Berea believes is that the Bible is our only source of authority in matters relating to our Christian walk. We consider it the rule or standard for everything in life. The Bible tells us of God's master plan for our life. From marriage to government, from salvation to worship - the Bible addresses all of it!
We are indebted to people who made the appeal years ago to let scripture be our guide. Berea seeks to be a place that continues to point each other back to scripture. Does scripture have to be interpreted? Yes! Will we always see things exactly the same way? No! But with humility and an open mind and heart we will continue to look at scripture as out only source for all things spiritual!
Jesus claims that He is the way, the truth, and the life! In John 14:1 ff. He makes the bold claim that there is no way to the Father but through Him! Do a casual reading of the New Testament and you will discover that believing in Jesus is key to dealing with our sin problem.
What can you do to have your sins forgiven? That is a very important question and the answer may be easier than you think. First believe in Jesus as the son of God and the solution to your sin problem. (John 3:16, Romans 3:21 ff.) Confessing that Jesus is the son of God is perhaps the most beautiful thing a person can do! Scripture also tells us to repent. Repentance is simply to stop what you are doing and go a different direction. When Peter preached to a group of people who had crucified Jesus they ask what they should do and he told them to repent (Acts 2:36-41). Another beautiful part of our salvation is baptism. What is baptism? Well, the word simply means to immerse or to dip. We are united with Christ in his death and empowered to live a new life in Christ!
We believe that the Holy Spirit is not just important but is essential in our quest to live for Jesus. The Spirit will guide the Apostles into all truth. (John 16:12 ff.) The Spirit will serve to convict us and thus move us into the path God intended (John 16:8)! The Holy Spirit will be God’s presence with us!
When we assemble as a family on Sundays, we participate in communion. Communion was designed by Jesus the night before he faced the cross as a living memorial of His redemptive work on the cross. This unforgettable night would become a regular practice of Christians after Jesus return to heaven (I Corinthians 11:23-26.) Communion is designed for believers as a way to keep Jesus at the center of all we are! Each week when we come together we will observe communion. We welcome all who are Christians to participate with us!
One obvious difference that you may notice will be singing that is without instrumental music. This is a practice that is rooted in our desire to simply allow the New Testament to be our guide in matters of worship. This is simply our practice. We do not desire to condemn those who have different practices but simply worship God with all of our heart as we sing His praises (Ephesians 5:19-20!)
Berea has no leadership outside of our own family. What this means is that there is no governing body that exist outside of our local church. Practically speaking this means that Berea stands alone when it comes to governing. This also means that you may experience differences at each Church of Christ you attend.
Our leadership begins with what we like to call Shepherds. In scripture there are different names that are used for this position. Paul appointed Elders in many of the churches he helped establish (ie. Acts 14:23 etc). These men are ultimately responsible for what happens at our church.
The next area of leadership is what we refer to as deacons. The word deacon simply means “servant!” At Berea we have various men who handle different matters pertaining to our church. We have deacons that oversee the building maintenance, benevolence, special events, etc. These men provide a great service to our church and free up our Shepherds so that they can do their job more effectively.
Elders and deacons are selected based on the qualifications given in the Bible. You can refer to these to give you an idea of the honor it is to serve in these capacities. I Timothy 3 is a good place to look for a general idea of the qualities these men are to possess in these positions.
The ministers role is to preach the word! Paul told a young Timothy that his most important work was to preach the Word in such a way as to bring health to the body (2 Timothy 4:2.) Many ministers who are privileged to serve in a full time capacity are able to take some of the load off of the Elders by counseling, visiting and supporting the members in various ways.
What is Berea’s purpose? We believe that we were created by God with unique gifts that can be used for His glory and to further Kingdom work here on earth. The truth of the matter is that if we fail to engage the people around us with the Good News about Jesus then we have missed the main priority of Jesus himself.
Do we do this perfectly? Certainly not! But by the grace of God and the encouragement of each other we will continue down this path of bringing people along the path of following Jesus. The Bible calls this making disciples which simply means someone who is learning the way of Jesus! This is a lifelong commitment that we love! We welcome you to join us on the adventure!