Beliefs & values

In essential beliefs, we have unity:  There is one Body and one Spirit, there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of all of us. Ephesians 4:4-6

In non-essential beliefs, we have liberty: "Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matter." Romans 14:1 

In all our beliefs, we show charity: "...but if I do not have love, it profits me nothing." 1 Corinthians 13:2

core beliefs and values

  1. We believe God the Father is supreme, the eternal author of everything, expressing love in all He does. Therefore we will continually pursue knowing Him, humbly obey Him, and communicate His heart for people. Genesis 1:1; Psalm 90:2; John 3:16; 1 Corinthians 15:28

  2. We believe Jesus is God and man, the only Savior for every person, and life to his followers. Therefore, we joyfully live out His life, demonstrating His love and telling others about Him. Matthew 28:19-20; John 1:14; John 13:35; Acts 4:12; Hebrews 2:17-18; 1 John 5:12

  3. We believe the Holy Spirit is God, convicting people of sin, leading Jesus' followers into the Truth, equipping and empowering them. Therefore, we will trust Him to transform lives, learn to recognize His voice, and follow His prompting. John 16:8-10, 13; 2 Corinthians 3:3, 18; Galatians 5:25

  4. We believe the Bible is God's word, complete and without error, useful for convicting, teaching, equipping, and sustaining. Therefore, we will proclaim, study, teach, and live under it in order to cultivate Christ's life in everyone. Deuteronomy 8:3; Psalm 12:6; Psalm 18:30; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12

  5. We believe Jesus expresses Himself today through each local gathering of His followers, the church. Therefore, we will work together in love to fulfill His purpose, experiencing Christ's life and expanding His kingdom. Romans 12:4-6; Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 4:11-16; Revelation 2:1, 8, 12, 18

  6. We believe worship is valuing God in attitude and action, responding to Who He has revealed Himself to be. Therefore, by His Spirit, we will celebrate and treasure God, and align every area of life to Him. 1 Chronicles 16:29; Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7; John 4:19-24; Romans 12:1; 1 Corinthians 10:31

  7. We believe prayer is Spirit-directed communication with God, essential for experiencing His peace and unleashing His power. Therefore, we will actively pursue God by living prayer-saturated lives, expecting God to respond. Matthew 7:7-8; Mark 11:24-25; Ephesians 6:18; Philippians 4:6-7; 1 John 5:14-15

statement of faith

  1. BIBLE: We believe the Bible, consisting of both the Old and New Testament Scriptures in their entirety, is the only divinely inspired, inerrant, objectively true, and authoritative written Word of God, and the only infallible rule of faith and practice. The divine inspiration of Scripture extends to each word of the original manuscript but not to the various copies or translations of Scripture. The Bible should be interpreted literally, grammatically, contextually, and historically. Genesis 1-3; Deuteronomy 29:29; John 10:35; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 Corinthians 2:13

  2. GOD: We believe in only one God, the Creator, who is infinite, personal, externally existing in three persons, revealed to us in Scripture as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10; Isaiah 45:22; Matthew 28:19; John 4:24, 5:26; Colossians 1:16-19; 1 Corinthians 8:4

  3. JESUS CHRIST: We believe that Jesus Christ is God the Son who has neither beginning nor ending. He was conceived in the flesh by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is fully God and fully man. Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and arose bodily on the third day. He ascended into heaven and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father as our only mediator, high priest, and advocate. Matthew 1:23-25; John 1:1; John 14:3; Acts 4:12; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 Corinthians 15:20; Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; Hebrews 4:14-16; 1 Peter 2:22

  4. HOLY SPIRIT: We believe the Holy Spirit is God, the third person in the Trinity. He is a person, not a force. The Holy Spirit's ministries include: Convicting all people of sin; calling, regenerating, indwelling, and baptizing believers in the Body of Christ; setting them apart to a holy life; and teaching, keeping, and empowering them day by day. The Holy Spirit distributes spiritual gifts to each believer according to His will. John 3:5-8; Acts 1:8; Acts 5:3-4; Acts 16:7-14; 1 Corinthians 2:9-12; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 12:3-13; 1 Corinthians 12: 28-31; 1 Corinthians 13:8-11; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 1:13-14; Hebrews 2:3-4

  5. HUMAN RACE: We believe that both man and woman were created in the image of God to enjoy a personal relationship with Him. As a result of deliberate disobedience, they fell from their sinless state and they and all their descendants became sinners. Consequently, they cannot save themselves and apart from the grace of God in Jesus Christ, they are condemned to a place of eternal torment. Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 2:7; Matthew 5:20-48; John 3:16-18; Romans 2:6-16; Romans 5:12-21; Romans 6:23; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-9; Revelation 20:13-15

  6. SALVATION: We believe we are saved solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ alone. This salvation was purchased by the substitutionary death and shed blood of Jesus Christ for sinners and is offered to everyone as a free gift. The person who has trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior is eternally secure and can enjoy the assurance of salvation. We believe that at death, believers enter eternal glory and that unbelievers enter eternal torment. Acts 16:31; Acts 20:20-21; Romans 3:28; Romans 10:9; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; John 1:12; John 3:16; John 10:28; Ephesians 2:8-9; Philippians 1:6

  7. SANCTIFICATION: We believe that every believer has been sanctified, set apart with a perfect standing before God. As we yield ourselves to the Holy Spirit, we will experience spiritual growth in holiness, but we will not experience perfection in conduct. Future rewards are determined by our obedience to the Lord. Hebrews 10:10; Philippians 3:12; Romans 6:13-19; 1 Corinthians 3:8

  8. CHURCH: We believe that Christ is the Head of the Church, which is His body. All who have trusted in Him as Savior are members of it. Christians should commit themselves to worship, instruction, fellowship, stewardship, and service in a local church. The church is responsible to represent Jesus Christ in the world through godly living and evangelism. All believers are commanded to participate in two church ordinances, believers' baptism by immersion and the Lord's Supper. Matthew 26:26-29; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 2:19-22; Ephesians 3:6-10; Ephesians 4:11-13; Ephesians 5:23-27; 1 Thessalonians 2:14; Hebrews 10:25; 1 Peter 2:9-10; 1 John 4:17

  9. SATAN: We believe that Satan was created as an angelic being. He became the author of sin, our adversary and accuser, and the great deceiver of the nations. He will finally be overcome by the Lord Jesus Christ and suffer eternal punishment in the lake of fire. Genesis 3:1; Job 1:6-12; Matthew 4:3-11; John 8:44; 2 Corinthians 4:4; 1 John 3:8; 1 John 5:19; Revelation 12:9-10; Revelation 20:10

  10. FUTURE EVENTS: We believe the Lord Jesus Christ will return again in glory to the earth. This will be followed by the final judgment of the wicked in the lake of fire and eternal bliss for God's children in a new heaven and a new earth. John 14:3; Acts 1:7; Acts 1:11; Romans 8:1; 1 Corinthians 15:20; 1 Corinthians 15:23; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Philippians 1:23; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 11:15; Revelation 9:11; Revelation 2:15

additional information

The 10 Statements of Faith are a modified version of the Foundational Beliefs of the Berean Fellowship of Churches.

Click here to see an explanation of the differences between our statement of faith and the Foundational Beliefs of the Berean Fellowship - changes that the pastors and elders at Berean Community Church have made in areas we believe represent non-essentials.