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Scripture

We believe in the verbal (every word), plenary (complete), Divine inspiration of the original manuscripts of the Holy Bible as found in the Old and New Testaments; that they were transmitted by God to man without error; that they were intended to be the supreme guide and standard in faith and practice. While we believe that God has miraculously preserved His written Word and that the English Bible is extremely accurate and indeed the Word of God, we do not believe in the verbal inspiration of any particular translation.(Isaiah 40:8; Luke 24:13-27; John 10:35; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:16-21)

The True God

We believe in one true God, eternally existing in three persons equal in every Divine attribute and one in essence, known to man as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; that Each is coequal and coeternal; that Each has an individual identity and separate responsibilities. (Genesis 1:1; 26; Exodus 20:2-3; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1-4, 5:17-27, 10:30, 16:7-8, Acts 5:3-4, 2 Corinthians 13:14; Philippians 2:6-11)

The Father

We believe the Father orders and disposes all things according to His own purposes; that He alone is sovereign; that in His sovereignty, He neither authors nor condones sin; that He has known from eternal past those who would accept His offer of salvation from sin; that He saves all who come to Him through Jesus Christ, adopting them as sons and becoming their Father. (Genesis 1:1-31; Habakkuk 1:13; John 1:12, 6:44, 8:38-47; Romans 8:15, 28-30, 11:36; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Galatians 4:5; Ephesians 1:4-6, 9-11, 3:9; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14; Hebrews 12:5-9)

Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, being true God and true man; that He lived a sinless life; that He died on the cross, shedding His blood as a substitutionary sacrifice to provide atonement for the sins of all mankind; that He arose bodily from the grave and ascended to Heaven; that He now resides at the right hand of the Father where He intercedes on behalf of believers. (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38, 23:22-47; John 20:10-29, 21:5-15; Romans 5:10-11; Colossians 2:9; 1 Timothy 2:6, 3:16; Hebrews 4:15, 7:24-25, 9:11-15, 10:9-12, 12:2; 1 John 2:1)

The Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit restrains evil, convicts of sin, and bears witness to the truth of the Gospel; that He is the agent of the New Birth, indwelling every believer once and for all at the moment of conversion, baptizing him into the Body of Christ; that He seals the believer and equips him for service with spiritual gifts; that He comforts and helps the believer as he lives out his faith. (Matthew 28:19; John 3:5, 7:38-39, 15:26, 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; Romans 8;9; 1 Corinthians 6:19, 12:7-13; Ephesians 2:13-14, 4:30, 5:17-18; 2 Thessalonians 2:7; Titus 3:4-6)

Creation and Man’s Fall

We believe God created all things by direct act in six literal twenty-four hour days that man was the special creation of God, made in His image to rule in His stead on earth; that man, in the person of Adam, was created in innocence but, by voluntary transgression, fell into sin; that the result of man’s sin is physical and spiritual death, which is separation from God; that every person is born with a sinful nature and becomes a willful sinner through personal choice, and so is without excuse before God. (Genesis 1-3; Psalm 51:5, 58:3; Ezekiel 18:4,20; Romans 1:20, 3:10-26, 5:10-21, 6:230)

Satan

We believe Satan is a real being, created by God as the Angel Lucifer; that Satan rebelled against God in an attempt to usurp God’s sovereign position leading part of the angelic host into rebellion with him; that he currently leads his fallen host in the deception of mankind and rules as the unholy god of this age; that one day Satan and his followers will face eternal judgment in a literal place called Hell. (Genesis 2:1-5; Job 1:6-7; Ezekiel 28:11-19; Isaiah 14:112-21; Matthew 4:1-11, 25:41; John 8:44, 12:31; 2 Corinthians 4:4, 11:1-4, 13-15: 1 Peter 5:8-9; Revelation 12:3-9, 20:1-3, 7-10)

Salvation

We believe escape from the condemnation of sin and restoration of fellowship between man and God is provided by God to man solely through the finished work of Christ upon the cross of Calvary and that no works, no matter how good, can make salvation more secure; that this justification is provided for all men on the grounds of Grace; that salvation must be accepted individually by faith in response to conviction of sin and repentance toward God to become effective; that all who accept Jesus Christ as Savior are eternally secure. (John 3:14-18, 10:27-29; Acts 4:10-12, 16:30-32, 20:20-21; Romans 5:1, 9, 8:15, 38-39; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 Timothy 4:10; Titus 3:4-7; Hebrews 10:4-14; 1 Peter 1;18-19, 2:24)

Sanctification

We believe in the sanctification of the believer as one set apart for the Master’s use; that the believer is positionally sanctified at the moment of salvation; that the believer is progressively sanctified as the result of the Holy Spirit’s ongoing work in the believer’s life after salvation that the believer will one day be perfectly sanctified when he sheds this earthly body with its inherent sin nature and receives his glorified eternal body. (John 16:12-14, 17:17; Acts 20:32; Romans 6:1-22; 1 Corinthians 1:2, 30, 6:11; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Galatians 5:16-17; Ephesians 5:26-27; Philippians 3:20-21; 2 Thessalonians 2:13, 4:3-5, 5:23; Hebrews 2:11; 10:10, 14; 1 Peter 3:18; 1 John 3:2)

The Church and its Mission

We believe the church is a New Testament Institution established by Jesus Christ to accomplish His work in this age; that the church’s work for this age of making disciples is set forth in the Great Commission; that the church represents in this world the living, spiritual body of Jesus, who is its head, and His future bride in glory; that it is comprised universally of all believers from Pentecost until the rapture; that it is represented by local assemblies of immersed believers covenanted together and corporately meeting to worship, fellowship and serve together; that each local assembly has the absolute right to govern itself and is answerable only to Jesus the Christ; that each local church is to be led by men serving in the biblical offices of pastor and deacons; that the church observes the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s supper until Christ returns; that baptism is by single immersion for believers; that the Lord’s supper is a commemoration of the Lord’s death, reserved for those who are saved and walking in obedience to the Lord. (Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 2:28-47, 8:30-39; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 1:2, 6:4-5, 7:17, 11:26-34, 12:14-27; Galatians 1:2; Ephesians 1:22-23, 4:11-15, 5:23-32; Colossians 1:18; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Timothy 2:12, 3:1015)

Separation

We believe God’s children are called to be separate from wickedness, living lives of holiness as unto God; that separation applies to the individual as well as the church body; that separation entails avoidance of worldly practices in obedience to the direct commands of Scripture and in subjection to the conscientious application of biblical principles and requires the believer to refrain from alliances or fellowship with groups or individuals which deny the basic fundamentals of the faith or choose to walk in open defiance of clear commands of Scripture. Such would include evangelicals who practice or tolerate ecumenical evangelism and inclusive fellowship with groups holding unsound doctrines. We oppose the charismatic movement in all its various manifestations. (Amos 3:3; Matthew 18:15-17; Luke 12:51; Romans 12:1-2, 14:5-8, 16:17-18; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; Ephesians 5:11-12; Colossians 3:1-17; 1 Thessalonians 5:22; 2 Thessalonians 3:6, 14-18; 1 timothy 1:19-20, 6:3-5; Titus 3:10-11; ! Peter 1:13-16; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 10-11)

Marriage

We believe that God’s Word upholds the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman for life. ( Matt. 19:5-6)
We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a monogamous marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism. bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, polygamy, and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance. (Gen. 2:24; 19:5-13; 26:8-9; Lev. 18:1-30; Rom. 1:26-29; 1 Cor. 5:1; 6:9; 1 Thes. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4)

Things To Come

We believe in the personal, imminent, bodily, pre-tribulational and premillennial return of Christ in the air to call away the church; that the dead in Christ shall rise first followed by the living saints; that the judgement seat of Christ and the seven year tribulation will follow the rapture; that Christ will return with His church at the close of the tribulation to judge the living nations and establish His millennial kingdom on earth; that the unrighteous dead shall be raised at the close of the millennial kingdom and stand in their bodies at the Great White Throne Judgement to be condemned to eternal punishment in a literal place called Hell along with Satan; that Christ will reign eternally as King of kings and Lord of lords with the righteous in a literal place called Heaven.
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San Tan Valley, AZ 85140
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39801 N Prince Avenue
San Tan Valley, AZ 85140
Tel: 480-382-0173
(C) 2017|Berean Baptist Church
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