For a number of years, Cross Lanes Baptist Church has been using the Holman Christian Standard Bible as our primary translation for preaching and teaching, and for Bible Fellowship Curriculum. We believe the Bible, and want to be sure we are utilizing an English translation that is faithful, true, and readable.
We hold to the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 as our Statement of Faith. This is what it says regarding the Scripture and our beliefs about the Word of God:
The Scriptures: The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.
The Holman Christian Standard Bible has been updated as the Christian Standard Bible. The Bible Fellowship Curriculum has already been updated to CSB. As a church we will make the transition in preaching and teaching and for Pew Bibles also.
The following are helpful links you are encouraged to read, to learn more about the Christian Standard Bible and why it is a faithful, true, and readable translation.
Several types of Christian Standard Bibles are already available through various retailers, but the Study Bible will not be out until mid-May. In our church, people use a variety of other good English Bible translations, including KJV/NKJV, HCSB, NASB, NIV1984, and ESV. If you choose to stay with your current translation for reading and study, it is perfectly acceptable and encouraged. For consistency in teaching and preaching, we will make the transition to CSB and wanted to provide ample information regarding this so you are well informed.