Because we believe that Christ “came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest” (John 10:10), and because we have experienced the life-giving power of His Words, (John 6:63), and because God has called us to share those Words, we will pursue the following values:
We exist to make God’s Word accessible to all.
The Holy Scriptures will be the centerpiece of all of our projects.
We will prioritize the persecuted Church and the Bible impoverished.
Persecuted regions and nations, or what are often called "closed access" regions, will remain highest prioirty in our work, hearts and prayers.
We will seek to provide resources that serve church planters.
Because of the significant worldwide demand for Christian resources, we have chosen to include as much quality content as possible in our libraries with a focus on church-planting. The quality of a resource is determined by church leaders in the target area.
We will seek to remain non-partisan wherever possible.
While we deliberately seek to avoid areas of historic division within the Church, we embrace the ideals of Evangelical Christianity and submit to the standards and principles of the Lausanne Covenant for World Evangelism.
We will seek to serve the Body of Christ
We believe that God has called us to serve the Body of Christ by doing our part to fulfill the great commission (Matthew 28:18-60). Our organization will strive to develop strong relationships with the church at home and abroad.
We will seek be people of prayer.
We believe that we are called and privileged to walk in close relationship with God and that our work can only be accomplished through prayer and obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
We desire to work through partnerships
Content entrusted to the Digital Bible Society for distribution remains the sole property of the contributor, including any alteration or digital improvements made by our organization or their partners. Only content granted with full permission from the controlling organization is included in our libraries, and DBS does not promote one organization's content over another's
We endeavor to be good stewards of our finances and partnerships.
Recognizing that content we share is provided by the generous contributions of our partners, DBS will not profit by the sale of digital material entrusted to our care. We will reserve the right to charge a reasonable amount to cover costs associated with media production and delivery
Because of the diverse backgrounds of our team, partners, and contributors, we regard ourselves as inter-denominational. We are Protestant theologically and Evangelical in practice. And, while we do not agree on everything, we fully agree on the following points:
We believe in one God, the Father,
the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen, who, though being one, is revealed in Scripture as a Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Matthew. 28:18–19, John 1:14, Acts 5:3–4, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Hebrews 1:1–3, Revelation 1:4–6).
We believe in Jesus Christ,
His absolute deity and virgin birth, His real and perfect manhood, the authority of His teaching, the infallibility of His utterances, His work of atonement for sin by His suffering and death, His bodily resurrection and ascension into Heaven, His present high-priestly intercession for His people, His Lordship over the Church as its supreme Head, and His triumphant return at the end of this age. (Luke 1:30–35, 2:40, John 1:1–2, John 1:18, 1:29, 3:16, Romans 3:25–26, 2 Corinthians 5:14, Ephesians 1:22–23, Philipians 2:5–8, Hebrews. 1:3, 4:15, 7:25, 10:5–14, 1 Peter 3:18).
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the giver of life, who with the Father and the Son ought to be worshiped and glorified. He proceeds from the Father and the Son and is sent to comfort, teach, direct, edify, inspire, convict and empower Christ's Church to proclaim the gospel and live holy lives. (Luke 24:49, John 14:16–17, 16:7–15, Acts 1:8, 1 Corinthians 3:16, Ephesians 3:16, 1 Thessalonians 1:5, 1 John 2:27).
We believe the Bible–both the Old and New Testament–to be the inspired,
infalible, sufficient, and authoritative Word of God; and that it doesn't only contain the Word of God but that it is the Word of God. We believe that God the Father has first given the Holy Spirit, second, the testimony of history, and, third, the evidence of the created world to inform a sober reading of Scripture. (Luke 24:27, 44, Acts 17:2–3, 26:22–23, 28:23, Romans. 15:4, 2Ti. 3:16, 2Pe 1:21).
We believe that Jesus saves sinners
and freely gives them the gift of eternal life in a literal heaven, and that all mankind is fallen and in desperate need of this saving grace. We believe that salvation comes only through repentance and faith in the person and sacrifice of Jesus Christ. (John 1:12, 3:16–18, 3:36, 5:24, Romans 1:16-17, 5:6–9, Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5, James 1:18, 1 John 5:11-12).
We believe that the Church is central
to God's purposes and is made up of all who unite in faith. We also believe that the united gathering of believers for edification, inspiration, instruction and prayer is primary to the purposes of God and is central to the work of His Kingdom. (Matthew 16:16–18, Acts 2:42–47, 1 Corinthians 12:12–27, Ephesians 1:20–23, 4:3–10, Collosians 3:14–15).
We believe in the resurrection
of the dead and the reality of eternal happiness in Heaven for the saved and eternal punishment for the lost in Hell. We soberly await the personal return of our Lord Jesus Christ and His final judgment of all mankind. (Matthew 24:29-31, John 14:1–3, 1 Corinthians 15:51–52, Philippians 3:20, 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18, 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9, Titus 2:11–14, 2 Peter 3:9-13, Revelation 20:1-3, 11-15).
We believe that the Great Commission is a call to all believers
We believe that we, as Christians, are called to intensive and deliberate evangelism in accordance with the Great Commission. We believe that the unity of believers, the prayers of the saints, and the universal distribution of Scripture are critical to such work. (Matthew 9:36-38, 24:14, 28:18–19, Mark 16:15, John 17:18, Acts 1:8, 2 Corinthians 5:18–20).