WHERE DOES THE NAME BEREAN ORIGINATE?
The name of our church refers to a specific passage in the Bible which can be found in the Book of Acts. This passage refers to the town of Berea. Even though Paul was saying some dramatically new things to them, the people there (known as Bereans) listened to Paul's preaching with a fair and open mind. They did not reject or accept his message based on their own preconditions. Instead they diligently checked the Scriptures each day to make sure what Paul said was true. Paul's message was true and many believed! Acts 17:10-15 says, “10 Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews.
11 These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. 12 Therefore many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men. 13 But when the Jews from Thessalonica learned that the word of God was preached by Paul at Berea, they came there also and stirred up the crowds. 14 Then immediately the brethren sent Paul away, to go to the sea; but both Silas and Timothy remained there. 15 So those who conducted Paul brought him to Athens; and receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him with all speed, they departed.”
Berean Baptist Church desires to be a biblical church that seeks God's glory, presence, and leadership. To that end, we are committed to proclaiming to God's perfect law and His glorious gospel of grace in Jesus Christ throughout the world, and to "defending the faith once delivered to the saints" (Jude 3). "Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." (1 Corinthians 10:31).
In response to God's grace and love toward us, the mission of this congregation is to glorify the God of the Scriptures by promoting His worship, sharing His Word evangelistically, belonging to a God-centered fellowship which encourages us to grow spiritually while serving Him, and acting with love and compassion toward those in need (Matthew 22:37-40; 28:16-20).