The Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC), the denomination to which Malmo belongs, every so often publishes “teaching documents” for its churches to “provide context and clarity for Covenant churches on critical issues of concern in matters of faith, doctrine and conduct.” These resource papers are approved by the ECC Annual Meeting, our highest denominational authority, and are a helpful guide to understand how the ECC generally approaches scripture.
The Evangelical Covenant Church believes that the “the Holy Scripture, the Old and New Testament, is the Word of God and the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine, and conduct.” The paper, “The Evangelical Covenant Church and the Bible,” gives an overview of how the ECC reads scripture (though it does not provide instruction as such for interpretation). This approach can be summed up in five ways of living out scripture and three commitments for doing that: “At our best we as Covenant people read the Bible faithfully, communally, rigorously, charitably, and holistically, with commitments to grace, transformation, and mission.”
Read the whole document to see how we approach the Bible, the document at the centre of our faith and practice as a Covenant church. It may help you as you read scripture on your own, too!