HE DIED FOR US
What We Believe - Doctorial Statement
We believe that the Bible is the verbally inspired word of God and is inerrant in the original writings. The Bible being the revealed word of God is the ground and foundation from which all claims of truth shall be substantiated. The word of God is alive and quick! Through God's sovereign hand, the scriptures have been preserved and are the supreme and final authority (2Timothy 3: 16-17), 2Peter 1:20-21. Hebrews 4: 12).
We believe that there is only one true and living God existing in three persons- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each is a distinct person, but all of one essence and all having the same nature, perfections and attributes, and each is worthy of precisely the same worship, confidence, and obedience (Genesis 1:1-3, 26, Matthew 3:16-17, John 1:1-14, 10:30, 14:26, 15:26, Matthew 28:19).
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, shed his blood on Calvary in our place, was buried, rose again and ascended to the Father according to the scripture (Luke 1 :26-33, 22:20, 24:26).
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, God and coexistent with the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit is the Chief Agent in the regeneration of the soul, the Chief Con victor of sin, and the Chief Comforter of the believer. Simultaneous with regeneration, the Holy Spirit baptizes the believer into the body of Christ, permanently indwells him and seals him in salvation for all eternity. The Holy Spirit is the giver of spiritual gifts to the believer. (John 16:1-13, Acts 5:3-4, Titus 3:5, Mathew 3:11, Ephesians 1:13-14, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 ).
We believe that man is the direct creation of God-body, soul and spirit. Therefore, man is not in any way a result of evolution, but is made in God's image. The sin and fall of Adam resulted in the fall of creation and mankind both physically and spiritually (Genesis 1 :26-27), Romans 3:10, 5:12, 8:18-23).
We believe all who in faith, receives the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior are born again by the Holy Spirit and thus become the children of God. Salvation involves redemption, regeneration, sanctification and glorification Ephesians 1:7, Romans 10:9-10, 5:7-11, Colossians 1:13-14,21-22, John 17:16-22, 2Corinthians 5:17, 1 Corinthians 6: 19)
We believe that salvation is not only a gift from God but is sustained by Him as well. Salvation is wholly of the Lord, apart from the works of man. The Holy Spirit permanently indwells the believer and seals him in salvation for all eternity. Therefore, the believer shall be kept by the power of God through faith (John 3:16,10:27-29, 14:16-17,26, Ephesians 1:13,2:2-9, Phill:6, lPeter 1:5, Jude 24-25).
The Priesthood of the Believer:
We believe in the priesthood of each individual believer so that every Christian has direct, personal access to God in prayer through Jesus Christ. There is no mediator between God and Man other than Jesus Christ (!Peter 2:9-10, Hebrews 4:14-15, 5, 2).
The Second Coming:
We believe literally in the visible, personal return of Jesus Christ for His church. At this time, the dead in Christ and the living believers will be translated to meet him in the air. He will at a point after the translation visibly descend with the saints and establish His kingdom (Acts 1:11, lThess. 4:16-18, Rev. 20:1-6). Satan: We believe Satan was originally created as a perfect being. He rebelled against God and as a result, he became depraved along with a host of angels who fell with him. He is an adversary of God and God's people. Satan was judged and defeated at the cross and resurrection and awaits his ultiinate doom at Jesus Christ' second coming (Ezekiel 28:14-19, John 10:10, 1 Cor. 15:5 1-58).
We believe the New Testament Church is a local body of believers with Christ as their head and the Holy Spirit as their guide. The church is to be governed and directed by Jesus' sovereign gifts to the church in the form of set ministry men to equip the saints to do the work of ministry (Matt. 28:16-20, Acts: 1-6-8, 6:3. lCor. 12:12-14, Eph. 1:3-6, 22-23, 4: 11-16).
"We believe the local church observes two ordinances, baptism and the Lord's Supper. We believe all who have received Christ as Savior should be baptized by immersion into water. Baptism is symbolic of Christ's death, burial and resurrection. The Lord's Supper should be observed in remembrance of Him to show fo11h His death for our sins until he comes again (Matt. 3:13-17, 28:18-20, 1Cor.11:20-34).
Membership is granted to individuals who have committed to and are in agreement with the following
• Faith and confession in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior (Romans 10:9)
• Agreeing with and following faithfully the purpose, goals and doctrines of the church.
• Completion of New Members class, which entitles you to serve in a ministry.
Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church Sunday School is a Bible-based teaching ministry for all age levels from toddlers through seasoned adults. The mission statement of the Sunday school ministry is, “We exist to bring people to a life changing (character and conduct) experience with Christ by reaching them wherever they may be through the Word of GOD. We exist and prayerfully strive in an environment to help others grow through the Word of God and to develop a close love relationship with Christ which will create a desire to serve others for the glory of God.
Teachers provide fun, Bible learning experiences which lay foundations for faith in Jesus Christ. The Sunday School ministry is for people on the G-R-O-W! Opportunities are provide to: learn how to live forever; meet new friends; learn the meaning of Bible passages; understand the meaning of life; gain support during the crisis of life and handle crises; be a better husband or wife; and the list goes on and on. You do not have to be a member of Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church to be a member of our SUNDAY SCHOOL Ministry."