(1) Its nature: The church of the Lord Jesus Christ is the fellowship of persons redeemed by Christ and made one in the family of God. In a local sense it is a body of baptized believers who are associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel.
(2) Its membership: Membership in the church is a privilege properly extended only to regenerated persons who voluntarily accept baptism and commit themselves to faithful discipleship in the body of Christ.
(3) Its Ordinances: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the two Ordinances of the church.
(a) Christian Baptism is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer’s death to sin, the burial
of the old life and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Jesus Christ.
(b) The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.
(4) Its Government: The church is an autonomous body subject only to Christ as its head. Its democratic government reflects the equality and responsibility of believers under the leadership of Christ.
(5) Relation to the State: Church and State are both ordained of God and are answerable to Him. They should remain separate, but they are under the obligation of mutual recognition and reinforcement as each seeks to fulfill its divine function.
(6) Relation to the World: The church is to be responsible to the world; its mission is to the world; but its character and ministry are not to be of the world.