In the Bible we discover who God is and how we can live in relationship with God and the world. The Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) tell the story of God creating, guiding and loving God’s people. The New Testament tells the story of Jesus and the experiences and faith of the first century followers of Jesus. As Christians, we believe that the life and teachings of Jesus are central to our understanding of the Bible’s core message of love and compassion. We affirm that some stories and passages in the Bible are more important than others. Jesus’ teaching of the greatest commandment, to love God with all our heart, soul and mind, and to love our neighbors as ourselves is the primary lens through which we understand the biblical message.