We Are A Church Belonging To Jesus Christ
Just like the early Christians, we joined ourselves to a local church of God’s people (Acts 11:26; Romans 16:16; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 11:16). A local congregation that is totally autonomous from other congregations and guided by the Bible alone. This congregation is guided by the leadership of a plurality of godly men in the congregation called elders (also called shepherds, bishops, or pastors) (Acts 14:23; 20:17, 28; 1 Timothy 3:1-7) and served by special servants of the church called deacons (Philippians 1:1; 1 Timothy 3:8-13).
In our work together as a church, we simply follow the approved biblical pattern of the New Testament churches. First, through challenging instruction in the teachings of the Bible, we seek to train every disciple of Christ that they may progress toward spiritual maturity and full usefulness in the service of God (Ephesians 4:11-16). Second, we provide for the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ locally and aid in supporting faithful preachers in other places around the world (2 Corinthians 8:14; Philippians 4:14-16; 2 Corinthians 11:8). Third, we care for the needs of poor Christians (Acts 4:34-35; 11:29-30). All the funds used to carry out these works are obtained by the free will offering of the members of this congregation.