THE CHURCH

(Mt 16:18) “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

We believe Jesus Christ organized and ordained the church during His ministry on earth and that each individual local New Testament church has been commissioned by HIm to glorify God by evangelizing the lost, baptizing saved, and discipling believers to observe all the commandments of Jesus Christ

“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.” (1Ti 3:15)

“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 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.” (Mt 28:18-20)

A New Testament church consists of a local, independent, indigenous, visible body of saved, baptized believers who regularly meet in one place at one time for one purpose and adhere to one faith

The first church consisted of the 12 Apostles and was already in existence before the Day of Pentecost

“And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach,” (Mr 3:14)

The Day of Pentecost is the day the Holy Spirit’s power came upon the church

“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Ac 1:8)

Jesus promised certain sign gifts would confirm the coming of the Holy Spirit into the world, including tongues, and other miracles. These signs were fulfilled early in the book of Acts and subsided as the Bible was canonized

“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;” (Mr 16:17)

Each individual New Testament church is a body of Christ, with Christ as its head and baptized believers as its members.

“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.” (Eph 5:23)

Water baptism unites a believer into the membership of an individual local visible church body, not into a universal, invisible, or mystical church.

“Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.” (Ac 2:41)

The only 2 Scriptural offices of a church are Pastor and Deacon

“This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.” (1Ti 3:1)

“And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.” (1Ti 3:10)

The only 2 Scriptural ordinances of the church are Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 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.” (Mt 28:18-20)

“For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.” (1Co 11:23-26)

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