Article XIV. The Church

We believe that the church, the body of Christ, is composed of all those who have true faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and we further believe that a local New Testament Church is a congregation of baptized believers:

  1. associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel (Acts 2:41-42);
  2. observing the ordinances of Christ (Acts 2:42; 1 Cor. 11:2);
  3. governed by His laws (Ephesians 1:22-23);
  4. exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word (Ephesians 4:11; 1 Cor. 12:4, 8-11);
  5. with scripturally designated officers (pastors, elders and deacons), whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures (Acts 14:23; Acts 6:5-6; Acts 15:23; Acts 20:17-28; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; 2 Timothy 3:8-13);
  6. whose true mission is found in the Great Commission: first, to make individual disciples; second, to baptize them; third, to teach and instruct, as He has commanded (Matthew 28:19-20);
  7. with the absolute right of hierarchy of individuals or organizations, and that the one and only superintendent is Christ, through the Holy Spirit (Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 5:23- 24; 1 Peter 5:1-4;
  8. that has a scriptural basis for cooperation with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the gospel; that every church is the sole and only judge of the measure and method of its cooperation (Acts 15:22; Jude 2-3; 2 Cor. 8:23-24; 1 Cor. 16:1; Malachi 3:10; Leviticus 27:32; 1 Cor. 16:2); and
  9. with a final will on matters of membership, polity, government, discipline and benevolence (1 Cor. 6:1-3; 1 Cor. 5:11-13).

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