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Sterling Berean Church

 

 At Sterling Berean our first goal is that you love Jesus Christ and have a relationship with him. Click Here to Know Jesus

Our Vision

It is the vision of the Berean Church of Sterling to glorify God by SHARING the Gospel with the unsaved, STIMULATING believers to Christ likeness, STRENGTHENING the family, SENDING out reproducing laborers and SUPPORTING ministries home and abroad that are true to the Word of God.

Our Affirmations

Proclaim

We Proclaim and practice God’s Word as revealed in the Bible.

Employ

We employ in ministry people who will proclaim and practice God’s Word as revealed in the Bible and as understood by this local fellowship.

Practice

We practice and endorse Biblical marriage between 1 man and 1 woman.

Agree

We agree to follow Scriptural guidelines when resolving spiritual and personality differences.

Believe

We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image and begins at conception and ends at death.

Encourage

We encourage church membership and regular attendance for those who have received the Lord Jesus as their Savior and desire to evangelize, edify their family in Christ and be equipped for ministry.

Recognize

We believe the Bible to be God’s final authority for us. In matters of interpretation of the Bible or policy, we recognize it is the responsibility of our elders to pray and instruct in questionable matters.

 

Our Ministry Objectives

Worship

Worship – that is meaningful and that expresses the reality of the living God.

Fellowship

Fellowship – that leads to the building of warm, caring, and supportive relationships.

Outreach

Outreach – that is imaginative, sensitive, and compassionate.

Discipleship

Discipleship – that develops believers who will live just as Christ has told us to live through His Word.

Service

Service – that focuses on the development and use of spiritual gifts in relationship to the body of Christ.

 

Our Statement of Faith

BIBLE

We believe the Bible, consisting of both the Old and New Testament Scriptures in their entirety, is the only divinely inspired, inerrant, objectively true, and authoritative written Word of God, and the only infallible rule of faith and practice. The divine inspiration of Scripture extends to each word of the original manuscripts, but not to the various copies or translations of Scripture. The Bible should be interpreted literally, grammatically, contextually, and historically.
Gen. 1-3; Deut. 29:29; John 10:35; 2 Tim. 3:15-17; 2 Pet. 1:21; 1 Cor. 2:13.

GOD

We believe in only one God, the Creator, who is infinite, personal, eternally existing in three persons, and who is revealed to us in Scripture as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Gen. 1:1; Deut. 6:4; Isa. 43:10; 44:6; 45:22; Matt. 28:19; John 4:24; 5:26; Col. 1:16-19; 1 Cor.8:4.

JESUS CHRIST

We believe that Jesus Christ is God the Son who has neither beginning nor ending. He was conceived in the flesh by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is fully God and fully man. Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and arose bodily on the third day. He ascended into heaven and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father as our only mediator, high priest, and advocate.
Matt. 1:23-25; John 1:1; 14:3; Acts 4:12; 1 Cor. 15:3, 4, 20; Phil. 2:5-11; 1 Tim. 2:5-6; Heb. 4:14-16; 1 Pet. 2:22.

HOLY SPIRIT

We believe the Holy Spirit is God, the third person of the Trinity. He is a person, not a force. The Holy Spirit’s ministries include convicting all people of sin; calling, regenerating, indwelling, and baptizing believers into the Body of Christ; setting them apart to a holy life; and teaching, keeping, and empowering them day by day. The Holy Spirit distributes spiritual gifts to each believer according to His will. God in His sovereignty still works in miraculous ways. However, we understand that the sign gifts have served their purpose and should not be expected in the church today.
John 3:5-8; Acts 1:8; 5:3-4; 16:7-14; 1 Cor. 2:9-12; 3:16; 12:3-13, 28-31; 13:8-11; Gal. 5:16-25; Eph. 1:13-14; 5:18; Heb. 2:3-4.

HUMAN RACE

We believe that both man and woman were created in the image of God to enjoy a personal relationship with Him. As a result of deliberate disobedience they fell from their sinless state and they and all their descendants became sinners. Consequently, they cannot save themselves and apart from the grace of God in Jesus Christ, they are condemned to a place of eternal torment.
Gen. 1:26-27; 2:7; Matt. 5:20-48; John 3:16-18, 36; Rom. 2:6-16; 5:12-21; 6:23; 2 Thess. 1:6-9; Rev. 20:13-15.

SALVATION

We believe we are saved solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ alone. This salvation was purchased by the  substitutionary death and shed blood of Jesus Christ for the sins of every person and is offered to everyone as a free gift. The person who has trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior is eternally secure, and can enjoy the assurance of salvation. We believe that at death believers enter eternal glory and that unbelievers enter eternal torment.
Acts 16:31; 20:20- 21; Rom. 3:28; 10:9; 1 Cor. 15:3-4; John 1:12; 3:16; 10:28; Eph. 2:8-9; Phil. 1:6.

SANCTIFICATION

We believe that every believer has been sanctified, set apart with a perfect standing before God.  As believers yield themselves to the Holy Spirit, they will experience spiritual growth in holiness, but they will not experience perfection in conduct. Future rewards are determined by a believer’s obedience to the Lord.
Heb. 10:10; Phil. 3:12; Rom. 6:13-19; 1 Cor. 3:8.

CHURCH

We believe that Christ is the Head of the Church, which is His Body. All who have trusted in Him as Savior are members of this Body. Christians should commit themselves to worship, instruction, fellowship, stewardship, and service in a local church. The church is responsible to represent Jesus Christ in the world through godly living and evangelism. All believers are commanded to participate in two church ordinances: believers’ baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper.
Matt. 26:26-29; 28:18-20; Acts 2:42; 1 Cor. 12:13; Eph. 1:22, 23; 2:19-22; 3:6-10; 4:11-13; 5:23-27; 1 Thess. 2:14; Heb. 10:25; 1 Pet. 2:9-10; 1 John 4:17.

SATAN

We believe that Satan was created an angelic being. He became the author of sin, our adversary and accuser, and the great deceiver of the nations. He will finally be overcome by the Lord Jesus Christ and suffer eternal punishment in the lake of fire.
Gen. 3:1; Job 1:6-12; Matt. 4:3-11; John 8:44; 2 Cor. 4:4; 1 John 3:8; 5:19; Rev. 12:9-10; 20:10.

FUTURE EVENTS

We believe, on a day known only by God the Father, Jesus will rapture His Church to deliver it from the judgments that God will pour upon the earth. After this terrible period, the Lord Jesus Christ will return in glory to establish His Millennial Kingdom on the earth. This will be followed by the final judgment of the wicked in the lake of fire and eternal bliss for God’s children in a new heaven and a new earth.
John 14:3; Acts 1:7, 11; Rom. 8:1; 1 Cor. 15:20, 23; 2 Cor. 5:10; Phil. 1:23; 1 Thess. 4:16-17; Rev. 11:15; 19:11-21:5.

 

Our Name

Names are easily misunderstood. In Acts 17, Berea was a city that Paul visited on his second missionary journey. The name was selected because it connotes that which is Bible centered. The programs and ministries of our church are built around the Word of God. We believe it is the Church’s calling to represent God to man through the teachings of the Scriptures. Therefore, from the pulpit down through every ministry of the church, our goal is to meet the needs of the entire family through teaching that is practical and true to the Word of God.

 

Our Affiliation

We are a member of the Berean Fellowship of Churches

 

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