A Community of Believers
Since 1845 Berea Christian Church has been community of faith rooted in the love of God. Our purpose is to encourage people to have a transformational relationship with Jesus. The church is a unique community: It invites all people, and still loves us in spite of our shortcomings. But the church loves us enough not to let us languish in our sins but encourages us to become all that God intends us to be. With God anything is possible.
Our Sunday worship and weekly bible study services are geared to worshippers of all ages. Coming together as a community strengthens and guides us in our daily life. For those who wish to join us, our congregation is always waiting with open hearts.
We invite you to come and join us. There is a special place for you at Berea Christian Church.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
There is only one God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He created us and all things. We are to worship Him in Spirit and Truth. (Ephesians 4:5-6 and John 4:24)
God's Word is inspired, God-breathed, and is trustworthy for life decisions and practices. It lights our path. It guards, penetrates, and purifies the heart so that we grow to look more like Jesus. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Jesus has always existed with God and the Holy Spirit. Being fully God, He let go of heaven in order to become the sacrifice to pay our sin penalty. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on a cross for our sins, and was resurrected from the grave on the third day. He ascended to heaven to prepare a place for us when he comes again. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
The Holy Spirit is a gift of Jesus who convicts us of sin and convinces us of truth. He guides us into all truth and empowers us to resist sin and live victorious lives. (John 16:13)
We must have faith. We trust that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the God. Faith is related to a changed perspective. We view life from God's point of view. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
We must repent. Repentance is related to a changed practice. Since we view all things from God's point of view, we see what is wrong in our lives. We "turn from evil and do good." We "seek peace and pursue it" daily. (Acts 2:38)
We must be baptized. Baptism in the New Testament is always by immersion in water. It was commanded by Jesus and the apostles and practiced by them. It is valueless if not preceded by faith and repentance. Baptism is related to a changed position. Through baptism we unite with Jesus in his death and in his resurrection. (Romans 6:3-4)