Statement of Faith
Carmel Baptist Church and Carmel Christian School hold to the statement of faith adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention and recorded in The Baptist Faith and Message.
The Scriptures – The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is the record of God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. It reveals the principles by which God judges us; and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds and religious opinions should be tried.
God – There is one, and only one living and true God. He is the Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth. God is infinite in holiness. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence and obedience.
The Trinity – We believe that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
Fall of Man – Man was created by the special act of God, in His own image, and is the crowning work of His creation. In the beginning, man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice, man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation of Satan, man transgressed the command of God and fell from his original innocence; whereby his posterity inherited a nature and an environment inclined towards sin, and as soon as they are capable of moral action, become transgressors and are under condemnation.
Mediator – We believe Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is the divinely appointed mediator between God and man. Having taken upon Himself human nature, yet without sin, He perfectly fulfilled the law, suffered and died upon the cross and ascended to His Father at whose right hand He ever lives to make intercession for His people.
Church – We believe that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in faith and fellowship of the Gospel, observing the ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws and exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word.
Salvation – We believe salvation involves the redemption of the whole man and through grace, salvation is offered as a free gift to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer.
Regeneration – Regeneration, or the new birth, is a word of God’s grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through the conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God’s purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual perfection through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him.
Glorification – Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed. It is the ultimate and complete salvation which shall be realized in heaven.
Baptism – Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus.
The Lord’s Day – The first day of the week is the Lord’s Day. It is a Christian institution for regular observance. It commemorates the resurrection of Christ from the dead and should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion.
Social Order – All Christians are under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ supreme in our lives and in human society. In the Spirit of Christ, Christians should oppose racism, every form of greed, selfishness, and vice and all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality, and pornography. Christians should speak on behalf of the unborn and contend for the sanctity of life from conception to natural death.
Family – God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption. Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in a covenant commitment for a lifetime.
The Resurrection – We believe the bodies of man after death return to dust, but their spirits return immediately to God, to rest with Him; the wicked to be reserved under the darkness of judgment. At the last day, the bodies of all the dead, both just and unjust, will be raised.
The Judgment – We believe that the end of the world is approaching, that at the last day Christ will descend from heaven, and raise the dead from the grave to final retribution; that a solemn separation will take place; that the wicked will be judged to endless punishment and the righteous to endless joy; and that this judgment will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness.