Baptism

We recognize baptism as an outward expression of an inward commitment and surrender to Christ as Lord and Savior (Romans 6:1-5). It is a symbol of our death to sin and our new birth through the Holy Spirit. It is not a means of salvation, but rather a way to publicly identify as one redeemed and an expression of obedience and the desire to be held accountable to biblical standards.


We rejoice with those who desire to follow Christ's example in Scripture of baptism by immersion. If you desire to be baptized, please complete our Baptism Packet and email us or give us a call.


Baptism Packet


You can also pick up a baptism packet at the Connect wall in the lobby.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • Yes. Jesus commands that all believers are to be baptized and to disobey this command displays a lack of submission to Christ and His church. Also, baptism is always closely connected with membership in the New Testament. Both go together, so only baptized believers are eligible to become members at The Chapel. (Ex. Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41)

  • The Chapel does not affirm as members brothers or sisters in Christ who have not been baptized as believers. We are aware that many brothers or sisters view their infant baptism as biblical baptism. However, we are convinced by the testimony of Scripture that baptism is to occur after one has made a confession of faith that Jesus Christ is Lord, thus excluding infant baptism.

  • 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.

  • We believe baptism is one of two ordinances given by Jesus to be administered in the local church by biblically qualified pastors and elders. Because of this, we are hesitant to recognize an individual for membership if their baptism does not fall within the above parameters. 

  • As stated above, we believe the New Testament always links baptism and membership. Because of this, we are hesitant to baptize an individual who openly does not desire to commit himself or herself to membership. In unique circumstances, we would baptize an individual if they are unable to join The Chapel in membership, yet are soon to commit themselves to membership at another biblical church.

  • The Chapel does not recommend or establish a particular age for children to be baptized. We do not want to discourage a regenerate child from being baptized, yet also want to exercise careful discernment to avoid deception and false assurance in a child's life by baptizing him or her before he or she is biblically regenerate and able to understand, articulate, and embrace the Gospel, believer's baptism, and the responsibilities and expectations of church membership. Therefore, our elders work deliberately with parents to ensure a child (before being baptized) is able to understand, articulate, and embrace the Gospel, believer's baptism, and church membership, and bears the fruit of regeneration. A child will not be baptized until his or her parents (if they are believers), the child's pastor(s), and elders together agree that the child is ready to be baptized. Then, upon a child's baptism, the members of The Chapel, under the loving care and oversight of the elders, will work together to disciple such children to grow in Christ and mature in the faith.

  • As we believe baptism is one of two ordinances given by Jesus to the church, to be administered in the church, we believe that pastors and elders who oversee the local church are to administer this ordinance and baptize believers. Consequently, the pastors and elders will facilitate baptisms at The Chapel.