What We Believe
Greetings, in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. On behalf of our pastor Dr. Theron D. Williams I, we are so excited that you have chosen to become a member of the Mt. Carmel Church. You are now a part of the family of Christ and have as much of a right and privilege as others who became members before you. As a new member, we want you to be enriched and equipped to function effectively in your gifted area. We, as the body of Christ, follow His will and work together as one (I Corinthians 12: 12-31)
God the Father
God is the Creator of all things. (Genesis 1-2: 1-3) In six days God created the heaven and the earth. He created all living creatures and provided all that every creature would need to survive.
All Christians must believe that God is real. (Hebrews 11:6) God is not the result of a vivid imagination. He is real and without faith in Him, we are nothing. It is God who sustains us in all things at all times.
God is a personal being. (Jeremiah 29:13) God is not an inanimate object. He is not an it, but rather a personal being. When we search for Him with our whole heart we will find Him. We acknowledge His person with such titles as Father, Shepherd, Friend, and Counselor to name a few.
God is a spiritual being. (Numbers 23:19, John 4:24) God is not a human being. He is a spirit. If we want true communication with Him it must be spiritual. Humans too are spiritual beings. The flesh is only used to house our spirits for existence here on earth. Acceptance of this fact allows believers to both hear from and speak to God.
Jehovah is the Only God. (Isaiah 44:6, I Corinthians 8:4-6, I Timothy 2:5) The God we serve, Jehovah, is the Only True and Living God. There is no other God. End of story. Some serve and worship the earth, sun or moon. Others worship objects made by man. Christians worship and serve the God that created the earth, sun and moon. We worship the God that created the man who made the object.
God hates sin. (Isaiah 59:2, Amos5:21-23, Romans 6:23) God hates sin because of its end result on humans. That end result is destruction and death. But because of God’s love for us, He has provided a way of deliverance from sin. His name is Jesus.
God loves humanity. (John 3:16) While God does indeed hate sin He loves humans who commit sin. He loves us so that He sent His only Son, Jesus to suffer and die for our sins. His sacrificial act grants those who accept Him as Lord and Savior eternal life.
God is omniscient. (Psalm 139:12, Isaiah 40: 13-14, Luke 12:7, John 2:24-25) Nothing is hidden from God. He possesses infinite knowledge, awareness, and wisdom. He knows the innermost thoughts of humans. God is able to search our hearts and minds and knows the number of hairs on our heads.
God is omnipresent. (1Kings 8:27, Jeremiah 23:24, Hebrews 13:5) God is everywhere at all times. There are no hiding places from God. There is no place where anyone can escape the presence of God.
God is omnipotent. (Job 9:19, Hebrews 1:3, Revelation 19:6) God possesses all power and authority. No one or nothing is as powerful as God. He is the Almighty.
God the Son
Jesus was there in the beginning. (Genesis 1:26, 11:7, Isaiah 48:16, John 1:1-5) Jesus has always existed. Jesus was present with God before the beginning. He worked with God to create everything that was created.
Jesus was foretold of in Old Testament Scripture. (Isaiah 7:10-15, Micah 5:2-5) God in His infinite wisdom knew that His people needed a savior. Sin held His people captive and He had to provide a way of escape from sin and a bridge to Him. The foretelling of the coming Messiah provided hope and encouragement for His people.
Jesus was sent by God. (John 3:16) God, because of His love for humanity, sent His Son to serve as the ultimate sacrifice to cleanse our sins. God sent His very best to suffer and die in our place so all who believe in Jesus and accept Him as Lord and Savior will receive eternal life.
Jesus was born of a woman. (Luke 2:1-7) Jesus entered this earth, in His human form, as every person has since Eve gave birth to Cain. He was born of a woman. Mary gave birth to Jesus in a barn and used an animal feeding through as His bed.
Jesus was an example for all Christians. (Luke 2:49-52, Matthew 3:13-17, 4: 1-11, Mark 6:30-43, Luke 23:34, John 19:26-27) Jesus was obedient to His parents, baptized, resisted temptation from Satan, had compassion for others, made provisions for them, loved His enemies, and cared for His family. These are just a few areas where we find Jesus setting the example. A search of Scripture will reveal Jesus setting the example or teaching the proper manner in which Christians are to live.
Jesus died. (Matthew 27:45-56, Luke 23:44-49, John 19:28-30) Jesus died. He did not faint. He died. He did not lapse into a coma. He died. There is no refuting this fact. Everyone on the day of His death, both enemies and loved ones all agreed that Jesus died.
Jesus was buried. (Matthew 27:57-60, Mark 15:42-47, Luke 23:50-56, John 19:38-42) After Jesus died His body was claimed by Joseph of Arimathea and placed in a tomb that Joseph had purchased for himself. A stone was placed across the opening of the tomb and Pilate sent soldiers to guard the tomb.
Jesus was resurrected. (Matthew 28:1-10, Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24:1-2, John 20:1-10) Neither death nor the grave had the power to hold Jesus captive. He overcame them both for our sake.
Jesus returned to earth after His death on the cross. (Mark 16:9-18, John 20:11-31, John 21) Jesus returned to earth after His death on the cross to continue in His ministry. He consoled, encouraged, and instructed His disciples on their responsibilities to God and mankind.
Jesus ascended to Heaven. (Mark 16:19, Acts 1:4-11) Jesus returned to His Father and now having saved us, intercedes on our behalf to God.
God the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit was there in the beginning. (Genesis 1:26, 11:7, Isaiah 48:16) The Holy Spirit was present with God The Father and Jesus The Son before the beginning.
The Holy Spirit is personal and not impersonal. (John 16:17, 15:26, 16:7-8) The Spirit is revealed as Him and not It. The Holy Spirit is the direct agent between heaven and earth in this gospel age.
The Holy Spirit regenerates. (II Corinthians 3:6, Romans 8:11) The Holy Spirit converts or reforms us, believers, completely.
The Holy Spirit teaches. (John 14:26, 16:12-14) When we study the word of God we must ask for the aide of the Holy Spirit. He was sent to teach us the information that God desires to make us knowledgeable.
The Holy Spirit guides. (Romans 8:14, Galatians 5:16, 18) In order to live successful Christian lives, all Christians must rely on the guidance of the Holy Spirit. He leads all believers in truth. He will never lead us in the wrong direction or in ways that are contrary to God.
The Holy Spirit convicts believers of sin. (John 16:5-11) The Holy Spirit is here to show the truth about sin. It is a destructive force, contrary to God and His will, that if not forgiven, leads to death and eternal damnation.
The Holy Spirit gives inspiration. (II Timothy 3:16, II Peter 1:21) The Holy Spirit gives insight and inspiration to all believers.
The Holy Spirit provides comfort. (John 14:16, Acts 9:31) The Holy Spirit comforts believers in times of sorrow and restlessness. There are times in the life of a believer when the circumstances of life seem unbearable. God, in His infinite wisdom, has sent the Holy Spirit to comfort believers at such times.
The Holy Spirit is a gift from God. (John 14:15-26, Acts 2:1-4) God has sent the Holy Spirit to believers as a gift. God expects His children to accept and make use of all that He provides.
“Salvation is the transformation of a person’s individual nature and relationship with God as a result of repentance and faith in the atoning death of Jesus Christ on the cross. All humanity stands in need of salvation which is only possible through faith in Christ Jesus. Believers are saved by grace through faith for good works” (Ephesians 2:8-10).
God calls believers into fellowship with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Believers are instructed to assemble together to provide encouragement for one another (Hebrews 10:25). Jesus instructs His disciples on the primary mission of the church in what is known as the Great Commission. He states:
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Ordinances of the Church
Ordinance – An authoritative decree or law.
Jesus commands the Christian Church to observe two ordinances which are Baptism and The Lord’s Supper. There are some basic facts all Christians must know regarding each of these ordinances.