MOUNT CARMEL’S FAITH HERITAGE
We are thankful at Mount Carmel for our heritage of faith.
We are thankful for the entire message of the Bible, God’s Word. We believe that the whole Bible points to Jesus, who is Himself the Word of God.
We look back to the faith of Elijah on that mountain in Israel – Mount Carmel. Elijah challenged 400 false prophets to a contest on the mountain. Elijah prayed, “Answer me, O Lord, answer me, that this people may know that you, O Lord, are God.” After Elijah prayed, fire came down from heaven and the people declared, “The Lord, he is God; the Lord, he is God.” The name of our camp was selected in a desire to continue the heritage of faith and prayer displayed at Mount Carmel. You can read the entire account in 1 Kings 18.
We look back to the Mount of Transfiguration, where three of Jesus’s disciples saw his glory as he was talking with Elijah and Moses. A cloud appeared and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my own dear Son. Listen to Him!” The disciples looked around and they saw only Jesus – “Jesus only”. That is our emphasis at Mount Carmel – to focus on Jesus.
We look back to the Lutheran Reformation in the 1500’s and we celebrate its emphasis on Christ Alone, the Word Alone, Grace Alone, and Faith Alone.
We look back to the Scandinavian revivals in the 1800’s with their emphasis on the awakening of personal faith in Jesus and a commitment for living that faith in daily life.
We look back to the founding of the Lutheran Bible Institute in 1919 in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Lutheran Bible Institute called itself “A Bible School and Missionary Training Center.” We want to continue to be a place of Bible, lay, and vocational ministry training to equip people to carry on the mission of Jesus Christ.
The Lutheran Bible Institute started holding summer Bible classes at resorts around the Twin Cities in the 1920’s. In the 1930’s they started holding these summer Bible classes at Lake Geneva Conference Center in Alexandria. Then in 1938 they bought our current property on Lake Carlos and started having their summer Bible classes here.
In 1985 the Lutheran Bible Institute’s school in Minneapolis closed. Mount Carmel became an independent Christian ministry. Mount Carmel chose to be interdenominational, welcoming teachers, preachers, and guests from a variety of Christian backgrounds, while maintaining our emphasis on faithful Biblical teaching.
In the 1990’s Mount Carmel started using The Daily Texts from the Moravian Church as a devotional tool to focus our minds on God’s Word each day of the year.
While Mount Carmel is now interdenominational, we continue to celebrate the core of Lutheranism – Christ Alone, Word Alone, Grace Alone, Faith Alone, the recognition that God speaks to us in both Law and Gospel, and a theology anchored in the Cross of Jesus. We also continue our emphasis on the awakening and the renewal of personal faith. These emphases are expressed in different ways by our different teachers. We invite all Christians to come and hear God’s Word at Mount Carmel. God has spoken throughout the ages and God continues to speak to us today in His Holy Word.
Continue by reading our Statement of Faith.