Doctrine

Membership Requirements

We believe the church is a family of those who publicly declared their commitments to Jesus Christ. All people, regardless of age, race, or creed, are welcome and encouraged to join our body of believers in one of the four following ways:

1. by profession of faith in Christ and baptism,

2. by transfer of letter from a sister Baptist church,

3. by statement of prior conversion and immersion baptism,

4. by baptism from a church which does not practice immersion baptism.

Mt. Carmel Baptist Church is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convension. Please consult the Baptist Faith and Message for a full statement of Southern Baptist faith and practice.

Our Statement of Faith

About God

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. Genesis 1:1,26,27;3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; I Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 14:14.

About Jesus Christ

Jeus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. Matthews 1:22,23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; I Corinthians 15:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; I timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13.

About the Holy Spirit

The Holy spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of thier need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Chrisitan from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily. II Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galations 5:25; Ephensians 3:18.

About the Bible

The Bible is God's Word to us. It is written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspiried by God, it is the truth without any mixture or error. II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 120,21; II Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160; 12:6; Proverbs 30:5.

About Human Beings

People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like him in character. People are the supreme object of God's creation. Although evry person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward god called "sin." This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life. Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53: 6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1,2.

About Salvation

Salvation is God's free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Chirst as God's offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin's penalty.When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6; 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galations 3:26; Romans 5:1.

About Eternal Security

Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot "lose" it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security. John 10:29; II Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10,14; I Peter 1:3-5.

About Eternity

People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally 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 real places of eternal existence. John 3:16; John 14:17;  Romans 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15; I Corinthians 2:7-9.

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