At Liberty Baptist Church we count it a blessing to take the name Baptist because of its history and tradition of placing the scriptures above all else when it comes to doctrine and practical Christianity.
What is a Baptist? Here is a list of what are known as Baptist Distinctives or things that Baptists are traditionally known for.
- Biblical Authority– We believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God and that it has been preserved on earth in every generation (Ps. 12:7). We also believe that the King James Version of the Bible is the preserved word of God for the English speaking people, and because of the fact that we have God’s word we can base our lives and ministries completely upon it.
- Autonomy of the Local Church- This simply means that our church is independent and does not answer to any denominational body. We are a self-sustained and governed body of believers whose head is Christ (Col. 1:18).
- Priesthood of the Believers- Every born-again child of God has direct access to Him through Jesus Christ. We do not need any man or woman to be the go-between. The Bible tells us that when we become Christians, God lives within us and our bodies are now his temple (I Peter 2:5).
- Two church ordinances- We believe in only two ordinances or observances; baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper. Both of these ordinances are merely symbols and do not play any part in salvation. Baptism is a public act in which a person who has accepted Christ declares that they are now a Christian. The Bible gives several accounts of people getting baptized and in every instance they were immersed, or put under the water. The Lord’s Supper is also a symbol of the death of Jesus Christ and a testimony of each believer showing they have received Him.
- Individual Soul Liberty- We believe that every human being has the God-given right to freedom of conscience; that is to worship what and how they please. God has given humanity the free-will to accept Him or reject Him. What each person does with Jesus is for them to decide. A person cannot be forced to accept Jesus Christ or any religion for that matter and with that responsibility follows the truth that every individual will give an answer to God for their own conscience (Rom. 14:12).
- Saved and Baptized Church Membership- Local church membership is reserved for those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and have been baptized as the first step in obedience to God. Church membership is a commitment to God and fellow believers, and should be taken seriously.
- Two offices of the Church- The two offices of the church as described in the Bible are the Pastor and Deacons.
- Separation of Church and State- God has established both the church and the civil government, each with its own area of influence.
Some other things we believe…
- Salvation by grace through faith– Salvation is obtained first by coming to the realization that we have sinned and because of that fact, we are destined to hell. When Jesus died on the cross, He did so to take the punishment for sin. When we believe that there is no good work that we can do to earn heaven or erase our sins, then we ask Jesus to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from them. By faith we accept His perfect sacrifice on the cross in exchange for our imperfect life and receive Him as our only hope of an eternal home in heaven.
- The free-will of man- At Liberty Baptist Church we believe that when God told people to “choose this day” whom they would serve, that He was acknowledging the fact that humanity had the capacity to make choices. We reject the notion that God created some people to an eternity in heaven and others to eternity in hell and that these individuals have no choice in the matter- a doctrine known as Calvinism or Reformed Theology. The Biblical record does not support this view and we believe that it is contrary to the revealed nature and practice of God. God said that He is not willing that anyone would go to hell, but that He desires all to come to repentance (II Peter 3:9). We believe that this statement should be taken at face value and we believe what it actually says; God wants everyone to receive His Son and it is up to each individual to choose if they will accept Him or not.