Mission Statement:

We exist as a body of believers to make Jesus Christ known in our daily lives through Worship, Love, Service, Evangelism, and Discipleship.

Vision Statement:

To be a community of devoted followers of Jesus who reflect the demographics of Carmel, and where God’s love and power are demonstrated, enabling us to reach and serve our community as a voice of hope to people of all ages and ethnicity.

Core Values:

Beliefs

We value knowing and applying God’s Word as our supreme authority to inspire faith and obedience

Community

We value the maintaining of a worshipful, unified, and loving community where all members feel valued, accepted & cared for; and where believers are equipped and empowered to use their gifts in serving.

Spiritual formation

We value believers growth into Christ-likeness, where all recognize Jesus as Lord, and pursue Spirit-filled living, bearing the fruit of grace, humility, honesty, patience and communion with God.

Evangelism

We value being a missional church, reaching out to our community and across cultures, where the gospel is shared in a relevant manner, and is accompanied by practical love.

Prayer

We value prayer as an expression of our total dependence on God for all life, ministry and outreach.

Doctrinal Statement

  1. We believe that the Bible is the complete inspired word of God, and is inerrant in the original writings. We accept it as the final authority on all matters relating to our belief and practice, morality and righteous living. (2 Tim 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Jude 3; Isa 40:8; Matt 24:35; Ps 119:89).
  2. We believe in a single God existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He is self-existing, eternal, absolutely perfect and holy, all powerful and is the creator of all things in existence. (Deut 6:4; Gen 1 :1; Ps 90:2; 2 Cor 3:14; Matt 28:18-19).
  3. We believe that sin originates from the disobedience of the first man, Adam. Ever since, every person is born with a sinful nature, therefore, a new birth in Christ is necessary to enter into the kingdom of God. (Gen 1:25-27; Luke 19:10; John 3:3, 16-18, 36, 5:24, 10:27-29).
  4. We believe Jesus is the son of God, that He is fully human and fully divine, completely sinless, and through this redemptive death reconciled people to God. We believe He arose bodily from the grave and ascended into Heaven and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father. (Luke 1:34-38; John 1:1-3,14,18; Acts 1:9-11, 4:10-12, Rom 1:4, 1 Cor 15:3-4. 1 Tim 2:5; Heb 1:3, 9:24; 1 John 2:1-2).
  5. Salvation is appropriated entirely by the grace of God and through the faith of a person in accepting Jesus Christ as his/her Savior and Lord. (Rom 1:4, 3:24, 5:8-10, 8:34; Eph 1:7, 2:8-9; Heb 7:24-25, 1 John 2:1-2).
  6. We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts of sin, regenerates, and indwells a believer at the time of his/her conversion. He guides and instructs the Christian, gives spiritual gifts, and empowers him/her for godly living. (John 14:16-17, 16:7-15; Acts 5:3-4; Rom 8:8; 1 Cor 3:16, 6:19, 12:7, 11 -13, 18; 2 Cor13:14; Gal 5:22-23; Eph 1:13-14, 5:1 8. Acts 1:8).
  7. We believe in the second coming of Jesus Christ who will return for His church on earth. We believe in bodily resurrection of the dead; of the believers to live in Heaven with Christ; of the unbelievers to everlasting conscious punishment in the Lake of Fire. (1 Thess 4:3-18, Luke 1:32,33, Isa 9:6-7; Dan 2:44-45; Matt 24:27-31; Matt 25:46; Luke 16:19-31, 23:43; John 5:28-29; 1 Cor 15:12-58; 2 Cor 5:6-10; Phil 1:23: Rev 20:1 1-15)
  8. We believe in the existence of Satan. We believe that he continues to exercise his deception in the world today in opposing God and His plan for humankind. ( Rev 20:10; Matt 4:2-11 ; John 8:44; Heb 2:14).

COMMUNION and BAPTISM

As a Friends Church we teach the necessity of spiritual baptism and communion, and we leave water baptism and celebrating the Lord’s Supper as optional for those whose conscience would lead them to participate.

COMMUNION

Our relationship to God as believers provides us with the privilege of moment-by-moment communion with God. It is this silent communion of our spirit with the Spirit of God that is essential to our continued walk with Him.
(John 6:33, 48, 51, 14:16; Romans 8:11; Ephesians 3:14-17a; II Corinthians 13:5; Revelations 3:20)

The “Lord’s Supper” is a time of remembering the death of the Lord Jesus Christ and for examining one’s life. The taking of the elements does not result in spiritual benefit, but provides the believer with a physical method of remembrance in a Scripturally approved manner. We do not include a regular communion in our Sunday service, though we do have a regular quiet time focused on our Lord’s sacrificial death, where worshipers are able to remember Him in spiritual communion.
(I Corinthians 11:23-28, 10:16-17; Luke 22:17-20)

BAPTISM

At the moment we become Christians we are baptized into the body of Christ, and this spiritual baptism is completely sufficient for the believer.
(Mark 1:8; Ephesians 4:4-6; Romans 6:3-4; Colossians 2:11-12; Luke 3:16; I Peter 3:21)

The physical act of water baptism by immersion after accepting Christ as personal Lord and Savior is not needed for salvation or spiritual standing, but is a person’s testimony of death to sin, and resurrection to a new life in Christ. Those who request baptism are baptised at their request.
(Acts 2:28, 8:12, 16, 36-39, 10:47; Matthew 28:16-20)

Faith & Practice:

For an understanding of Friends’ history, beliefs, and doctrine, please visit Western Yearly Meeting Faith & Practice.

Church History:

Our meeting has been gathering here for over 180 years! Please enjoy this brief history (35 MB, pdf) of Carmel Friends, prepared in celebration of our 150th anniversary.