church, world, or inner experience.
We subject to its judgment
all we believe and do.
Through the Scriptures
the church is bound only to Jesus Christ
its King and Head.
He is the living Word of God
to whom the written word bears witness.
Both Old and New Testaments were written
within communities of faith
and accepted as Scripture by them.
Those who seek to understand the Bible
need to stand within the church
and listen to its teaching.
The Bible is to be understood in the light
of the revelation of God's work in Christ.
The writing of the Bible was conditioned
by the language, thought,
and setting of its time.
The Bible must be read in its historical context.
We interpret Scripture
as we compare passages,
seeing the two Testaments in light of each other,
and listening to commentators past and present.
Relying on the Holy Spirit,
we seek the application of God's word for our time.