I. The Infallible Foundation of Our Faith.
We affirm our faith in the plenary verbal inspiration of all sixty-six books of the Holy Bible (2 Tim. 3:16). This blessed book, though written by men, is the very Word of God, for men wrote as they were moved to do so by the Holy Spirit (2 Pet. 1:20-21). We therefore affirm our belief in the absolute infallibility and inerrancy of the Holy Scriptures as given in the original autographs (Ps. 119:140, 160), and we believe that God has providentially preserved His Word throughout history so that we may confidently assert that we have authoritative copies of the Scriptures (Ps. 12:6-7; Mt. 5:17-18). Furthermore, we believe in the sufficiency of the Holy Bible for all matters of faith and conduct. God’s Word is sufficient to make men wise unto salvation through faith in Jesus Christ (2 Tim. 3:15) and it is sufficient to sanctify the saints, making them complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work (Jn. 17:17; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:2-4). We believe that God’s Word alone can bind the consciences of men and therefore all theological and moral controversies must ultimately be settled by the sound interpretation of the Holy Bible (Acts 17:10-12; 1 Thess. 2:13). Our consciences are captive to the Word of God. Here we take our stand.
II. The Subordinate Statement of Our Faith.
As an accurate expression of our interpretation of the teachings of the Holy Scriptures, our church fully/strictly subscribes to The Second London Baptist Confession of Faith (1677/89) as defined, clarified, and supplemented by a document adopted by our church called The Doctrine and Distinctives of Berean Baptist Church. While we do not claim perfection nor exhaustiveness of expression for these documents, we do believe that they are accurate summaries of the doctrines taught in the Holy Scriptures. Each elder and deacon in our church is required to publicly reaffirm in writing his full subscription to our articles of faith on an annual basis. While our members are not required to fully subscribe to our articles of faith, they must recognize and respect them by not spreading doctrines and/or behaviors that are in substantial disagreement with them.