April 02, 2020 | Governing Documents
What we Believe
This body of believers shall be called the “Berean Bible Church.” We recognize that all born-again persons of all nations throughout the world comprise the Church Universal, which is the body and bride of Christ. According to the teaching of the Word of God there are many local assemblies within the Church Universal, with each local assembly being subjected to the direct headship of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Believers who gather to worship the Living God at the Berean Bible Church shall thereby make up a local assembly.
The objective of this church is the promotion of godly worship; the defense of “the faith once delivered” until He comes; the edification of Christians through the teaching of God’s Word; the salvation of souls; and the worldwide proclamation of the saving grace of God expressed in the shed blood and the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ on Calvary.
Having been born-again by the Spirit of God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ according to the provisions of the abounding grace of God, and being justified on the grounds of the shed blood of Jesus Christ, and acknowledging our willingness to confess Him as our Saviour before men; we do now in the presence of God, the Holy Angels, and this Assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body of Christ. We engage therefore, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this local assembly within the body of Christ in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, disciplines, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully, scripturally, and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the Church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel through all nations by means of our missionaries and fundamental faith missions.
(Ephesians 1:15; 2:6; 5:5-27 / Galatians 5:16-23 / Romans 6:1-14 / Hebrews 4:12; 10:13-14 / I Corinthians 6:19-20 / II Corinthians 3:18; 6:14-17; 7:1 / II Peter 3:18)
The Doctrinal Basis
The Scriptural doctrines which every member believes and accepts are briefly contained in the Articles of Faith:
- The Holy Scriptures. We believe that the Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God, His revelation to man, inerrant in the original writings; and that it is, therefore, the supreme and final authority in all matters of doctrine, faith, and life.
(II Timothy 3:16-17)
- The Trinity of the God-Head.We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- The Pre-Existence, Deity, and Incarnation of Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus Christ eternally existed with the Father and the Holy Spirit; that in His incarnation was begotten by the Holy Spirit; born of the virgin Mary, and is true God and true man.
(John 1:1-19 / I Tim. 3:16)
- The Creation and Fall of Man. We believe that man was created in the image of God; that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from God; that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, and are totally depraved; that those who reach moral responsibility become sinners in thought, word and deed, and must be born-again to be accepted of God.
(Romans 5:12; 3:10 & 23 /John 3:1-21)
- The Death, Resurrection, and Ascension of Jesus Christ. We believe that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and a substitutionary sacrifice; and that all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood. We believe that He arose bodily from the dead on the third day in the same body in which He suffered and died. We also believe that our Lord ascended into Heaven; that He is now seated on the right hand of the Father and is our High Priest and Divine Advocate with the Father. We believe that by His finished work on the Cross and His unceasing ministry of intercession in glory, Jesus Christ has procured for every believer Eternal Redemption, Eternal Salvation, and Everlasting Life.
(Romans 5:9 / I Corinthians 15:3 & 4 / John 3:16; 20:27 / Mark 16:19 / Hebrews 5:9; 7:25; 8:1; 9:12 / I John 2:1)
- The Personality and Ministry of the Holy Spirit. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person; that He convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; that He regenerates the sinner by the Word of God; that He permanently indwells the Church and the body of each believer. He seals, enlightens, instructs, and guides every born-again person, and is the efficient power for godly living, Christian service, and spiritual worship.
(John 3:5-7; 14:16,17, 26; 16:7-15 / I Peter 1:23 / Ephesians 4:30)
- The Nature of the Church. We believe that the Church of Jesus Christ was begun at Pentecost when the Holy Spirit descended from Heaven and came into the Church; that it is composed solely of born-again people who have been called out from among the Jews and Gentiles to become the body and bride of our Lord. Christ glorified in Heaven is its Head; and the Holy Spirit on earth is the active agent of the God-Head, whoever seeks within its ranks, to bring about conformity and obedience to the Word of God and the will of God. Being one body unites believers to each other and all to Christ; and its chief purpose of existence is to evangelize the world and complete itself through the winning of lost souls to Christ.
(Mark 16:15 / Acts 1:8; Acts 2; 15:14 / Romans 1:16 / Ephesians 5:23-24 / I Corinthians 12:12-13)
- Ordinances. We believe the two ordinances that Christians are commanded to observe are water baptism and the Lord’s Supper. While recognizing that water baptism has no saving merit, it is our conviction that after one is saved, water baptism is the next step in order to portray to the world the believer’s union with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. It is our conviction that the scriptural method of water baptism is immersion. We believe that water baptism by immersion is to be observed but once and is a sign of identification and testimony to newness of life. We believe that Jesus Christ instituted the Lord’s Supper to commemorate His death until He comes. The Lord’s Supper is to be observed often as a memorial of the sacrificed body and shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(Romans 6:4 / Colossians 2:9-13 / I Corinthians 11:23-33)
- Our Lord’s Second Advent. We believe in the Blessed Hope, the personal, pre-millennial, pre-tribulational and imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, which is known as the Rapture of the Church. We also believe in the personal, visible, and glorious return of Christ to the earth with His saints at the end of the Great Tribulation. This phase of His coming is known as the Revelation of Jesus Christ. When He returns to the earth with His saints, we believe that Jesus Christ will then establish His millennial Kingdom and will reign for one thousand years.
(Titus 2:13 / I Thessalonians 4:13-17 / John 14:3 / Revelation 19:11-21; 20:1-6)
- Israel’s Place in God’s Program. We believe that “the gifts and calling of God are without repentance” and therefore His covenant people, Israel, now blind and scattered, shall be redeemed and re-gathered to the land of promise, which is Palestine, and under the personal and millennial reign of Christ upon David’s throne in Jerusalem, shall become the head of nations; and “the Gentiles shall come to their light and kings to the brightness of their rising.”
(Romans 11:25-29 / Psalm 72 / Isaiah 60:3)
- The Resurrection of the Dead. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just at the Rapture, and of the unjust at the end of time.
(John 5:28:29 / I Thessalonians 4:16 / I Corinthians 15:51-57 / Revelation 20:11-15)
- The Eternal State of the Saved and the Lost. We believe in Heaven and Hell. Heaven is the place of eternal conscious joy for all who receive Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Hell is the place of eternal conscious punishment in the Lake of Fire for all who reject Jesus Christ and those dying in their sin.
(John 8:24; 14:1-6 / Psalm 9:17; 16:11 / Philippians 1:21-23 / II Thessalonians 1:7-9 / Revelation 20:10-15)
- The Personality of Satan. We believe that Satan is a personal being, a fallen angel, prince of demons, the god of this age, the great enticer and deceiver, the adversary of Christ and His people, the accuser of the brethren, whose end is in the Lake of Fire.
(Isaiah 14:12-15 / Ezekiel 28:12-19 / Matthew 25:41 / II Corinthians 4:3-4 / I Peter 5:8 / Revelation 12:9-10; 20:10)
- Separation and Sanctification. We believe that the Scriptures clearly teach non-conformity to the world for every believer; that born-again people should be separated from the world unto Christ; that it is clearly commanded of God that all believers should live lives of separation from all worldly and sinful practices; and to be holy as He is holy. We believe that positional sanctification occurs at the moment of regeneration; and that practical sanctification is to be progressive throughout the entire life span of a believer on earth. God’s provision for holy living is in the believer’s identification with Christ in His death, resurrection and ascension, the indwelling person and power of the Holy Spirit, and the believer’s yieldedness to Him, and by the powerful Word of God. (John 17:17 / Colossians 1:13; 3:1) We also engage to maintain family and private devotion; to bring up our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord; to seek the salvation of our kindred, our acquaintances, our enemies, and all children and adults within and beyond this Assembly
Through the provision that God has made for victorious Christian living, it shall be our desire to abstain from fleshly lusts that war against the soul, and to live a life of separation from sinful and worldly practices, with a desire to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Through the love of Christ, we will put away from us all bitterness and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking - and be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven us. We recognize that the outstanding evidence of the Christian life is love, according to the words of our blessed Lord when He said, “By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye have love one for another.” (John 13:35)
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the commands of our Savior, to secure it without delay. And this we do depending entirely upon the aid of our Heavenly Father, who so loved the world that He gave His only Son for our salvation, and Jesus Christ our Savior, who has redeemed us with His own precious blood, and the indwelling Holy Spirit, our Comforter, Teacher, and Guide.