Core Value 15: Sufficiency of Scripture

God has revealed all that is necessary for life and godliness in his word (2 Timothy 3:16–17).

  • Therefore we affirm the complete sufficiency of the Scripture for faith and obedience in all areas of life (2 Peter 1:3; Matthew 4:4); we also affirm the completion of God’s revelation in the sixty-six books of the Bible (Jude 3).
  • We deny that any further revelation is being given today through so-called prophets and apostles (Ephesians 2:20), or through any revelatory gifts (1 Corinthians 13:8–13; Hebrews 2:3–4). We further deny that human traditions or conventions should be followed without continual evaluation in the light of Scripture, since such things have no intrinsic authority (Matthew 15:1–9; Colossians 2:20–23).


  1. What things might Christians wrongly look to in addition to Scripture for “life and godliness”?
  2. What does the first part of the affirmation have to do with your daily living? The will of God? Your opinions on social issues? Dealing with life’s problems? Handling your finances? Running your business? Caring for your family? Making decisions in the church, etc.?
  3. The second part of the affirmation and first sentence of the denial deal with the same issue of a “closed canon.” How do the verses in the footnotes demonstrate that this is the case?
  4. What are some of the things in your life/church that the second sentence of the denial apply to?


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