THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH IS COMPOSED OF ALL THOSE WHO ARE BORN AGAIN.
THROUGH THE NEW BIRTH, WE ARE UNITED TOGETHER IN THE BODY OF CHRIST.
JESUS CHRIST IS THE LORD AND HEAD OF THE CHURCH, AND HAS PROVIDED LEADERSHIP FOR THE LOCAL CHURCH THROUGH THE MINISTRY GIFTS, WHICH ONLY HE CAN GIVE.
EVERY LOCAL CHURCH HAS THE RIGHT, UNDER CHRIST, TO DECIDE AND GOVERN ITS OWN AFFAIRS.
(John 3:3; Eph. 1:22, 4:8)
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God
And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all
Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
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