Berean has a number of shared values that we hold dear and consider non-negotiable to our identity as a church. We want these values to be the defining marks of our body and to have them increase in importance. The following outlines Berean’s Core Values:
The primary guide of our understanding and behavior is the inspired Bible, the holy Word of God. We endeavor to proclaim, practice, and promote what the Scriptures state. Therefore, preaching and teaching the Word of God is primary at Berean in that. We are convinced that Christian churches are supposed to understand, believe and teach what the Bible states. (2 Tim. 4:1-5).
The salvation of people by Christ is critical, whether it be our children, our neighbors, or those around the world. Berean believes that the church has been commanded by God to proclaim and live the gospel and bring people to the point of receiving Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, so they can be baptized and taught Jesus’ way of life (Mt. 28:16-20). We believe we have been commissioned and prepared by God to do this; so it is a part of our corporate purpose.
Another principle grows out of the first two. We believe and endeavor to appropriate the truths of God’s Word in our lives, the lives of our families, our church, and our communities (1 Cor. 10:11). Once understood, we must apply and live out the implications of Scripture in an attitude of obedience.
This personal application must lead to a maintenance of personal and corporate holiness, meaning conformity to the word and will of God (1 Pet. 2:11-12). In our personal lives, informal relationships, and corporate practices we encourage both the abandonment of destructive sin and the encouragement of Christ’s character within believers.
The final principle is the development of brotherly kindness, oneness, and care among one another for the benefit of all. We are committed to growing together as a body into the full image of Jesus Christ, our Lord (Eph. 4:1-16).