All About Berean
Independent Sovereign Grace Baptist Church
About our Berean name
Why we chose the name Berean for our assembly. Berean is just a noun used to
describe a person from Berea or an adjective to describe the character of
the place or people. The name Berea means well watered so no great
significance there. The reason is the statement the scriptures make of the
Jews at Berea. Acts 17:11
“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the
word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether
those things were so.”
It is their, noble spirit and reliance on
the authority of Holy Scriptures to confront all that is presented to them,
this attracts us to this name. It is our desire that God would by this name
remind us to ask, “What does the Bible say?” in all things. After all that
is all that will matter in the end.
About our Baptist
not ashamed to be associated with the people that are called Baptist. This
does not mean we agree with everything that has been done by those that have
called themselves Baptist. We also would state that not everyone that calls
themselves Baptist are truly so. The Baptist name will at least let the
seeking public know somewhat of what we believe, such as grace alone for
salvation, perseverance of the saints (Once saved always saved), and
congregational rule, just to name a few.
About our use of the
When we use the term church what do we
mean? The Greek word ecclesia that is translated into church basically means
a called out assembly. Though all Christians are called out, they all will
never be assembled this side of heaven, which restricts them of being called
an ecclesia. If you call all Christians an ecclesia you destroy the
definition of ecclesia. Now we do believe that all saints shall one day be
assembled on the other side of glory and rightfully be called a church
(assembly, an ecclesia) a visible one I might add. Yet on this side of glory
the only church that is known in scriptures is that of a local visible
assembly. Sometimes the Bible does use the term ecclesia in an institutional
since and possibly a few suggestions of that glory church, but very rarely.
So when we use the term church we mean a local visible assembly.
use the term independent to describe our church. This term does not mean
that we are not dependent upon our Lord and Saviour, nor does it mean we are
not reliant on sister churches of like faith for carrying out the great
commission. It just means we are not under any ecclesiastical authority, nor
tied to any conventions, boards, clearing houses, or man made fellowships in
our mission endeavors.
About our sovereign
are a Sovereign Grace Baptist Church, which basically means that
we as a church believe that every
aspect of saving grace is ordered by a Sovereign God. This would include the
grace that chooses, the grace that calls, the grace that regenerates, and
the grace that keeps you.
About our mission
believe that, the “Great Commission” recorded in Matthew 28 is binding on
all local churches. We believe it to the point that if we were the only
church left on earth it would be our responsibility alone to go into all the
world and preach the gospel to every creature, as it was to the church at
Jerusalem. What an overwhelming thought, what an insurmountable burden to
bear. Outside of God’s sovereign grace how could it be met? Though we are a
Sovereign Grace Baptist Church we are not fatalist. We believe God ordained
the beginning and the end and all the means to get from alpha to omega. It
is with this assurance that we go forth and preach to all men, that God will
save, and he will use men to accomplish it. It is our desire and hope that
he will use us. All our mission endeavors must be able to accomplish the
requirements of Matthew 28. That is to preach the gospel and baptize the
converts and to organize them into a church for their indoctrination. The
only God ordained institution that has the authority to do this is a local
New Testament Church.
About our ministries
All our ministries are goaled
for the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry. Ephesians 4 is
clear that this is the purpose of the existence of the church and its
ministries. Our ministries are not just for a social gathering but for
spiritual training for spiritual battle. Our ministries are not of a
political nature; we walk in the flesh but we do not war after the flesh. We
are not working for this kingdom, but the kingdom to come. Our ministries to
this kingdom, is to live a holy life and to pray for those in power, and
obey its law that do not conflict with God’s word.
About our worship
We firmly believe that worship
should be a vital part of every church service. After all, our Lord is
worthy of all our praise. That is basically what worship means: “thou art
worthy”. With this in mind our services are designed to give God all the
praise and adoration, for all that has or will be done.
About our music
We are not here to entertain
anyone. We do distinguish between sacred music and entertainment. So our
music will be of the traditional worship type. We do believe music is a
vital part of our worship, but it is not the focus of our worship, that
would be, the preaching of God’s word.
About our dress
We believe that Biblical
Christian dress is to be descent and modest apparel. That it should not be
to draw attention to ourselves, or to cause anyone to stumble.
About our fellowship
the fellowship that God has provided to us, first and foremost with him,
this church and then with our Christian family. However we do not walk hand
in hand with those Christians to whom we have major doctrinal differences,
or with those who we believe to be in grave doctrinal error. How shall we
walk lest we agree? We believe that a church is an assembly of baptized
believers that are covenanted together in faith and practice. That in this
assembly alone is our members to enjoy the blessings of communion at the
Lord’s Table. It is not a Christian communion, but a church communion.
Though we believe in the autonomy of every church, we do exercise the right
to cooperate with sister churches of like faith and practice in carrying out
the Great Commission. This cooperation is the ultimate and final decision of
this congregation based upon its leadership of the Lord.
About our church
We believe in congregational
rule, which is to say as we pray and seek the leadership of our Lord that he
will direct us. That his leadership will lead to a majority decision for or
against as he has led. That it is the Christian duty if all possible of the
minority, to submit to the majority for the sake of unity of the assembly.
We believe that the Pastor and Deacons are leaders in the congregation and
that their offices are to be held with high regard, but they are not to lord
over God’s congregation.
Our Berean Creed
All on the alter
of truth we lay, for we have no sacred cows among us. May our nobility be
defined in the way that we pursue the truth, for we believe that thy word is
truth. Now grant to us the noble spirit of the Bereans, that we may
diligently search the scriptures to see that it is so, and may you grant to
us this hour thy Spirit of Truth which will lead us into all truth. Now all
glory be to the Father, through the Church, by Christ Jesus.
Our Five Rules for
Engagement of the Truth
Always the pursuit of the truth
Always an open mind.
Always the Christian spirit.
Always the integrity and courage to accept the truth.
Always a humble spirit in possessing the truth