A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers. Associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges given them by His Word, and seeking to fulfill the great commission by taking the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Its scriptural officers are pastors, elders, and deacons. While both men and women are gifted for service in the Church, certain offices are limited to men as qualified by Scripture.
The New Testament speaks of the Church as the Body of Christ including all redeemed believers from every tribe, language, people, and nation.
Acts 2:41-42,47; 5:11-14; 6:3-6; 13:1-3; Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 3:16; 5:4-5; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19 Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:18