The Church has always believed that
the Word of God is
not wholly contained
in the library of the Bible. As the opening
of the Gospel of John proclaims, the Word of God existed
eternally and became flesh in Jesus to dwell among us
The Church, birthed by the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, existed,
grew before, during and after the New Testament was written
and the books of the Bible determined. The Church recognizes
that the books of the Bible are but
one source of information
about God's revelation, although a very important source.
The Word of God and the Spirit of Truth are too dynamic to be
limited to the written Word only.
The Bible is the book of the Church; we are not a Church
of the Bible. The Church existed (30 AD) before the Bible and
gave birth to it in faith and in Council (397 AD).