Other Distinctives

The following “distinctives” are important to what distinguishes us as Berean Baptist Church. We want all candidates for membership to be aware of these and be in agreement with them. If you desire a fuller treatment and discussion of the distinctives, please contact the pastor.

1. We are a Baptist Church.

Historically, particular distinctives have accompanied believers who have borne the name “Baptist.” These distinctives can be summarized in the following acrostic:

  • Bible as our rule for faith and practice
  • Autonomy of the local church
  • Priesthood of Believers
  • Two Ordinances (Believer’s Baptism & The Lord’s Supper)
  • Individual soul liberty
  • Saved and Baptized Church Membership
  • Two Offices (Pastor & Deacon)
  • Separation of Church and State

2. We are an Independent Baptist Church.

We are not a part of a larger controlling body or organization. We are not a part of a denomination, such as the “Southern Baptist Convention.” We may fellowship with other Baptist churches of like faith and practice, but no group of churches or individuals dictates to our local church its doctrine or practices, nor makes decisions for us.

3. We are an Independent Fundamental Baptist Church.

The name “Fundamental” has come to mean many things to people due to references like “Islamic Fundamentalists.” Historically the term was used to describe groups of believers who held to the “fundamentals” of the faith (such as the Deity of Christ, The Virgin Birth...) as opposed to the “liberals” who denied some or all of the fundamentals.

The label “Fundamental” has come to describe those who will take a strong stand on all the truths of God’s Word and who evidence that by the following:

  • A militant defense of and proclamation of the Word of God.
  • A separation from those who do not believe and practice the truths of the Word of God.

As an Independent Fundamental Baptist Church we are “non-ecumenical.” We believe it is contrary to God’s Word for us to join hands with, cooperate with, or show approval of those who do not hold to the doctrines of the Word of God. 

4. Berean Baptist Church is not “charismatic.”

We believe that the biblical gift of tongues was the instantaneous, supernatural ability to speak in known foreign languages as a sign authenticating the message and the messengers of the gospel. We believe that the gift of tongues, along with other miraculous gifts, prophecy and healing, ceased to function with the completion of the written Word of God and the death of the Apostles.