LIBERTY BAPTIST CHURCH
WICHITA, KANSAS

Beliefs

Statement of Faith

 

1.      The Scriptures - We believe in the infallible inspired Word of God. We accept the King James Bible as the divinely inspired, preserved, and complete Word of God for English-speaking people of the world; and that it is the supreme and final authority in faith and practice.  

     The scriptures are a collection of sixty-six books, from Genesis to Revelation, which does not only contain the Word of God, but is the very Word of God.  Inspiration means that the scriptures were written by holy men of old, as they were moved by the Holy Spirit; in such a definite way that their writings were supernaturally and verbally inspired and free from error, as no other writings have ever been or ever will be.  (I Timothy 3:16; John 10:35; I Peter 1:19; II Peter 1:20, 21; Psalm 119:89       
Psalm 45:1; Matthew 4:4)

 

2.      The Trinity –There is one true God existing in the unity of the Godhead.  There are three eternal and co-equal persons in the Godhead:  God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  (Romans 1:7; Hebrews 1:8; Acts 5:1-3; Matthew 28:19;
I Corinthians 8:6)

 

·         God the Father- We believe that God the Father reigns with providential care over His universe and His creatures. He is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient.  (Genesis 1:1; Psalm19:1-3; Jeremiah 10:10;  John 5:26; I Peter 1:16,17)

 

·         God the Son – We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God because of His character, His miracles, His influence, His power to forgive sins and set people free from Satan, and because He claimed to be and died making this claim and arose victorious over death.  (Mark 12:6; John 5:22, 23; Matthew 26:63, 66;   John 14:9; John 1:1; Hebrews 1:8;
John 20:28; Romans 9:5; I John 5:1-5)

 

·         God the Holy Spirit - The Holy Spirit ministers to the Christian.  He regenerates, baptizes (not with water), indwells, seals, and fills the believing sinner.  The believer does not get more of the Holy Spirit, but the Holy Spirit more of the believer.  Therefore, these ministries of the Holy Spirit happen instantaneously to the believing sinner.  They all occur by faith and are not, in the least, dependent upon one’s personal emotional feelings at the time.  (I Corinthians 14:33;
Titus 3:5; Romans 5:3-4; Acts 2:4; I Corinthians 3:16; II Corinthians 1:22)

 

3.      Creation and the Fall of Man – We believe the Genesis account of creation.  We believe creation was a direct act of God, which included literal days, and that it was instantaneous and miraculous.  We believe man was created in the image of God and all reproduction is "after their kind.”  (Genesis 1:1; Job 26:7; Psalm 33:6, 9; John 1:3; Colossians 1:17)
         

     Through the temptation of Satan, man disobeyed the command of God and was no longer sinless.  Because of Adam’s sin, all mankind has inherited a sin nature.  Only the grace of God can bring man into His fellowship and enable man to fulfill the purpose of God.  (Genesis 2:16-17; Genesis 3:10-12; Romans 5:12-19)

 

4.      Virgin Birth – We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Ghost and was, in miraculous manner, born of Mary; a virgin, as no other person was ever born or can ever be born of woman.  (Matthew 1:20; Luke 1:30-35; Isaiah 7:14)

 

 

 

5.      Resurrection – We believe in the bodily resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  He literally and physically was resurrected from the dead “the third day according to the Scriptures” from the tomb, ascended bodily into the heavens, and through His resurrection a sure hope of everlasting life is given to all who have been saved by His grace.  He is at the right hand of God as our “Mediator, merciful and faithful High Priest, and advocate.” (John 20; Hebrews 9:24; I Corinthians 15:12-28; Luke 24:1-7; Romans 4:25)

 

6.      Salvation by Grace Through Faith - The sacrifice made by Jesus is the only basis of salvation, the only means of reconciliation, and the only ground of justification.  We believe that no man cometh to the Father except through Jesus Christ the Son.  We hold and believe many important truths, but the most important to every individual is the personal salvation of his own soul.  God’s order is salvation and then works. (Acts 4:12; I Thessalonians 5:9; Hebrews 5:9; John 12:46; John 20:31;
Romans 10:9; Ephesians 2:9, 10; Titus 3:5-8)

 

7.      Separation from the World – We believe that all saved persons are called into a life of separation from all worldly and sinful practices.  A person, once he has accepted Christ as Savior, is a new creation in Christ and should live a holy, consecrated life.  He should separate himself from the world and all its lust, in obedience to the command of God. (Romans 12:1-2;
I John 2:15-17; II Corinthians 6:14-18; Colossians 2:6; I Peter 2:9; II Corinthians 5:17; II Timothy 2:19)

 

8.      Sanctification – We believe that sanctification is a personal separation from things that are unclean to things that are holy, clean, and sacred.  Sanctification is a progressive work that is begun in regeneration and carried on in the hearts of the believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.  The sanctification of the believer will be complete at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Then, and only then, will we have entire sanctification in body, soul, and spirit.  (I Thessalonians 4:1-10, 5:23;
I Corinthians  6:11; II Peter 3:18; II Corinthians 3:18; II Thessalonians 2:13; Romans 8:5)

 

9.      Eternal Security – We believe in the eternal security of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.  When a person is born again , they have everlasting life which never ends, and cannot be taken away from them.  Saved forever, God’s children are kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation and sealed unto the day of redemption.  (John 10:27-30; I Peter 1:5; Ephesians 4:30; Romans 8:35-39; John 5:24)

 

10.   Heaven and Hell – We believe that Heaven and Hell are real, literal, and physical places.  Heaven is a place of indescribable beauty and glory.  Hell is a place of indescribable torment and punishment.  Throughout all eternity, Heaven is the final eternal dwelling place of the saved, and Hell (prepared for the devil and his angels)  is the final eternal dwelling place of punishment of the lost, including total separation from God. (Matthew 6:20; Luke 10:20; John 14:2; Daniel 7:10; Isaiah 33:14; Matthew 13:42; Mark 9:41; Revelation 14:10)

 

11.   Rapture and Second Coming - The Lord Jesus Christ is coming in the air at any moment to catch up as many as received Him as Saviour.  The saved of all ages will stand at the Judgment Seat of Christ and enjoy the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.  We believe in the personal, bodily, visible, pre-millennial return of Christ.  Those left behind will go through a period called the Tribulation, after which Christ, Himself, shall return to the earth, visible in body, to set up His kingdom of one thousand years of righteous rule.  After this the unbelievers of all ages will stand at the Great White Throne to be judged and cast into the Lake of Fire, separated from God forever, while the believers spend eternity in the fullness of joy in Heaven with the Lord.  (Acts 1:11;
I Thessalonians 4:16-18; Revelation 19:11; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 24:42; Matthew 25:31-34)

 

12.   Devil or Satan – We believe that the Devil is an actual being, and not an imaginary influence. He is the god of this world, blinding the minds of them which believe not.  We believe that Satan was once holy, and enjoyed heavenly honors.  Through pride and ambition, to be as the Almighty, he fell and drew after him a host of angels.  Satan is the father of lies, author of all false religions, and the chief power of darkness-destined to eternal judgment in Hell.  (Matthew 4:1-3; Revelation 20:1-3;
II Corinthians 4:3,4; Revelation 20:10; I Peter 5:8; Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:14-17)

 

13.   Local Church – We believe that a scriptural church is a visible assembly of baptized believers, joined together for the purpose of carrying out the Great Commission, with an unbroken history from the personal ministry of Jesus on earth to this present day.  The scriptural church is a self-governed, independent body having Christ as the head, the Holy Spirit for its guide, and the Bible as the only rule of faith and practice.  The only scriptural offices of the church are bishop (or pastor) and deacons.  The two ordinances of the local church are baptism and Lord’s Supper.  On all matters of membership, policy, government, discipline, or benevolence, etc., the will of the local church is final.  (Mark 16:15; Ephesians 1:22,23; I Timothy 3; Titus 1;
Acts 20:17-20)

 

14.   Baptism and the Lord’s Supper – We believe there are two ordinances of the local church:  baptism and the Lord’s Supper.  Scriptural baptism is the immersion of believers in water, in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, administered by the authority of a New Testament Church and is a prerequisite  of church membership and the Lord’s Supper.  The Lord’s Supper is a memorial ordinance of the local church members according to the individual examinations and teaching of I Corinthians 11:17-34.  The unleavened bread and grape juice are to commemorate the dying love of Christ.  This is a local church ordinance.  Non-church members do not participate.  (Acts 8:38; Mark 1:9-10)

 

15.   Soul-winning and Missions – We believe that the Great Commission to evangelize the world was given to the church by our risen Lord, and that this evangelization is the mission of the church.  The Great Commission was given to the local church, which is commanded to “Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.”  Christ commanded His church to “teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; John 20:21; Acts 1:8)

 

16.   Civil Government-  We believe that civil government is ordained of God for the interest and good order of human society.  Government officials are to be prayed for, honored and obeyed; except in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the only Lord of the kings of the earth.  (II Samuel 23:3; Daniel 3:17,18; Romans 13:1-7; I Peter 2:13-17)

 

17.   Abortion- We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion is the unjustified, inexcusable taking of unborn human life. Abortion is murder. I reject any teaching that abortions of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or the well-being of the mother are acceptable. 
(Job 3:16; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; II Corinthians 5:20)

 

This doctrinal statement does not exhaust the extent of our faith.  The Bible itself is the sole and final source of all that we believe.

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