The worship style at Berean Baptist is what we would call “convergence” worship. In other words, convergence worship is “the coming together of historic and contemporary worship.” The result is worship that holds the potential for greater authenticity through faithfulness to the historic traditions and greater relevance through contemporary expression.
A commitment to an organized yet flexible order of worship which allows one to have an encounter with the living God.
A commitment to the celebrative nature of worship based upon the saving acts of God which allow persons to center upon who God is and what God has done, especially through the saving work of Jesus Christ.
A commitment to a broad range of musical content and styles which forms an expression of the whole church both past and present.
A commitment to utilizing the arts (drama, painting, choral and instrumental music, etc.) in worship which encourages the expression of one’s whole being.
Above all else, our worship is cheerfully Christ-centered and Bible-based.
No matter what you personal style, you will be comfortable at Berean Baptist. If you prefer dressy, business, or casual attire, chances are there will be others dressed much like you no matter when you visit. It is true, there are many who prefer to dress up some on Sunday mornings, but even if jeans are more your style, you will be right at home with us.
Our preschoolers and children often learn while they play. Sometimes that play involves “messy” activities, so use your own judgment about how dressed up your children will be while with us in Sunday school and nursery.
The Bibles in our pews and the one Pastor Ken studies from and prepares his messages from is the New International Version (NIV) 1984 edition. This translation of the Bible is a completely original “phrase-for-phrase” translation of the Bible developed by more than one hundred scholars working from the best available Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts. As a result, the NIV is an easily read translation and therefore appeals to a broader cross-section of the general public.
For personal edification and study, we also recommend the New American Standard Bible, New English Translation and the English Standard Version. These translations are accurate and readily readable. Eugene Peterson’s paraphrase “The Message” helps by adding flavor to the passage. The use of multiple translations in one’s personal study adds a finer understanding of the Word of God.
Pastor Ken Scovell would love to meet you and your family in person.
You can do this by:
Meeting Pastor Ken each Sunday morning near the back of the sanctuary after the worship service.
Contacting our church office to schedule an appointment.
Baptist share with many other Christian believers the great essential truths of the faith such as the belief in the Bible as the inspired Word of God, the Trinity, Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man, the need for someone to heal the separation between humanity and God due to our disobedience to God, the saving work accomplished by Jesus Christ on the cross, the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ, etc.
In addition to these great truths, Baptists stress the following beliefs:
The Lordship of Jesus Christ. He is the only one who can bridge the gap between God and humanity. No one can come to God except through belief in Jesus Christ. He is the living Lord of the Bible and the living Lord of today. He is the head of the church.
The Supremacy of the Scriptures. The Bible is our guide and final authority in faith and conduct. Each believer, with the help of the Holy Spirit and mature believers as mentors, can read and understand the Scriptures.
The Priesthood of Believers. Every person can approach God directly through Christ, without the aid of human priests, ritual, or baptism. Personal faith in Jesus Christ is the only way to God.
Believer’s Baptism. Baptism should be administered only to those who believe and follow Jesus Christ. It is an act of celebration symbolizing the spiritual change which has already taken place within the individual when he or she first accepted Jesus Christ as his or her Lord and Savior. Baptism has no part in salvation. The work of Jesus Christ alone is our way to salvation.
Believing Church Membership. The membership of the church should be composed only of those who have personally received Christ as their Lord and Savior and bear witness to the new life in Christ. People who do not claim Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior are not members of the church.
Separation of Church and State. Baptists have always stressed the separation of church and state. The church must be the prophetic voice of truth to the state but the church can not demand the state to act in a certain way nor can the state demand that the church act in a certain way. The state should protect all religious groups but favor none.
Religious Freedom. Every person is responsible to God for this or her religious beliefs and practices; he or she therefore should have the right to worship God as his or her own convictions and conscience dictate as long as those beliefs do not infringe on the rights of others.
The Independence of the Local Church. Each local congregation is self-governing, choosing its own pastor, managing its inner life, and determining its relationship to other churches. However, it is clear that churches must work together if they wish to spread the good news of Jesus Christ and bear our witness more effectively.
The Evangelization of the World. Baptists take seriously the importance of sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. Baptist believe in taking the good news to their local communities, to all sections of their state and nation, and unto the uttermost parts of the world.
The definition of the word “temple” is a building or structure devoted to the worship of God. The word “church” historically and from a biblical perspective refers to God’s people. Therefore, the founders of Berean Baptist determined when organizing the fellowship to call the structure in which the Berean Baptist congregation would gather to worship in and plan how to serve God in the community as the Berean Baptist Temple.
We serve the Communion during our worship services on the first Sunday of each month and on special occasions. We also believe in doing an “Open Communion”. That means that anyone who has claimed Jesus Christ as his or her Lord and Savior is welcome to partake of the Communion. You do not have to be a member of our church to receive Communion. Children are discouraged to partake in Communion unless they are a believer and understand the reasons for taking Communion.
The reason for doing Communion is:
To remind us of what Jesus’ death on the cross did for us (Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:26).
A symbol of our present relationship with Him (Galatians 2:20; Colossians 2:13).
A promise of what He will do in the future (Matthew 26:29: 1 Corinthians 11:26).
The Lord’s Supper is rich with meaning and that is why it has been an important part of the Christian tradition throughout the centuries.
The act of baptism is not a magical, mystical ceremony. It does not “save” a person or wash away his or her evil deeds and thoughts. Salvation and forgiveness occur prior to baptism when a person, accepts Jesus Christ as his or her Savior and Lord and commit his or her life to Christ (Romans 10:9, 10).
Scripture clearly states that it was the practice of the early church to baptize new believers following their profession of faith in Christ (Acts 2:37, 38, 41, 42). We do not believe in infant baptism. Instead, we dedicate our children to God when they are infants and ask that their parents and the church family to prayerfully train the child in the ways of the Lord and guide the child to come to a point in life when he or she personally asks Jesus Christ to come into his or her life and declare Him as his or her Lord and Savior. It is only following such a declaration that the church will baptize an individual.
The traditional practice of baptism was by immersion (submerging). The Greek word “baptidzo” means “to immerse”. Normally, baptism takes place in a pool in the church sanctuary during a worship service. However, it has also been done over the years, with the believers gathered around, in rivers, lakes and even swimming pools. Though many Christian traditions use alternate means of baptism, we feel baptism by immersion is the more complete and biblical model to follow. The only time sprinkling or pouring water on a believer would be acceptable is when the believer is physically or emotionally unable to be immersed.
The meaning of the baptism is:
First, baptism is a symbolic act. It is a public expression of a person’s faith. It is a visible testimony of an inner commitment.
Second, baptism is a declaration of the believer’s identification with and faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Romans 6:4, 5; Colossians 2:12; Galatians 2:20).
Third, baptism is a symbol of our spiritual death due to disobedience to God (above the water), burial of our old way of life (placed under the water), and resurrection by the power of the Holy Spirit (brought out of the water) to walk in a new way of life (Romans 6:4-6; Colossians 2:12, 3:1-3).
One does not have to wait until he or she is “good enough” as a Christian to be baptized. Baptism is usually administered very soon after a person publicly professes his or her faith in Jesus Christ. Such a practice commonly occurred in the early church (Acts 2:41, 8:35-39, 16:31-33). However, our church asks that all baptismal candidates participate in a short discipleship class prior to baptism so they clearly understand basic Christian teaching and disciplines and are better prepared for their walk with the Lord.