We are an assembly of followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, with a fellowship that is autonomous, evangelical and charismatic, affiliated with Liberty Network International Ministries.
We view ourselves as called of God to share in mutual Christian care and practical cooperation in carrying out the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ. We affirm our commitment to both local church autonomy and inter-church cooperation as biblical norms for our life and ministry. We also affirm our call to work in the spirit of love and unity with all true believers in our common ministry within the Kingdom of God.
The Bible - We believe the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, to be the only infallible, authoritative written word of God. (Jer. 30:2; Heb. 2:2; Rom. 4:23-25; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20-21.)
God - We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Gen. 1:26; Ex. 20:1-5; Deut. 6:4; Isaiah 63:9-10; Matt. 3:16, 17; 28:9; Luke 3:22; John 17:3; Gal. 4:4-6).
Jesus Christ - We believe in the deity of Christ (Matt. 1:23; John 1:1-3), in his virgin birth (Matt. 1:18-23; Luke 1:35), in his sinless life (II Cor. 5:21; 1Pet. 1:19; 1 John 3:5), in his miracles (Mark 1:23-26; Luke 5:1-11; John 2:1-11; John 4:46-54), in his vicarious and atoning death through his shed blood (John 3:14-17; Heb. 10:10-20), in his bodily resurrection ( Matt 28:1-6; 1 Cor. 15:3-8), in his ascension to the right hand of the Father (John 20:17; Acts 1:9), and in his personal return in power and glory (Matt. 24:27-31; Luke 21:27-36) to judge the living and the dead (John 5:28-29; Acts 24: 14-15).
Man - We believe that all are born with a nature to sin (Romans 3:23, 5:12, 7:14-17; 1 John 1:10) and must be “born again” to enter the Kingdom of Heaven (Matt. 19:25-26; John 3:3-8; 2 Cor. 5:17; 1 Pet. 1:23).
Salvation - We believe that the terms of salvation are repentance toward God for sin, and a personal, heartfelt faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, which results in regeneration of the person. This salvation is entirely by grace of our Lord and not of works. Works are excluded except as FRUIT of salvation (Acts 3:19, 20, Romans 4:1-5, Romans 5:1, Ephesians 2:8-10).
Local Church - We believe the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a Body of believers who have been baptized in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; who are under recognized, delegated authorities; and who assemble to worship, carry forth the Great Commission, and minister as the Holy Ghost leads. We believe the local church promotes regular fellowship with other believers and a commitment to a local church with regular participation in its activities is important for personal spiritual growth (Matt. 16:18; Matt. 28:19, 20; John 17:11, 21:12; Acts 2:40-47; 20:28; Rom. 12:4-5; Ephesians 4:11-16, 5:22-32, I Timothy 3:15; Heb. 10:25).
Ordinances - We believe that the two ordinances of the Church are Water Baptism and the Lord's Supper.
- Water Baptism - Immersion in water in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost (Matthew 3:15, 16, Matthew 28:19, 20, Acts 8:38, Romans 6:1-4). A symbol of identification with Jesus Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection.
- Lord's Supper - A memorial of the death, resurrection, and Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 22:13-20).
Heaven and Hell - We believe the Scriptures clearly set forth the doctrines of eternal punishment for the lost and eternal bliss and service for the saved -- Hell for the unsaved and Heaven for the saved (Matthew 25:34, 41, 46, Luke 16:19-31, John 14:1-3, Revelation 20:11-15).
Holy Spirit - We believe the Holy Spirit to be the third person of the Trinity whose purpose in the redemption of man is to convict men of sin, regenerate the repentant believer, guide the believer into ALL truth, indwell and give gifts to believers as He wills, that they may minister as Christ would to men. We believe that the manifestations of the Holy Spirit recorded in I Corinthians 12:8-11 shall operate in the present day churches which yield to the Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 11:13, John 7:37-39, John 14:16, 17, John 16:7-14, Acts 2:39-48).
We believe that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, with the evidence of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance, is for all believers as promised by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:11) and Jesus (Acts 1:4, 5, 8) and Peter (Acts 2:38-41), was witnessed by the early disciples of Christ (Acts 2:4, Acts 10:44-47, Acts 19:1-6), and is evidenced by many present-day disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Sexual Identity - We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31.) Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of Liberty Church, Inc.
We have great tenderness toward those who are confused on this subject and we offer studies to help any individual to sort out the logical, scientific and Biblical points of choice and love.
Our two main studies are:
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Gen. 1:26-27.) Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. Activities such as sex change surgeries, gender bending, cross dressing, etc have at their root a rejection of the way that God made that person.
We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. (Gen. 2:18-25.) We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. (1 Cor. 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb. 13:4.) We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.
We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God. (Matt. 15:18-20; 1 Cor. 6:9-10.)
We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Liberty Church Inc. as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the Liberty Church Inc. members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by Liberty Church Inc. in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality. (Matt. 5:16; Phil. 2:14-16; 1 Thess. 5:22.)
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (Acts 3:19-21; Rom. 10:9-10; 1 Cor. 6:9-11.)
We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31.) Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of Liberty Church, Inc.
Divine Healing - We believe that God has used doctors, medicines, and other material means for healing; but divine healing was also provided for in the Atonement (Isaiah 53:5) and may be appropriated by laying on of hands by elders (James 5:14-16), laying on of hands by the believers (Mark 16:18), by the prayer of an anointed person gifted for healing the sick (I Corinthians 12:9), or by a direct act of receiving this provision by faith (Mark 11:23).
Priesthood of Believers - We believe that each believer is a priest of the Lord (Revelation 1:6) and has direct access to the Father through the Lord Jesus Christ. Each person must believe for himself, be baptized for himself, obey for himself, and answer to his Creator for himself.
Government of the Church - We believe that the New Testament Church should be apostolic in nature and is governed by delegated authorities. These authorities at LIBERTY CHURCH, INCORPORATED are set forth in Article IV of the charter.