A group met together on 14 September 1851 to further organize the Liberty Church
in Carroll County, Tennessee.
The body agreed upon the Church
Covenant, Preamble Constitution, and Rules of Decorum. They are as
Preamble & Constitution of Liberty Church, Carroll County, Tennessee,
September 14th, 1851.
We the undersigned all having been baptized upon a profession
of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ according to this Commandment & Example
and believing it to be mind or will of great law given according to the
Scriptures that his people be united in one as he the Father are one For
our mutual comfort, edification & happenings as well as his Glory , do
agree to unite as a Church of Christ on Earth adapt the following
articles as the bases of our faith & practice.
1st We believe in only advise & true God who makes
himself known as the Eternal God in the person or office of the Father,
Son & holy ghost & these are one.
2nd We believe God creates many holy & upright & that man
by his only voluntary transgression fell from that happy State is Sinful
????? & condemned by God.
3rd That Jesus Christ the Eternal Son & Second person in the
holy trinity has tasted death for every man & this satisfies the divine
law & that now all who call upon him renouncing their sins with true
repentance may be through faith in this holy name. Heb. 2nd
chapter & 9th verse.
4th That all true believers in Christ should be baptized
in the name of the holy trinity. See acts 2 Chapter & 38th
We believe in the duty & high privilege of all such to become members of
the visible Church of Christ. See Acts 2nd Chapter & 47th
6th We believe the Church of Christ is not National but
Congregational composed of men & women believing in the Lord Jesus Christ
who can agree to walk by the Same such acknowledging the Same Son
Exercising a like precious faith & receive the same baptism. Ephesus 4th
Chapter & 5th verse.
7th We believe in only two Sacraments – Baptism & the Lord’s
8th That Baptism can only be administered scripturally by a
regular ordained Baptist Minister of good standing in the church.
9th We believe Experimental are the only Scriptural Subjects
of Baptism & that by the immersion of the whole body in water in the name
of the Father & Holy Ghost. See Matthew 3rd. Chapter & 16th
verse and also Mark, 1st Chapter & 5th verse.
10th We believe that no unbaptised person believer or
unbeliever should be invited to partake of the Sacrament of the Lord’s
11th All who subscribe their names to the foregoing articles
do hereby give themselves to the Lord & one another in the Lord to watch
over & pray for each other observing the Same rules & will be governed by
Having been as we trust brought by divine grace to embrace the Lord Jesus
Christ & to give up ourselves wholly to him we do now solemnly & joyfully
covenant with each other to walk together in him with brotherly love to
His Glory as our common Lord.
We do therefore in his strength engage That we will exercise a mutual care
as members one of another to promote the growth of whole body in Christian
knowledge, holiness & comfort to the ???? that we may stand perfect &
complete in all the will of God.
That to promote & secure this object we will uphold the public worship of
God & ordinances of his house & hold constant communion with each therein,
that we will cheerfully contribute of our property for the support of the
poor, i.e., Such as are wiling but unable to help themselves & for the
maintenance of a faithful ministry of the Gospel among us.
RULES OF DECORUM
Article 1st -- It shall be the duty of the church to elect a
moderator to serve them for 1 year or any designated time whose duty shall
be to keep order.
Article 2nd -- The Moderator shall be considered a Judge
of Order whose first duty shall be to observe order.
Article 3rd -- It shall be his business 1st to
enquire into the peace & harmony of the church; 2nd to open
the way for the reception of members; 3rd to enquire for
reference & then any other business necessary for the church to attend to.
Article 4 -- In performance to our dealing with the church members we
agree as a church to observe the teaching of our Lord & Saviour Jesus
Christ as given in the 18 Chapter of Matthew & other Scriptures in
Connection with the same.
Article 5 -- We agree that our Moderator shall have the right of deciding
who shall keep the floor when more than one rises to speak at the same
Article 6 -- We agree that a majority of the church shall rule in all
cases with the exception of receiving members that shall require a
unanimous voice of the church.
Article 7 --The Moderator shall have no right to speak unless he fills the
chair by same other Brother, then he shall equal right with any other
member provided he confines himself to the subject under description.
Article 8 -- Each member when addressing the chair shall arise to his
feet and address the Moderator by the appellation of Brother Moderator. No
member shall be allowed speak of times than twice without ???? of the
church ------ always confining himself strictly to the subject under
discussion & that too without criticism or slips or failures of any member
of the church.
Article 9 -- We agree to observe the regular rule in receiving of letters
of our Sister Churches & granting the same.