We believe that all who put their faith in Jesus Christ are immediately placed by the Holy Spirit into one united spiritual Body, the Church, of which Christ is the head. The formation of the church, the Body of Christ, began on the Day of Pentecost and will be completed at the coming of Christ for His own at the rapture. We believe that the local church is important. It is the instrument through which God has used and will continue to use to reach the world until Jesus returns to rapture the church. The practical, biblical purposes of the local church are worship, evangelism, fellowship, discipleship and ministry to others.
(Matthew 16:15-19; Acts 2:41-42; 5:11-14; 6:3-6; 13:1-3; 14:23, 27; 15:1-31; 16:5; 20:28; Romans 1:6,7; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 3:16; 5:4-5; 7:17; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:8-11,21; 5:22-32; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:18; 1 Timothy 3:1-15; Hebrews 11:39-40; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 2-3; 21:2-3)