Built by Christ (Mt. 16:16-18), established on the first Pentecost following the death, burial and resurrection of Christ (Acts 2), and directly related to local churches of Christ present in the first century (Rom. 16:16), the Liberty Church of Christ continues a 2,000-year biblical tradition. We believe in the authority and inspiration of the scriptures (II Tim. 3:16-17, II Pet. 1:19-20) and approach the scriptures in conventional, conservative ways. Our conclusions about the Godhead, the divinity of Christ, the work of the Holy Spirit, the work and worship of the church, and the undenominational uniqueness of the church grow out of our careful ways.
We believe "that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone" (Jas. 2:24). Hearing (Rom. 10:17) "a message by which you will be saved" (Acts 11:14), faith (Heb. 11:6), repentance (Acts 2:38), confession (Rom. 10:10), baptism (I Pet. 3:21) and walking "in newness of life" (Rom. 6:4) are essential steps to salvation. Not a "paint by the numbers" approach to salvation, this plan involves obedience "from the heart to the standard of teaching" (Rom. 6:17). Imperfect people, we also believe that "if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive our sins" (I Jn. 1:9). Discounting on-going forgiveness of sins is discounting the far-reaching effect of the Cross for the faithful and prayerful (Acts 8:22). "In him we have redemption through his blood...according to the riches of his grace" (Eph. 1:7).
Our worship follows the New Testament pattern. "On the first day of the week" (Acts 20:7) we assemble (Heb. 10:24-25) to "eat this bread and drink the cup (to) proclaim the Lord's death until he comes" (I Cor. 11:26), offer prayers (I Cor. 14:15), and seek "upbuilding and encouragement and consolation" in the Word (I Cor. 14:3). We also sing (Eph. 5:19, Col. 3:16) believing that a capella praise is a requirement and not just an option. Also as a biblical requirement, our congregation and our worship is lead by our men (I Tim. 2:8).
We grieve the doctrinal tensions troubling our brotherhood and, because of those tensions, must include a few words about who we are not. We reject the extreme of legislating according to tradition and angry disputing, and also the extreme of too close an affinity with denominational ways and too little attention to doctrine. We prayerfully seek to travel the narrow gate and hard way that leads to eternal life (Mt. 7:14) while avoiding additions to or deletions from God's word (Rev. 22:18-19).
New Testament Christians first met in Liberty in 1932 at Liberty High School. Growth continued until our first building was built on the corner of Webster and Fannin streets in 1938. A second, larger building was built in 1959 at the corner of Cos and Fannin streets. Our current building, the congregation's third, was completed in 1984 and expanded in 2003.
Several well-known ministers helped establish the character of the Liberty Church of Christ. Men like Jim Dobbs, Tom Warren and James LeFan left their indelible marks of love for truth and love for the lost. Our current minister is Don Prather, assisted and encouraged by his wife Janie.
We now have 160-175 regularly attending members. Capable leadership has marked our history, and we are led by five elders and six deacons. In addition to our local evangelistic efforts, we support international evangelistic efforts in Romania and Nepal. As part of our ministry of benevolence, we operate the local Food bank and support orphans homes like Medina Children's Home. Our annual activities include summer "church camp," Vacation Bible School, a Free Fall festival for the community, Homecoming, and the "Nepal Summit."
Established under Mexican law in 1831, Liberty, Texas is proud of its heritage as Villa de la Santísima Trinidad de la Libertad on the banks of the Trinity River. Occupied by American settlers as early as 1818, Liberty is the state's third oldest town. Heroes of Texas history like William B. Travis and Sam Houston walked our streets, and patriots of the Texas Revolution raised volunteers here who helped Texas gain independence.
In 1837, Liberty became the county seat of Liberty County. Growth resulted from location on a navigable river with easy access to Galveston and to the interior of East Texas, making Liberty a key transshipment point for immigrants and trade. Growth continued with "King Cotton" and with the growth of East Texas' timber and petroleum industries. Still drawing from the enterprises that contributed to Liberty's early importance and its role as a county seat, Liberty, population 8,397, is located within commuting distance of the major industries in Houston, Baytown and Beaumont, Texas. Many workers prefer our small town atmosphere and choose Liberty as their home. Recognizing our unique cultural history, Liberty is also home to the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center and the Geraldine D. Humphreys Cultural Center.