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Our Beliefs


1. INSPIRATION


    We believe that the Bible, as originally written, is verbally inspired in its     entirety and is the product of Spirit controlled men, and therefore is truth     without admixture of error for its matter. We believe that it is the true     center of Christian union and the only infallible rule for all human conduct,     creeds, and opinions. (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:19-21)


2. TRINITY


    We believe that there is one living and true God eternally existing in three     persons; that they are equal in every divine perfection and that they     execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation,     providence, and redemption. (2 Cor. 13:14; Deut. 6:4; 1 Tim. 2:5;

    Heb. 1:8-10; Acts 5:3-4; Jn. 10:36)


        A. GOD THE FATHER We believe that there is only one living and true         God, infinite in every excellence; that in the unity of the Godhead         there are three personal distinctions: The Father, the Son, and the         Holy Spirit – yet one in substance and equal in every divine perfection.         (Ex. 20: 2-3; 1 Cor. 8:6; 1 Jn. 5:7)


        B. GOD THE SON We believe in the absolute Diety of the Son, the         Lord Jesus Christ; that He was divine as no other man can be, existing         from all eternity, co-equal with the Father and the Spirit; that He never         ceased to be God for one instant and that His humiliation did not         consist in laying aside His deity; that as man He was miraculously         begotten of the Holy Ghost and born of the Virgin Mary. (Jn. 1:1, 2:1;         5:20; Matt. 1:20; Luk. 1:26-38)


        C. GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine         Person, equal with the Father and Son and of the same substance and         nature; that He convicts of sin, righteousness and judgment, bears         witness to the truth, is the Agent of the New Birth and that He seals,         endues, guides, teaches, witnesses to, sanctifies, and helps the         believer, indwelling every true Child of God (2 Cor. 13:14;

        Jn. 13:16-17; Rom. 8:14-27)


3. SATAN


    We believe in the distinct personality of Satan, that he is the unholy god     of this age, author of all powers of darkness and sin, and is destined to     the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire. (Matt. 4:1-3;

    2 Cor. 4:4; Rev. 20:10)


4. CREATION


    We believe that God created the heavens and the earth, including all life     "each after its own kind," by direct act, and not by the process of     evolution. (Gen. 1:2; Col. 1:16-17; Jn. 1:1-3)


5. ANGELS


    We believe that angels are created, spirit-beings of various ranks and     orders. This company of everlasting beings are superhuman in intelligence     and strength. They were created holy and good but due to sin many fell     from their holy estate and are now confirmed in wickedness. Those who     reserved their integrity are God's messengers, executing the Lord's     purpose, whereas the fallen angels execute Satan's desires in hindering     God's work and afflicting God's people. (2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 6; Mat. 4:6;

    Neh. 9:6; Col. 1:16; Psa. 104:4; Acts 5:19; Psa. 148: 2, 5; Isa. 14;

    Eze. 28; Heb. 1:14)


6. THE FALL OF MAN


    We believe that man, in the person of the first Adam, was created in     innocence but voluntary transgression fell into sin, thus plunging the     whole race into condemnation and death, so that now all mankind is born     in sin, shaped in iniquity and are become willful sinners with the first     expression of personal choice, and are without excuse before God.

    (Gen. 3; Rom. 5:10-19)


7. THE ATONEMENT FOR SIN


    We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the     mediatorial offices of the Son of God, who by the appointment of the     Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin, honored the     divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and     vicarious atonement for our sins. His atonement consisted not in setting     us an example by His death as a place, the Just dying for the Unjust;     Christ, the Lord, bearing our sin in His own body on the cross. Having risen     from the dead, He is now enthroned in Heaven, and is in every way     qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and an all-sufficient Savior.     (Eph. 2:8; Acts 15:11; Rom. 3:24; Joh. 3:16; Mat. 18:11; Phil. 2:7;

    Heb. 2:14; Isa. 53:4-7; Rom. 3:25; 1 Joh. 4:10; 1 Cor. 15:3; 2 Cor. 5:21)


8. SALVATION BY GRACE


    We believe that faith in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ is the     only condition of salvation from sin and this salvation is wholly by grace;     that no works, however good, make that salvation more secure.

    (Acts 16:31; Eph. 2:-9; Tit. 3:5-7; Rom. 10:9-13) We believe that all who     take Christ as their Savior are born from above and are eternally secure in     Christ. (Joh. 10:28-29; Rom. 8:35-39; Phil. 1:6)


9. JUSTIFICATION


    It is the act of God whereby He declares the believer righteous in Christ.     The declaration is based upon the atoning work of Christ in meeting all of     the requirements of God's righteousness. (Rom. 3:26, 28, 5:1)


10. SANCTIFICATION


    We believe that in position, believers are eternally set apart unto God by     redemption "through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all"     (Heb. 10:9-10). Positionally, therefore, believers are complete in Christ     from the moment of believing through Justification. (Col. 2:10; Rom. 5:1)     In experience, the believer is being sanctified by the work of the Holy     Spirit through the Scriptures. In consummation, the believer's complete     sanctification awaits the appearing of the Lord. (1 Cor. 6:11; 1 Thes.

    5:23-24; 1 Tim. 4:5; 1 Thes. 4:3; 2 Pet. 3:18; Heb. 10:9-10; Phil. 1:1;

    Heb. 3:1; Eph. 5:27)


11. THE CHURCH


        A. We believe that the Church is a New Testament institution;         unknown to the Old Testament prophets; established by Jesus Christ,         who is its sole Head; revealed through the holy Apostle; empowered         and perpetuated by the Holy Spirit; His "body" for service and His         "bride" for glory. It began with the New Testament saints and will be         consummated at the coming of Christ in the Rapture. (Mat. 16:18;         Acts 1:3, 2:1-13, 41-47, 15:14; Rom. 16:26; 1 Cor. 12:12-28;

        Eph. 1:22-23, 3:21, 5:23-33; 1 Thes 4:13-16)


        B. We believe that the Church universal is manifested through the local         church which is a congregation of immersed believers, associated by         covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the         ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; exercising the gifts, rights         and privileges invested in it by His work; that its officers are bishops         (or pastors) and deacons; that it has the absolute right of

        self-government only to Christ, and that in all matters of church         membership, policy, government, member discipline and benevolence         the will of the local church is final.


12. THE ORDINANCES


    We believe that there are two church ordinances: Baptism and the Lord's     Supper.


        A. BAPTISM

        Those professing saving faith in Jesus Christ as personal Savior shall, by         the pastor or some person authorized by the church, be immersed in         water one time in accordance with Scriptural teaching. Immersion shall         be a prerequisite to church membership. (Acts 8:35-39; Rom. 6:5;

        Acts 2:1, 42; Mat. 3:16-17; 28:19, Mark 16:16; Jn. 3:23; Col. 2:12)


        B. LORD'S SUPPER

        We believe that the Lord's Supper is the commemoration of His death         until He comes again, and should be preceded always by sincere

        self-examination, that it is service of identification in which the use of         unleavened bread represents the body of Christ and the fruit of the         vine represents His precious blood which was given for mankind, for         the remission of sins. The Lord's Supper (Communion) shall normally be         served by the pastor (or some person designated by the church) and         the deacons. The pastor shall explain the meaning and the importance         of the ordinance and the Scriptural order which places salvation as the         prerequisite to communion and shall explain the importance of coming         to the Lord's Table in fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ. The pastor         and/or deacons will determine the frequency for observing communion.         (1 Cor. 11:23-32; Mat. 26:26-29; Mar. 14:22-25; Luk. 22:17-20)


13. PROPHETIC EVENTS


        A. THE RAPTURE

        Berean Baptist believes in the pre-millenial, pretribulational view         concerning our Lord's return. We believe that His return is imminent.         (1 Thes. 4:13-18; 1 Cor. 15:51-53; Rev. 3:10)


        B. THE REVELATION

        We believe that when Christ comes in the Rapture it will be invisible.         When He returns the second time, He will be visible to the whole         world. He will come as Lord and King of the Earth.

        (Rev. 19:11-16; Psa. 2)


        C. THE JUDGMENTS

            a. The Judgment of the Believer – This will take place at the             Judgment seat of Christ. The Believer's works will be judged and             rewards will be given for faithful and sincere service.

            (2 Cor. 5:10; 1 Cor. 3:13-16)


            b. The Judgment of Israel – This seven-year period is called the             "Time of Jacob's Trouble." God will pour judgment on Israel for their             unbelief. (Rev. 6-13…describes the events of this time)


            c. The Great White Throne Judgment – This is the judgment where             all unbelievers will stand before God and will receive the penalty of             eternal punishment in Hell for their rejection of God's Son, Jesus             Christ. (Rev. 20:11-15)


        D. MILLENIAL REIGN OF CHRIST

        We believe that Christ will fulfill the Abrahamic Covenant and will reign         for 1000 years as the Ruler and King of the universe. The evidence of         this reign will be peace and righteousness.

        (Isa. 9:7; Gen. 12:1-3; Psa. 2)


14. HEAVEN


    We believe heaven is a literal place. It is the place of God's abode. It is     the believer's eternal home. It is prepared by our Savior and will be     maintained under His superintendence for all eternity. (Rev. 21;

     Joh. 14:1-3)


15. HELL


    We BELIEVE THAT Hell is a literal place. It is a place where those who     reject Christ will be separated from God for all eternity. It is a place of     pain, torment and agony and darkness forever. (Rev. 20:12-16;

    Mat. 13:41-42)


16. ALCHOHOLIC BEVERAGES


    We believe that partaking of alcoholic beverages is contrary to sound     biblical teaching and that the use of alcoholic beverages has caused more     physical, mental, and spiritual destruction to humanity than any other     drug. The believer's body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which should     yield at all times to the Lord. Christian believers should not defile their     bodies and bring reproach to their lives and to the testimony of Christ and     His Church by the drinking of alcoholic beverages, which greatly pervert     the functions of the body mind and morals. We, therefore, believe in total     abstinence from alcoholic beverages, which, both specifically and in     principle, is not only a sound Biblical position, but also the only practical     position for God's people. (Pro. 23:29-34; Eph. 5:18; 1 Thes. 5:22)


17. ECCLESIASTICAL ASSOCIATIONS


        A. Berean Baptist maintains the right to fellowship with all brethren and         assemblies that are of like Faith and Doctrine.


        B. Berean Baptist Church will not fellowship nor encourage fellowship         with the national Council of Churches or the World Council of Churches.


18. CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE GROUPS


    Because most of these groups are revolutionary in purpose and because     of increasing attacks on churches and church services, Berean Baptist will     take the following steps to deal with those who would seek to disrupt or     interfere with the Worship Services of this assembly:


        A. The Pastor will inform the group that a Worship Service is in session         and that is the sole purpose and that interruption of worship will not         be tolerated.


        B. If interruption continues, the Pastor will inform the group that the         Pastor and Board of Deacons would be willing to meet with the group         and discuss any problems or grievances but that the meeting would be         held at a different time outside our regular scheduled services.


        C. If neither of the first two steps are accepted, then the Pastor will         inform the group or person that the proper authorities will be         contacted to deal lawfully with the group.


19. CHARISMATIC MOVEMENT


    Berean Baptist Church will not receive into its membership anyone who     holds to the Charismatic Doctrine such as (tongues, faith healing, etc) or     anyone who is sympathetic to the Charismatic Movement. We believe

    that this doctrine is not taught in the Word of God and can bring

    problems in the life of young believers.


20. CHURCH MUSIC


    Ps. 98:1, I Pet. 1:14-15, I Chron. 16:29, II Chron. 5:13-15,

    II Chron. 23:13, Eph. 5:19, Col. 3:16, Heb. 2:12


        A. Music in the church is primarily for the worship and praise of God and         the biblical edification of the church, not for entertainment or         evangelism. The goal of music is to unify the church's praising and         glorifying of God so that the worship offered Him is acceptable and He         will bless by further revealing Himself and enabling each member for         expanded service.


        B. Music has great moral value, both in sound and lyrics, either tearing         down or building up our appreciation for the things of God and hence         our godliness. It is not neutral (amoral) but can be for good or evil.


        C. Church music must be godly in nature: a "new song" reflecting the         person, character, and work of God and the new man created by God         in the likeness of Christ; appealing first to the mind and spirit on the         basis of biblical themes in spirit, intent, and content. It must not reflect         our old master Satan or our former way of life under him. It will not be         sensual or man-centered but will be the opposite of, distinct and         separated from, that which expresses the spirit and desire of the world         and our flesh, which are at enmity with God.


21. Marriage


    Whereas God has condemned all sexual relationships outside of marriage,     (1 Cor. 5.9-13,9,15-18) and in addition there are numerous Scriptures     which forbid and condemn homosexuality, both amongst men and     women, and that no marriage apart from that of man and woman, male     and female has ever been acceptable in the history of civilization, and that     even in the natural animal world there is no such evidence of such     relationships, we at Berean Baptist Church stand on the biblical truth that     a marriage is between one man and one woman. (Lev. 18.22; 20.13;     Mark 10.6-9; Romans 1.26-28, 32; 1 Cor. 6.9-11, 7.2; 1 Tim 1.10-11.     Jude v. 7.)


Baptist Distinctives:


    Biblical Authority (II Tim. 2:15-17, Matt. 4:4)

    Autonomony of the Local Church (Eph. 1:22-23)

    Priesthood of all believers (I Tim. 2:4-5, Heb. 10:4-13)

    Two Ordinances: Baptism by single immersion and the Lord's Supper

        (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41; Acts 8:21 & 38; I Corinthians 11:23-31)

    Imminent return of Christ (I Thes. 4:13-17, Matt. 24)

    Separation of church and state (Eph. 5:24; Acts 5:29; Matt. 2:21)

    Two Scriptural offices: Pastor and Deacon

        (Eph. 4:11; Acts 20:28; I Tim. 3; Acts 6)

    Saved (born again) membership (Acts 2:41, II Corinthians 6:14-15)


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