The Local Church

We believe that a New Testament Church, according to the divine purpose and plan, is a visible, local, organized body; that it is composed of baptized believers associated together by a covenant of faith and fellowship in the gospel; that New Testament validity flows from strict obedience to the essential principles of the New Testament; that it is a sovereign, independent, democratic, and militant body; that its ministry is gloriously blessed with the presence and leadership of the Holy Spirit and the light and revelation of the written Word; that its work should ever be from within to without and never from without to within; that it is a self governing body and is the sole judge, under limitation of the Scriptures, of the measure and method of cooperation; that it is the only ecclesiastical tribunal the Lord has on earth; that its judgment concerning the membership, missions, benevolences, cooperative alignments, and support is final; that it was personally founded by Jesus Christ during His ministry on earth; that it is subject to His laws and is the custodian of His ordinances; that the perpetuity of our faith, our doctrines and practices, ordinances and ordinations, has been effected through the Holy Spirit personally planting and preserving local Baptist churches of like faith and order through the centuries, even until now.

I Corinthians 1:1-3, Acts 2:41-42, II Corinthians 8:5, Matthew 18:15-17, John 14:16-17,26, Acts 1:8, 13:1-4, Matthew 18:17-18, Matthew 26:26-29, Luke 6:12-13, I Timothy 3:15

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