Scripture Union began in London in 1867 as a ministry providing Bible training for children through lively play & stories in an informal setting.
In the United States, Scripture Union began in 1959 and has developed a variety of evangelism and discipleship programs for children, youth and families, as well as several Bible engagement programs and publications for all ages.
Today, Scripture Union is active in over 130 countries. We still work to introduce children and young people to Jesus, as well as equipping adults with in-depth resources for regular Bible reading. Movements in each country may carry out the mission a little differently, but all are centered around the same goal.
Scripture Union is primarily a volunteer organization with a small number of staff who train, encourage and coordinate the many ministry workers worldwide. Each organization is governed by its own Board of Directors. All Scripture Union movements are linked together by shared principles and a common calling.
Statement of Faith
Scripture Union upholds the truths of Christianity as revealed by God in Holy Scripture including:
- The unity of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit in the Godhead.
- The sovereignty of God in creation, providence, revelation redemption and final judgment.
- The divine inspiration and the entire trustworthiness and unity of Holy Scripture and its supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
- The sinfulness and guilt of all people since the Fall rendering them subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.
- Redemption from the guilt, penalty and power of sin solely through the sacrificial death, as our representative and substitute, of the Lord Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God.
- The bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead, and His ascension to the right hand of God the Father.
- The necessity of the work of the Holy Spirit to make the death of Christ effective to the individual sinner, granting repentance towards God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
- The justification of the sinner by the grace of God through faith in Christ alone.
- The indwelling and work of the Holy Spirit in the believer.
- The one holy, universal Church, which is the Body of Christ, and to which all true believers belong.
- The expectation of the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ.