We believe the New Testament church (Gk – ekklesia ~ “the assembly” or “the called out ones”) to be made up of believers in Jesus Christ, called out of the world and bought by the blood of Christ (Acts 20:28).
We believe the church is the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:27), a living organism with Christ Himself as the Head (Eph. 5:23). The church is also called: the bride of Christ (Rev. 21:9), the family of God (1 Pet. 4:17), the elect (2 Tim. 2:10), the company of the redeemed (Gal. 3:14) and the people of God (1 Pet. 2:10). Though fragmented by denominations, the believer in Christ is united by “one Spirit into one body” (1 Cor. 12:13; Eph. 4:4-6). We believe that the local church is autonomous and retains authority for it’s own affairs. We believe in the priesthood of all believers (1 Pet. 2:9), meaning that each believer has equal access to God through Christ (1 Pet. 2:5). We believe the church body is to encourage one another (Heb. 10:25), help the poor (Gal. 2:10), build one another up (Eph. 4:11-13), assemble regularly in worship, hold each other accountable in the biblical faith (1 Cor. 16:13;1 Pet. 5:8,9), and to engage in local (Acts 1:8) and world evangelism (Mark 16:15; Matt. 28:18-20). We believe Christ commanded His church to practice the two ordinances of believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper.