At ECBC we believe in the inerrancy (without error) and sufficiency of God’s Word. Only through the priority of giving attention to God’s Word will we be able to truly bring glory to God with our lives and learn how to please Him in all things. Therefore, this is our number one priority: give careful attention to God’s Word personally and corporately. Both aspects are critical to the health of a local body.
Personally, God’s Word defines your greatest need – a restored relationship with God. That happens only as you learn about yourself and the one true God through Scripture. Listen to what God what His people to do as they prepared to enter the promised land: “Now this is the commandment—the statutes and the rules—that the Lord your God commanded me to teach you, that you may do them in the land to which you are going over, to possess it, that you may fear the Lord your God, you and your son and your son’s son, by keeping all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be long” (Deuteronomy 6:1-2).
Fearing God (accurately reflecting an appropriate view of God by ordering my life according to His Word) comes only through the Word of God! The chapter goes on to enumerate that following benefits of God’s Word:
- You learn to fear God (1-3)
- You learn to love God (4-9)
- You avoid obstacles in your relationship with God (10-19)
- Forgetting God, your Deliverer
- Questioning God, your Supplier
- You theologically equip the next generation (20-25)
You need to personally ransack the Word of God for answers to everything! ECBC encourages personal Bible study and seeks to equip you to approach God’s Word in such a way that you will learn to love it more and more!
Corporately, a healthy local church is Scripturally defined not by size, but by faithfulness to God’s Word. A successful local church by the definition of God is a church that holds up and supports the truth, particularly as it relates to the gospel of Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 3:15-16). Faithful explanation of the Scriptures is the only way the gospel of Jesus Christ is effectively preached. Every sermon in the book of Acts simply relates the person and work of Christ to corresponding Scripture. When Jesus gave the disciples their commission in both Matthew 28:18-20 and Luke 24:44-49, He related it to His words and to the Scriptural testimony of Himself.
The Pastoral Epistles (a.k.a, the pastor’s job description) focuses on the right use of Scripture and the need for the pastor to devote himself to Scripture. For instance, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). And, in light of disastrous teaching and lifestyles of the last days, Paul emphatically instructs Timothy to “preach the word” (4:2).
Churches that fail to hold up the Word and pastors that fail to preach the Word are entirely unsuccessful in the eyes of God. No matter how many programs. No matter how many people. No matter how big the budget.
At ECBC, we are content to do what God says the church should do and allow Christ to build this local body as He sees fit.