A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a local body of baptized believers who are associated by their common faith and fellowship with Jesus. A local church is to observe the two ordinances: (1) baptism and (2) the Lord’s Supper. The church should exercise their God-given gifts and extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. The church is an autonomous body serving under the Lordship of Christ. All members are equally responsible as they serve with the scriptural officers of the church, the pastors and deacons.
The image to the right is a depiction of why we have church. We come to church for worship, prayer, teaching, fellowship, encouragement, family, help, and action. In summary, the local church is the where Christians connect to in order to grow spiritually. All Christians should be a part of a local church.