About Mt. Carmel Baptist Church
For moments let us go back, back in time to the year 1869 to a small town called Keans Neck, South Carolina. A group of recently freed blacks gather under the clear blue skies amid the moss-laden trees. The worshippers kneel on the velvet like grass and pray to God Almighty. They sang hymns accompanied by chirping birds and they read scriptures on a cathedral created by the hands of God. From this simplebeginning evolved the Keans Neck Baptist Church of Dale, South Carolina.
Our Church Covenant
We declare and establish this policy for the preservation and security of the principle of our faith and that this body may be governed in a Godly manner mandated by God. This covenant will preserve the liberties of each individual member of this church and the freedom of this body in its relation to other churches.
Statement of Faith
The Holy Bible is the inspired word of God and is the basis for any statement of the New Testament Church Message
➢ Virgin Birth – Luke 1:35
➢ Sinless Life – 2 Corinthians 5:21
➢ Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ as a means to our salvation -Romans 10:9
➢ Baptism by immersion as an outward sign of an inward change – Romans 6:4
➢ Holy Communion – 1 Corinthians 11:24-26
➢ Rapture – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17
➢ Second Coming – Matthew 16:27 and Acts
as adopted by Mount Carmel Baptist Church. We join together as a body of the baptized believers in Jesus Christ personally committed to sharing the good news of salvation of lost mankind. The ordinances of the church are Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
Our Beliefs & Values
Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now in the presence of God and this assembly most solemnly and joyfully enter into a covenant with one another as one body of Christ. We engage; therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit:
➢ To walk together in Christian love
➢ To strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness, and comfort;
➢ To promote its existence and spirituality;
➢ To sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines;
➢ To contribute cheerfully and regularly to support the ministry, expenses of the church, and the relief of the poor;
➢ To spread the Gospel through all people.
We further engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to abstain all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale of intoxicating substances, not to be drunk with wine; seek not our own good but that of our neighbor; and to do all to the glory of God. We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember one another in prayer; to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and Christian courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation; to be mindful of the rules of our Savior; and to secure reconciliation without delay. We moreover engage that when we move from this place, we will as soon as possible, unite with another church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word. We believe that the term marriage sanctioned by God which joins one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as described in Scripture. One man is defined as male at birth and woman is defined as female at birth. We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.
The Church shall receive for baptism any person who has received Jesus Christ as savior by personal faith, who professes God publicly and who indicates a commitment to follow Jesus as Lord.
Holy communion shall be used in observance of Jesus command during the last supper. The church shall gather and partake in the breaking of bread and drinking of wine.
This Church recognizes the Bible as its authority in matters of faith and practice (see statement of faith on page one). Mount Carmel Baptist Church’s understanding of Christian truth, as contained therein, is in essential accordance with the Bible.