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OFFICERS OF THE LOCAL CHURCH
We believe that the New Testament identifies two officers of the local church: those who occupy the office of pastor/elder/bishop; and those who occupy the office of deacon. The Pastor/Elder/Bishop(s) shepherd the church as a flock, provide mature leadership, and oversee the affairs of the church. They must be faithful teachers of the Word of God, equipping believers for works of service. Deacons are servants who help care for the physical needs of the congregation, and assist the Pastor/Elder/Bishop(s).
ORDINANCES OF THE LOCAL CHURCH
We believe the New Testament describes two ordinances for the local church, believer's baptism and the Lord's Supper. Believer's baptism is that act of obedience on the part of the believer by which he/she is fully immersed in water as a symbol of his/her union with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and his/her union with the church. The Lord's Supper is a memorial to the death of the Lord Jesus Christ, and a symbol of the union of true believers within the body of Christ.
SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE
We believe that the church is separate from the institution of human government, and is sovereign in and of itself. Therefore, the state does not have authority over the church in spiritual matters. However, this does not absolve the church from obeying the civil laws and rulers, since God has ordained all human government.
THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked. Only those who have been justified by faith are truly righteous before God. All others are in His sight wicked and under condemnation. This distinction among people continues after death, in the everlasting conscious blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost.
LAST THINGS
We believe that this present church age will end at the Rapture, when Jesus Christ will gather up all church-age believers, dead and living, to Himself in the clouds. After the Rapture will come seven years of tribulation, during which time God's wrath against sin will be poured out toward all mankind, and many will be saved, both Jews and Gentiles. The Tribulation will come to an end with the Second Coming of Christ literally, physically and bodily to the earth to judge the nations and establish His Millennial Kingdom in fulfillment of God's promises to Israel. Following the Millennium, Christ will judge the unrighteous dead, and usher in the eternal state. In the eternal state, believers of all ages will enjoy the blessings and presence of the Lord forever in the new heaven and new earth, while unbelievers will be cast into the lake of fire for eternity.
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