VI. The Church

from the Baptist Faith & Message 2000:

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 invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Each congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ through democratic processes. In such a congregation each member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord. Its scriptural officers are pastors and deacons. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.

The New Testament speaks also of the church as the body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation.

Matthew 16:15-19 | Matthew 18:15-20 | Acts 2:41-42,47 | Acts 5:11-14 | Acts 6:3-6 | Acts 13:1-3 | Acts 14:23,27 | Acts 15:1-30 | Acts 16:5 | Acts 20:28 | Romans 1:7 | 1 Corinthians 1:2 | 1 Corinthians 3:16 | 1 Corinthians 5:4-5 | 1 Corinthians 7:17 | 1 Corinthians 9:13-14 | 1 Corinthians 12 | Ephesians 1:22-23 | Ephesians 2:19-22 | Ephesians 3:8-11,21 | Ephesians 5:22-32 | Philippians 1:1 | Colossians 1:18 | 1 Timothy 2:9-14 | 1 Timothy 3:1-15 | 1 Timothy 4:14 | Hebrews 11:39-40 | 1 Peter 5:1-4 | Revelation 2-3 | Revelation 21:2-3

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Don, I just noticed (I must be slow) that the gender of deacons are not mentioned.