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.
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.
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.
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 calls and empowers all believers to be part of something that will last forever. We believe evidence of the presence and filling of the Holy Spirit should be the fruit of the Spirit rather than an expectation of a miraculous sign.
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.
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 consistent with the willful choices each made in life.
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 primarily by what motivates Christian behavior more than the behavior itself. Those whose behavior is an outflow of finding their identity in Christ will be rewarded. Those whose behavior is an attempt to merit favor with God will not be rewarded.
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.
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.
We believe, on a day known only by God the Father, Jesus will return for His Church. This will be followed by the final judgment of the wicked in the lake of fire and eternal life for God’s children in a new heaven and a new earth.
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Commonly Asked Questions
While everyone gets “Lincoln” in Lincoln Berean Church, the word “Berean” certainly confuses people. Berea was a city in the first century where the Apostle Paul planted a church. The distinctive of the Bereans was that they “received the Word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11). The name Berean simply reflects our passion to diligently examine the Scriptures to discover what is true.
We dedicate our children to God as a testimony of our dependence upon God and of our belief that our children ultimately belong to God. We, as parents, are called to raise our children in a way that is pleasing to Him. We also, as a body of believers, dedicate ourselves to partner with parents to raise this generation of children to love God and serve Him.
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