The Church

The Church is a body of scriptually baptized believers of whom Christ is the head.

1 Cor 12:27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
Eph 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

The Church is the Body of Christ. Since a body is visible and local we believe in the visible local new testament church.

Eph 1:22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
Eph 1:23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
Eph 5:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

The Church was instituted by Christ to carry out the Great Commission which is to disciple and baptize believers. The Church is also the vehicle by which the Word of God is preserved.

Mat 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Mat 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
1 Tim 3:15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

We recognize two scriptual offices in the Church and adhere to their qualifications as described in scripture. That of Pastor(also referred to as elder or bishop) and deacons.
I Tim 3:1 - I Tim 3:13

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