the church sees its mission as simply making converts, it will provide no help
for a new believer as he begins his journey toward becoming a disciple. Sadly,
this has all too often been the case for new believers in our culture. Dallas
Willard has written that the Great Commission of Jesus Christ has been
substituted in our day for a new plan - 'Make converts and baptize them into
church membership.' Perhaps you have experienced this lack of training in your
own life, and drawn the conclusion that 'conversion' was all that was needed.
This 'non-discipleship Christianity' has had devastating effects on the health
of Christian families, the life of the church and the testimony of the church
to the world.
contrast to this approach, we believe our calling is (as Jesus taught) to be
and make disciples of Jesus Christ. In order to do that, much of what we have
learned must be unlearned, so that the Word of God can once again speak clearly
and change our generation.
is teaching designed to give a new believer a framework for how to begin
his/her new life in Christ. Everyone who is baptized at Berean goes through it.
The teaching consists of 6 different understandings of the term 'baptism' as it
was used in the New Testament:
in the Holy Spirit
in the name of the Lord Jesus
into the Trinity
into the death of Christ
into the body of Christ
Through this in depth study of baptism, we come to
understand what it means to be in Christ. We understand what it means to be a
part of one another, and what our mission is together. We see that the church does
not exist for us - instead we exist for Christ and His church. Because we have
been immersed, we are ready to begin the process of learning to be disciples of