The Church

We believe in the local and universal church established by our Lord Jesus Christ as a unique and special fellowship for all who, through saving faith in Jesus, have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together as one body in which Christ is the head (I Corinthians 12:12-14; Ephesians 1:22-23, 4:4-6, 15-16).  It is the spiritual community ordained for worship, stewardship, and service to God and people, of which every believer must become a part (Matthew 25:34-36, 40; Hebrews 10:24-25).  The church is the body of Christ to the world and the ways and means through which the Lord acts.  The church today should display the same miraculous power and spiritual gifts experienced by the early church (I Corinthians 12).  The church is to be “salt and light” to the world (Matthew 5:14-16; James 2:26).