The Church belongs to God
The Church belongs to God (1 Corinthians 1.2; 1 Timothy 3:15), and not to any individual or group of individuals.
The Church is the Body of Christ
The Church is the Body of Christ (Ephesians. 1:23; 1 Corinthians. 12:27), and it includes all who have been born again by the Spirit and forgiven of their sins.
Christ is the Head of the Church (Ephesians 5:23; Colossians 1:18). He is also the sole Lord of the Church (Rev. 1:20). In the Church, only Christ is exalted. His authority is to be completely accepted, and he is to be obeyed in all things.
The Church is One (1 Corinthians. 12:12-13; Ephesians 4:4; Galatians 3:27- 28). Although there are many churches in the world, there is only one Universal Church. It consists of all born-again believers who have fellowship with one another in the Holy Spirit.
The Church is local in nature (1 Corinthians 1:2; Galatians 1:2; 2 Corinthians 8:1). Because Christians are scattered throughout the world, they are gathered into local churches to worship and serve the Lord. However, in Christ all Christians are members of one another and together they bear witness to the Body of Christ.
The Church is guided by the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the Counselor of the Church (John 15:26, 16:1-15). He guides and directs believers (1 John 2:27), sends forth workers (Acts 13:2), chooses and appoints elders (Acts 20:28), and settles difficulties and establishes practice (Acts 15:28). The Church receives blessings as it strives to follow the leading of the Spirit and to obey His will
The Bible is the Authority of the Church
All of the Church's structures and activities are to be based upon the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17)