The Berean name reflects our commitment to test all things in light of the Scriptures. Who were the Bereans? While in Berea, the Apostle Paul proclaimed the fulfillment of the Messianic prophecies in Jesus Christ. The Bereans received the message with eagerness and searched the Scriptures daily to see if what Paul said was so (Acts 17:11). We, like the Bereans, hold the Scriptures in the highest regard. The Word of God is the final arbiter in all matters of faith and practice. God's Word is absolute truth that does not change nor conform to cultural preferences; it endures forever!
The Reformed in our name connects our roots back to the 16th century Reformation. Reformed Baptist beliefs are more closely aligned with the likes of John Bunyan, Charles H. Spurgeon, and William Carey. The Reformed tradition is evangelical, orthodox, scripturally-centered, doctrinally conservative, Christ-focused, grace-emphasizing and covenantal.
Baptist is a major branch of Protestantism. Baptists come in many flavors. There are paedo and credo Baptists. Baptists generally recognize two ordinances: baptism and communion. We are Reformed Baptists that hold to credo baptism; we baptize those who can make a credible confession of faith, and do so by complete immersion. Baptism by complete immersion is representative of the believer's interest in Christ's death, burial and resurrection to the newness of life, and the washing of the whole soul in the blood of Christ for the forgiveness of sins. Baptism is not meritorious.
A church (Greek: ekklesia) is a community of true believers that have been called out of the world, set apart unto God, indwelt by the Holy Spirit, and engrafted into the body of Christ (Romans 11:17). The Church is not a building, but it is the body of Christ (Ephesians 1:22-23). The Church is an organic body, which has many members, but one body (Romans 12:4-5).