1) We believe that the Scriptures teach that a Baptist Church is a local, visible, assembly of baptized believers, associated by covenant, faith and fellowship of the Gospel. A church is to observe the ordinances of Christ and is governed by His laws. Members of the local church are to exercise the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word. The only scriptural offices of the church are pastor (elders, bishops), and deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are clearly defined in the New Testament. The true mission of each church is found in the Great Commission which includes the making of individual disciples, building the church by baptizing believers, and to disciple the saved. This order cannot be reversed. Each church has the absolute right of self government, free from the interference of any outside entity. The one and only Head of each church is Jesus Christ. It is Scriptural for churches of like faith and order to co-operate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel. Every church is the sole and only judge of the measure and method of its co-operation and in all matters of membership, policy, government, discipline, and benevolence, the free will of each church is final (Acts 2:41-42 & 47, 5:11; I Corinthians 4:17, 5:5,11; 11:2 & 23; II Corinthians 8:5, 23-24; I Timothy 3:5,15; II Thessalonians 3:7; Romans 16:17-20; Matthew 18:15-20; 28:19-20; John 14:15; 15:10; I John 4:21; I Thessalonians 4:2; II John 6; Philippians 1:1; Acts 14:23, 15:22-23, 20:17-28; I Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9; Ephesians 1:22,23, 4:11; I Corinthians 12:4,8-11; Acts 6:5-6; Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 5:23-24; I Peter 5:1-4; Jude 3-4; I Corinthians 5:11-13, 6:1-3).
2) We believe that the establishment and continuance of churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Matthew 16:18; Acts 13:1-3, 14:27, 20:17, 28-32; I Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11).
3) We recognize water baptism and the Lords Supper as the Scriptural and only ordinances of the church.