Berea Baptist Church was established in 2007 to model a return to diligent study of God’s Word, and an authentic preaching that is expository in content and passionate in delivery, enabling a full expression of biblical faith in practical Christian living.
Berea’s effort is directed at correcting such mistakes in contemporary ministry that are human-centered in worship, preaching, spirituality and faith expression. Thus, we marshal our efforts at Berea with intentional commitment to the prayerful pursuit of God’s renewing grace in reformation and revival.
Each individual member must be in full agreement with the following doctrinal confession. “I declare that I am a Christian, and that I believe in:
The inspiration by the Holy Spirit of the Old and New Testaments as originally given in 66 books, and as the complete Word of God and its supreme authority for belief and life; together like-minded believers,
We affirm therefore, that the Bible is the inspired word of God and our basis for faith and practice. That the Bible is God's word which reveals his mind concerning the need and method of human redemption, that it was written by men who were divinely and uniquely inspired, and that it is perfect and absolutely trustworthy and is the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct (2 Timothy 3:16 & 17; Luke 24:44; 2 peter 1:21).
In a world of no absolutes, God’s Word stands as absolute truth to be known and applied in every area of life. Scripture is the very foundation upon which the church is built and comprises not only the content of the message that the church proclaims but also the methods by which the church operates.
The authority of Scripture means that all the words of Scripture are God’s words in such a way that to disbelieve or disobey any word of Scripture is to disbelieve or disobey God. Since Scripture is the very Word of God, its message is absolutely authoritative for life and godliness (2 Pet 1:3).
The implications of 2 Timothy 3:16-17 are astounding, in asserting that the Word of God is sufficient for all areas of life and ministry. The sufficiency of Scripture demands that individuals and their ministries be devoted to Scripture, demanding all obedience and belief; affections and shared understanding.
We believe in God who exists as one in essence though distinct in personality (Deut. 6:14; Isaiah 45:21-22; Jeremiah 10:10; John 1:1-13; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Cor. 13:14). We believe in the Trinity: deity of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit; There is one and only one true God who is living, self-existent, eternal, and infinite in every excellence.
We believe in the incarnation, death, resurrection, ascension, and the second advent of the Lord Jesus Christ and the universal sufficiency of his atoning death. Absolution of sin is through Christ our high priest alone who is God; and we affirm the individual priesthood of the believer.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is God, and that His work in man is to convict him of sin, of righteousness, and of judgement and regenerate, indwell, sanctify, comfort, and fill those who believe in Jesus Christ (John 16:7-13; Ephesians 5:18; 1 Corinthians 3:16)
We believe in the depravity of man’s Fall and failure before God, and the singular necessity of the Holy Spirit’s work as the only means of regeneration and sanctification in the believer; we believe in Fall of man making all men sinners by nature and by choice, and the consequent need for redemption.
We believe that "God so loved the world he gave his only begotten son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life." Therefore those who personally receive Christ as their Lord and Saviour will rejoice forever in God's presence and those who refuse to accept Christ as such shall be separated from God both now and forever in everlasting torment of hell (Romans 5:12; John 1:12, 3:36; Revelation 20:15)
We believe in the eternal salvation of the saved and the eternal punishment of the lost; the free justification by faith in Christ alone of every sinner who believes in and receives him as personal Lord and Saviour; and a present conscious assurance of salvation; holiness of heart and life and the full provision of this in Christ Jesus, and good works as proof and result of saving faith.
That the Church is a living, spiritual body of which Christ Jesus is the head and of which all saved persons are members. A visible church is composed of regenerate believers voluntarily united together for worship, edification, and the work of God’s Kingdom. We affirm that in conformity with New Testament practice, believers should congregate together in localized places all over the world, of which our Church is one. The formation of the church, the Body of Christ, began on the Day of Pentecost and will be completed at the coming of Christ for His own at the rapture.
God has commissioned the church to persuade a lost world to accept Jesus Christ as Saviour and to recognize Him as the enthroned King. Human betterment and social improvement are essential products of the gospel and should be actively pursued by all churches and believers (1 Corinthians 12:1-3; Colossians 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:2; Matthew 28:1)
That all who put their faith in Jesus Christ are immediately placed by the Holy Spirit into one united spiritual Body, the church, of which Christ is the Head. We affirm that the purpose of the church is to glorify God by building its members up in the faith, by instruction of the Word, by fellowship, by keeping the ordinances, and by advancing and communicating the gospel to the entire world.
We believe that each local church is independent and self-governing under the dictates of the Word of God, and that the church and state are intended by God to be separate entities (Mathew 22:21; 2 Corinthians 1:24; 6: 2-7:1).
That the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day and is especially honoured in the work of God, being the day that our Lord Jesus Christ rose up from the dead, appeared to his disciples, and gave the Holy Spirit. On this day, churches in the New Testament observed the Lord’s Supper and on it we are directed to lay aside our means as God has prospered us (1 Cor. 16).
That notwithstanding, we do not believe that we are under a Sabbath law regarding it. We affirm that, because of the honour bestowed upon it in the Scriptures, God desires us to set it apart as a day of corporate worship in order to honour him (Revelation 1:10; Mark 16:9; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2; Acts 20:7; Colossians 2:16-17).
We affirm the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the unsaved; the saved unto the resurrection to eternal life and the unsaved unto the resurrection of eternal damnation.
We believe in the joyful anticipation of Christ’s return. That our Lord Jesus Christ shall return and we shall be caught up with him in the air, and so we shall forever be with the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:5, 52)
We believe that Satan is the enemy of both man and God and that he exists and seeks unlawful dominion through the overthrow of God's beneficial rule (Genesis 3:1-14; Ezekiel 28:13-19; John 8:44; Revelation 12:9, 20:2).
Having been, as we trust, brought by divine grace to embrace the Lord Jesus Christ, and to give ourselves wholly to him, we do now solemnly and joyfully covenant with each other to walk together with him in brotherly love to his glory as our common Lord. We do, therefore, in his strength, engage:
That we will exercise a Christian care and watchfulness over each other and faithfully warn, exhort, and admonish each other, as occasion may require.
That we will not forsake the assembling of ourselves together but will uphold the public worship of God and the ordinances of his house.
That we will practice personal and family devotions at home and make certain of the teaching of our children and those under our care in the things of God, for the service of Christ, and for the enjoyment of heaven.
That as we are the light of the world and the salt of the earth, we will seek divine aid to enable us to walk as Christ would have us in this world, that we may win the souls of men.
That we will cheerfully contribute our property, according to the measure God has prospered us, for the maintenance of a faithful and evangelical ministry among us, for the support of him who has called us out of darkness into his marvellous light.
And may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make us perfect in every good work to do his will working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom be the glory forever and ever.
Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord by which those who have repented and come to faith express their union with Christ in His death and resurrection, by being immersed in water in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
It is a sign of belonging to the new people of God, the true Israel, and an emblem of burial and cleansing, signifying death to the old life of unbelief, and purification from the pollution of sin. That is what we believe the Bible teaches.
Child dedication is a symbolic ceremony undertaken by Christian parents soon after the birth of a child. Some churches perform these ceremonies en masse and have several couples and children participating at the same time.
The rite is intended to be a public statement by the parents that they will train their children in the Christian faith and seek to instill that faith in them.
The congregation often responds through responsive reading or some other method to affirm that they, as a church family, will also seek to encourage the parents to bring up the child in the faith. There is no implied salvation in the ceremony and it varies from church to church.
We teach that the Bible is God's written revelation to man,
and thus the 66 books of the Bible given to us by the Holy Spirit constitute the plenary (inspired equally in all parts)
Word of God (1 Cor. 2:7-14; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
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