Biblically, baptism is immersion. Because Scripture
includes no examples of baptism by any other mode, we do not accept as members
brothers or sisters who have not been baptized (i.e., immersed in water). The
only exceptions to this is in cases where a believer is (or was) physically
unable to be immersed in water.
Beyond this exception, we are sympathetic with
brothers and sisters who were "baptized" with water in another form
by another local church that did not practice baptism by immersion and can,
after the deliberation of the elders, choose to allow said brother or sister to
join our church if they are convinced in their conscience that to be baptized
by immersion would be a sin.
However, we still urge such brothers and sisters
who desire to become members to be baptized by immersion for various reasons:
(1) as a church, we firmly believe baptism by immersion is biblical and
exclusively practice baptism by immersion; (2) we believe it is good for every
member of the church to be united together in a clear identification with
Christ in his death and his life—and identification which is most clearly
illustrated in baptism by immersion; and (3) as we participate together in the
Great Commission, making disciples who will be baptized by immersion, we
believe it is beneficial for members of the church to have modeled such baptism
in their own lives.
In light of these reasons, we desire all potential members
of The Chapel who have not been baptized by immersion to be baptized by
immersion in obedience to the command of Christ as a portrait of the gospel of
Christ for the fulfillment of the mission of Christ.