What We Believe

LIBERTY INDEPENDENT BAPTIST CHURCH

SHELBYVILLE, KY

CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS

CONSTITUTION

PREAMBLE​​​​​​​​​​​​

​For the certain preservation and security of the principles of our faith and to the end that this body may be governed in an orderly manner, and for the purpose of preserving the liberties inherent in each individual member of this church and the freedom of action of this body with respect to its relationship to others of the same faith, we do declare and establish this constitution.

ARTICLE I NAME LOCATION AND PURPOSE​​​​​​​

SECTION 1 NAME AND LOCATION:

​This church shall be known as Liberty Independent Baptist Church of Shelbyville, KY.

SECTION 2 PURPOSE

​The object of this church shall be Ephesians 4:12-13.

a. To glorify God in the salvation of souls through the preaching of the crucified, glorified, and coming Savior, Jesus Christ.

b. To promote, by every possible scriptural means, the world-wide proclamation of the glorious and saving Gospel of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

c. To maintain regular services for the promotion of prayer, teaching, preaching, and worship.

d. To provide a haven of fellowship for all who have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

e. To instruct its members in the things of God, thus contributing to their spiritul edification and thus encouraging them in Holy living.

f. To observe and administer the ordinances of the Lord’s supper and Baptism.

ARTICLE II CHURCH COVENANT​​​​​​​​​

​Having ben led, as we believe by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into this covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.

​We engage, therefore by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, and expenses of the church, and the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.

​We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale of intoxicating drinks as a beverage; to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Saviour.

​We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and Christian courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Saviour to secure it without delay.

​We moreover engage that when we leave this place we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.

ARTICLE III CHARACTER​​​​​​​​​​

SECTION 1 POLICY

​The government of the this church is vested in the body of believers who compose it. It is subject to the control of no other ecclesiastical body, but it recognizes and sustains the obligations of mutual counsel and co-operations which are among Baptist churches.

SECTION 2 DOCTRINE

​This church receives the Scriptures as its authority in matters of faith and practice. Its understanding of Christian truth as contained therein is in essential accord with the belief of the Baptist churches as indicated in the Articles of Faith herewith.

ARTICLE IV ARTICLES OF FAITH

SECTION 1 OF THE SCRIPTURES

​We believe that the Holy Bible, King James Version 1611,or its equivalent as translated from the Textus Receptus, is supernaturally inspired; that is has truth without any error for its matter; and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the age, the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man; the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds and opinions shall be tried.

A. By the “Holy Bible” we mean that collection of sixty-six books from Genesis to Revelation, which does not only contain and convey the Word of God, but is the very Word of God.

B. By “inspiration” we mean that the books of the Bible 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.

We hold that God has preserved the infallibility of Scripture in the King James Version 1611. II Tim. 3:16-17  II Peter 1:19-21 Psalm 119:89

C. The King James 1611, Authorized Version, shall be the only Bible version used in preaching and teaching ministries. Other versions may only be used in a context to expose their inadequacies.

D. The above three articles regarding the Scriptures can never be changed.

SECTION 2 OF THE TRUE GOD

​We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God—and infinite, intelligent Spirit, the maker and supreme ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love, that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost—equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. Gen. 17:1  I Cor. 12:4-6

SECTION 3 OF THE SON OF GOD

​We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary as no other man was ever, nor can be, born of a woman. He is very God of very God, being “God manifest in the flesh.” He lived  life of absolute sinlessness and in His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins, dying not as a martyr, but as a voluntary substitute in the sinner’s place. He rose from the dead on the third day and ascended bodily into Heaven. He is coming again to rapture Hs saints, and to set up the throne of David and establish His kingdom. The rapture coming is eminent and will be personal, pre-tribulational and pre-millennial. Isaiah 7:14 Matthew 28:6  John 1:1  Matthew 1:18-25

SECTION 4 OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

​We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with God the Father, God the Son, and of the same nature; that He was active in the creation; that in his relation to the unbelieving world. He restrains the Evil one until god’s purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of judgment, and of righteousness; that He bears witness to the Truth of the Gospel in the preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the New Birth; that He seals endues, guides, teachers, witness, sanctifies and helps the believer. Gen. 1:1-3  John 15:26-27

​We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues (i.e. known languages) and the gift of healing were temporary. We believe that speaking in tongue was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit and that ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation of or salvation in the resurrection, though God frequently chooses to answer the prayers of believers for physical healing. II Cor. 12:12  Mark 16:17-20

SECTION 5 OF THE DEVIL, OR SATAN

​We believe that Satan was once holy, and enjoyed heavenly honors; but through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty, fell and drew after him a host of angels; that he is now the militant prince of the power of the air, and the unholy god of this world. We hold him to be man’s great tempter, the enemy of God and His Christ, the accuser of the saints, the author of al false apostasy, the lord of the anti-Christ, and the author of all the powers of darkness—destined, however, to final defeat at the hand of God’s own Son, and to the judgment of an eternal justice in hell, a place prepared for him and his angels. Isaiah 14:12-15 Matthew 4:1-3 Ezek. 28:14-17

SECTION 6 OF CREATION

​We believe in the Genesis account of creation (i.e. one day equals 24 hours), and that it is to be accepted literally, and not allegorically or figuratively; that man was created directly in God’s own image and after His own likeness; that man’s creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of species, or development through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms; that all animal and vegetable life was created by the act of God with His stablished law that they should bring forth only “after their kind.” Gen. 1:1      Gen. 2:21-23  Rom. 1:20

SECTION 7 OF THE FALL OF MAN 

​We believe that man was created in innocence, but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state, the consequence of which all men are now sinners, not by constraint, but of choice, and therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse. Gen. 3:1-6 Rom. 3:10-19 Eph. 2:1

SECTION 8 OF THE VIRGIN BIRTH

​We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Ghost in a miraculous manner; born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can ever be born of woman; and that He is both the Son of God, and God the Son. Gen. 3:15 Matt. 1:18-25 Gal. 4:4

SECTION 9 OF THE ATONEMENT FOR SIN

​We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God, who by appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins; that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place—the Just dying for the unjust; Christ, the Lord, bearing our sins in His own body on the tree, uniting in His wonderful person the most tender sympathies with divine perfection, and is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and an all suffering Saviour. Isaiah 53:4-7  Rom. 3:24-25  Heb. 9:12-15

SECTION 10 OF GRACE IN THE NEW CREATION

​We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth, the one dead in trespasses and sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, not by culture, not by character, nor by the will of man, but wholly and solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with the divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the Gospel; that its proper evidence to the Gospel; that its proper evidence appears in holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life. Luke 5:27  John 1:12-13  II Cor. 5:17-19

SECTION 11 OF THE FREENESS OF SALVATION

​We believe in God’s electing grace; that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the Gospel; that iti is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent, and obedient faith; and nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection  of the Gospel and such rejection continues him in an aggravated condemnation. Matt. 11:28  John 3:36  Eph. 2:4-5  I Tim. 1:15

SECTION 12 OF JUSTIFICATION

​We believe that the great Gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is justification; that justification includes the pardon of sin and gift of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood His righteousness is imputed to us.       Isaiah 53:11  Rom. 5:9  Titus 3:5-7

SECTION 13 OF REPENTANCE AND FAITH

​We believe that repentance and faith are solemn obligations, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our soul by the quickening Spirit of God; thereby, being deeply convicted of our guilt, danger and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confessing Him as our only and all-sufficient Saviour. Rom. 10:9-13 Acts 2:37-28  Luke 12:8

SECTION 14 OF THE CHURCH

​We believe that the church with Christ as its Head, is a congregation of baptized believers associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; exercising the gifts, rights and privileges in them by His Word; that its offices are pastors (elders, bishops) and deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures; we believe the true mission of the church is found in the Great Commission: first, to make individual disciples; second, to build up the church; third, to teach and instruct as He commanded. We do not believe in the reversal of this order. We hold that the local church has the absolute right to self- government, free from interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; that the one and only superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit; that it is scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the Faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel; that every church is the sole and only judge of the measure and method of its cooperation. On all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final. Matt. 28:19-20  I Cor. 11:2, 12:4  I Tim 3:1-13

SECTION 15 OF BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER

​We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, with all authority of the local church, to show firth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified , buried and risen Saviour, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; and that it is a prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation/membership. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the sacred use of unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine(grape juice) to commemorate the dying love of Christ, preceded always by solemn self-examination and can be observed by the members of Liberty Independent Baptist Church  Matt. 26:26-29  Col. 2:12  I Cor. 11:23-28

SECTION 16 OF THE PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS

​We believe that only real believers will endure unto the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special providence watches over their welfare; and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation.  John 8:31-32  I John 2:19  Col. 1:21-23

SECTION 17 OF THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED

​We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as sanctified by the Spirit of our God are truly righteous in His esteem, while all that continue in impenitence and unbelief are, in His sight, wicked and under the curse; and this distinction holds among men both in and after death, in the conscious suffering of the lost.  I Peter 4:18  Rom. 6:17-18  I Cor. 3:10-14  Rev. 20:10-12, 15

SECTION 18 OF THE RESURRECTION AND RETURN OF CHRIST AND EVENTS

​We believe in and accept the sacred Scriptures upon these subjects at their face and full value. Of the Resurrection, we believe that Christ rose bodily “the third day according to the Scriptures”; that He ascended “to the right hand of the throne of God”; that He alone is our “merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God”; “That this same Jesus which was taken up from you into haven shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven”—bofily, personally, and visibly: that the “dead in Christ shall rise first”; that the living saints “ shall all be changed in a moment in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump”; “that the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David”; and that “Christ shall reign a thousand years in righteousness until he hath put all enemies under His feet.”  Matt. 24:27  I Cor. 15:42-44  Acts 1:9  Heb. 5:9-10

SECTION 19 OF CIVIL GOVERNMENT

​We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests of good order and human society; that human magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed, except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming Prince of the kings of the earth.  Rom. 13:7  Titus 3:1  I Peter 2:13-14

SECTION 20 OF HUMAN SEXUALTIY 

​We believe that Go has commanded that no intimate sexual activity should be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any forms of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. Gen. 2:24  Mark 10:6-9  Rom. 1:26-29

ARTICLE III CHURCH COVENANT 

Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, we do now in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly most joyfully enter into this covenant with one another as one body in Christ.

We engage therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this Church, in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines; to give it a sacred preeminence over all institutions of human origin; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the Church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel through all nations.

We also engage to maintain family and private devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements and exemplary in our deportment; and to avoid tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage and abstain from all products and practices which defile the body, and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Saviour.

We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy of speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rule of our Saviour to secure it without delay.

We, moreover, engage that when we remove ourselves from this place, we will as soon as possible, unite with another church of like faith, where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.