Purpose and Beliefs

Our Purpose
The purpose of Berean Baptist Church can be summed up in the Great Commission given by Christ right before He ascended into heaven.  

Matthew 28:18  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.  

Jesus’ last command should be our highest priority.  Everything the church does should be centered around the Great Commission.  As we study the book of Acts it becomes very evident that their main priority was preaching the Gospel, baptizing converts, and teaching them the Word of God.  Our purpose is to fulfill the command given to the church by our Lord and Saviour.

At Berean Baptist Church, we have emphasized the purpose in our three-point Mission Statement.

1.  To Exalt the Saviour — Worshipping Jesus Brings Fulfillment

The Greatest Command.  Our goal is to teach people to love the Lord Jesus Christ.  At Berean Baptist Church we lift up the name of Christ and believe that if an individual will love Christ inwardly then outward conformity will follow.  When asked what the greatest commandment was Jesus responded by saying, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.”  Matthew 22:37.  The purpose of the church is to cultivate a love for Christ in the heart of those who attend our services.  

2.  To Evangelize the Sinner — Witnessing for Jesus Brings Fruit

The Great Commission.  Our goal is to fulfill the commission given to us by our founder.  Christ told the church to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature, Matthew 16:15.  Berean Baptist Church’s goal is to win the lost at any cost, to tell a lost and dying world about a risen Saviour, and to share the love of Christ in a world of hatred.  

3. To Exhort the Saint — Walking with Jesus Brings Fellowship

The Great Conclusion.  We want to encourage people to know Christ and love Christ so that they may have a relationship with the Lord Jesus.  As an individual attends church and hears the preaching and teaching of God’s Word they begin to get closer in their relationship with the Lord and they begin to become more like Christ.  

Our Name
People ask us on a consistent basis what our name means.  What is a Berean?  You will find the Bereans mentioned in Acts 17.        

Act 17:10-11  And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. 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.

The people of Berean were more noble than those in Thessalonica.  Why?  1.  Because they received the Word of God.  They did not just hear the Word of God, but they received it.  They desired to know what God said and to apply it to their lives.  2.  With all readiness of mind.  Their action of receiving was wonderful, but also their attitude of receiving.  They received the Word of God with eagerness and anticipation.  They loved God’s Word!  3.  They searched the scriptures.  We are told to study to show ourselves approved unto God.  The Bereans were noted as people who searched the scriptures.  They did not just take a man’s word for it.  They searched for themselves and were constantly digging into God’s Word.  4.  They searched the scriptures daily.  They were not hit and miss Christians.  They did their devotions and personal Bible studies every single day.  We need our daily bread from God’s Word.  

What does Berean mean?  Berean means that we desire to be a church that makes the bible its sole authority for faith and practice.  The Bible is our guidebook for life.  We do not change the Bible at Berean Baptist church, but the Bible sure does change us.  At Berean Baptist Church you will not hear the Bible corrected, but you will hear the Bible proclaimed.  We believe the Bible is God’s inerrant, infallible Word and it has the answers for all of life’s questions.  At Berean Baptist Church we love God’s Word and study God’s Word and allow God’s Word to change our lives.

Our Beliefs