1. Its Head and Founder is Jesus Christ!
"And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon
this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" (Matthew 16:18)
2. Its only rule of faith and practice is the BIBLE!
"And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures,
which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration
of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God
may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works" (II Timothy 3:15-17)
3. Its name - Church, or Churches!
"I Jesus, have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things
in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star" (Revelation 22:16)
4. Its polity - Congregational!
"...shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great
among you, let him be your minister; and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son
of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many" (Matthew 20:26-28)
5. Its members - ONLY Saved People!
"In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto
an holy temple in the Lord" (Ephesians 2:21)
6. Its Ordinances - Believers' Baptism followed by the Lord's
"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in
the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever i have
commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen" (Matthew 28:19-20)
"For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye
do shew the Lord's death till he come" (I Corinthians
7. Its Officers - Pastors and Deacons!
"This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop,
he desireth a good work"
(I Timothy 3:1)
"For they that have used the office of a deacon well puchase
to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
(I Timothy 3:13)
8. Its Work - getting folks saved, baptizing them with
a baptism that meets all the requirements of God's Word, and teaching them "to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded
you" (Matthew 28:20)
9. Its Financial Plan - Tithes and Offerings!
"Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the
gospel should live of the gospel"
(I Corninthians 9:14)
10. Its Weapons of Warfare - Spiritual, not Carnal!
"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty
through God to the pulling down of strong holds" (II Corinthians 10:4)
11. Its Independence - Separation of Church and State!
"They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto
them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's" (Matthew 22:21)