The church is literally, ‘the called out ones or those called together,’ meaning the universal as well as the local assembly or congregation of believers in Jesus Christ. The New Testament church was first acknowledged by Jesus
"And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
and birthed at the day of Pentecost, via the regenerating and anointing power of the Holy Spirit. The church exists to glorify God and display His grace in the world. We believe
"And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved."
serves as the model for the church’s service and stewardship through the key functions of; evangelism, discipleship, prayer, fellowship, ministry and worship.
The church’s leadership as a plurality of elders
"And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed."
mandated to equip the saints (believers) for the work of ministry
"And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ"
as the means for fulfilling the church’s great commandment (“to love God and love people”) and great commission
"And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”"
which is divinely given to individual believers within the corporate body.