We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are to be observed until the time of Christ’s return. They are not a means of salvation. Baptism in water is by immersion and a direct commandment of our Lord for believers only. Water baptism is a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ in death, burial and resurrection. Matthew 26:26-29; 28:19; Acts 8:36-39; Romans 6:3-11; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34; Colossians 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21.
We believe that the church is God’s primary instrument through which He is fulfilling His redemptive purposes in the earth. The church by Biblical definition is the body of Christ. All the gifts of the Spirit were given for the promotion and building of that body. Jesus Christ instituted the church in Mark 3:13 and it was born in Acts 2. Ephesians 4:11-12 is God's promise that His Spirit will equip the church with the necessary gifts to do God's work God's way.
The church is a diverse group of people who have been adopted into a singular unit by virtue of the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. The purpose of the church is to bring as many people as possible into the proximity of the Gospel that they might hear it and be saved. Then to edify, teach, and train those who have been saved to grow and mature in Christ that they might be properly equipped to enter a life of discipleship for Christ. The great mission of the church is the great commission to preach the gospel to every creature and teach them to observe all the things whatsoever we have been commanded.
We also affirm the priesthood of all believers and the importance of every Christian being joined with and actively involved in a local community of the saints (the local church). God has called the church to preach the gospel to all nations, and especially to remember the poor and to minister to their needs through sacrificial giving and practical service. Matthew 16:17-19; Acts 2:37-42; Ephesians 3:14-21; 4:11-16; Hebrews 10:23-25; 1 Peter 2:4-5,9-10.