Frequently Asked Questions
Why Does Liberty Baptist Church only use the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible?
We believe the Authorized Version (KJV) is the Holy Spirit’s preserved words of God for English speaking people. We do not believe the KJV was produced by inspiration but believe the Bible teaches that all God gave by inspiration, He supernaturally preserved through preservation.
Guided by the Scriptures and the Spirit of God Who guides us into all truth (John 16:13), we believe that the Lord Jesus declared that the word of God is truth (John 17:17), and therefore, the Holy Spirit will guide us to the version approved by God. We are told to study to show ourselves approved unto God (2 Timothy 2:15) and those who carefully look into this matter may expect the promise to be fulfilled which says, “seek and ye shall find…”
We are also told to try the spirits, to see if they be of God (1 John 4:1) and are also warned that there are seducing spirits which teach doctrines of devils and that these will be peculiarly active in the last days (1 Timothy 4:1-4). It is to be expected then that Satan will cleverly work to deceive Christians and dilute the authority of God’s words. With that in view, we are given specific criteria by which to evaluate the spirit behind any version (1 Timothy 4:1-4; 1 John 4:2-3; 2 John 7-10; Galatians 1:7-9; Deuteronomy 4:2 with Proverbs 30.6 and Revelation 22:19) and when the KJV is examined in light of these tests, it is clear that the Spirit of God testifies to us that the KJV is the preserved words of God.
What Are your worship services like?
We have gone to great lengths to model our worship services after the instructions given in Scripture. Worship is something that is very special to God (Exodus 20:1-3) and He is very specific with regard to how He is to be worshipped.
First and foremost, worship must be done in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). At Liberty Baptist Church you will find whole families gathered together (Ezra 8:3) and engaged in prayer, in scripture reading, in singing (psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs), and in the preaching and teaching of God’s word. We worship in a traditional and Biblical style, and are very concerned about avoiding the casual nature of worship found in churches today.
God is holy and worthy of our utmost reverence and should be worshipped in a manner that reflects His holiness.
What is a Baptist?
Liberty Baptist Church does not take the name Baptist or the heritage that comes with that name lightly. Though there are many today who use this label, there are also many who do not understand its significance. As a Baptist church, we believe first and foremost in the final authority of the word of God. That said, we derive our name from the literal approach that we take to the scriptures, namely, baptism by full immersion of individuals who have willfully given clear testimony to being born again by the Holy Spirit. We do not ascribe to any other mode (i.e. sprinkling or pouring of infants or adults) as this is contrary to the mode prescribed in the scripture (Acts 8).
Such a strong position on the doctrine of baptism leads to the distinct nature of our name with regard to our heritage. A true Baptist will always stand for the doctrines of individual soul liberty and the priesthood of the believer (Romans 14:10-12; 1 Peter 2:9). These two doctrines work together throughout scripture to demonstrate the responsibility each individual man has before God. As a Baptist Church, therefore, we stand firm in these convictions alongside those who’ve gone before us who share our name.
Do you provide childcare during the services?
Liberty Baptist Church strives to promote a family integrated worship service where the whole family is welcomed to participate together as we honor the Lord. We understand that there are times when infants and toddlers can become restless during a worship service. For these times, we have our fellowship hall set up with audio and video feeds of the service. Parents are welcome to sit with their children in this room in the event that they need to exit the service, while still being able to hear and participate. In the event that you need assistance with one of your children, we’ll have loving and caring ladies who are ready to help.
Do you have children’s Sunday School?
Liberty Baptist Church does not promote the age segregation of children during a “Sunday School” time. Rather, we regularly and carefully prepare our Sunday afternoon service at 1:00pm (following a fellowship meal) to be geared toward young people. Children are able to learn more than we often give them credit for. We work to get them involved and used to the main worship services of our church, so as to communicate to them that they are an important part of our church family that shares in the act of worship with all ages. In the event that your children are not used to this type of service, we would be happy to include them, for a short time, in a class to teach them about the importance of worship with the body of Christ, and to help them understand the expectations of such an environment. Then when they are ready, they can transition into the worship services with the whole body.
Do you have a youth group?
Liberty Baptist Church cares deeply about teenagers and young adults. We believe they are a vital aspect of the church body that does not deserve to be pushed aside into a “Youth Group,” but rather, encouraged to get involved with the adults in their service and worship of the Lord. We believe that our primary purpose in the church, for all ages, is not to “have fun” or “socialize” but to honor the Lord Jesus Christ with our worship and service. When we have “youth” events, they are focused primarily on the discipleship of our teenagers and young adults. We have the faithful men and ladies of our church fulfill their responsibility (Titus 2:1-8) to our young people by teaching and leading by example during these specific times. We also encourage all parents to get involved in each event.
Do you have a discipleship program?
Liberty Baptist Church believes that every believer should devote himself to being a dedicated follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. This requires discipline, dedication, sacrifice, and a continual influence of solid doctrinal teaching from the word of God. Our Bible study times on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons are designed to continually encourage growth in the area of discipleship. Each member of our church is constantly challenged to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. The pastors are also available for personal one on one discipleship should someone so desire.
Is there a dress code for worship services?
Liberty Baptist Church does not have an official “dress code.” We encourage you to always consider what you are wearing in light of the Biblical principles of modesty and discretion. As Christians we should always be concerned with our testimony before the Lord and the world. We should never wear clothing that is revealing of those parts of the body that should be covered, nor should we dress in such a way to bring attention to ourselves. That said, our primary purpose for gathering together is to worship the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. Dress in a way that you deem appropriate before Him. That may mean a suit or dress for some, or more casual attire for others, but it would never mean anything immodest.
Are visitors expected to give tithes and offerings?
Liberty Baptist Church in no way expects visitors to contribute to the offering. Our church members do however, believe that the opportunity we have to give to the Lord during our worship services is an act of honor and worship that is as important as any other act of worship that we practice. We give because we love the Lord and His work. It is an honor that we do not take lightly. And though we do not expect visitors to give during our time of worship, we would never prohibit a visitor from honoring God with an offering. Give as God has purposed in your heart.
What are family devotions?
Liberty Baptist Church believes that it is the primary responsibility of parents to disciple and train up their children. It is not the responsibility of the pastor of “youth” pastor, or a Sunday School teacher to train up your child in the faith. With that understanding in mind, we have worked hard to develop materials to put into the hands of our fathers and mothers to help them in the spiritual training of their children. We have an extensive Catechism that has been developed for this purpose, and it is free to all. It is available on our website.
What type of music is used during worship services?
Liberty Baptist Church believes that music is an essential part of worship, and an integral part of discipleship. We try to offer musical selections that encourage spiritual growth and edification. We believe that music should be full of sound biblical doctrine and presented in such a way as to encourage congregational participation. The scriptural admonition is that we should minister to each other in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16). Our musical selections are more traditional than contemporary, as most traditional songs have stood the test of time and proven to be edifying to the church. We are not opposed to modern songs as long as they are theologically sound, doctrinally rich and the melody is prominent.