As Christ followers, scripture calls us a priesthood of all believers (1 Peter 2.4-10) and refers to us as believers in many ways. Some include Branches (John 15.5), Sheep (John 10.11-16), and Body (Romans 12.4-5, 1 Corinthians 12.12-31). As the Body, we submit to Jesus our Head (Ephesians 5.24, Colossians 1.15-20). We prefer to be known simply as “Christians” (Acts 11.26). We take our name from our Head (Matthew 16.18, Romans 16.16 and Ephesians 5.23). We believe in autonomous, congregational church organization; local governance by a plurality of male elders (Titus 1.5); tested Deacons (1 Timothy 3.8-9); Baptism by immersion of consenting believers for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2.38); weekly observance of Communion (Acts 20.7, 1 Corinthians 11.23-32) and cheerful giving by our members (2 Corinthians 9.6-7 and 1 Corinthians 16.1-2). We believe we will one day be united with Christ in His resurrection (Romans 6.3-5) and that Jesus desires for His members to be faithful until death (Revelations 2.10).