We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, divinely inspired; that it contains no errors in the original manuscripts and preserved by God for us; that it is authoritative for this church and each of us for every age. The Bible is God's written revelation to man, and thus the sixty-six books of the Bible given to us by the Holy Spirit constitute the plenary (inspired equally in all parts) Word of God.
We believe the Holy Spirit is a person, is God, and has all the divine characteristics. He indwells all believers, baptizes and seals them at the moment of salvation. He fills them in response to confession of sin and surrender to Him.
We believe man was directly created by God in His image and likeness. Man was created free of sin with a rational nature, intelligence, volition, self determination, and moral responsibility to God. God's intention in the creation of man was that man should glorify God, enjoy God's fellowship, live his life in the will of God, and by this accomplish God's purpose for man in the world. In Adam's sin of disobedience to the revealed will and Word of God, man lost his innocence; incurred the penalty of spiritual and physical death; became subject to the wrath of God; and became inherently corrupt and utterly incapable of choosing or doing that which is acceptable to God apart from divine grace.
We believe the Genesis account of creation is to be accepted literally, and not allegorically or figuratively. God completed His creative work in six, literal, successive, twenty-four hour days. In this creative process, man was created directly by God and in God’s own image and after His own likeness. Man’s creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of species, or development through long periods of time from lower to higher forms. In addition, all animal and vegetable life was created directly by God and was created to reproduce “after its own kind”.
We believe that Salvation is wholly of God by grace on the basis of the redemption of Jesus Christ, the merit of His shed blood on the cross, and not on the basis of human merit or works. However, to receive salvation one must repent of sin and trust Jesus Christ alone. The true believer is eternally secure and cannot lose his salvation. He may however, lose his joy by sin and bring the loving discipline of the Father upon himself. All who have received Christ will at death depart to be with Christ in their spirits and at Christ’s return receive a new body which will be like His glorious body.
We believe the New Testament church is a local body of baptized believers who have agreed together to worship Jesus Christ, edify the believers, evangelize the lost and minister to others. The church has two ordinances: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the new life we have in Him. The Lord’s Supper is a reminder of Christ’s death and anticipates His Second Coming.
We believe marriage of a man to a woman is the plan of God and sacred in His sight. God hates divorce. He hates it because it always involves unfaithfulness to the solemn covenant of marriage that two partners have entered into before Him, and because it brings harmful consequences to those partners and their children. Divorce in the Scripture is permitted only because of man’s sin. Since divorce is only a concession to man’s sin and is not part of God’s original plan for marriage, all believers should hate divorce as God does and pursue it only when there is no other recourse. With God’s help a marriage can survive the worst sins. The roles of husband, wife, parent, and child are clearly defined in Scripture. The sexual relationship is sacred and fulfilling only within the bonds of marriage, and is condemned outside the marriage relationship. Children are a blessing of God and the responsibility for them rests solely upon the parent. They are to be brought up in loving structured control and conscientious instruction in the truths of God and His principles of life.
The command to give the gospel to the world is clear and unmistakable and this Commission was given to all believers. At Berean, we love our missionaries and missions projects who are working to spread the glorious story of Jesus all over the globe. It is one of our great joys to partner with them as they faithfully sacrifice and serve.
We believe and teach New Testament giving is an obedient act of grace motivated by love, not the letter of the law. 2 Corinthians 9:7 says, “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, [so let him give]; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” God is interested in the heart of the giver and not the amount of the gift.