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The Written Word”

·       We believe the Bible to be verbally inspired, the inerrant Word of God, and, when rightly interpreted by the Holy Spirit, to be the infallible rule of faith and practice. 



·  The Bible has 66 Books,

·       1,189 chapters,

·       31,102 verses,

·       773,693 words, and

·       3,566,480 letters.

·  It was written on three different continents, over a period of about 1,800 years, by many different men from all walks of life.

·  It's longest chapter is Psalm 119, which consists of 176 verses.

·  Psalm 117 is the shortest chapter.

·  Esther 8:9 is the longest verse, while John 11:35 is the shortest.

·  The longest word in the Bible is "Mahershalalhashbaz" (Isa. 8:1).

·  The middle verse is Psalm 118:8, and "the LORD" are the two middle words in that verse.

·  The main subjects of the Bible are God's revelation of His character, His eternal righteous kingdom, and His plan of redemption through Jesus Christ.

·  The average person can read the Bible through in about seventy hours reading time. Reading three chapters per day and five on Sundays, you can read your Bible through in one year. About fourteen chapters per day will take you through in three months.

·  The Bible was the first Book ever printed on a press. The first one was printed on the Gutenberg press in the 1450's. The first American printing was in an Indian language in 1663.


The Word Of God

·    His Words Are My Words

·       Psalm 45:1; English Standard Version

 My heart overflows with a pleasing theme;
   I address my verses to the king;
   my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe


·    Revealed Truth

·       Ezek. 1:3; English Standard Version

the word of the Lord came to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the Chebar canal, and the hand of the Lord was upon him there.


·    His Word Will Not Fail

·       Matt. 24:35; English Standard Version

"Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.


·    The Word Interprets

·       Luke 24:27; English Standard Version                              

And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.    


·    Written For Instruction

·       Rom. 15:4; English Standard Version 

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.


·    Written As Examples

·       1 Cor. 10:11; English Standard Version   

Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come.    


·    Received The Word

·       1 Thess. 2:13; English Standard Version 

      And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.   


·    Breathed Out By God

·       2 Tim. 3:16-17; English Standard Version 

 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God  may be competent, equipped for every good work.


·    By The Holy Spirit

·       2 Pet. 1:19 - 21; English Standard Version          

And we have something more sure, the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.                  


Compiled By: Pastor Rev. C. E. Stephen Coates

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