Berean Baptist Church is a Baptist church because of a few simple but defining Biblical distinctives. We feel it is
important to uphold Biblical traits that would help clarify what kind of church we are. The word Baptist simply means
we believe in:
Biblical authority in all matters of faith and practice-
You will not find visions, revelations, tongues, or extra Biblical "messages from God" at Berean Baptist Church.
II Timothy 3:16, 17
II Peter 1:21
Autonomy or self-governing power of the local church-
Our church is completely self-governed outside of a denomination.
I Timothy 3:15
Priesthood of believers
Every believer has equal and instant access to God. This means that each believer is his own priest and has direct
access to God's truth and God's will for his life.
I Timothy 2:5,6
Two officers within the church-
The Berean Baptist Church has two offices of leadership - Pastors and Deacons. Scripture refers to the office of pastor
with the terms of elder, bishop, and pastor. It is the responsibility of the Pastors to serve the church by leading, teaching,
and overseeing the church work. It is the responsibility of deacons to serve the church family through assisting with care and
the provision of special needs.
I Timothy 3:1-13
I Peter 5:1-4
Individual Soul Liberty-
Every man and woman must choose personally to come to Christ.
Separation of Church and State
The state should not have the power to intervene in the free expression of religious liberty.
We practice two simple ordinances at BBC - baptism and the Lord's table (communion). These ordinances have no part in
salvation and only serve as pictures of what Christ did for us.
I Corinth 11:23-24
Security of the Believer
Salvation is a gift from God that cannot be taken away. When a person is saved, he is always saved. Nothing can separate him
from eternal life in Christ and he can live with full assurance of Heaven as his future home.
I Peter 1:3-5
To maintain a commitment to the clear teaching of God's Words without compromise, Berean Baptist Church does not support the
National Council of Churches, the World Council of Churches, the National Association of Evangelicals, the Charismatic movement
(includes tongues movement, etc.), Ecumenical evangelism, Liberalism, or Modernism.
II Thessalonians 3:6