The word “baptism” is the English form from the Greek word “baptizo” which means to submerse or immerse. All newly converted people in the New Testament Church were immersed in water immediately after becoming born-again Christians.
Acts 2:41 (New International Version) Those who accepted His message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
Christ commanded that this be done.
Matthew 28:19 (New International Version) Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…
By the way, there are many who meet like this all over the world. We are a part of the Body of Christ around the world who is non-denominational, evangelical, Bible-based and who operates in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. However, we believe that all those who sincerely confess and follow Jesus as Lord and Savoir are members of this one body of Christ, and we are united by His blood. We may be many members, but we are one worldwide church of believers. Our focus is Jesus Christ as Lord, regardless to the differences various believers may have in their understanding of the Bible. We are all united in Christ; He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
It is important to be not only a Bible-believing church, but a Bible-obeying church. It is of the utmost importance that the Holy Spirit be given His place in the local church.
To be gathered in His Name is to meet by His authority, submitting to His Lordship, and following His Word. There is no division between “clergy” and “laity” in the New Testament. Elders (shepherds) in the New Testament are ordained by the Holy Spirit and are sanctified (set-apart) as shepherds or spiritual over-seers of the local church. The Bible is clear that elders will one day give an account of those the Holy Spirit has placed under their care. Elders in the New Testament are always in the plural.
Deacons take care of the administration and business of the church.
The Bible teaches that we are all believer-priests and can bring our worship directly before God.
Hebrews 13:15-17 (New International Version) Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise‚ the fruit of lips that confess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.