People and organizations have values. You can tell what others value by how they live. At FBCMB we feel like it’s crucial to determine what God says our values should be and live those out as a church family. In other words, the values that characterized the lives of Christians in the Bible should be the same values that we have today. So, we have taken our values straight out of God’s Word and do our best to live those out. Our strategies and how we carry these values out may change over time but the values themselves will remain because of their tie to God’s truth.
Biblical Authority (2 Tim 3:16-17)
We believe that the Scriptures were given not just inform us about God but to transform us to be like Jesus. That means that we have to invest time and think about what God is communicating through His Word and about how it should change our behaviors.
Spiritual Intimacy (Mark 1:35)
We believe that God wants everyone to grow spiritually. That means primarily that God sent His Son to die for us so that we would have a relationship with Him instead of following a set of prescribed mechanical rules.
Authentic Community (Acts 2:40-47)
We believe that God wants us to live connected to each other…not isolated from each other. So, living in biblical community means that we choose to connect with, include, and involve others in our lives. It means that we all have a place to belong.
Personal Ministry (Rom 12:4-8)
We believe that everyone plays a part in God’s redemption story. You and I are not created where we are and when we are by accident. God has wired each of us for meaningful investment in the community, which requires us to move.
Global Responsibility (Acts 1:8)
We believe that part of our responsibility is to advance God’s Kingdom in the world starting in Moss Bluff and to Calcasieu Parish, then to Louisiana and the Southeast, and then to the world. We are called to care for our neighborhoods as well as for the nations.
At FBC Moss Bluff, we believe that membership is an expression of our commitment to one another and to the vision and core values of FBCMB. It's about joining a family that is united in our beliefs and purpose of drawing life from God and pointing others to HimAt FBCMB, we believe that church membership is important for a couple of reasons:
- A commitment to a local church body is biblical and was the normal practice of the early New Testament church.
- Church membership provides us with a place to use our spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12, Ephesians 4), it gives us a spiritual community to support our growth as Christ followers (Acts 2:42-47, Ephesians 5:21, Hebrews 10:24-25), it places us under the spiritual protection of church leaders (Hebrews 13:17, Acts 20:28) and it communicates to other church members that we are committed to one another.
What we believe
About The Bible
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme and final authority in all matters of faith and life. 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pt. 1:20, 21; Mk. 13:31; Jn. 8:31, 32; John 20:31; Acts 20:32
About The Trinity
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons; that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption. Gen. 1:1, 26; Jn. 1:1, 3; Matt. 28:19; Rom. 1:19, 20; Eph. 4:5,6
About God The Father
We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. We believe that He infallibly foreknows all that shall come to pass, that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and spiritual death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. Lk. 10:21, 22; Matt. 23:9; Jn. 3:16; 6:27; Rom. 1:7; 1 Tim. 1:1, 2; 2:5, 6; 1 Pt. 1:3; Rev. 1:6
About Jesus Christ
We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, eternally existing, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth. Matt. 1:18-25; Lk. 1:26-38; Jn. 1:1; 20:28; Rom. 8:46; 9:5; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Pt. 2:21-23; Jn. 20:30, 31; Matt. 20:28; Eph. 1:4; Acts 1:11; Rom. 5:6-10; Heb. 7:25; 9:28; 1 Tim. 3:16
About The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, equal with God the Father and God the Son. He came to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher, and guide. Jn. 14:16, 17, 26; 15:26, 27; Jn. 16:9-14; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19; Gal. 5:22-26
We believe that man was created by God in His own image; that he sinned and thereby incurred physical, spiritual, and eternal death, which is separation from God; that as a consequence, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are sinners by choice and therefore under condemnation. Salvation is a free gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. We believe that those who repent and trust Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and become new creatures, delivered from condemnation and receive eternal life. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. Gen. 1:26; 5:2; Gen. 3; Gen. 2:17; 3:19; Eccl.2:11; Jn. 3:14; 5:24; Jn. 5:30; 7:13; 8:12; 10:26; Rom. 9:22; 2 Thess. 1:9; Rev. 19:3, 20; 20:10, 14, 15; 21:18; Ps. 51:7; Jer. 17:9; Js. 1:14; Rom. 3:19; Prov. 28:13; 1 Jn. 1:9; Jn. 3:16; Jn. 1:13; 2 Cor. 5:17; Rom. 8:1; Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:8-9; Jn. 14:6; 1:12; Titus 3:5; Gal. 3:26; Rom. 5:1
About Eternal Security
We believe the security of our salvation rests upon the gift that God has given us in the death, burial, and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ.It is impossible to lose your salvation because it is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian.It is the sealing and sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit that gives us this security. There is a falling away of some believers, but if it persists; it shows that their faith was not genuine and they were not born of God.Jn. 10:29-30; 2 Tim. 1:12; Heb. 7:25, 10:10-14; 1 Pt. 1:3-5; Rom. 8:38-39, 11:29; Eph. 1:13-14; 1 Jn. 2:19; Lk. 8:9-14
We believe man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell.To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence. Jn. 3:16; 1 Jn. 2:25; 5:11-13; Rom. 6:23; Rev. 20:15
About The Church
We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, good works, and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world. Eph. 2:19-22; Acts 1:8; Eph. 5:19-21; Acts 2:42; Heb. 10:23-25
About Christian Maturity
We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well-being of his fellow men; that his conduct should be blameless before the world; that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions; and that he should seek to realize for himself and others the full stature of maturity in Christ. 1 Cor. 10:31; Rom. 12:1-3; Heb. 12:1-2; Jn. 14:15, 23-24; 2 Cor. 9:6-9; 1 Cor. 1:9-10
About Church Ordinances
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church, Baptism and the Lord's Supper. We believe that Christian Baptism is the immersion of the believer in the water into the name of the triune God. We believe that the Lord's Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. Matt. 28:18-20; Rom. 6:3-5; 1 Cor. 11:23-26
About Last Things
We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom.We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal joy of the righteous and the endless suffering of the wicked. Matt. 16:27; Mk. 14:62; Jn. 14:3; Acts 1:11; Phil. 3:20; 1 Thess. 4:15; 2 Tim. 4:1; Titus 2:13
Becoming a Christian
Do you know for certain that you have eternal life, and that you will go to Heaven when you die?
God's Purpose is that we have eternal life. Jesus said, "I have come that you might have life, and have it abundantly" (John 10:10). He said, "I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself" (John 14:3). He wants us to have abundant life now, and a home with Him in Heaven forever.
Our Need is to admit our problem. We are all sinners by nature and by choice. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). God is holy and just and must punish sin; yet He loves us, and wants us to be in Heaven with Him. The good news is, God has provided for the forgiveness of sins!
God's Provision is Jesus Christ. Jesus is God and became man. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God...and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us" (John 1: 1,14). He paid for our sins by dying on the cross: "For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God. He rose from the dead to be our living Savior" (Romans 4:25).
Our Response is to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior. "As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God" (John 1:12). How do you receive Jesus? Through repentance and faith. Acts 3:19 says, "Repent therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out". Repentance is not just feeling sorry for sins, but making a U-turn from our sins to God.
As You Turn you must place your faith in Jesus. "By grace you have been saved, through faith" (Ephesians 2:8). Faith is not just believing facts about Jesus. Faith is trusting in Jesus. It is like taking a trip in an airplane. You will never make the trip until you trust the plane enough to get on board!
To Trust In Jesus means to surrender to Jesus as Lord. Romans 10:9 says, "If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved".
Does what you have been reading make sense to you? Is there any reason why you would not be willing to receive Gods gift of eternal life? Are you willing to place your faith in Jesus right now and turn from your sin?
You Need To Ask The Lord To Save You The Bible says, "Whoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Romans 10:13). Pray something like this... Dear God, I believe that Jesus is your son, and that He died on the cross for my sins, and was raised from the dead. I know I have sinned and need forgiveness. I am willing to turn from my sins and receive Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Thank you for saving me. In Jesus name. Amen.
Welcome To The Family Of God! You have just made the most important decision of your life. You can know that you have eternal life, because Gods word can be trusted.
What To Do Now. Read the Bible every day. Start with the book of John in the New Testament. Talk to God every day in prayer. Find a church to be your spiritual home. Other Christians will encourage you in your new faith. You will want to be baptized to confess that Jesus is your Savior. If you live in the Lake Charles area, we would encourage you to attend First Baptist Church Moss Bluff. If you live in another area, look for your local Southern Baptist Church. You may find help in locating a Southern Baptist Church through this link with the SBC.
Share Your Decision With Us! Drop us a note and let us rejoice with you!
What we believe about baptism
Who should be Baptized?
At FBCMB, we believe that baptism is an important first step of obedience after making a personal commitment to Christ. Baptism allows a Christ-follower to communicate to those around them that they have made that commitment. If you have made a personal commitment to Christ then announcing that decision publicly through baptism is the next step for you. If you would like to know more about scheduling your baptism, please contact our church office at 337.855.9067.
What does Baptism Symbolize?
Baptism is a way of showing others that a person has entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ. It is an outward symbol of the inward commitment that takes place in the heart at the time of salvation. Baptism is:
A sign of identification. Baptism is an outward, public declaration of our inward commitment to Christ. Much like a wedding ring symbolizes a commitment between a husband and a wife, baptism makes a visual statement that says: I'm following Jesus Christ and I want everyone to know it.
A Symbol of Death, Burial and Resurrection. It is a picture of what takes place at the time of salvation being cleansed and having our sins washed away. It says, I have died to my old life(going under the water)and I am alive to new life in Christ (coming out of the water). Romans 6:4-5 says: We were buried therefore with him (Christ) by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.
An important step of obedience to the Scripture. In the Bible, as people came to faith in Christ they were baptized. The sequence of events is the same throughout the scriptures, first people profess faith in Jesus Christ and then they are baptized. It is called Believer's baptism, a baptism that happens after one becomes a believer in Jesus Christ. Matthew 28:18-20 says: And Jesus came and said to them, All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. Because Jesus instructed us to be baptized, baptism is an act of obedience to him. While it is not necessary for salvation, it demonstrates submission to God.
At FBC Moss Bluff, we practice baptism by immersion (putting under the water) in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (the way that Jesus instructed in Matthew 28:19) because we believe that it is the best picture of spiritual death, burial and resurrection and because it is the type of baptism that Jesus modeled for us when he was baptized by John in the Jordan River.(Matthew 3:13-17 and Mark 1:9-11).
What about infant Baptism? In some denominations, infant baptism or christening is used to represent a commitment made by parents to dedicate their child to Christ and to commit to raise them in accordance with the teachings of Scripture. While this is a very important part of the religious practice and tradition of many families it is not the same as believer's baptism. Believer's baptism occurs after someone makes a personal decision to follow Christ for themselves once they understand what that means and if you have made a personal commitment to Christ as an older child, student, or adult then announcing that decision publicly through believer's baptism is the next step for you. Our commitment to believer's baptism is in no way intended to cheapen the importance of your experience as a child. We feel that believer's baptism in many ways affirms the hope that your parents had when they dedicated you as an infant.
What Should I Wear for Baptism? If you are planning to be baptized at FBCMB, here are some things for you to know. You will need to wear a colored t-shirt and shorts for the baptism and have a towel, change of clothes, and plastic bag for your wet clothes for after you are baptized. If you have any other questions you can call the church office at 337.855.9067.