We desire to connect people to the reality of who God is. We want people to develop a close, personal relationship with God and experience Him at work in their lives.
We desire to connect with ordinary people from all walks of life and extend the love of Jesus Christ. We want people to feel welcomed and at-home.
We desire to connect people to their God-given purpose in life. We want everyone to know that they were created with purpose and God can use each one of us to accomplish His will. Through faithful service, we glorify Him and advance the Kingdom of God.
In 2010, Pastor Q, along with his wife Jennifer and their children, started having Sunday services at home on their couch. They launched Carmel Friendship publicly at Benito Middle School on Easter Sunday in 2011. CFC then moved to our current location in September of 2011, subleasing from a larger church.
When the Lord opened doors for the other church to move to their new facility in 2012, we became sole occupants in the building and took over the lease. In 2014, God allowed us to purchase the building.
In October of 2014, doubled in attendance and reached capacity which led to a remodeling project. As a result of our growth trend in 2015, we added a second service in 2016. That same year, we purchased 11 acres of land on a corner lot for our future sanctuary!
In 2017, we added a 3rd service and leased a building next door for more space for our children and youth. We are currently working on plans to contract our future facility. To God be the glory for all He has done!
The Scriptures. We believe that all “Scripture is given by inspiration of God.” We believe that this divine inspiration extends equally and fully to all parts of the Scriptures as appeared in the original manuscripts. We believe that the whole Bible in the originals is therefore without error. We also believe that all the Scriptures were designed for our practical instruction. (Rom. 15:4; 1 Cor. 2:13, 10:11; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21).
The Godhead. We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit – and that these three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections, and worthy of precisely the same homage and obedience. (Matthew 28:18-19; John 1:1; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Cor. 13:14; Heb. 1:1-3; Rev. 1:4-6).
Man, Created and Fallen. We believe that man was originally created in the image and after the likeness of God, and that he fell through sin, and, as a consequence of his sin, lost his spiritual life, becoming dead in trespasses and sins, and that he became subject to the power of the devil. We also believe that this spiritual death, or total depravity of human nature, has been transmitted to the entire human race of man (Gen. 1:26; Rom. 3:10-19; Eph. 2:1-3; 1 Tim. 5:6; 1 John 3:8).
The Person and Work of the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that in the prophecies of the Scriptures, the eternal Son of God came into this work that He might manifest God to men, fulfill prophecy, and become the Redeemer of a lost world. To this end He was born of the virgin, and received a human body and a sinless human nature. We believe that, on the human side, He became a perfect man, but sinless throughout His life; yet He retained His absolute deity, being at the same time very God and very man (Luke 2:40; John 1:1-2; Phil.2:5-8). We believe that, according to the eternal counsels of God, He gave His life as a ransom for all (John 1:11; Acts 2:22-24; 1 Tim. 2:6). He voluntarily accepted His Father’s will and became the divinely provided sacrificial Lamb and took away the sin of the world, being the holy judgments against sin which the righteousness of God must impose. His death was therefore substitutionary in the most absolute sense – the just for the unjust – and by His death He became the Savior of the lost (John 1:29; Rom. 3:25-26; 2 Cor. 5:14; Heb. 10:5-14; 1 Pet. 3:18). We believe that, according to the Scriptures, He arose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He had lived and died, and that His resurrection body is the pattern of that body which ultimately will be given to all believers (John 20:20; Phil 3:20-21).
Salvation Only Through Christ. We believe that the new birth of the believer comes only through faith in Christ and not according to any measure of human works, such as confession, baptism, prayer, or faithful service (John 1:12; 3:16, 18, 36; Rom. 1:16-17; Gal. 3:22; Eph. 2:8-9). We believe that when an unregenerate person exercises faith in Christ that person passes immediately out of spiritual death into spiritual life. The saved one possesses every spiritual blessing and is absolutely complete in Christ, and is therefore in no way required by God to seek a so-called “second blessing,” or a “second work of grace” (John 5:24; 17:23; Acts 13:39; Rom. 5:1; 1 Cor. 3:21-23; Eph. 1:3; Col. 2:10; 1 John 4:17; 5:11-12).
Eternal Security. We believe that all true believers everywhere, once saved shall be kept saved forever. We believe, however, that God is a holy and righteous Father and that, since He cannot overlook the sin of His children, He will, when they persistently sin, chasten them and correct them in infinite love; but having undertaken to save them and keep them forever, apart from all human merit, He, who cannot fail, will in the end present every one of them faultless before the presence of His glory and conformed to the image of His Son (John 5:24; 10:28; 13:1; 14:16-17; 17:11; Rom. 8:29; 1 Cor. 6:19; Heb. 7:25; 1 John 2:1-2; 5:13; Jude 24).
The Holy Spirit. We believe that the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the blessed Trinity, though omnipresent from all eternity, took up His abode in the world in a special sense on the day of Pentecost according to the divine promise, dwells in every believer, and by His baptism unites all to Christ in one body, and that He, as the Indwelling One, is the source of all power and all acceptable worship and service. (John 14:16-17; 16:7-15; 1 Cor. 6:19; Eph. 2:22; 4:30; 5:18).