LIBERTY BAPTIST CHURCH EXISTS FOR THE PURPOSE OF:

Helping individuals become deeply rooted

in a relationship with Christ.

 

 

 

We become Rooted in Christ by:

 

Loving God

Loving God begins in the heart, with a personal relationship with Him. As we gather and participate in Christ-honoring worship services and respond to the preaching of God’s Word, this love flourishes. Mark 12:30 says, “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.”
 

Growing Together

We grow together, in Christ, through the study of God’s Word. This occurs in our weekly services, in our smaller adult Bible fellowships, our connection groups.
 

Serving Others

We serve others as we find a place of ministry in the local body. One of the most valuable things we can share is ourselves: our time, our talents, our energies in serving others in the Body of Christ.
 

Sharing Christ

By sharing the Gospel with those who need the Lord—through witnessing to friends, coworkers, neighbors, and loved ones, as well as in participating in church outreach and giving to missions.
 

As a church, our mission is to reach the world with the Gospel of Christ. We want to utilize every available biblical means, and we want to disciple and train every member to participate in accomplishing our church’s purpose.

 

What We Believe

Articles Of Faith

A Summary Of Doctrinal Beliefs

 

We, the Liberty Baptist Church, believe the Holy Bible to be the source of truth. We gladly turn to it as the source of our faith. On this page we have given a brief summary of our faith in a topical format.

 

 

DOCTRINE OF THE BIBLE

We believe the writings of the Old and New Testaments, as originally written, were verbally inspired, therefore making God the actual author of the Bible. We believe that God has preserved His words without error and that we have God’s Word today, in english, in the King James Version.

 

DOCTRINE OF THE TRIUNE GOD

We believe that God is one in essence and nature and yet composed of three persons; thus there is one and only one true God and that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; that they are equal and execute distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. Exodus 20:2-3; I Corinthians 8:6; Genesis 17:1; II Corinthians 3:17

 

DOCTRINE OF JESUS CHRIST

We believe that Jesus Christ is the second Person of the Triune God and therefore He has always been and was never created. Without giving up His deity He became man by the miracle of the virgin birth in that He was begotten of the Holy Spirit and born of Mary, a virgin. As the perfect Lamb of God He gave Himself in death upon the cross, arose bodily and ascended into Heaven where He is our High Priest and advocate with the Father. John 1:1, 14; Matthew 1:18-25; Philippians 2:6-8; I Corinthians 15:3-7; Luke 24:2-8, 51; Hebrews 4:14-16

 

DOCTRINE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Triune God who convicts the world concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment; that He indwells and seals all who become children of God through Christ; that He empowers, teaches, sanctifies, and fills believers daily as they surrender to Him. John 16:8-11, 14:16, 17; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:13; Acts 1:8; John 14:26; II Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 5:18

   

DOCTRINE OF MAN

Creation  We believe the Genesis account of creation as being neither allegory nor myth, but a literal account of the direct creative acts of God in six literal days. No evolution was employed. All of mankind are descendants of the historical Adam and Eve. Genesis 1&2; John 1:3

Fall  We believe that when Adam and Eve disobeyed God in Eden, they brought about the ruin of the entire human race causing it to fall into sin which brought spiritual, physical, and eternal death. Genesis 3:1-6; Romans 5:12-19 

Destination  We believe that man’s eternal destination is hell; that this comes as a result of his rebellion against God and alignment with Satan. Romans 6:23a; II Thessalonians 1:7b-9; Revelation 20, 21:8

 

DOCTRINE OF SIN

Nature of Sin  We believe that sin is the transgression of the law, will and desire of God; that sin is disobedience, lawlessness, “a missing the mark” of God’s revealed will; that everyone was created in innocence and that by voluntary choice people transgressed God’s law, and everyone sinned in Adam, therefore all mankind are totally depraved being sinners by nature and by conduct. Genesis 3:1-6; Romans 3:10-19, 5:12, 19; I John 3:4 

Penalty of Sin  We believe that the penalty of sin is death-spiritual death, physical death and eternal death in hell. Genesis 2:17; Ephesians 2:1, 5; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:11-15

 

DOCTRINE OF SALVATION

Meaning of Salvation  We believe that the doctrine of salvation deals with God saving man from the results of sin. God saves man from the power of sin, enabling a saved man to live a holy life; from the penalty of sin, giving a saved man a release from hell; and from the presence of sin one day when taken to heaven. Luke 15; Romans 6; Revelation 20:11-15; 21:24-27

Death of Jesus Christ  We believe Jesus’ death made a full and vicarious (in our place) payment for our sin; that His death consisted not in merely setting an example for us as a martyr, but was a voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the Just (Jesus) dying for the unjust, bearing our sin in His own body on the tree. Romans 3:24, 25; Hebrews 2:14, 9:22; Isaiah 53; I Peter 1:18-21, 2:24 There could be NO salvation without His death through the shedding of His blood.

Salvation By Grace  We believe that our salvation is a free gift from God, not merited in any way, therefore is wholly by grace. Salvation is received by repentance of our sins and the placing of one’s faith (trust) in the Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:8-9 

Repentance  We believe that repentance is a change of mind and purpose from sin toward God; that it is characterized by godly sorrow for sin that separates man from God, and that true repentance is inseparably related to true faith. Acts 20:21

Remission  We believe that remission (forgiveness) of sins is only received because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Hebrews 9:22; I John 1:7

New Birth  We believe that salvation is a spiritual birth whereby one enters the family of God and becomes partaker of God’s nature. John 3:1-8, 1:12, 13; I John 2:29, 3:9,4:7, 5:1, 4, 18; II Peter 1:4

Sanctification  We believe that salvation involves the act of setting apart a sinner unto God, the process of daily becoming more set apart unto God, and the future event of being completely set apart unto God. Sanctification has to do with holiness or separation from sin unto God. I Corinthians 6:11, 15:51-54; Hebrews 10:10-14; II Peter 3:18; I John 3:2

Security of the Saints  We believe that those who are saved are kept by the power of God, and sealed by the spirit of God, therefore making it impossible to be lost once saved. I Peter 1:5; Romans 8:35-39; Ephesians 1:13

Priesthood of the Believers  We believe that through Jesus Christ every believer has direct access into God’s presence without the need of a human priest; that every believer has the right and responsibility to study the Scriptures guided by the Holy Spirit. Hebrews 4:16; II Timothy 2:15; I Peter 2:9

 

DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH

The Church  We believe that a church is an organized assembly of saved, baptized believers meeting for worship, prayer, fellowship, teaching, to practice the ordinances, and to carry out the Great Commission; that this assembly is independent and free to govern itself without ecclesiastical interference; that this assembly is accountable directly to it’s Head (Jesus Christ). Matthew 28:19, 20; I Corinthians 11:2; Acts 2:41, 42; Matthew 18:15-17; Acts 15; Colossians 1:18

Bishops and Deacons  We believe that God established the offices of the church to minister to it and enable it to carry out it’s function effectively. The office of bishop (terms bishop, elder, pastor are used interchangeably) designates the overseer who provides leadership to the church. The office of deacon designates men who are yielded to serving the church in ways that enable the pastor to be more effective in the ministry of the Word of God through preaching, teaching and praying. Philippians 1:1; Acts 20:17, 28; Titus 1:5-7; I Peter 5:1-4; Acts 6; 1 Timothy 3

Baptism and Lord’s Supper  We believe that only two ordinances were given to the church – baptism and the Lord’s Supper, that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water under the authority of a New Testament church, portraying the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, through Whom we died to sin and rose to a new life; that Christian baptism is the door into church membership. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a continuing memorial of the broken body and shed blood of Christ observed by the local church membership and should be preceded by solemn self-examination. Matthew 28:19, 20; Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 2:12; Acts 2:41, 42; Matthew 26:26-30; I Corinthians 11:23-34

New Testament Church  We believe that God established one kind of church and that through sin, division and different doctrinal belief many different kinds of churches have been established. We believe the church was started by Christ and empowered on the day of Pentecost. We believe that the distinctive beliefs of the Baptists are those of the New Testament church and that we have an historic and doctrinal continuity which stretches back to Jesus Christ. Matthew 3:1, 2, 13, 16:18; Acts 20:28-30; II Timothy 4:1-4; History also supports this position

 

DOCTRINE OF FUTURE THINGS

Rapture  We believe in the imminent, pre-tribulational catching away of the saints, and that at that moment the dead in Christ shall be raised in glorified bodies, and the living in Christ shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Corinthians 15:42-­44, 51-54; Philippians 3:20, 21; Revelation 3:10

Tribulation and Millennium  We believe that the Tribulation Period, which follows the Rapture of the saints, will be culminated by the revelation of Christ in power and great glory to sit upon the throne of David and to establish a literal millennial reign. Daniel 9:25-27; Matthew 24:29-31; Luke 1:30-33; Isaiah 9:6, 7, 11:1-9; Acts 2:29, 30; Revelation 20:1-4, 6

Final Events  We believe that following a 1000 year reign on earth Satan will be loosed, a final battle fought, the earth renovated by fire, the Great White Throne Judgment held and the New Paradise entered by the saints of the ages! Revelation 20:7-22:5

Heaven and Hell  We believe that the saved at death go immediately to be with Christ in Heaven, that their works shall be brought before the Judgment Seat of Christ for the determination of rewards which will take place at the time when Christ comes for His own; that the spirits of the unsaved at death descend immediately into Hades where they are kept in fiery punishment until the final day of judgment, at which time their bodies shall be raised from the grave, that they shall be judged and cast into Hell, the place of final and everlasting fiery punishment. John 14:1-6; II Corinthians 5:8-10; I Peter 3:22; Matthew 25:46; Luke 16:19-31; Mark 9:42-48; Revelation 20:11-15