So that things may be done decently and in
order in accordance with the Holy Scriptures. We set forth this
Constitution in order that we may more readily help each other
mature in our Christian service, prevent any errant teaching
deviating from any proper interpretation of the Bible, and in
addition, to set forth a portion of our beliefs for anyone
desiring to join our membership. We, as members of the Liberty
Baptist Church in Lincolnton, N.C., establish this constitution
which we believe to be proper doctrine and voluntarily adopt it as
our church constitution. (1 Co. 14:33,40; Ac. 2:42; Ro. 16:17; 1
Co. 1:10, 11:18; 12:25; Ph. 3:15-17; Ga. 1:6-9)
NAME AND PURPOSE
SECTION 1- NAME
This congregation of believers shall be known as the LIBERTY
BAPTIST CHURCH, LINCOLNTON, N.C.
SECTION 2 - PURPOSE
(A) This congregation is organized as a
church exclusively for charitable, religious, and educational
purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal
Revenue Code of 1986 (or the Corresponding provision of any future
United States Revenue Law), including, but not limited to, for
such purposes, the establishing and maintaining of religious
worship, the building, maintaining and operating of the church,
schools, camps, and any other ministries that the church may be
led of God to establish.
(B) The church shall preach the whole
counsel of God as given in the Holy Bible and also ordain and
license men to the Gospel ministry; evangelize the unsaved by the
proclaiming of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ; educate
believers in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Holy
Scripture, both in Sunday and weekday schools of Christian
education; maintain missionary activities in the United States and
any foreign country; and engage in any other ministry that the
church may decide, from time to time, to pursue in obedience to
the will of God.
STATEMENT OF FAITH AND CODE OF CONDUCT
SECTION 1 - STATEMENT OF FAITH
(A) The Holy Scriptures
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to
be the verbally and plenary inspired Word of God. The Scriptures
are inerrant, infallible and God-breathed, and therefore are the
final authority for faith and life. The sixty-six books of the Old
and New Testament are the complete and divine revelation of God to
Man. The Scriptures shall be interpreted according to their
natural, literal, grammatical, contextual, comparative, ethnic and
or historical meaning. We believe that the Traditional Masoretic
Hebrew Text for the Old Testament and the Traditional Received
Greek text for the New Testament are the closest to the original
manuscripts and along with The King James Version of the Bible
shall be the official texts used by the church (2 Ti. 3:16-17; 2
We believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their natural,
literal sense reveal divinely determined dispensations or rules of
life which define man's responsibilities in successive ages. The
dispensations are not ways of salvation, but rather are divinely
ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His
purpose. We believe there are seven discernable dispensations in
the Holy Bible. Three of the dispensations, the law, the church,
and the kingdom are the subjects of detailed revelation in
Scripture (Gen. 1 :28; 1 Co. 9: 17; II Co. 3:9- 18; Ga. 3:13-25;
Ep. 1: 10; 3:2- 10; Col. 1 :24-25, 27; Rev. 20:2-6 II Ti.2:15).
(C) The Triune Godhead
We believe there is one and only one, living and true God, the
God of the Holy Bible. He is infinite in power and wisdom. He is
omnipresent. He is the Creator and Supreme Ruler of the heavens
and earth. He is inexpressibly glorious in His holiness, and
worthy of all honor, trust and love. He is eternally existing in
the triune Godhead of three persons: God the Father, God the Son,
and God the Holy Spirit. Each is co-eternal in being, co-identical
in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same
attributes and perfections (Deut. 6:4; Mt. 28:19: II Co. 13:14;
Jn.14:10,26; Ex. 20:2,3; 1 Co. 8:6; 11 Co.13:14; Jn. 10:30; Rev.
(D) God the Father
We believe in God the Father, who has all the attributes of the
triune Godhead. The relationship of God the Father, God the Son,
and God the Holy
Spirit has been since eternity past and gives us a glimpse of
the unity of the Godhead. God the Father is merciful and gracious
in the affairs of men, He hears and answers prayer, and He saves
from the sinful death all who will come to Him through His Son,
Jesus Christ (Jn. 1:1; Mt. 7:7-12; Jer. 33:3).
(E) The Person and Work of Christ
(1) We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, God the Son, was
pre-existent with the Father and became man, without ceasing to be
God. His incarnation was virgin born, conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and
redeem sinful men through the shedding of His blood on the cross
(Is. 7:14; 9:6; Mt. 1:35; Jn. 1:1-2, 14; II Co. 5:19-21; Ga.
4:4-5; Ph. 2:5-8).
(2) We believe that Jesus Christ is sinless in His life
whether in heaven or when He was on earth as a man. While a man,
He was still 100% God and 100% man. He was tempted as man is but
never sinned, therefore, providing God with a sinless, perfect
sacrifice for manís only means of redemption. His deity and
humanity was witnessed to by God and man.
(3) We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our
redemption through his death on the cross as a representative,
vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and, that our justification
is made irrefutable by His literal, physical resurrection from the
dead (Ac. 2:18-36; Ro. 3:24-25; 1 Pe. 2:24; Ep. 1:7; 1 Pe. 1:3-5).
(4) We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to
Heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our
High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of representative
Intercessor, and Advocate (Ac. 1:9-10; He. 9:24; 7:25; Ro. 8:34; 1
(5) We believe in the personal imminent, pre-tribulational
rapture of the church at the Lordís coming in the air. After a
seven year period called the tribulation, He will return to the
earth to set up His literal 1000 year reign. (I Th. 4:16-17;
Ep.1:14-18; Rev. 19:11- 21:1).
(F) The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
(1) We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who
convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and,
that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all
believers into the body of Christ upon their receiving Christ
Jesus as their Savior; there is not a second baptism. We are the
temple of the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation. This is when
He comes to live in our lives. Indwelling and sealing us unto the
day of redemption, and enabling us to serve God during our
Christian life (Jn. 16:8-11; Ro. 8:9; 1 Co. 12:12-14; II Co. 3:6;
(2) We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who assists
believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures and that it
is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the
Spirit (Ep. 1:17- 18; 5:18; 1 Jn. 2:20, 27).
(3) We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of
spiritual gifts to every believer. God uniquely uses evangelists,
pastors, and teachers to equip believers in the assembly in order
that they can do the work of the ministry (Ro. 12:3-8; 1 Co.
12:4-11, 28; Ep. 4:7-12).
(4) We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such
as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary. We
believe that speaking in tongues 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 in the resurrection, though God
frequently chooses to answer the prayers of believers for physical
healing (1 Co. 1:22; 13:8-10; 14:21-22).
(5) The Holy Spirit bears witness to the truth. He
testifies concerning Jesus Christ and never leads anyone at any
time contrary to the teaching of the Bible (Jn. 14:26; Jn. 16:13).
We believe that all men are sinners, both by nature and by
choice; but that God so loved the world that He gave His only
begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but
have everlasting life. We believe, therefore, that all who accept
Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior will rejoice forever in God's
presence, and those who refuse to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and
Savior will be forever separated from God in the lake of fire. Man
was created in the image of God, but he sinned and thereby
incurred not only spiritual death which is separation from God,
but also physical death. We believe that all human beings are born
with a depraved sinful nature, and in the case of those who reach
moral responsibility, become sinners in thought, word, and deed. (
Ro. 3:23; Ro. 5:12; 1 Jn. 1:8,10; Jn. 3:16; Ph. 1:21-23; Ps. 51:5;
Ep. 2:1-3, 4:17-19; Re 20:14-15).
(1) We believe that, in eternity past, God foreknew the sin
of man and ordained a plan whereby man could escape the penalty of
his sin, God demanded that blood be shed in payment for sin. (He.
9:22; Ex. 12:13; Re. 13:8).
(2) God provided sufficient payment for man's sin through
the blood of Christ. God the Father sent God the Son to shed His
blood and be the perfect and complete sacrifice for man's sin. It
is faith in Christ's shed blood at Calvary that reconciles man to
God, thus saving him from eternal punishment. (Ep. 1:7; Ac. 20:28;
1 Pe 1:18,19; Ro. 5:8-9; I Jn. 4:9-10; He. 9:12; 10:10-12; Ep.
2:14; Jn. 3:18)
(3) We believe that salvation is the gift of God given to
men because of His grace and mercy. The gift of salvation is
received through faith which also is a gift of God. When faith in
Christ is accepted by the individualís will it brings about an
acceptance of the Biblical knowledge of God and Christís work of
bearing the punishment for our sins in order for us to have
salvation. Salvation given by God brings about a change of
attitude about God, His holiness and mercy, and also guilt about
oneís own sinfulness. Since salvation is a gift, man cannot earn
it by any good works whatsoever (not by baptism, church
membership, speaking in tongues, etc) and it is not kept by any
good works. (Ep. 2:8-9; Tit. 3:5; Is. 64:6; Mk. 1:15; 2 Ti. 2:25;
Ac. 20:21; Is. 55:6).
(I) The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers
(1) We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept
by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever. We believe
in the eternal security of every true believing Christian. No
believer need fear the loss of the salvation that God has provided
to each individual who accepts Jesus Christ as their personal
Savior. Since God has planned man's salvation from beginning to
end, the believer's security rests in the faithfulness of God not
their own ability to work and keep it. (Jn. 5:24; 10:27-30; Ro.
8:1, 28-39; 9:16; Jn. 1:12; 5:24; 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Ac. 16:31; 1
Co. 1:4-8; 1 Pe. 1:4-5; 1 Jn. 5:13).
(2) We believe that it is the privilege of believers to
rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony
of God's Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of
Christian liberty as an occasion of the flesh to sin (Ro.
13:13-14; Ga. 5:13; Tit. 2:11-15).
(J) The Church
(1) We believe that the local church is God's institution
of ministry in the world for this present age. Christís
universal church is composed of people who trust Jesus Christ as
their Savior and been scripturally baptized (immersed) as a
testimony of their being brought to new life in Christ's
salvation. We believe that the local church is a testimony of
Christ before the world in itís unity on matters of Bible
doctrine and scripturally based standards of living, worship,
evangelism, and fellowship as revealed throughout the New
Testament. We believe that there were two ordinances instituted by
the Lord Jesus Christ to be carried on only by the local churches
-- Believer's Baptism and the Lord's Supper. We believe that the
local church is autonomous, being free of any external authority
or control, and that its only officers are pastors and deacons. We
believe the pastor for the local New Testament church must only be
a man. There can be more than one deacon. (Mt. 28:19-20; Ac.
2:41-47; 11:23-26; 13:1-4; 14:27; 15:19-31; 18:18; 20:17, 28-32; I
Ti. 3:1-13; Tit. 1:5-11; 1 Co. 12:12-14; II Co. 11:2; Ep.
1:22-23;5:25-27; Ph. 1:1; Ro. 16:1, 4; 1 Co. 3:9, 16; 5:4-7, 13; 1
(2) We believe that the establishment and continuance of
local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament
Scriptures (Ac. 14:27; 20:17, 28-32;
1 Ti. 3:1-13; Tit. 1:5-11).
(3) We believe in the heavenly assembly of the departed
saints as spoken of as part of the church, the figure of believers
being baptized into one body in Christ and He being the head, and
the future eternal assembly of all believers of all ages. (He.
12:23; 2:12; Ep.1:10-12; 2:16-22; 5:25-33 Ro. 6:3; 12:4-5).
We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as
not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and, that
separation from all sin whether in one's own personal life or sin
from association is the responsibility of all Christians. A
Christian is to separate from sin to godliness. Personal
separation is from worldliness and ecclesiastical separation is on
religious grounds. We are to separate from apostate organizations,
those who will not separate from apostate organizations, false
teachers, unrepentant disobedient brethren, and the charismatic
movement who err in their emphasis of the done away with sign
gifts. (Is. 52:11; Ro. 12:1-2; 14:13; I Co. 13:8-10; II Co.
6:14-7:1; II Ti. 3: 1-5; 1 Jn. 2: 15-17; II Jn. 9-11; Rev. 18:4).
(L) Last Things
(1) We believe that the next event in God's prophetic time
line for man will be the Rapture of the church, when Christ
descends from heaven calling all true believers out of this wicked
world. This clears the way for the outpouring of God's wrath in
the seven-year Tribulation period. The Rapture may happen at any
moment. With the church gone, God can vent His wrath upon
unbelieving Israel and unbelieving Gentiles. With the church gone,
the Satanic-empowered Antichrist can set up his world economy,
government, and religion. (I Th. 1:9-10,4:16-17; Ep. 1:14-18; Jer.
30:7; Is. 34:1,2; Mt. 24:21,22; II Th. 2:3-12; Rev. 13:1-18).
(2) We believe that, at the end of the Tribulation, Christ
will return, destroy the forces of Antichrist, bind Satan, and set
up an earthly kingdom for a thousand years. At His return, Christ
will come to earth with His saints and win the Battle of
Armageddon. Satan will be chained and cast into the bottomless pit
to remain there for the thousand years. In the Millennial Kingdom,
Christ will personally reign, and the curse will be lifted from
the earth. (Rev. 19:11-20; 8; Zech. 12:10; 20:1-3; 20:4; Mt.
1:32,33; Is. 32:1; 35:1-9; 65-25).
(3) We believe that the Millennial Kingdom will be followed
by a brief rebellion, when Satan will be loosed for a short season
and will gather an army from the unregenerates living on earth at
the end of the Millennium only to suffer final defeat. Next the
final judgment, The Great While Throne judgement, will result in
the casting of all unbelievers into the lake of fire. Finally the
everlasting state will begin. There will be a new heaven and a new
earth, lasting forever without the existence of evil. (Rev.
20:7-21: 5; 20:7-10; 20:11-15; 21:1,4).
(M) The Eternal State
(1) We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the
saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting
punishment (Mt. 25:46; Jn. 5:28, 29; 11:25-26; Rev. 20:5-6,
(2) We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at
death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in
conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit,
soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord
(Mt. 23:43; II Co. 5:8; Ph. 1 :23; 3:21; I Th. 4: 16-17; Rev.
(3) We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after
death, in conscious punishment and torment until the second
resurrection, when with soul and body reunited they shall appear
at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the
Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting
conscious punishment and torment (Mt. 25:41-46; Mk. 9:43-48; Mt.
16:19-26;II Th. 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Rev. 20:11-15).
We believe in the reality of Satan as a distinct personality,
who, having been perfectly created, fell from his exalted state
through pride which prompted his rebellion against God. He then
led a multitude of the angelic host in his revolt against God. He,
therefore, is the arch-enemy of God, purposing to subvert the
purpose of God. He is the author of sin and the cause of the fall
of man. He is the prince of this world, and the god of this age;
that he is the king over the realm of demons as indicated by the
name Beelzebub; that he is the adversary of believers and the
accuser of the brethren; that he shall be barred from all access
to Heaven during the great tribulation, at the end of which he is
to be bound in the abyss for a thousand years; that he shall be
loosed for a little season at the close of the millennium to
provoke the final rebellion of mankind against God, after which he
is to be cast forever into hell, the lake of fire as the execution
of his sentence of judgment from Calvary. (Job 1:6-12; Job 2:1-7;
Eze. 28:12-18; Is. 14:12-14; 1 Ti. 3:6; Rev. 12:3-4; Mt. 4:1-11;
II Co. 11:13-15; Jn. 12:31; 2 Co. 4:3-4; Mt. 12:21-30; 1 Pe. 5:8;
Rev. 12:3-4; Rev. 20:1-3,7-9; Jn. 16:11).
We believe that God created the universe in six literal,
24-hour periods. We reject evolution, the Gap Theory, the Day-Age
Theory, and Theistic Evolution as unscriptural theories of the
origin of the universe. (Gen. 1-2; Ex. 20:11).
(P) Civil Government
We believe that God has ordained and created all authority
consisting of three basic institutions: 1) the home; 2) the
church; and 3) the state. Every person is subject to The
authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are
answerable to God and governed by His Word. God has given each
institution specific Biblical responsibilities and balanced those
responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has
the right to infringe upon the other. The home, the church, and
the state are equal and sovereign in their respective Biblically
assigned spheres of responsibility under God. God directs us to
pray for our authorities, to honor them, and to obey except only
in those things opposed to the will of God. (Ro. 13:1-7; Ep.
5:22-24; He. 13:17; 1 Pe. 2:13-14; 2:17; Ac. 5:28,29; Ex.
18:21,22; 2 Sam. 23:3; Ps. 72:11; Mt. 10:28; 22:21; 23:10; Ac.
4:19; 5:20; 23:5; Phil. 2:10,11; Tit. 3:1).
(Q) Human Sexuality
We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual
activity be engaged in, outside of the marriage. We believe that
any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality,
incest, fornication, adultery and pornography are sinful
perversions of God's gift of sex (Gen. 2:24; Gen. 19:5, 13; Gen.
26:8-9; Lev. 18:1-30; Ro. 1: 26-29; 1 Co. 5:1; 6:9; 1 Th. 4:1-8;
(R) Divorce and Remarriage
We believe that God hates divorce and intends marriage to last
until one of the spouses dies. Divorce and remarriage to anyone
other than to that spouse is regarded as adultery. Although
divorced and remarried persons or divorced persons may hold
positions of service in the church and be greatly used of God for
Christian service, we believe they may not be considered for the
office of pastor or deacon. (Mal. 2: 14-17; Mt. 19:3-12; Ro.
7:1-3; 1 Ti. 3:2, 12; Tit 1:6).
We believe that human life begins at conception and that the
unborn child is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the
unjustified, unexcused taking of an unborn human life. Abortion is
murder and any abortion is unacceptable. (Jb 3:16; Ps 51:5;
139:14-16: Is. 44:24; 49:1, 5; Jer. 1:5; 20:15-18; Lu 1:44).
We believe that God has given the church a great commission to
proclaim the Gospel to every race, nation, tribe, ethnic group,
and language group in order that they may believe and accept the
Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior. As ambassadors of Christ, we
must use all available means to go to the untold people and not
wait for them to come to us. We must not neglect our
responsibility that God has given us to go to the world around us.
When we are not able to go to a distant field, it is our
responsibility, when God directs us as a local church or as
individuals, to support those called of God. We believe the Bible
recognizes church support and Faith Promise Giving It is our
belief that we should only support those who are of like faith and
practice as we are. (Mt.28:19-20; Mk 16:15; Lu 24:46-48; Jn 20:21;
Ac. 1:8; II Co. 5:20; 8;9;10).
(U) Lawsuits Between Believers
We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing civil
lawsuits against other Christians, or the church, to resolve
personal disputes. We believe the church possesses all the
resources necessary to resolve personal disputes between members.
We do believe, however, that a Christian may seek compensation for
injuries from another Christian's insurance company as long as the
claim is pursued without malice or slander (1 Co. 6:1-8; Ep.
We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion
of God's wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to support his
local church financially. We believe that God has established the
tithe as a basis for giving, but that every Christian should also
give other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to the support
of the church, its mission, and the spread of the Gospel. We
believe that a Christian relinquishes all rights to direct the use
of the tithe or offering once the gift has been made (Gen. 14:20;
Pr. 3:9-10; Ac. 4:34-37; 1 Co. 16:2; II Co. 9:6-7; Ga. 6:6; Ep.
4:28; 1 Ti. 5:17-18; 1 Jn 3:17).
We believe the purpose of the music program of any part of the
church be to the glory of God in worship and not to entertain the
audience. Therefore, Biblical guidelines are to be followed in all
aspects of the music program. Not only the ability of the
musician(s) are to be considered but the character along with the
music text (which must be doctrinally correct), the melody,
rhythm, and the style are equal importance. A dirty vessel bearing
a clean offering is unclean. The pastor or song leader, which
answers to the pastor, are responsible to God for the leadership
of worship service and therefore, are to approve participants and
music for the worship services. Those ministering in music need to
be instructed and rehearsed. God has put a new song in our hearts,
not Biblical words to the music of the world. The style must not
create feelings, ideas, thoughts, or moods that are like the
unchanged way of life. The accompaniment of songs must be from the
talents God has given us in order to encourage the further
development of the talents. Amen, Hallelujah or Praise the Lord,
etc., are appropriate responses to music numbers not applause
which reflects the world's entertainment system and can lead the
musicians to become prideful. (1 Co. 10:31; 1 Chron. 16:41; 25:2;
II Chron. 23:13; II Co. 5:17; 1 Co. 1:31)
SECTION 2 - AUTHORITY OF STATEMENT OF FAITH
The statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our
faith. The Bible itself is the sole and final source of all that
we believe. A practical understanding of the Word of God should be
the basis for any believer's life. We do believe, however, that
the foregoing statement of faith accurately represents the
teaching of the Bible, and therefore, is binding upon all members.
SECTION 3 - CODE OF CONDUCT
Having been led by the Spirit of God, I have received Jesus
Christ as my Savior and Lord, I have, according to the scriptures
(Jn 1:12) been born again through the Holy Spirit and have
publicly confessed my faith by word (Ro 10:8-10) and in baptism
(Ro 6:3-5). I subscribe to the Doctrinal statement of my church as
one body in Christ (1 Co. 12:13). I believe that God directs me in
His Word to live by the following standards found in the Bible.
1. To walk lovingly (Jn 13:34,35) and
humbly with my brethren (I Pe 5:6) to pray for them (Ja. 5:16)
to separate myself from worldliness and unchristian practices
2. To pray (Ja. 1:5,6) for the
advancement of my church in knowledge, spirituality and
fruitfulness (Jn 15:8,16); to uphold its program of worship,
training and teaching; to observe its ordinances (Mat. 28:19,20;
1 Co. 11:24-27); and affirm its doctrines (I Pe 3:15, Ju 3).
3. To give regularly and cheerfully, as
God prospers, for the support of an evangelistic ministry among
us (II Co. 9:7, I Co. 16:2); for the relief of the needy (Mk.
14:7, Pr. 19:17); and for the spread of the gospel over the
earth (Mt. 28:19,20).
4. To serve faithfully in some activity
of the Church (Ja. 1:22-24; 2:18); taking care to assume only
such duties as can be effectively performed (1 Co. 4:2); to
improve my abilities in service by prayerful study of God's Word
(II Ti. 2:15).
5. To maintain family worship, encourage
family prayer, Bible study and Christian nurture for any under
my care (Ep. 6:4; Pr. 22:6).
6. To endeavor by example (Mt. 5:16) and
effort (Mt. 28:19,20) to win souls to Christ (Ja. 5:20), and to
enlist unchurched believers for membership in the local church
7. To follow the New Testament as my rule
of faith and practice (2 Ti. 3:16,17).
SECTION 1 - QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP
Upon a majority vote of the members present at any church
service or meeting, membership shall be extended to any desiring
membership who have had, and whose lives evidence a genuine
experience of regeneration through faith in and acceptance of the
Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior; who renounce sin; who
endeavor to live a consecrated life unto the Lord; who fully
subscribe to the statement of faith contained herein and upon
compliance with any one of the following conditions, A, B, C, D,
prior to the vote of the body for their membership they verbally
agree with the church constitution and by-laws as being
doctrinally correct to the best of their knowledge of the Bible.
This affirmation will be recorded in the minutes of the meeting.
If at any time any member feels any statement of our constitution
is incorrect, it is their responsibility to contact the Pastor.
(Ac. 2:41-42; Ro 16.17; 1 Co 1.10, 11.18, 12.25; Ph. 3.15-17)
(A) By baptism (immersion) as a true
believer in Christ Jesus as personal Savior;
(B) By letter of transfer from another
Bible believing church of like faith and practice, or other
written statement of good standing from the prior church if the
applicant has been baptized by immersion subsequent to a
profession of faith;
(C) By testimony of faith, having been
baptized by immersion; or
(D) By restoration, if having been removed
from membership, upon majority vote of the congregation after
confession is made publicly before the church membership of the
sin or sins involved, and satisfactorily evidencing repentance to
the pastor (or the board of deacons if the office of pastor is
SECTION 2 - DUTIES OF A MEMBER
On becoming a member of this church, in
addition to the code of conduct contained in Article II, Section
3, each one further endeavors to love, honor, and esteem the
pastor; to pray for him; and to recognize his authority in
spiritual affairs of the church; to cherish a brotherly love for
all members of the church; to support the church in prayer, tithe,
offerings and with other financial support as the Lord enables;
and in accordance with Biblical commands to support through a
life-style walk affirmation of the beliefs and practices of the
church. (1 Th 5.13; Ph 2.3; 1 Co 4.1, 9:7-11)
SECTION 3 - PRIVILEGES OF MEMBERSHIP
This congregation functions, not as a pure
democracy, but as a body under the headship of the Lord Jesus
Christ and the direction of the pastor as the undershepherd with
the counsel of the board of deacons. Membership in this church
does not afford those individuals with any property, contract, or
civil rights based on principles of democratic government.
Determination of the internal affairs of this church are
ecclesiastical matters and shall be determined exclusively by the
church's own rules and procedures. The pastor shall oversee and/or
conduct all aspects of this church. The board of deacons shall
give counsel and assistance to the pastor as requested by him. The
membership of the church has certain limited areas of exercising a
vote. Members may not vote to initiate any church action without
bringing the matter to the Pastor or Deacons prior to the church
administration meeting for prayer and discussion. The roll of the
membership is to discuss the recommendation, make a motion and to
second the motion to bring the motion to the membership for a
vote. This motion is passed or failed by the membership.
SECTION 4 - DISCIPLINE OF A MEMBER
(A) There shall be a discipline committee
consisting of the pastor and the board of deacons. The men shall
have sole authority in determining heretical deviations from the
statement of faith. If the pastor or a deacon is the subject of a
disciplinary matter, he shall not sit as a member of the
discipline committee. He shall be entitled to the same steps as
other church members and be subject to the same discipline.
(B) Members are expected to demonstrate
special loyalty and concern for one another. When a member becomes
aware of an offense of such magnitude that it hinders spiritual
growth and testimony, he is to go alone to the offending party and
seek to restore his brother. Before he goes, he should first
examine himself. When he goes, he should go with a spirit of
humility and have the goal of restoration.
(C) If reconciliation is not reached, a
second member, either a deacon or the pastor is to accompany the
one seeking to resolve the matter. This second step should also be
preceded by self-examination, and exercised in a spirit of
humility with the goal of restoration.
(D) If the matter is still unresolved after
the steps outlined in subsections (B) and (C) have been taken, the
discipline committee, as the church representatives biblically
responsible for putting down murmuring, shall hear the matter. If
the matter is not resolved during the hearing before the
discipline committee, the committee shall recommend to the members
of the church that they, after self-examination, make an effort
personally to go to the offending member and seek that member's
(E) If the matter is still unresolved after
the steps outlined in subsections (B), (C), and (D) have been
taken, such members who refuse to repent and be restored are to be
removed from the membership of the church upon a majority vote of
the membership present at a meeting called for the purpose of
considering disciplinary action.
(F) No matter may be heard by the
discipline committee or the church unless the steps outlined in
subsections (B) and (C) have been taken, except in the case of a
(G) If an unrepentant offending party is
removed from the church membership, all contact with him from that
point forward must be for the sake of restoration (except family
SECTION 5 - TRANSFER OF MEMBERSHIP
Members, not under the disciplining process of
Section 4, may request that letters of transfer be sent to another
SECTION 6 - TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP
(A) The membership of any individual member
shall be automatically terminated without notice if the member in
question has not attended a regular worship service of the church
(upon recollection of the Pastor and Deacons) in the preceding
three months. Upon good cause being shown to the pastor, this
provision for termination may be waived in the case of any
individual member at the discretion of the pastor.
(B) No member of this church may hold
membership in another church. If any member unites in membership
with another church, that person is automatically terminated
without notice from membership in this church. Except an associate
membership is available to a student from a distant area that is
living in our area during school terms. They must meet all the
qualifications for membership and feel led of God to join our
church. They may have the privileges of membership and work in the
church, but not hold the elected offices of the church. If at any
time a member of our church locates in another area as a student
and is unable to attend our church, they may hold membership of a
church of like faith and practice in the school area and maintain
their membership at Liberty Baptist Church.
We hold the responsibility to practice church
discipline over the associate member when there is Biblical or
constitutional grounds for discipline and the associate member's
church does not act.
(C) A member may resign at any time, but no
letter of transfer or written statement of good standing will be
issued upon such resignation, except at the discretion of the
SECTION 1- CHURCH OFFICERS
The church officers are pastor (see Article V, Section 1),
deacon (see Article V, Section 2), minister of records (see
Article V, Section 3), minister of finance (see Article V, Section
4), minister of Sunday School (see Article V, Section 5), and
minister of hospitality (see Article V, Section 6). One person may
hold two or more offices, except that of pastor. The pastor, from
time to time as he deems appropriate, may appoint other church
officers, subject to a confirmation vote of the church membership.
SECTION 2 - DESIGNATION OF CORPORATE OFFICERS
As an accommodation to legal relationships outside the church
the pastor shall serve as president of the corporation; the
minister of records shall serve as secretary of the corporation;
the minister of finances shall serve as treasurer of the
corporation; and the chairman of the board of deacons shall serve
as vice president of the corporation.
SECTION 3 - ELIGIBILITY FOR CONTINUANCE IN OFFICE
(A) All church officers shall affirm their agreement with
the statement of faith (as set forth in Article II) annually in
the presence of each other.
(B) All church officers must be approved initially and
thereafter annually by the pastor in order for them to commence or
continue in their offices.
(C) Only church members are eligible for election or
appointment to any church office or position.
SECTION 4 - TERMS OF OFFICE
The length of terms of office shall be as follows:
(A) The relationship between the pastor and the church
shall be permanent unless dissolved at the option of either party
by the giving of a month's notice, or less by mutual consent. The
severance of the relationship between the pastor and the church
may be considered at any regular church administration meeting,
provided notice to that effect shall have been given from the
pulpit to the church two Sundays prior to said regular church
administration meeting. A three-fourths majority of the members
present and voting shall be required to decide the matter.
Disciplinary removal of the pastor from office automatically
terminates his membership. A restoration to membership after
disciplinary removal will be subject to the requirements of
Article II, Section 1(D).
(B) The term of service for all offices and positions in
the church, except the pastor, shall be one year, at the
expiration of which they may be re-elected or re-appointed.
(C) A vacancy occurring in any office or board, except in
the case of the pastor, may be filled at any regular church
(D) All elected and appointed officers shall serve in their
respective offices until their successors are duly elected or
appointed unless a letter of resignation is accepted by the Pastor
or the individual is under church discipline.
SECTION 5 - ELECTION OF OFFICERS
The annual election of officers by the church membership shall
occur during the month of January at the annual church
SECTION 6 - PASTORAL OVERSIGHT OF OFFICERS AND STAFF
(A) Subject to the approval of the church membership and on
the condition that they shall become a member of the church upon
assuming their duties, the pastor may hire associates and
assistants to assist the pastor in carrying out his God given
(B) All church staff, whether paid or volunteer, shall be
under the supervision of the pastor who has the sole authority to
hire, appoint, or dismiss the same.
DUTIES OF OFFICERS
SECTION 1 - THE PASTOR
(A) The pastor shall preach the Gospel regularly and shall
be at liberty to preach the whole counsel of the Word of God as
the Lord leads him. He shall administer the ordinances of the
church, act as moderator at all church meetings for the
transaction of church matters, supervise the teaching ministries
of the church, and tenderly watch over the spiritual interests of
(B) The pastor shall appoint the members of the various
committees at the annual church administration meeting. He shall
serve as the president of the corporation. He shall publicly
inform all newly elected officers of the particular function and
the responsibilities of their respective offices. He shall extend
the right hand of fellowship to all new members on behalf of the
church and perform such other duties as generally appertain to
such a position. The pastor shall be free to choose the means and
methods by which he exercises the ministry that God has given him.
SECTION 2 - THE BOARD OF DEACONS
(A) The board of deacons shall assist the pastor, in such
matters as he shall request, in promoting the spiritual welfare of
the church, in conducting the religious services, and in
performing all other work of the church. They shall make provision
for the observance of the ordinances of the church. They shall, if
requested by the pastor, consider applications for church
membership. They shall, in cooperation with the pastor, disburse
the benevolence fund. They shall assist the pastor in visitation
and all other evangelistic efforts of the church. They shall
provide the pulpit supply and act as leaders for church meetings
if the office of pastor is vacant. The board of deacons shall
assist the pastor in caring for the administrative needs of the
church's various ministries as requested by the pastor.
(B) Immediately following the annual church administration
meeting, the board of deacons shall assemble and elect, from their
own number, a chairman who shall be vice president of the
corporation, a vice chairman, and a secretary.
(C) The board of deacons shall constitute the board of
trustees of the corporation. The board of trustees shall exercise
only the following specific powers:
(1) to purchase, hold, lease, or otherwise acquire real
and personal property on behalf of the church, and to take real
and personal property by will, gift, or bequest on behalf of the
(2) to sell, convey, alienate, transfer, lease, assign,
exchange, or otherwise dispose of, and to mortgage, pledge, or
otherwise encumber the real and personal property of the church,
to borrow money and incur indebtedness for the purpose and the
use of the church; to cause to be executed, issued, and
delivered for the indebtedness, in the name of the church,
promissory notes, bonds, debentures, or other evidence of
indebtedness; and to secure repayment by deeds of trust,
mortgages, or pledges.
(3) to exercise all powers necessary for the dissolution
of the church Corporation, if such action is mandated by a vote
of the church membership.
SECTION 3 - THE MINISTER OF RECORDS
The minister of records shall keep a record of church
proceedings, of the membership roll, of all baptisms, of
certificates of ordination, licenses and commissions as directed
by the church, and preserve all documents, papers, and letters
coming into his hands during his term of office. All records are
to be kept in the church office, or those designated to be kept in
a bank safe deposit box, and delivered to any successor upon
leaving office. He shall keep an account of any special events in
the life of the church which are of historical interest and shall
give a report at the annual church administration meeting of the
status of the church membership roll in the past year. The
minister of records shall also serve as the secretary of the
SECTION 4 - THE MINISTER OF FINANCE
The minister of finance shall account for all funds contributed
to the church and shall disburse the same as ordered by the
church. He shall present a written report of categorized
disbursements at the regular quarterly church administration
meetings and make a general report for the year at the annual
church administration meeting. All expenditures of the church
except miscellaneous petty cash disbursements shall be paid by
check. The minister of finance shall also serve as treasurer of
SECTION 5 - THE MINISTER OF SUNDAY SCHOOL
The minister of Sunday school shall supervise the Sunday
school. In consultation with the pastor he shall recommend the
appointment of the teachers of the Sunday School. He shall preside
at the teachers' meetings, and report on the condition of the
Sunday School at the annual church administration meeting. He
shall keep records of each members Sunday School attendance and of
the other services attendances.
SECTION 6 - THE MINISTER OF HOSPITALITY
The minister of hospitality, in cooperation with the pastor,
shall appoint a sufficient number of assistants to care for the
work of ushering and extending the official hospitality of the
church to its members and visitors.
SECTION 7 - ASSOCIATE PASTORS
Under the direction and guidance of the pastor, the associate
pastors of the church shall assist the pastor in carrying out the
ministries of the church.
SECTION 8 - DUTIES OF ALL OFFICERS
(A) All officers shall prepare a written report of their
work for the annual church administration meeting and shall
surrender any records in their possession to the minister of
records at the close of their term of office to be filed as a
permanent record of the work of the church. All records are the
property of the church and must be kept in the church office.
(1) The minister of finances may keep his financial records
at home but must submit monthly finance reports for the
membership no later than 10 days after the beginning of the
month except when gone on vacation.
(B) Any officer who neglects his duties as outlined in the
constitution for a period of three months may be removed from his
office at the discretion of the pastor and another may be
appointed by the pastor to serve the unexpired term.
SECTION 9 - INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS
A public installation service in which all newly elected
officers of the church are to be dedicated to their respective
offices and the ordination of newly elected deacons shall be held
at a public church service following their election at the annual
church administration meeting.
SECTION 1 - MEETINGS FOR WORSHIP
Unless otherwise determined by the pastor, the church shall
meet each Sunday for public worship both morning and evening and
at least once during the week for Bible study and prayer. The
Lord's Supper shall be observed at the Pastor's discretion.
SECTION 2 - MEETINGS FOR CHURCH ADMINISTRATION
A quarterly church administration meeting shall be held on
the last Wednesday evening of each quarter (January, April, July,
and October), at which time the regular church administration
shall be considered. A quorum shall consist of the members
present. The annual church administration meeting shall be at the
SECTION 3 - SPECIAL MEETINGS
(A) The pastor (or deacons if the office of pastor is
vacant or the pastor is the subject of possible disciplinary
action) may call a special meeting at any regular attended service
with at least 50 % of the membership present. A meeting for
election of a pastor may be called by the pulpit committee at any
regular church service when announced at least two weeks in
(B) Bible conferences, missionary conferences, and revivals
may be held as the pastor deems beneficial.
SECTION 4 - FISCAL YEAR
The fiscal year of the church shall begin January 1st and end
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
SECTION 1- PURPOSE
The church believes that it is to provide the members' children
with an education which is based upon and consistent with Biblical
teachings. The church believes that the home and church are
responsible before God for providing a Christian education. To
this end, the church shall engage in ministries in education in
keeping with the following dictates:
SECTION 2 - CHURCH PARTICIPATION
All educational programs or courses of instruction formulated
and offered by the church shall be primarily for the benefit of
the members of the church; however, the pastor may permit
non-church members to participate in church educational programs
or courses of instruction if he deems it in the best interest of
SECTION 3 - STAFF MEMBERSHIP
All instructors, teachers, and administrators shall be members
of this church. This provision shall not apply to visiting
missionaries, evangelists, or preachers engaged for the purpose of
delivering sermons, conducting revivals, or other special meetings
on a temporary basis.
SECTION 4 - STATEMENT OF FAITH ACCORD
All educational programs or courses of instruction shall be
taught and presented in full accord with the statement of faith of
SECTION 5 - UNITY
All educational programs or courses of instruction shall be
conducted as an integral and inseparable ministry of the church.
SECTION 6 - TEACHING
All educational programs or courses of instruction shall be
conducted consistent with the teaching of the inerrant Word of
God. Any assertion or belief which conflicts with or questions a
Bible truth is a pagan deception and distortion of the truth which
will be disclaimed as false. It is the responsibility of every
instructor or teacher to present the inerrant Word of God as the
sole infallible source of knowledge and wisdom.
SECTION 7 - CHRISTIAN WALK
All administrators, instructors, and teachers shall continue or
adopt a life-style consistent with the precepts which they teach,
whether in or out of the classroom.
Any expenditures in excess of $100 and not authorized in the
regular annual budget must be authorized by the pastor and or the
board of deacons if the office of pastor is vacant.
SECTION 1- ORDINATION QUALIFICATIONS
Any member of this church or its mission churches, who gives
evidence of a genuine call of God into the work of the ministry
and possesses the qualifications stated in 1 Ti. 3:1-7 and Tit.
1:6-9, may be ordained as a minister of the Gospel.
SECTION 2 - ORDINATION PROCEDURE
(A) Upon a conference with the pastor and after the pastor
has approved the candidate for ordination, the pastor shall call a
council to examine and pass on the qualification of the candidate.
The ordination council shall consist of ordained ministers and
deacons of like faith invited to participate in the examination of
(B) If the candidate is found worthy of the ordination by
the council, the ordination council may recommend ordination of
the candidate to the church.
(C) The church determines whether or not to accept the
recommendation of the council and proceed to ordain the candidate.
(D) The pastor and the chairman of the deacons shall
arrange for the ordination service.
Article XTAX-EXEMPT PROVISIONS
SECTION 1 - PRIVATE INUREMENT
No part of the net earnings of the church shall inure to the
benefit of or be distributable to its members, trustees, officers,
or other private persons, except that the church shall be
authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for the
services rendered and to make payments and distributions in
furtherance of the purposes set forth in Article I, Section 2,
SECTION 2 - POLITICAL INVOLVEMENT
No substantial part of the activities of the church shall be
the carrying on of propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence
legislation. The church shall not participate in, or intervene in
(including the publishing or distribution of statements) any
political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.
SECTION 3 - DISSOLUTION
Upon the dissolution of the church, the trustees shall, after
paying or making provision for payment of all the liabilities of
the church, dispose of all of the assets of the church to such
organization or organizations formed and operated exclusively for
religious purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt
organization or organizations under Section 5Ol(c)(3) of the
Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the Corresponding provision of
any future United States Internal Revenue Law), as the trustees
shall determine. Assets may be distributed only to organizations
which agree with the church's statement of faith.
SECTION 4 - RACIAL NONDISCRIMINATION
The church shall have a racially nondiscriminatory policy and
therefore shall not discriminate against members, applicants,
students, and others on the basis of race, color, or national or
From time to time the church, in the exercise of its religious,
educational, and charitable purposes, may establish various funds
to accomplish specific goals. The are to be from the general fund,
special contributions or special offerings. The funds are not to
be funded by the tithe of individuals which belongs in the general
fund. The funds are to be kept in an interest bearing account,
with the interest being divided proportionately to the special
funds. No fiduciary obligation shall be created by any designated
contribution made to the church other than to use the contribution
for the general furtherance of any of the purposes stated in
Article I, Section 2.
This constitution may be revised or amended by a majority vote
of the members present and voting at any regular or special church
administration meeting, provided that said revision or amendment
has been submitted in writing and announced from the pulpit
fourteen (14) days before the vote is taken.
This constitution was adopted by a two-thirds majority vote of
the members present and voting at a duly called meeting of the
church in which a quorum was present.
This constitution and bylaws supersedes any other constitutions
and/or bylaws of Liberty Baptist Church of Lincolnton, N.C. (416
Louise Ave. 28092)
PASTOR _______________ WITNESS
DATE MINISTER OF Records
Each member of the church shall be entitled to vote on all
matters except those pertaining to the disciplining of members,
the purchase or sale of real property, and the dismissal or
calling of a pastor, in which matters, only members at least
sixteen years of age shall be entitled to vote.
All church administration meetings shall be opened and closed
with prayer for divine guidance and blessing.
All services for public worship and Bible study and the
arrangements thereof including time and place and the use of the
property belonging to the church for purposes other than the
stated services shall be under the control of the pastor.
The date of the annual church administration meeting shall be
in January of each year.
All literature used in the church shall be in complete
agreement with the statement of faith.
The following order shall be observed at the regular church
(a) Devotions & prayer
(b) Reading of minutes
(c) Reception of members
(d) Dismissal of members
(e) Report of officers
(f) Reports of standing committees
(g) Reports of special committees
(h) Unfinished matters
(i) Election of officers
(j) New matters