Core Beliefs

Liberty’s Doctrinal Statement:


Biblical Authority

We believe in the verbal inspiration of the Bible, both Old and New Testament.

(2 Tim 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12;1 Peter 1:23-25; 2 Peter 1:19-21)


Trinity

We believe in one God revealed in three persons: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.

(Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; John 17)


Humanity

We believe that humanity was created in the image of God and was endowed with inherent worth, dignity and freedom by virtue of the Creator’s eternal purpose and grace. However, man sinned and fell in utter disobedience and shame and, in his original sin, experienced the fierce wrath of God. As a result, we believe that all people, in their natural state, are sinners, lost, undone, without hope, and without God. (Romans 3:19-23; Galatians 3:22; Ephesians 2:1,2,12)


Divinity and Humanity of Christ Jesus

We believe that Jesus is God who came in the flesh and he is both divine and human.

(Luke 1:26-38; John 14:1-3; Acts 2:36, 3:14-15; Philippians 2:5-12)


Blood Atonement

We believe in the saving power of the blood of Jesus and his imputed righteousness.

(Acts 4:12; Romans 4:1-9, 5:11; Ephesians 1:3-15)


Bodily Resurrection

We believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ.

(Luke 24:39-43; John 20:24-29)


Ascension

We believe that Jesus Christ ascended to the Father and is presently engaged in building heaven and interceding for the saints.

(John 14:1-6; Romans 8:34)


Second Coming

We believe in the visible bodily return of Christ Jesus to the earth to rapture His Church and judge the world.

(Acts 1:10-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10, James 5:8; Revelations 1:7)


Salvation

We believe that the terms of salvation are repentance toward God, forsaking sin, and a personal heartfelt faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, which results in regeneration of the person. This salvation is entirely by the grace of our Lord and not works. Works are excluded except as the fruit of salvation.

( Acts 3:19-20; Romans 4:1-5, 5:1; Ephesians 2:8-10)


Water Baptism

We believe that the Bible teaches that every Christian should be water baptized. Water baptism is immersion in water in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:15-16, 28:19-20; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:38; Acts 10:48; Romans 6:14). It is a symbol of identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection.


The Lord’s Supper

We believe it is important to take the Lord’s Supper as it is a memorial to Christ’s death and resurrection and looks forward toward His Second Coming.

(Luke 22:13-20)


Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit to be the third person of the Trinity whose purpose in redemption is to bring conviction of sin, regenerate the repentant believer, guide the believer into all truth, and indwell and give gifts to believers as He wills that they may minister as Christ would. We believe that the manifestations of the Holy Spirit recorded in 1 Corinthians 12:8-11 shall operate in present-day churches which yield to the Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 11:13; John 7:37-39; 14:16,17; 16:7-14; Acts 2:39-48). We believe that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit opens the believer to the gifts of the Spirit such as speaking in other languages, gifts of healing, and gifts of wisdom. The Baptism of the Spirit is for all believers as promised by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:11), Jesus (Acts 1:4,5,8), and Peter (Acts 2:38-41). It was witnessed by the early disciples of Christ (Acts 2:4; 10:44-47; 19:1-6) and is evidenced by many present-day disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.


Priesthood of the Believer

We believe that each believer is a priest of the Lord (1Peter 2:5,9; Revelation 1:6) and has direct access to the Father (Hebrew 4:16) 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.


Divine Healing

We believe that God used (and still uses) doctors, medicines, and other material means of healing, but divine healing was also provided for in the atonement (Isaiah 53:5) and can be appropriated by laying on of hands by elders (James 5:14-16A), laying on of hands by the believers (Mark 16:18), by the prayer of an anointed person gifted for healing the sick (1 Corinthians 12:9), or by a direct act of receiving this provision by faith (Mark 11:23).


Heaven and Hell

We believe the Scripture clearly sets 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)