We believe in the one, universal Church made up of all who have trusted in Christ, who is the Head of the Church, which is His body. We also believe in the local church, which is an autonomous, local congregation of baptized believers who gather for worship, teaching, spiritual growth, service, fellowship, and observance of the ordinances of baptism and communion. The local church operates under the Lordship of Christ and is governed by elders who are assisted by deacons. It grows as each partner serves the body using the spiritual gifts given to them by the Holy Spirit, resulting in maturity, unity, and glory to God. Christ has commissioned the church and its individual partners to spread the Gospel throughout the world.
Matthew 16:16-19; Acts 2:41-47; 20:28; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:20-21; 4:11-16; 5:23; Colossians 3:12-17; 1 Timothy 3.
We believe that the Lord Jesus has given the local church two ordinances: baptism and communion. All who have received Christ as Savior should be baptized by immersion as a symbolic testimony of their participation in the death and resurrection of Christ. Likewise, believers should regularly partake in communion as a symbolic remembrance of Christ’s death and as a testimony of our fellowship and our unity as the body of Christ.
Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:41-42; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32.