We believe that the church is a local, visible body of believers called out from the world for the purpose of obeying the Great Commission, and they are separated unto Christ. We believe that a local Church is a body of "blood-bought," "immersed" believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, and is His espoused bride. We believe that the supreme mission of the church in this age is to preach the Gospel to every creature and, in the context of the local church, to disciple those who believe on His name (I Corinthians 12:12-27; Mark 16:15; Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 24:47).
We believe that every local, New Testament Church is the "Pillar and Ground of the Truth," (I Timothy 3:15). The "Great Commission" (which is to plant local, New Testament, Bible Believing, immersionist, Baptist Churches) and the "Ordinances," are given only to the local Church. Therefore, we also believe that a Church has two offices: Pastors (bishops-episkopos elders-presbueteros), who are the under-shepherds to the flock, and Deacons, (I Timothy 3:1-13), who are servants of the church, (Acts 6:1-7). The church is to be self-governing with Christ as its head, (Ephesians 5:23). The church is to handle its own discipline in accordance with God's direction, (Matthew 18:15-17), and is financed through the tithes and offerings of that local assembly, (I Corinthians 16:1-2; Malachi 3:10). Furthermore, we believe in the perpetuity of the Lord's churches, i.e. that there have been local churches from the days of Christ until the present, and that such churches will continue until the Lord returns.