What Is the Bible?

The Bible is the Word of God. But what exactly does that mean? This resource collection shows you what sets Scripture apart from all other writings: it is the authoritative, inerrant revelation of God Himself.

  • Thus Says the Lord Teaching Series with R.C. Sproul

    R.C. Sproul uses “The Chicago Statement of Biblical Inerrancy” to explain the authority of Scripture. Loaded with helpful information on the implications of this core teaching, Thus Says the Lord can help believers understand and defend the Scriptures, while enriching their own Bible study. View Resource

  • The Authority of Scripture Audio Message by John MacArthur

  • The Authority of Scripture Video Message by Albert Mohler

    This message will defend the claim that Scripture alone (as opposed to the Quran, Book of Mormon, etc.) is the Word of God, and defend the claim that Scripture is inerrant. View Resource

  • War on the Word Video Message by Steven Lawson

    The first temptation recorded in Scripture is an attack on the trustworthiness of God’s Word. Such attacks have continued unabated to our own day. In the past, such attacks were usually made by liberals, but today we hear more and more doubts cast upon God’s Word by professed evangelicals. In this lecture, Dr. Steve Lawson reminds us of the importance of a commitment to the authority, inspiration, and inerrancy of Scripture. View Resource

  • How does one convince a nonbeliever that the Bible is the Word of God? Question and Answer

    Before I try to answer that question directly, let me make a distinction that is important at the outset. There’s a difference between objective proof and the persuasion or conviction that follows. John Calvin argued that the Bible carries both persuasion and conviction in terms of its internal testimony—the marks of truth that could be found just by an examination of the book itself—as well as external evidences that would corroborate that substantial evidence to give solid proof for its being the Word of God. Yet the last thing people would want is a book telling them they are in … View Resource

  • The Gospel as Historical Fact Audio Message by Steven Lawson

    The gospel of Jesus Christ is “good news.” It is “good” because it tells the greatest story ever told about how God redeems those who repent and believe in Christ alone for salvation. It is “news” because it is rooted in the historical events of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. In this session, Dr. Steven Lawson explains why the historicity of the biblical record is essential for the truth claims of the gospel. View Resource

  • Difference or Contradiction? Article by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2016

    We live in a day when consistency of thought is demeaned by many people, and individuals maintain that contradiction is the hallmark of truth, particularly in religious matters. Yet, in practice, human beings seek consistency. Consider liberal Protestantism. Decades ago, most of the mainline denominations abandoned the infallibility and inerrancy of Scripture. Originally, these denominations thought they could continue affirming the other core tenets of Christianity. As the years passed, however, it became clear that the rejection of the infallibility and inerrancy of the Scriptures leads to the denial of Christian orthodoxy on other matters. Most churches that abandoned biblical … View Resource

  • Is the Bible the Word of God? Article by Michael Kruger

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2017

    When it comes to the truth of the Bible, modern people often think like George Gershwin: “The things that you’re liable to read in the Bible, it ain’t necessarily so.” After all, says the skeptic, this book is so chock full of fanciful stories and over-the-top miracles that no reasonable person could believe it. Why should we think the bible is actually from God? Of course, it needs to be acknowledged that convincing the skeptic of the divine origins of Scripture is no easy task. Since “the natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of … View Resource

  • Why It’s Essential Article by Michael Kruger

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2015

    Inerrancy is not a popular term in the world of biblical studies today. For many, it is viewed as an anti-intellectual, fear-motivated invention of nineteenth-and twentieth-century American fundamentalists who were tryingto protect the Bible’s authority from the rising tide of Enlightenment rationalism. A.E. Harvey, in his recent book Is Scripture Still Holy? captures the modern academic sentiment quite well: “Inerrancy…is both theologically and philosophically indefensible and rightly rejected by the majority voice of a generation which has, in this respect, genuinely ‘come of age.’” Unfortunately, these sorts of criticisms are all too common. Inerrancy is portrayed … View Resource

  • Tota Scriptura Article by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2008

    In centuries past, the church was faced with the important task of recognizing which books belong in the Bible. The Bible itself is not a single book but a collection of many individual books. What the church sought to establish was what we call the canon of sacred Scripture. The word canon comes from a Greek word that means “standard or measuring rod.” So the canon of sacred Scripture delineates the standard that the church used in receiving the Word of God. As is often the case, it is the work of heretics that forces the church to define … View Resource

  • The New Covenant Scriptures Article by C.E. Hill

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2008

    In April of 2006, amid much media fanfare and not a little scholarly giddiness, The National Geo-graphic Society unveiled to the world a long-lost Gnostic gospel, The Gospel of Judas. “This is big. A lot of people are going to be upset,” one scholar excitedly predicted. “This changes the history of early Christianity,” pronounced another (Andrew Cockburn, “The Judas Gospel,” National Geographic, May 2006, p. 91). Now, two years later, about all that has changed regarding early Christianity are the bank accounts of those historians who have written books on the gospel of Judas. Already the new-yet-old gospel … View Resource

  • God-Breathed Scripture Devotional

    2 Timothy 3:16

    The process of biblical inspiration is mysterious, for we do not know exactly how God moved the human authors of Scripture to give us His Word. Nevertheless, we know that Scripture is the Word of God, and so it can be trusted to give us nothing but the truth of God. When we want to know God’s will for us, we must turn to Scripture, for it is there alone that we will find the Lord’s guidance. View Resource

  • Biblical Inerrancy Devotional

    Psalm 12:1–6

    The health of the church depends upon a firm commitment to the inerrancy of Scripture. Once the idea that Scripture teaches some false things is accepted, what fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith will fall next? But inerrancy must be properly understood lest we falsely accuse others of denying it. We must also take care in interpreting the Bible, for while the text is inerrant, our interpretations are not necessarily so. View Resource

  • The Authority of Jesus Devotional

    John 8:12-30

    Today’s lesson is one sustained argument for the inerrancy of the Bible. Reread the lesson carefully and then close the book and see if you can rehearse the argument to an imaginary friend. Master this argument today, both for your own confidence and so that you can tell others. View Resource

  • The Authority of the Bible Devotional

    Luke 7:1-10

    Bowing before the authority of Scripture is not some abstract, intellectual notion. As all ideas have consequences, the supreme consequence from this debate is the rise of the Protestant church. People of conviction must make serious choices. Ask yourself if you understand, and then stand under, the authority of Scripture. View Resource