TENETS OF FAITH
Liberty Worship Center accepts the Holy Scriptures as the revealed Will of God and the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice, and it adopts the following statement of fundamental truths, to wit:
1. The Scriptures Inspired. The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the Revelation of God to man; and they are the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct (I Thess. 2:13; II Tim. 3:15-17; II Pet. 1:21).
2. The One True God. The One True God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent "I AM," the Creator of Heaven and Earth and the Redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Deut. 6:4; Isa. 43:10-11; Mat. 28:19; Lk. 3:22).
3. The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ is the Eternal Son of God. The Scriptures declare the following:
(a) His virgin Birth (Mat. 1:23; Lk. 1:31, 35).
(b) His sinless Life (Heb. 7:26; I Pet. 2:22).
(c) His Miracles (Acts 2:22; 10:38).
(d) His substitutionary Work on the Cross (I Cor. 15:3; II Cor. 5:21).
(e) His bodily Resurrection from the dead (Mat. 28:6; Lk. 24:39; I Cor. 15:4).
(f) His Exaltation to the Right Hand of God (Acts 1:9, 11; 2:33; Phil. 2:9-11; Heb. 1:1-3).
4. The Fall of Man. Man was created good and upright, for God said, "Let Us make man in Our Image, after Our Likeness." However, man by voluntary transgression fell and, thereby, incurred not only physical death, but also Spiritual Death, which is separation from God (Gen. 1:26-27; 2:17; 3:6; Rom. 5:12-19).
5. The Salvation of Man. Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed Blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
(a) Conditions of Salvation:
Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, being justified by Grace through Faith, man becomes an heir of God according to the hope of Eternal Life (Lk. 24:47; Jn. 3:3; Rom. 10:13-15; Eph. 2:8; Titus 2:11; 3:5-7).
(b) The Evidences of Salvation:
The inward evidence of Salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit (Rom. 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness (Eph. 4:24; Tit. 2:12).
6. The Ordinances of the Church
(a) Baptism in Water:
The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded in the Scriptures. All who repent and believe on Christ as Saviour and Lord are to be baptized. Thus, they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they have also been raised with Him to walk in Newness of Life (Mat. 28:19; Mk. 16:16; Acts 10:47-48; Rom. 6:4).
(b) Holy Communion:
The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements of bread and the fruit of the vine, is the symbol expressing the Divine Nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (II Pet. 1:4). It is a memorial of His suffering and death (I Cor. 11:26) and a prophecy of His Second Coming (I Cor. 11:26); and it is enjoined on all Believers "till He come!"
7. The Baptism with the Holy Spirit. All Believers are entitled to, should ardently expect, and earnestly seek the Promise of the Father, the Baptism with the Holy Spirit and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early
Christian church. With it comes the enduement of power for life and service, the bestowment of the Gifts, and the uses of the Gifts in the work of the ministry (Lk. 24:49; Acts 1:4, 8; I Cor. 12:1-31). This experience is distinct from, and subsequent to, the experience of the New Birth (Acts 8:12-17; 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9). With the Baptism with the Holy Spirit comes such experiences as: an overflowing fullness of the Spirit (Jn. 7:37-39; Acts 4:8), a deepened reverence for God (Acts 2:43; Heb. 12:28), an intensified consecration to God and dedication to His Work (Acts 2:42), and a more active love for Christ, for His Word, and for the lost (Mk. 16:20).
8. The Evidence of the Baptism with the Holy Spirit. The Baptism of Believers with the Holy Spirit is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with others Tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance (Acts 2:4). The speaking in Tongues in this instance is the same in essence as the Gift of Tongues (I Cor. 12:4-10, 28), but different in purpose and use.
9. Sanctification. Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God (Rom.12:1-2; I Thess. 5:23; Heb. 13:12). The Scriptures teach a life of "holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord" (Heb. 12:14). By the Power of the Holy Spirit we are able to obey the command: "Be ye holy; for I am Holy" (I Pet. 1:15-16).
Sanctification is realized in the Believer by recognizing his identification with Christ in His Death and Resurrection, and by faith reckoning daily upon the fact of that union, and by offering every faculty continually to the dominion of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 6:11, 13; 8:1-2, 13; Gal. 2:20; Phil. 2:12-13; I Pet. 1:5).
10. The Church. The church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each Believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of "the General Assembly and Church of the Firstborn, which are written in Heaven" (Heb. 12:23; see also Eph. 1:22-23; 2:22).
11. The Ministry. A divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for a twofold purpose: (1) The evangelization of the world (Mk. 16:15-20); and, (2) the edifying of the Body of Christ (Eph. 4:11-13).
12. Divine Healing. Divine healing is an integral part of the Gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement and is the privilege of all Believers (Isa. 53:4-5; Mat. 8:16-17; James 5:14-16).
13. The Blessed Hope. The Second Coming of Christ includes the rapture of the saints, which is our blessed hope, followed by the visible return of Christ with his saints to reign on the Earth for one thousand years (Zech. 14:5; Mat. 24:27, 30; Rev. 1:7; 19:11-14; 20:1-6). This Millennial Reign will bring the Salvation of Israel (Ezek. 37:21-22; Zeph. 3:19-20; Rom. 11:26-27) and the establishment of universal peace (Ps. 72:3-8; Isa. 11:6-9; Mic. 4:3-4).
14. The Final Judgement. There will be a final Judgement in which the wicked dead will be raised and judged according to their works. Whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the Devil and his angels, the beast, and the false prophet, will be consigned to everlasting punishment in "the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death" (Rev. 21:8; see also Mat. 25:46; Mk. 9:43-48; Rev. 19:20; 20:11-15).
15. The New Heavens and the New Earth. "We, according to His Promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth Righteousness" (II Pet. 3:13; see also Rev., Chpts. 21-22).