We believe in the Church (1), a living spiritual body, of which Christ is the head (2) and of which all regenerated people are members (3). We believe that a local church is a company of believers in Jesus Christ (4), baptized by immersion after an acceptable confession of faith (5) associated for worship, work and fellowship (6), and having two offices, pastor and deacon (1). We believe that to these visible churches were committed, for observance throughout the church age, the ordinances of baptism by immersion, the Lord’s Supper (8), and that God has laid upon these churches the task of witnessing to a lost world to accept Jesus Christ as Savior (9), and of building up the saints in the faith once for all delivered (10).
(1) Matt. 16:18 (2) Eph. 1:22; Col. 1:16; Eph. 4:15. 5:23 (3) I Cor. 12:12-13; Eph. 5:30 (4) Acts 2:41-42; (5) Acts 10:47-48 (6) Acts 2:42; Heb. 10:25; (7) Phil. 1:1; (8) Matt. 26:16-20; Rom. 11:23-26 (9) Acts 1:6; Matt. 26:16-20 (10) Eph. 4:7, 11-16; Jude 3.
BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER
We believe that scriptural baptism is the immersion of a born-again believer in water to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem of our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to new life; that it is a prerequisite to church membership. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of His death until He comes to be participated in by baptized believers, and should always be preceded by a period of self-examination.
(Acts 8:36-39; John 3:23; Rom. 6: 35; Matt. 3:16; Col. 2:12; I Cor. 11:23-28).
We believe that God has given the church a great commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. As ambassadors of Christ we must use all available means to go to the foreign nations and not wait for them to come to us.
(Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:20).