WHAT WE BELIEVE: DOCTRINAL STATEMENT (New Orleans Bible Church)
1.) THE SCRIPTURES - We believe the Holy Scriptures, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, are all equally and fully the verbally inspired Word of God, inerrant in the original writings concerning historical and scientific facts, infallible in moral and spiritual teachings, and being God-breathed are God's complete and final revelation. They are the final authority for faith and life, containing all things necessary for salvation and for our practical instruction
(Matt. 5:18; Luke 24:27, 44; John 16:12-13; Rom. 15:4; 1 Cor.2:13; 2 Tim.3:16-17; 2 Pet.1:20-21).
2.) THE GODHEAD - We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections are worthy of precisely the same homage, confidence and obedience
(Duet. 6:4; John 1:14; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Cor. 13:14).
3.) THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST - We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men (Luke 1:35; John 1:1, 2, 14, 18).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our complete redemption through His death on the cross alone as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and, that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Luke 24:39; Rom.3:24-25; Eph. 1:7; 1 Pet. 1:3-5; 2:24).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God the Father where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9; Rom. 8:34; 1 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 6:19-20; 7:24; 9:24a; 1 John 2:1-2).
4.) THE PERSON AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT- We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person possessing all the attributes of deity; and, that in essence He is equally God (Acts 5:3-4; 2 Cor. 13:14). We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and, that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration and sanctification, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling equally and permanently every believer. and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 6:11; 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 3:6; Eph. 1:13-14). We believe that every unregenerated person, the moment they excercise faith in Christ as Savior, immediately possesses the Holy Spirit (Rom. 5:5; 8:9; 1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19; Gal. 4:6; 1 Thess. 4:8). We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth; that He sovereignly bestows a spiritual gift to each believer; and, that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit (John 16:13; Eph. 5:18; 1 John 2:20, 27).
5.) THE TOTAL DEPRAVITY OF MAN - We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam's sin the whole race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and, that man is totally depraved, possesses no spark of divine life, and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Gen. 1:26, 27; Rom. 3:22, 23; 5:12; Eph. 2:1-3, 12).
6.) SALVATION - We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to sinful man by grace and received solely by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who accomplished complete redemption by His substitutionary death and shedding of His precious blood, and, that no repentance, no feeling, no good resolution, no sincere efforts, no submissions to rules and regulations, no degree of reformation however great, no attainments in morality however high, no culture however attractive, no baptism or other ordinance however administered, nor any or all of these together, can add in the very least degree to the merit of the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ upon the cross (John 3:5,18; Eph. 1:7; 2:8-10; Phil. 3:4-9; Titus 3:5;1 Pet. 1:18, 19, 23).
7.) SANCTIFICATION - We believe that sanctification is a setting-apart unto God (John 17:17, 19). It consists in three steps in the believers life:
A) Every believer, by his being in Christ and partaking of all He is, has a complete standing before God (1 Cor. 1:2; 6:11; Heb. 10:10, 14). B) Yet
every believer, because he retains a sin nature which cannot be changed or eradicated in this life, lives in a present state that is imperfect to the extent that he fails to appropriate the power of the Holy Spirit by which to live a Christian life, and, therefore, he is in need of a progressive sanctification by growing in grace and maturity (2 Cor. 3:18; Eph. 4:24; Heb. 12:10). C) The believer will be fully and completely sanctified when he shall see the Lord and shall be like Him (Rom. 8:29; Eph. 5:27;1 John 3:2).
8.) ETERNAL SECURITY AND ASSURANCE OF BELIEVERS - A) We believe because of the eternal purpose of God, because of the nature of the Word and promise of God, and because of the immutability of the unchangeable covenants of God, that all the redeemed, on saved (i.e., elected, called, baptized into Christ by the Spirit, justified, regenerated, adopted, sanctified, and already looked upon by God as glorified), are kept by God's power, indwelt by the Holy Spirit, and interceded for by Jesus Christ, and therefore, are secure in Christ forever (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Rom. 8:1, 29, 30,38,39; 1 Cor. 1:4-8; 1 Pet. 1:5). B) We believe that God, as a holy and righteous Father of all the redeemed , cannot over-look the sin of His children, and , when they persistently sin, will chasten and correct them in infinite love (1 Cor. 11:27-32; Heb. 12:5-11). C) We believe that it is the universal privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's Word; which truth excites within His children filial love, gratitude, and obedience (Rom. 13:13, 14; Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11-15).
9.) CHURCH - A) We believe that the universal church, which is the body and bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this present age which began at Pentecost and is terminated at the rapture (Eph. 1:22, 23; 5:25-27; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 11:2). B) We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures being composed solely of believers (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; Tit. 1:5-11).
10.) CHURCH WORSHIP AND ORDINANCES - A) We believe that the first day of the week is to be observed as the Lord's Day and that no believer should absent himself from the fellowship of believers unless providentially hindered (John 20:19, 26; Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 16:1-2; Heb. 10:25).
B) We believe that water baptism and the Lord's Supper are the only ordinances of the church and that they are a Scriptural means of testimony for the church in this age (Matt. 28:19; Luke 22:19, 20; Acts 8:36-38; 10:47, 48; 16: 30-34; 18:8; 1 Cor. 11:2).
11.) THE MINISTRY AND SPIRITUAL GIFTS - A) We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowment of all His gifts; and, that the gifts of evangelist, pastor-teachers are sufficient for the perfecting of the saints today; and, that speaking in tongues and the working of sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority became established (1 Cor. 12:4-11; 2 Cor. 12:12; Eph. 4:7-12). We Believe that every believer does possess a spiritual gift for the edification of the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:20-27; Eph. 4:12). C) We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accord with His own will, for the sick and afflicted (John 15:7; 1 John 5:14, 15).
12.) CHRISTIAN WALK A) We believe that every saved person possesses two natures, with provision made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit and, that all claims to the eradication of the old nature in this life are unscriptural (Rom.6:13; 8:12-13; Gal. 5:16-25; Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3:10; 1 Pet. 1:14-16; 1 John 3:5-9). B) We believe that Christian life consists in a positive abiding in union with the living Christ so that fruit is produced through the life of the believer, and in living in the power of the indwelling Spirit so that the fruit of the Spirit is produced in the life in contrast to the lusts of the flesh (John 15:1-16; Gal. 5:16-23; Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 2:1-10). C) We believe that the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations is commanded of God (Rom. 12:1, 2; 14:13; 2 Cor. 6:14 -7:1; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; 1 John 2:15-17). D) We believe that every believer should be a faithful steward of all his substance for the futherance of the Gospel at home and abroad (1 Cor. 16:2; 2 Cor. 8, 9).
13.) THE GREAT COMMISSION We believe that it is the obligation of all believers to witness by life and by word to the truths of Holy Scripture and to seek to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind (Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 11:8; 2 Cor. 5:19-20).
14.) DISPENSATIONS We believe that the Scriptures are to be interpreted literally, and, therefore, recognize God has operated through all human history in various stewardships by which He is dealing with mankind in various ways, three of which, the age of law, the age of grace, and the age of the millennial kingdom, are subject of distinct and extended and divine revelation (Isa. 61:1, 2; Matt. 10:5-10; 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Lk. 4:16-21;
Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 9:17; 2 Cor. 5:18-20; Eph. 1:10; 3:2; Col. 1:25).
15.) THE PERSONALITY OF SATAN - We believe that Satan is a personal being, the highest rank of all angelic creatures; that he sinned through pride thereby becoming the author of sin and the cause of the fall of man; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and, that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire (Gen. 3:1-19; Isa. 14:12-17; Matt. 4:2-11; 25:41; Rev. 20:10).
16.) THE SECOND ADVENT OF CHRIST - We believe in that "Blessed Hope," the personal, imminent pretribulational coming in the air of the Lord Jesus Christ for all His redeemed (1 Thess. 1:10; 4:13-18; Rev. 3:10); that this event is followed by the seven year period of the tribulation when all earth dwellers shall experience the judgments of the wrath of God, and that the tribulation ends with Christ's pre-millennial return to the earth with His Saints to establish His millennial kingdom of righteousness and peace (Duet. 30:1-10; Isa. 11:4-9; Ezek. 37:21-28; Zech. 14:4-11; Rev. 6:1-19, 21).
17.) THE ETERNAL STATE - A) We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Matt. 25:46; John 5:28, 29; 11:25,26; Rev. 20:5, 6, 12, 13). B) 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 (Luke 23:43; 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23; 3:21; 1 Thess. 4:16, 17; Rev. 20:4-6). C) We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain after death, in conscious misery 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 (Matt. 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26; 2 Thess. 1:7-9; Jude 6, 7; Rev. 20:11-15).