We believe in one holy and universal church, inaugurated on Pentecost, a living and spiritual body of which Jesus Christ is the head and all believers are equal members. The universal church finds its expression in local churches in which believers agree together to serve God through worship, believers through nurture, and the world through evangelism and mercy. The local church is called to minister to both spiritual and physical needs: spiritual needs through evangelism, discipleship and discipline; and physical needs by supporting the helpless and praying for the sick and afflicted. God hears and answers the prayer of faith, according to His will. Elders are to guide the local church, providing general oversight, instruction in sound doctrine, and defense against false teaching, with certain responsibilities delegated to deacons. Christ Himself commanded two ordinances for the local church, believers’ baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Through these ordinances believers identify with and remember Christ’s completed work on the cross. Baptism is the initiatory ordinance, observed only once by each believer as a public confession to his union with Christ through faith; going under the water indicating death with Christ to sin and coming out of the water indicating resurrection with Christ to newness of life. The Lord’s Supper is the perpetual ordinance, observed repeatedly by each believer as a testimony to his ongoing relationship with and dependence upon Christ. The church is to continue in these acts of worship and obedience until He comes. Weddings and funerals, though not ordinances, are services of worship. Marriage, symbolizing the relationship of Christ and the church, unites one man and one woman in a single, exclusive covenant relationship, and provides the only moral context for sexual intimacy. Death, for the believer, marks the entrance of the soul into the Lord's presence, while the body awaits resurrection.