Belief Statement Introduction…
We believe that the Holy Scriptures were, given by inspiration of God and are, "profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness" (II Timothy 3:16). As such, the Holy Scriptures are the foundation for all of our beliefs and practices. We know that Christians are commanded to study and rightly divide the word of truth (II Timothy 2:15). We also believe that God has preserved his word in the 1611 King James Bible for the English speaking people. From finding salvation through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, to understanding our eternal destination, the scriptures reveal God's plan for mankind.
The Bible instructs Christians to hold fast to the faithful Word which will give them the ability, by sound doctrine, to exhort and convince the gainsayer (Titus 1:9). Forthwith is a clear declaration of the things which we most surely know, and believe, and are taught by Berean Bible Baptist Church of Hastings.
There is only one true God. He is the Creator and Sustainer of all things. Thus, He is all powerful and all wise. God has manifested Himself by many names in the Old Testament. We believe in the trinity in unity.
Jesus Christ is God manifested in the flesh. He was virgin born and perfectly sinless. He came to Israel to confirm the promises made to Old Testament fathers. He died for all mankind.
…The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is also God. His activity today is to indwell all believers and enlighten them to the glories of Christ through the written word of God. He edifies, convicts, empowers and comforts the believer. The Holy Spirit indwells and seals all believers at the point of regeneration. Evidence of His indwelling is found in Galatians 5:22.
Man is a direct creation of God. He was made in God’s image but lost that image by the fall. Now in the image of Adam because of his sin, man needs to be reconciled to God. He needs a way to have his sins forgiven in order to restore that image that was lost.
To be saved means to be delivered from perishing. Jesus saw the lost as a harvest about to perish. He came to seek and save the lost. He paid for the sins of the world by His death on the cross. His precious and perfect blood atoned for our sins. All who accept Him as their Lord and Savior by faith, are saved from perishing in hell. The following is sufficient to save all sinners. Romans 10:9-13, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” We believe the saved are eternally secure and have everlasting life. How to be saved.
…Heaven and Hell
We believe heaven and hell are real places. They are not a state of mind. London is a place. Hong Kong is a place. Seattle is a place. Heaven is a place. Hell is a place. Jesus said concerning heaven, “I go to prepare a place for you.” Jesus was clear that hell is a place of fire and suffering. He preached more about hell than He did about heaven. The saved go to heaven. The lost are doomed in hell.
We believe all saved people are part of the Kingdom of God. Those saved after the resurrection of Christ are members of Christ’s body. Local churches were established and pastors called to minister to the saved. The church’s purpose is to edify the saints and reach a lost world.
We believe new converts should be baptized in water to picture their identification with Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection.
We believe the Lord’s supper demonstrates the unity among believers in Jesus Christ. Believers who die to self in order to maintain unity with the brethren “show the Lord’s death” till He comes.
The Bible is the word of God. He promised to preserve His word for every generation. Psalm 12:6-7, “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.” We believe the King James Bible constitutes those “words” for the English speaking world.
We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman; and that God has commanded that no sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.
We believe the body of Christ will be raptured to be with the Lord. This will be followed by seven years of tribulation in which the Jews will be the chief object of Satan’s wrath. The Antichrist will rise to power, only to be destroyed by the return of Jesus Christ in power and glory to reign on earth for one thousand years from Jerusalem. At the end of the thousand years, Satan will be loosed and will lead a rebellion against Jesus Christ. Fire will come down from heaven and destroy him and his armies. There will be a new heaven and a new earth where righteousness will reign for ever and ever!