Berean Bible Baptist Church is a Bible-based church and a Bible-Centered ministry. What that means is that our worship centers on God’s Word as revealed in Scriptures. Our society is not in need of man’s opinions or popular trends; it needs the time-honored principles of the Word of God.
We use the King James Bible and believe it to be God’s Word for the English speaking world. We encourage our people to bring their Bibles along with them to church, and we stress the need for each person to read his own Bible daily.
Statement of Faith: Anchoring our faith entirely upon the Lord Jesus Christ for our salvation, and fully subscribing to the distinctive Baptist doctrines as expressed in the Scriptures, which include:
a) The Holy Scriptures: We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally and plenary inspired Word of God. The Scriptures are inerrant and infallible in whole and in the part, in all areas, in the original manuscripts, and the complete and final authority in faith and life. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament are the complete and divine revelation of God to Man. The King James Bible preserved the very words of God in the form in which He wished them to be represented in the universal language (English) of these last days. It shall be the official and only translation used by the Church. (1Thes. 2:13; 2Tim. 3:15-17; 2 Pet. 1:20,21; Psa. 19:7-9; Rev. 22:18-19).
b) The Godhead: We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit – who are identical in essence, equal in power and glory, and possess precisely the same attributes and perfection. (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; Luke. 3:22; 2 Cor. 13:14; I John 5:7).
c) The Condition of Man: We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, in innocence and without sin. But in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, became spiritually dead and alienated from God so that man is a sinner by both nature and imputation, thereby justly condemned to eternal damnation without defense or excuse, and man, of himself, is incapable of remedying his lost and depraved condition by any means whatsoever (Gen. 1:26; 3:1-24; Rom. 3:10-18; 5:12,19; Eph. 2:1-3).
d) The Person and Work of Christ: We believe that God the Son had to become man in order to provide for us what God the Father’s holy nature demanded – perfect righteousness. Thus, the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God; having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. He accomplished this redemption by voluntarily giving Himself as a sinless sacrifice on the cross, thereby satisfying God’s righteous judgment against sin. He gave proof that He accomplished that redemption by His bodily resurrection from the grave. He then ascended to the right hand of His Father where He intercedes on behalf of those who have believed on Him (Jn. 1:1,2,14,18; Luke. 1:34,35; 24:36-43; Rom. 2:12,13; 3:24-26; 8:34; Heb. 4:14-16; 2 Cor. 5:21).
e) The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit: We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Divine Person who convicts the world of sin; that He alone brings new life to those who are spiritually dead; that He baptizes (or places) all believers into the one true Church, which is the Body of Christ; that He indwells them permanently, seals them unto the day of redemption, bestows spiritual gifts upon them, and fills (controls) those who are yielding to Him to empower for Christian life and service (Jn. 3:3-8; 16:7-11; Acts 5:3,4; Eph. 4:5; 1 Cor. 12:13; Rom. 8:9; Jn. 14:16,17; Eph. 4:30; 1 Cor. 12:7-11; 1 Pet. 4:10; Eph. 3:16; 5:18; Gal. 5:22,23).
f) Salvation: We believe that salvation is the gift of God’s grace given to all who believe and place their faith on Jesus Christ. It includes all that God does in saving a person from the penalty, power, and presence of sin, and in restoring them to a right relationship with God. As such, it is solely the work of God from initiation to completion. It cannot be gained by good works, but is a free gift for all whom God has enabled to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross. All who place their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord have been forgiven and saved from their sins and declared righteous before God, and have been born into the family of God by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit. (Rom. 1:16; 10:17; Acts 16:14b; Eph. 1:7; 2:8,9; Jn. 1:12,13; Rom. 9:16; 2 Cor. 5:21; Phil. 1:6; Titus 2:11-14; 3:5-7; 1 Pet. 1:18- 19; Jn. 5:40; 6:44; 3:36; 5:24; 1 Jn. 5:1).
g) Security, Assurance, and Human Responsibility: We believe that all the saved – those in whom God has accomplished His transforming work of grace – are kept by His power, and thus, are secure in Christ forever. This assurance, however, is not the occasion for sin, for God in holiness cannot tolerate willful and/or persistent sin in His children, and in infinite love He corrects them. True faith in Christ is always expressed by a fruitful, God-pleasing life (Jn. 10:27-29; Rom. 8:29-39; 1 Jn. 5:13; Heb. 12:6; Matt. 7:20; Js. 2:20).
h) Sanctification: We believe that God has given us everything pertaining to life and godliness. This includes the salvation from the penalty of sin, and just as surely, the provision of sanctification (separation) from sin. Sanctification from sin affects both the positional and practical aspects. The maturing to obedience is possible for believers as they feed on the Word, submit to the Spirit of God, and are in fellowship with other believers for service and accountability (Jn. 17:17; 1Cor. 1:30; Rom. 6:19,22; Heb. 10:25; 1 Pet. 2:2; 2 Pet. 1:3).
i) The Church: We believe that the true Church, called in Scripture as the Body of Christ, is a spiritual organism. Every person who has trusted Jesus Christ for salvation in this present age has been baptized (placed) into this organism by the Holy Spirit.
1. We believe that the local church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is solely made up of born-again persons (I Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:22-23; 5:25-27).
2. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28- 32; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11).
3. We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control (Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Rom. 16:1, 4; 1 Cor. 3:9, 16; 5:4-7, 13; 1 Peter 5:1-4).
4. We recognize water baptism and the Lord’s Supper as the Scriptural ordinances of obedience for the church in this age (Matt.28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 18:18; 1Cor 1:23-26).
j) The Christian Life: We believe that a Christian should desire to live a life of righteousness, good works, and separation unto God from the evil ways of the world (Rom. 12:1,2), manifested by speaking the truth (Js. 5:12), maintaining the sanctity of the home (Eph. 5:22-6:4), settling differences between Christians in accordance with the Word of God (1 Cor. 6:1-8), not engaging in carnal strife but showing a Christ-like attitude toward all men (Rom. 12:17-21), exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22,23), and maintaining a life of prayer (Eph. 6:18; Phil. 4:6).
k) Giving: We believe that believers are to be generous in their giving, and that all giving should preferably be done in secret according to the Lord’s command (Matt. 6:1-4). Thus, the giving of cash or by other means that preserve the privacy of the giver is encouraged.
l) Missions/Evangelism: We believe that it is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and by word to the truths of Holy Scripture and to seek to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind (Mk. 16:15; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:19, 20). We also believe that the sending of missionaries is a local church function and, thereby, cannot be delegated to a mission board or agency.
m) The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts: We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowment of all His gifts; and, that the gifts of evangelists, pastors, and teachers are sufficient for the perfecting of the saints today; and, that speaking in tongues and the working of sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority became established (1 Cor. 12:4-11; 2 Cor. 12:12; Eph. 4:7-12).
n) Biblical Separation: We believe that the only way the purity, peace, and reputation of the church can be maintained is by separation from evil, false doctrine, and spiritual compromise. Christians are to be in the world, but not of it, having no friendship, affiliation, nor identification with it. We also believe in the separation from detractors of orthodox doctrine; unbiblical ecclesiastical practices (i.e., neo-evangelicalism, ecumenism, ecclesiastical apostasy, modernism/liberalism, and the charismatic movement), immoral unrepentant believers, and the state. (1 Cor. 5:11; Acts 2:42; Hag. 2:11-13; Amos 3:3; 2 Chron. 19:2; Psa. 1:1; 1 Tim. 6:3-5; 2 Tim. 2:20,21; Js. 1:27; 4:4; Jn. 17:15,16; 1 Jn. 2:15-17; 2 Cor. 6:14,17-7:1; 1 Cor. 10:18-21; Gal. 1:8,9; Rom. 16:17; Titus 3:10; Matt. 18:17; 2 Tim. 3:1,2,5; 1 Cor. 15:33; Eph. 5:11; Rev. 18:4; 2 Thess. 3:6,14,15; 2 Jn. 10,11).
o) Fraternal Organizations: We are firmly opposed to all societies, lodges, and organizations of an un-Christian or anti-Christian character. We avoid membership or participation in any organization that in its objectives, ceremonies, or practices is inimical to the Gospel of Jesus Christ or the faith and life of the Christian church.
p) Attitude Toward Civil Government: We believe that civil government is ordained of God for the welfare of human society to promote and protect the good and to restrain and punish evil. Therefore, we consider it the duty of Christians to pray for rulers and for those that is in authority over them and to give due loyalty, respect, and obedience to them. However, where the demands of civil law would militate against the supreme law and will of God, Christians should obey God rather than man (Dan. 4:17; Matt. 22:17-21; Acts 4:19, 5:29; Rom. 13:1-7; 1 Tim 2:1-4; Acts 23:5; Titus 3:1; 1 Pet. 2:13,14).
q) Ordinances: We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ instituted two ordinances to be observed by all believers until His return – water baptism (by immersion) to show forth our identification with the crucified, buried, and risen Savior (Matt. 28:19; Rom. 6:3-5; Col. 2:12) and the Lord’s Supper as the commemoration of His death until He comes (1 Cor. 11:23-26).
r) The Second Coming of Christ: We believe in the imminent, personal, pre-tribulational coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His Church and His subsequent pre-millennial return to earth with His saints to establish His Millennial Kingdom upon the earth (1 Thess. 1:10; 4:13-18; Rev. 3:10; Zech. 14:4-11; Rev. 19:11- 16; 20:1-6).
s) The Eternal State: We believe that at death the souls of those who have trusted Christ for salvation pass immediately into His presence and remain there in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the body at Christ’s coming for the Church, when soul and body will be reunited. We then shall be with Him forever in glory. We also believe that at death the souls of unbelievers remain in conscious misery until the final judgment of the Great White Throne at the close of the Millennium when the soul and body will be reunited and cast into the lake of fire—not to be annihilated, but to be separated from God forever in conscious punishment (Luke. 16:19-26; 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:21-23; Jn. 5:28-29; 2 Thess. 1:7-9; Matt. 25:46; Rev. 20:11-15).
t) Satan and the Fallen Angels: We believe that God created an innumerable company of spiritual beings, known as angels; that one, Lucifer sinned through pride, and thereby became Satan; that a great company of the angels followed him in his moral fall; that some became demons and are active as his agents and associates in the prosecution of his unholy purposes; and that others who fell are “reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day” (Rev. 12:1-10; 2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 1:6; Job 1:6-7; Isa. 14:12-17; Ezek. 28:11-19; Matt. 4:2-11; Jn. 12:31; Rev. 20:10).
u) Human Sexuality: We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman. (Gen. 2:24; Rom. 7:2; 1 Cor. 7: 10; Eph. 5:22-23). We believe that men and women are spiritually equal in position before God but that God has ordained distinct and separate spiritual functions for men and women in the home and the church. The husband is to be the leader of the home and men are to be the leaders (pastors and deacons) of the church. Accordingly, only men are eligible for licensure and ordination by the church. (Gal. 3:28; Col. 3:18; 1 Tim. 2:8-15; 3:4-5, 12)
v) Divorce and Remarriage: We believe that God hates divorce and intends marriage to last until one of the spouses dies. Divorce and remarriage is regarded as adultery except on the grounds of fornication. Although divorced and remarried persons or divorced persons may hold positions of service in the church and be greatly used of God for Christian service, they may not be considered for the offices of pastor or deacon (Mal. 2:14-17; Matt. 19:3-12; Rom. 7:1-3; 1 Tim. 3:2, 12; Titus 1:6).
w) Abortion: We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life. Abortion is murder. We reject any teaching that abortions of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or the mental well-being of the mother are acceptable (Job 3:16; Psalms 51:5; 139:14-16: Isa. 44:24; 49:1, 5; Jer. 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:44).
x) Missions: We believe that God has given the church a great commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. As ambassadors of Christ we must use all available means to go to the foreign nations and not wait for them to come to us (Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:2 1; Acts 1: 8; 2 Cor. 5:20).
y) Lawsuits Between Believers: We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians or the church to resolve personal disputes. We believe the church possesses all the resources necessary to resolve personal disputes between members. We do believe, however, that a Christian may seek compensation for injuries from another Christian’s insurance company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander (1 Cor. 6:1-8; Eph. 4:31-32).
Authority of Statement of Faith: The statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible itself is the sole and final source of all that we believe. We do believe, however, that the foregoing statement of faith accurately represents the teaching of the Bible, and therefore, is binding upon all members. All literature used in the church shall be in complete agreement with the statement of faith.