MARKS OF A TRUE CHURCH

Briefly, a true church must be Christ-Centered, Biblical and Missional. The church is not a building, but instead the men and women who have put their faith in Christ for the forgiveness of their sins. The Church consists of all those individuals whom God has saved throughout the world. Many disagree on what makes a true church. We believe that there several marks needed to identify a gathering of people as a church. The marks of the Church in her individual congregations are those defining characteristics of the body of Christ throughout history. These marks are, especially, the right preaching of God's Word and the faithful declaration of the Gospel, the administration of the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper, the discipline of her members, and her submission to Christ as her only true and rightful head (1 Tim. 3:13Matt. 28:19;  1 Cor. 11:24-26). In addition to this, we believe the church is called to be missional. That is, we are called to do ministry outside the four walls of the church building to reach the lost and demonstrate the love of Christ.