Authority: The power the Bible possesses, having been issued from Creator God, for which it “ought to be believed and obeyed”.
Autographs: The original texts of the biblical books as they were issued from the hands of the original writers.
Canon: The authoritative list of inspired biblical books. This means rule or measuring stick.
Inerrancy: The position that the Bible affirms no falsehood or wrong of any sort, that is, “it is without fault or error in all that it teaches, in matters of history, science, and faith”.
Infallibility: The position that the Bible cannot err or make a mistake and that it “is completely trustworthy as a guide to salvation and the life of faith and will not fail in accomplishing its purposes”.
Inspiration: The process by which God worked through the human authors of the Bible to communicate His revelation. “God-breathed”
Necessity: Refers to mankind’s need for God’s special revelation in the Scriptures in order to obtain knowledge of the gospel and the plan of salvation.
Scripture: From the Latin word meaning “writings” which referred to sacred texts.
Special revelation: The things that God makes know about Himself, apart from nature and conscience (general revelation). This revelation is 99.9% of the time found in the Scripture, because they deal with Christ and the plan for Salvation.
Sufficiency: All that is needed to know and believe regarding salvation and what pleases God, are found only in the Bible.
Verbal, plenary inspiration: God controlled the very writing the Bible down to the choice of word and syllable, not just the overarching themes.