What We Believe
GOD: The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is the creator and ruler of the universe. God is love and desires that all men be saved. God is perfectly holy and cannot have fellowship with sin. (Genesis 1:1, 1 Timothy 2:4, Habakkuk 1:13)
JESUS: The Son of God. He came in a human body, lived a sinless life, died on the cross for our sins and was raised from the dead. (John 1:1, 1:14, 3:16, 14:6)
HOLY SPIRIT: Part of the God Head. He makes intercessions on our behalf when we do not know what to pray (Romans 8:26). He helps us to put to death the misdeeds of the body (Romans 8:13). The Bible tells us we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit when we are baptized. (Acts 2:38)
THE BIBLE: The Bible is the complete, inspired word of God. It is through the Bible that God speaks to us today and is our rule in all things. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
THE GREATEST COMMANDMENTS: "Love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourselves.” (Matthew 22:37)
BAPTISM: Immersion in water. Some things that occur at Baptism: We are united with Christ (Romans 6:3-6). Our sins are washed away (Acts 22:16). We are saved (Mark 16:15-16, 1 Peter 3:21). We are baptized into His Body (1 Corinthians 12:13).
THE LORD'S SUPPER: A memorial feast we observe each Sunday to remind us of the death of Jesus on the cross.
Worship at Bernie Church of Christ
Our Lord made this statement in John 4:23-24 – “But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” Hence, we at the Bernie church of Christ seek to worship God in just this manner…in spirit and in truth. We do so by trying to restore the New Testament pattern for those who seek to worship God. We believe that the only way to accomplish that goal is to submit to the authority and pattern of God’s Word.
When you attend the worship services at Bernie you will find the following:
Men leading the congregation in worship.
‘A Cappella’ singing, which means that we sing as a congregation without mechanical instrumental music. In the New Testament the Christians sang and made melody in their heart to the Lord, Colossians 3:16 and Ephesians 5:19.
Christians participating in the communion of the Lord’s Supper every Sunday following the pattern set in the New Testament in such scriptures as Acts 20:7. This communion consists of the unleavened bread which represents Christ’s body that was hanged on the cross and the fruit of the vine which represents the blood that Christ shed to atone for our sins. This was instituted on the night Jesus was betrayed, Matthew 26:26-28.