These are our distinctives as a Church. They will, in time, be expounded upon and added to on this page.

  1. The sufficiency and authority of Scripture over every aspect of the body of Christ.

  2. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the core of all that we do.

  3. Expository preaching is the only adequate method of preaching all that God has written in Scripture.

  4. We actively call all men to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.

  5. Our families are not extraneous to worship, but integral to it.

  1. The sufficiency and authority of Scripture over every aspect of the body of Christ.
    1. At Berean Bible Church we believe that everything in heaven and on earth is under the authority and control of God. God, who is rational and orderly, has communicated to us in one final and complete collection of writings, the Bible. The revelation of the sixty-six books found in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible do not represent God's Word, they do not contain or become God's Word. They are God's Word, verbally and plenarily inspired. This collection of books of the Bible are sufficient and bear complete authority as from God's throne over all of life, but particularly over the church. When we say that the Bible is sufficient, this is what we mean. We mean that the Bible teaches all that is necessary for a person to mature in Jesus Christ. It teaches the church what to believe and, thus, what to obey in order to glorify God in all that she does. Seeing that the absolute and fixed purpose of God is to conform sinners who believe into sons and daughters of God, the only "tool" that can accomplish that is the Scripture rightly understood and diligently obeyed. There is no area nor component in the life of the church that is outside of the instruction of this Word.

      References
      Sufficiency: Authority:
      Deuteronomy 8:3 Genesis 1:3
      Pss.19:7-13; 93:5; 119:9, 130 Exodus 20:1-17
      Ecclesiastes 12:11 Psalms 29; 104:5-9
      2 Timothy 3:14-16 Isaiah 55:6-11
      1 Peter 1:22-2:3 2 Corinthians 2:17
      Hebrews 4:12 1 Thessalonians 2:13;4:2
  2. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the core of all that we do.
    1. Contrary to modern (and not-so-modern) explanations of the gospel of Jesus Christ, at Berean Bible Church we believe that the heart of all that God is doing is summed up in the message of the gospel. This eternal plan of God to redeem sinners is a plan that explains the means and the method of conforming a person into the image of Jesus Christ. The gospel is that message that explains that God is holy, just, and righteous. We are not. Therefore, since we were made to be the image and likeness of holy God, and we fall short by our own choosing, God has the responsibility to punish us for such a crime. However, in the plan and purpose of God, He satisfied His own holy requirements by sending His eternal Son, Jesus Christ, to be born of a virgin, enter into the world He created, live a sinless life, obedient to the Father, and die on the cross, which became a kind of altar wherein God expressed His wrath for sin upon His Son. He is the substitute for all who ever believe in Him. In this event, God imputed all the sins of all who would ever believe upon Jesus Christ that He might bear the penalty in the place of those sinners. The fury meant for sinners was spent on Christ, and Christ, out of His love for the Father, bore that wrath perfectly. Further, the life that Jesus lived in perfect subjection to the Father is imputed to those who believe in Christ so that the righteous requirement of God is satisfied and we bear the image and likeness of God once again. This is also imputation. This impossible reality is the message we proclaim. It is the source of our lives, and the sustenance of our holiness. Because of the gospel of Jesus Christ, we bow ourselves under His lordship as He has inherited a kingdom promised to Him and we are His subjects, gladly. Because of the gospel of Jesus Christ, we perfect holiness in the fear of Christ. Because of the gospel of Jesus Christ, we conduct ourselves on this earth in a manner worthy of such a message. Because of the gospel of Jesus Christ, we worship the Father with all reverence and honor and joy, with godly fear. And, because of the gospel of Jesus Christ, we look for that day when righteousness dwells in the New Heavens and on the New Earth and all is restored under the care of the Father and sin is no more.

      References
      Isaiah 53 Galatians 3:8
      Ephesians 3:11 Romans 8:28-30
      2 Corinthians 5:21 Revelation 14:6-7
      Matthew 25:34 Mark 1:15
      1 Corinthians 15:23-28 Revelation 22:1-5
  3. Expository preaching is the only adequate method of preaching all that God has written in Scripture.
    1. The Bible was written in real language and in real history. Therefore, motivated by the truth of inerrancy, we at Berean Bible Church believe that the only adequate method of explaining the Word of God is through expository preaching. That is, we believe that a proper interpretation, assuming the authority of the Scripture (see above), is achieved via an historical and grammatical study of the Scripture. This in turn, leads to its explanation in an orderly and comprehensive fashion. The end result being the glory of God in the teaching of His Word and our subjection to its teaching that we might be sanctified. To exposit Scripture means to explain the meaning of the text of Scripture. Our obedience to it, what it produces, and the continued effects of it in the lives of the church, is not the same thing as its meaning. The meaning and the "application" of it are not the same. The meaning is fixed, propositional, and clear. How the Scripture directs and commands in every situation of life is varied and comprehensive. But the meaning of Scripture is clear and independent of its application. To preach expositionally is to explain the text of Scripture. To preach expositionally is to bear the authority of the text in its explanation. To preach expositionally demands hard work in the original languages of Scripture. To preach expositionally requires holiness in the life of its preacher.

      References
      Psalm 119:34,160 2 Timothy 2:15;4:1-2
      Acts 5:3510:42 Titus 2:15
      2 Timothy 2:16-18 Matthew 22:41-46
  4. We actively call all men to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.
    1. Because of the magnitude of the plan of God for redemption of sinners, there can only be one appropriate response, repentance from sins and faith in Jesus Christ. God has always saved sinners on the basis of faith. There is no practice or behavior that person can do to sufficiently overcome their depravity and satisfy God's holy requirements. Even repentance from sins and faith itself are both gifts of God. This speaks the desperate nature of our situation. However, it is what is required. Since God determines what He requires, we at Berean Bible Church also announce that same requirement without apology. God has announced to all men everywhere that all should repent since there is coming a day in which He will judge the world through Christ Jesus. Our proclamation is God's proclamation. Our announcement is God's announcement. Therefore, we do not create our own message. We simply are the proclaimers of God's message and our faithfulness to that will be rewarded when Christ returns. God requires repentance from sins. This abandonment of sins is necessary since man cannot serve two masters, God and sin. He must express allegiance to God alone. Further, man must believe God. This is not simply believing something about Him, but believe He is speaking the truth concerning their sin, His wrath, Christ's propitiation for sins, and the coming kingdom. To announce faith in Jesus Christ is to announce who Jesus Christ is and what He has accomplished. This announcement has power. And that power is adequate for salvation to everyone who believes.

      References
      Ezekiel 18:30-32 Leviticus 26:40-42
      Luke 13:1-5,24:46-47 Ephesians 2:8-10
      Acts 2:37-40 Romans 10:9-13
      Romans 1:16 Psalm 11:12
  5. Our families are not extraneous to worship, but integral to it.
    1. This may seem a strange component of the distinctives of a church body, however, if properly understood from the text of Scripture, it is not strange at all. The family was created to express the image and likeness of God, who is a Triunity. Although marred by sin, the family, consisting of a father, mother, and children, is still the avenue of that image and likeness. We at Berean Bible Church believe that as such, God receives worship from whole families. The assembly of the family on the Lord's Day for corporate worship is the expectation and pleasure of God. Throughout the Bible, this has been the behavior of those who would gather to worship God. Although the church is not Israel and Israel is not the church, yet God is the same. The pattern of corporate worship appears consistently in the instructions of the Old Testament. However, the trend in modern church ministry is to separate the children, and young men and women, into their own groups, away from parents and older saints. Not only is this not the instruction of Scripture, but it is conducive to creating the very problem so many churches are trying to overcome, namely disunity. Although, we do not elevate the family to be worshiped, neither do we lower its function and existence in corporate worship to something extraneous, that is foreign and impertinent to worship. Further, the Scripture has been clear on the responsibility of the members of a family, and we want to purposefully and clearly maintain that expectation in the body at Berean. Yet, for those who come from confused and unsaved homes, we cannot and will not alienate them. If nothing else, those who come from a home where there is confusion, sin, and every kind of schism, are hungry for well-ordered homes wherein they can be a part. We believe that this beautiful relationship begins with the assembly of the saints, with their children, corporately under the hearing of the Word of God, so that "they [men, women, children, and the alien] may hear and learn and fear the LORD your God, and be careful to observe all the words of this law." Deuteronomy 31:12-13.

      References
      Genesis 1:26-28; 2:18-25 Exodus 10:1-2;12:23-27
      Deuteronomy 6:1-8,20-25 Deuteronomy 16:11-15;31:9-13
      2 Samuel 6:18-19 1 Chronicles 13:1-815:3
      1 Kings 8:14, 22, 55, 65 Psalm 78:1-8
      Nehemiah 8:1-8, 9, 12, 17-18 10:28 Matthew 19:13-14
      Luke 2:41-52 Acts 1:12-15 (cf.1 Corinthians 9:5)