There are many ways that the Church of Jesus Christ has been described over the years. A wonderful description is found in the formulation of the Nicene Creed where the church is described in the following way: We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church
This confession is significant. First, we believe the church to be one, a unified body, representing all people who have been saved by grace through faith in the completed work of Jesus Christ. This one church exists spread through various faithful denominations and traditions today. Second, the church is holy - a people set apart for God. Her holiness is not simply a moral description but a comment that she is God's own bride and possession, sanctified (set apart) for his purposes in the world. Third, the church is catholic, or universal. The church is not for one ethno linguistic group or nation state. No, the church is universal and in its final form will include people from every tribe and language and people and nation. Finally, the church is apostolic in that it is founded on the teaching of Jesus Christ and the apostles found in the Scriptures of the New Testament. This church is a people under a new covenant which has been called to assemble together locally for the teaching of the Bible, the practice of the ordinances, under the authority of Jesus Christ the head of the church.
Jesus gave two sacraments/ordinances to the church-baptism and the Lord's Supper. Baptism serves as the identifying entry sign of the church where his people align publically with Jesus Christ, marking them as members of the church. The Lord's Supper is the continuing sign of the new covenant where believers remember the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus (Luke 22:19; 1 Corinthians 11:24-25), proclaim the gospel visibly (1 Corinthians 11:26), receive a foretaste of the coming kingdom (Luke 22:16, 18) and fellowship with Christ and one another (1 Corinthians 10:16-17; Luke 24:30-31; Revelation 3:20; John 6:35-58)
We believe the church is led by Jesus Christ, the chief shepherd of the church (1 Peter 5:4), through a plurality of biblically qualified men called elders (Titus 1, 1 Timothy 3:1-7, 1 Peter 5:1-5) who are assisted by men and women who serve the church as deacons (Acts 6, Romans 16:1, 1 Timothy 3:8-13).