First Sentence

Last week we learned how to summarize the Bible in 20 sentences. Yes, that is right- an overview of the entire Bible in 20 sentences. I shared with each of you these 20 sentences. I also told you that overtime I would share with you more information about each sentence. Just think, after 19 more posts- you will have a much more in-depth understanding of your Bible. So here is a recap of sentence one along with more information! Hope you are as excited to dig in as I am!

 1.    The Bible is the inspired, inerrant and authoritative word of God.

  • Inspired:“Inspiration is the act by which God superintended the human authors of the Bible so that they composed and recorded without error His message to mankind in the words of their original writings.”[i]

2 Timothy 3:16-17

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”

2 Peter 1:20-21

“But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.”


  • Inerrant:“Inerrancy means that when all facts are known the Scriptures in their original autographs and properly interpreted will be shown to be wholly true in everything that they affirm, whether that has to do with doctrine or morality or with the social, physical, or life sciences.”[ii]

Psalm 12:6

“The words of the Lord are pure words; As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times.”


  • Authoritative:“The authority of Scripture means that all the words in Scripture are God’s words in such a way that to disbelieve or disobey any word of Scripture is to disbelieve or disobey God.”[iii]

[i] Charles Ryrie, Basic Theology (Wheaton: Victory Books, 1986), 71.

[ii] Paul D. Feinburg, “The Meaning of Inerrancy,” in Inerrancy, ed. Norman L. Geisler (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1980), 294.

[iii] Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994), 73.

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