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As a result of a union with Jesus Christ, all believers become members of His body, the church. The church began on the day of Pentecost and will continue its distinct purpose until the rapture. We believe that the church exists in both a universal aspect as the body of Christ, and in a local sense in individual assemblies of believers. The Scriptures command the local church to gather to devote themselves’ to teaching of the Word, worship, prayer, fellowship, serving the body through the development and use of talents and gifts, and observance of two ordinances. These two ordinances are believer baptism, which we practice by immersion, and the Lord’s Supper, which we believe to be a remembrance of Christ’s death and is open to all believers. We believe the local church is to be under the watch/care of elders and other supportive leadership; its members are to work together in love and unity, intent on the one ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ.