What is an Independent Church?

Local churches have been in existence since the time of Christ.  The churches established by the first century apostles of Christ began as independent churches (Romans 16:5; 1 Corinthians 16:19; Colossians 4:15). 

Each of those local churches:  

  • chose its own officers (Acts 6:1-6)
  • was self-governing (Acts 20:28)
  •  exercised its own discipline (1 Corinthians 5:12,13; Acts 20:29) 
  • handled its own internal problems (1 Corinthians 6:1-5)
  • depended on the Holy Spirit’s direction (Acts 13:1-3; Acts 8:29; Acts 20:28) 
  •  received its own vision from the Lord (Philippians 2:13; 1 Corinthians 3:5-6) 

Likewise, independent churches today strive to be loyal to Christ and to his Word rather than to any organization.  They seek to establish, preserve, and expand local churches according to the New Testament pattern (Matthew 28:18,20; Acts 13:3-5). 

It is accepted that:

  • The body of Christ transcends all earthy denominations and organizations.  It is composed of all who have trusted Christ as Savior, regardless of organizational affiliation (1 Corinthians 12:13).
  • According to the Scriptures, all who trust Christ as Savior belong to the body of Christ (Ephesians 1:13,14; 2:19-22)
  •  Independence does not mean isolation.  Independent churches try to obey the “one another” of the Bible (John 13:34-35).  In a spirit of oneness, many independent churches are involved in a network of fellowship (Romans 16:5; 1 Corinthians 16:19; Colossians 4:15).

Without a doubt, the independence of a church makes it dependent on the Lord for the provision of its every need. 

  • Is also self-supporting through the free will offerings of the assembly of believers (1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-8; Galatians 6:6).
  • This encourages prayer, faith, and spiritual growth among its members.

What is a fundamental church?

To be fundamental means to believe in and proclaim such beliefs as:

  • The Bible is the infallible Word of God (1 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20)
  • Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the only way to God (John 3:16-20, 36; John 14:6; 1 John 3:23; 5:5.) 
  • Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, born with a human nature but free from a sinful nature (Matthew 1:22-23; Hebrews 4:15) 
  • The death, burial, and resurrection of Christ to provide salvation for all (1 Corinthians 15:3) 
  • That a person must be born again in order to enter the kingdom of God (John 3:1-8)
  • The person and the work of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:12,13; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18) 
  • The reality of Satan and his defeat by the cross of Jesus Christ (Revelations 1:17,18; Colossians 2:15; 1:13; Ephesians 1:18-23).
  • The personal and bodily return of Jesus Christ and the resurrection of the dead -- some to eternal life and some to everlasting punishment (1 Thessalonians 4:14-18).


  • A personal experience of the new birth is a prerequisite to inclusion in the assembly of believers.  Testimony of one’s salvation is required before being accepted into the assembly (John 3:3, 16-21, 36; John 20:30,31). 
  • All who are truly born-again are invited to the communion table regardless of church membership.  However, everyone is instructed as to the warning found in 1 Corinthians 11:17-34; Matthew 6:14,15. We don’t want anyone to come under judgment.
  • All believers are instructed to follow the biblical teaching regarding water baptism (John 3:3-5; Romans 6:4).
  • All believers are instructed about Christ’s desire for all believers to be baptized with the Holy Spirit (Luke 24:49; Acts 2:33; Acts 1:4-8; Acts 2:1-4).
  • All believers are instructed in the rights and provisions of God’s New Covenant (1 Peter 2:9; Ephesians 1:13,14; Matthew 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24; Hebrews 4:16; Hebrews 7:25; 2 Corinthians 8:9, et al)
  • All believers are instructed as to how to fellowship with the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 13:14; John 3:7,8; I Corinthians 14:1; Romans 14:17; Romans 15:19; et al)
  • All believers are to support the local church financially by their free-will offerings according to 1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-8; Galatians 6:6.

Infallible (adj): 1.  incapable of error.  2. unfailing, sure to succeed

Synonyms:  impeccable, perfect, incontestable, unerring, faultless, flawless, dependable, reliable.

  • Psalm 119:89 Your word, O LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. 
  • Mark 13:31 Jesus Christ declares, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”
  • 2 Peter 1:20,21 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation.  For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

 An Invitation: If you haven’t accepted God’s free gift of eternal life, but you would like to, simply pray this prayer:

          “Jesus Christ, I believe you are the Son of God and the only way to God.  I admit that I’m a sinner, please forgive my sins and come into my life; I want to be born again.  Please show me how real you are. Also baptize me with your Holy Spirit. Thank you for accepting me.”

If you’re still a skeptic: “God, if this is true, please help me understand so that I can accept the gift of New Birth you purchased for me.” 


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