We are a body of believers characterized by a love for the Word of God and proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We take seriously the Scripture’s instruction to “prove everything”. We have given thoughtful study and consideration to every element of our church worship, government, and practice. We strive to submit every aspect of our lives to the Scripture as our final authority. It is our desire that we be known as a people of the Word. Therefore, we aim to be modern-day Bereans.
And the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea; and when they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily, to see whether these things were so.
Biblical salvation means being in covenant with God, and with His people. We emphasize the importance of the commitment and responsibilities that are inherent in a covenant relationship. A study of the biblical concept of covenants is required for membership at Berean Covenant. A clear understanding of the role of covenant in Scripture and church life is crucial to maintaining a church body united in mind and purpose.
The secret of the Lord is for those who fear Him, and He will make them know His covenant.
We are an independent, non-denominational church in the Columbus, Georgia area committed to the five solas of the reformation:
The inerrant Scripture (the Bible) is the sole source of written divine revelation, which alone can bind the conscience. The Bible alone teaches all that is necessary for our salvation from sin and is the standard by which all Christian behavior must be measured. It is denied that any creed, council or individual may bind a Christian’s conscience, that the Holy Spirit speaks independently of or contrary to what is set forth in the Bible, or that personal spiritual experience can ever be a vehicle of revelation.
It is affirmed that because salvation is of God and has been accomplished by God, it is for God’s glory and that we must glorify Him always. We must live our entire lives before the face of God, under the authority of God and for His glory alone. It is denied that we can properly glorify God if our worship is confused with entertainment, if we neglect either Law or Gospel in our preaching, or if self-improvement, self-esteem or self-fulfillment are allowed to become alternatives to the Gospel.
Our salvation is accomplished by the mediatorial work of the historical Christ alone. His sinless life and substitutionary atonement alone are sufficient for our justification and reconciliation to the Father. It is denied that the gospel is preached if Christ’s substitutionary work is not declared and faith in Christ and his work is not solicited.
In salvation we are rescued from God’s wrath by his grace alone. It is the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit that brings us to Christ by releasing us from our bondage to sin and raising us from spiritual death to spiritual life. It is denied that salvation is in any sense a human work. Human methods, techniques or strategies by themselves cannot accomplish this transformation. Faith is not produced by our unregenerated human nature.
Justification is by grace alone through faith alone because of Christ alone. In justification Christ’s righteousness is imputed to us as the only possible satisfaction of God’s perfect justice. Our justification does not rest on any merit to be found in us, nor upon the grounds of an infusion of Christ’s righteousness in us, nor that an institution claiming to be a church that denies or condemns sola fide can be recognized as a legitimate church.
We express what we believe by the Nicene and Apostles’ Creed. These summarize the tenants taught in the Scriptures, the New and Old Testaments. We hold these Scriptures to be God-breathed and profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction and for instruction in righteousness ().
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness (ESV)