We believe the church is a “called out” assembly of believers from the world which began on the day of the Pentecost (Acts 2). We believe that membership of the local church is limited to individuals who truly know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and have been baptized by immersion (Acts 2:38-41). We believe the Bible is the sole rule of faith and practice. We believe in the priesthood of believers (1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 4:15-16; 1 Peter 2:9) and in the autonomy of the local church.We believe in two church ordinances: baptism by immersion after salvation for those truly receiving Christ as Savior (Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19; Acts 10:47-48) and the Lord’s Supper for all obedient believers (1 Corinthians 11: 23-26). We believe that baptism is an outward picture of the new birth which identifies a believer with Christ (Romans 6:3-6; Colossians 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21) and that the Lord’s Supper commemorates the death of Christ (1 Corinthians 11:23-26), symbolizing His sacrifice for our sins. Neither baptism nor the Lord’s Supper possesses any power to save man from his sins.We believe in two church offices: pastor (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9) and deacons (1 Timothy 3:8-13). We believe in the separation of the believer from sin and the world (1 John 2:15-17; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Ephesians 5:11); in separation from false teachers, including all forms of unbelief such as Modernism, Neo-Orthodoxy, Liberalism, and organizations (e.g. World and National Council of Churches) supporting such movements (Matthew 7:15-20; Galatians 1:8-9); and in separation from disobedient brethren (Matthew 18:15-18; Titus 3:9-11; 1 Corinthians 5:1-13).