We believe the Bible is the written word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is the revelation of God’s truth and is infallible and authoritative in all matters of faith and practice.
We hold to the historic views of Christianity as summarized by the Westminster Confession of Faith together with the Larger and Shorter Catechisms as the best explanation of the system of doctrine taught in the Scriptures, and the fulfillment of the Great Commission in obedience to Christ’s command, and to the Lord’s Prayer and the Apostles’ Creed confessional.
Who needs the Bible?
Christian and non-Christians both need the Bible. It seems obvious that non-Christians need the Word of God. But what about Christians?
Far too often minority language groups receive the Gospel message but never the written Word. What happens to these believers who have no Scripture? Why is it so important to translate for these forgotten groups? When a group of believers does not have God’s Word in their own language, three challenges emerge that could extinguish any young church.
Believers who lack the Scriptures in their own language struggle to preach and teach the Gospel in a language that neither moves their hearts nor is as readily understandable as their first language. In addition, churches without the Word in their own language face a limited ability to grow in their understanding of the Gospel. Another challenge that churches without the Word in their language face is that their children may grow up in the church, but without any saving faith in Christ. With limited preaching and syncretistic views unchecked by the Scriptures, the next generation may not truly follow the faith of their parents.
Who needs the Bible? And in the language, each best understands? We ALL do!
Why the English Standard Version Bible?
Our Session has officially adopted and endorse the English Standard Version (ESV) Bible as our preferred Bible of choice used for worship and study here at Loch Raven Presbyterian Church (LRPC). The ESV has been replacing our previously used 1984 New International Version (NIV). We hope you will also consider the ESV for your family.
Why are switching from the NIV to ESV?
- Traditionally here at LRPC we have been using the NIV (1984) which is a more of a thought for thought paraphrase translation, but is considered more faithful to the original text than any of the later NIV’s editions.
- Sadly, the NIV (1984) edition has been phased out and is no longer being published.
- The ESV first published in 2001, and is a popular version among conservative evangelicals because it is a more literal, by being a word-for-word translation.
- Our Pastor has been preaching and teaching from the ESV, because he views it as more accurate and truer to the original texts, and we on the Session agreed.
While debate continues between the various English Bible translations, we have selected to endorse the ESV translation for the worship and study needs here at Loch Raven Presbyterian Church.
ESV.org provides an online Bible reading tool created to help you read and engage with God’s Word. Many features on the site are freely available without creating an account to access advanced paid features.