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Bethlehem is an affiliated congregation of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). Our message is God's timeless word to humanity - Jesus Christ crucified and risen for the salvation of all sinners. The Pastor and people of Bethlehem stand ready with a desire to serve your personal and spiritual needs in any way consistent with God's Word.

Please continue reading for detailed explanations that define our ministry.

What is a Lutheran?

We emphasize the forgiving love of God demonstrated in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God’s eternal Son who became a human being.

We build our ministry on the Bible because it is the Word of God.

We apply God’s truth and love revealed in the Bible to our attitudes, emotions and actions.

We believe that all who trust in Jesus Christ have eternal life and are members of the holy, Christian Church.

We believe that Christians who share a particular set of beliefs walk together in love.

We involve people in meaningful worship through a variety of consistent orders of service called liturgy.

We believe that in Holy Baptism and the Lord’s Supper God comes to us with forgiveness in very tangible means.

What is the WELS?

WELS is the acronym for Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.

Our church originated in Wisconsin. Today, we are a nation wide and world wide church.

We are Evangelical. “Evangel” is another name for the good news of Jesus Christ.

The crucified and risen Savior is the emphasis of our ministry. Lutheran comes from Dr. Martin Luther. We believe and confess, as Luther did, that we are saved by grace alone, by faith alone and by Scripture alone.

We are a Synod. This is what we call the church formed by the unity of our member congregations. With the accent on the first syllable, the “y” is pronounced like a short “i”.

For more information on the WELS please visit

What is Bethlehem?


Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Carmel, Indiana began services in rented facilities in 1991. We enjoy a large worship facility on four and a half acres at 1484 W. Main St. Currently Bethlehem has about 200 members.


Member of WELS or ELS: Speak with pastor on one of your visits, then request a transfer from your congregation.

Member of another Lutheran synod: Speak with pastor about affirming the faith you confessed at your confirmation, then request a release from your congregation.

Not a church member, or member of another Christian church: Speak with pastor about working with him through our Bible Information Class.

What is the Great Exchange?

The Great Exchange
The Great Exchange is the basic principle of Christianity.

God's Law shows us our need for a savior while the Gospel provides us with Jesus Christ who died for our sins.

The following pictures use specific Bible verses to explain this important truth of our salvation.
We have a Problem.

The way we ought to be - what God Requires!

"Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy."
(Leviticus 19:2)

"Do this (love God and your neighbor perfectly) and you will live."
(Luke 10:28)

What God Requires!

The way we are - what God Sees in Us!

"All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
(Romans 3:23)

"Your iniquities have separated you from your God."
(Isaiah 59:2)

"The wages of sin is death."
(Romans 6:23)

What God Sees in Us!
Man-Made Remedies for Our Problem.

"I'll do more good deeds than bad ones."

"I'll try harder."

"I'll compare myself to others."
"There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death."
(Proverbs 16:25)

"Whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it."
(James 2:10)

God's Solution - The Great Exchange.


"A lamb without blemish or defect."
(1 Peter 1:19)

"The true God and eternal life."
(1 John 5:20)

"The Lord our Righteousness."
(Jeremiah 23:6)

God's Solution
"Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!"
(John 1:29)

"The Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all."
(Isaiah 53:6)

"God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God."
(2 Corinthians 5:21)

God's Gift - Eternal Life.

By Grace

"He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy."
(Titus 5:5)

"The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
(Romans 6:23)

Through Faith

"Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him."
(John 3:36)

"By grace you have been saved through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God."
(Ephesians 2:8)

Via His Word

"Faith comes from hearing the message... through the word of Christ."
(Romans 10:17)

"The gospel... is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes."
(Romans 1:16)
God's Gift
God's Blessings - New Life.
New Life







to Problems

"I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."
(John 10:10)

"We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works."
(Ephesians 2:10)

"You are no longer...aliens, but...members of God's household."
(Ephesians 2:19)

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."
(Matthew 11:28)

"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness faithfulness, gentleness and self control."
(Galatians 5:22, 23)

"Call upon me in the day of trouble, I will deliver you."
(Psalm 50:15)

NOTE: Good works do not produce Christians,
but Christians produce good works.