A Brief Summary of What We Believe at Berean Baptist Church of Duncansville, Pennsylvania
in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament as verbally inspired by God, inerrant in the original writings, and that they are of supreme and final authority in matters of faith and life (2 Tim.3:16-17; 2 Pet.1:20-21; Is.8:20; 1 Thes.5:21).
that there is one God, existing in three persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (1 Jn.5:1-8; Jn.14:16; Mt.28:19; 2 Cor.13:14).
in God the Father (Jn.6:27; Rom.1:7; Gal.1:1-3). He is the first Person of the Trinity, eternally existing in the Godhead.
in God the Son. He is the second Person of the Trinity, eternally existing in the Godhead, begotten of the Father, and the Savior of all who believe. We believe that the Lord Jesus was perfect (100%) God and perfect (100%) man.
in God the Holy Spirit. He is the third Person of the Trinity, eternally existing in the Godhead.
that man was created in the image of God, but, he sinned and thereby incurred physical death and also spiritual death, which is separation from God. All human beings are born with a sinful nature (Gen.1:26; Rom.5:12).
that God provided salvation by giving His own Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to take the sinner's place by dying on the Cross for them (1 Pet.3:18; Jn.3:16).
that in the sacrificial death of Christ, He died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutional sacrifice. We also believe that we are justified on the grounds of God's Grace (Rom.3:26-31), through faith in His blood (1 Cor.15:1-3; 1Pet.2:24; Jn.3:1-18; 2 Cor.5:21).
in the doctrine of sanctification. Sanctification is that sovereign act of our Lord, where He sets apart a person, place, or object for Himself, in order that He might accomplish His purpose.
that every born-again believer should live a life and have a testimony that is pleasing to the Lord Jesus Christ and will not bring reproach to His name.
in the resurrection of the crucified body of Jesus Christ, in His ascension into heaven, and in His present life there as our High Priest and our Advocate (Jn.20; Mt.28; Lk.24; 1 Tim.2:5; Heb.9:24; Acts 1:11).
that Christ is the Head over all things to the Church, which is His body, formed of regenerated persons vitally united to Christ and to one another by one Spirit (1 Cor.12:12-17; Eph.1:22-23; Col.1:18).
that the local church is a band of born-again, baptized believers, who live in one locality and assemble together in His name on the Lord's Day for the purpose of worshipping God, breaking of bread, prayer, Bible testimony, and fellowship (Mt.18:11; Acts 8:1-3; Tit.1:5-11).
that every born-again believer is commanded by Scripture to be baptized by immersion. Baptism is a symbol of the believer's identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection (Rom.6:3-4; Col.2:12; 1 Pet.3:21).
in the Lord's Supper (1 Cor.11:17-34).
in the intercessory work of Christ (Heb.7:25; Rom.8:33).
in the blessed hope, the personal pre-millennial and imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (1 Thes.4:12-18; Tit.2:1; Jn.14:1-3).
in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust; the everlasting felicity of the saved, and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost (Jn.5:28; 1 Cor.15:22-23; Lk.16).
that the first day of the week (Sunday) is the Lord's Day, the Day of Resurrection. We should keep this day as a holy memorial of Him who was raised from the dead.
in the personality of Satan, that old Serpent, and the Devil, which deceiveth the world (Rev.12:9-10; Mt.4:2-11; Is.14:12-17).