The relationship to God's word
The word of God, the Holy Bible, is the testing ground of the Christian and the church. By it, the words of saints and sinners are judged and truth is known. The Scriptures reveal our sinfulness. The Scriptures reveal our Saviour. We are to search the Scriptures (John 5:39). We are to study to show ourselves approved of God (II Tim. 2:15). A right relationship to the word of God honours His word because HE is the source. The Scriptures proceed from God. They are without error. They are sufficient for doctrine and practice, for reproof, correction, and exhortation. (Cf. II Tim. 3:16,17). God is honoured by His church when they hold HIS word above the teachings and traditions of men (Mark 7:1-13). A congregation that does not believe God's word does not properly reverence and respect God.
To be continued (d.v.)