The Church – A Living Organism

We believe in the unity of all true believers in the Church which is the body of Christ, which was established on the Day of Pentecost, and that all believers, from Pentecost to the Rapture, both Jews and Gentiles, are added to this Church by the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

We believe that this church is manifested through the local church which is a congregation of immersed believers associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by his Word; and that its officers are pastor and deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scripture.

We believe the true mission of the church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men as we have opportunity.

We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; that the one and only superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit; that it is scriptural for true New Testament Baptist churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the gospel; that each local church is the sole judge of the measure and method of its cooperation; and that on all matters of membership, of polity, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final.

Acts 2:41-42; 15:13-18; 20:17-28;I Corinthians 11:2;12:12-13; Ephesians 1:22-23; 3:1-6; 4:11; 5:23-24; Colossians 1:18; 1 Timothy 3:1-7