We believe that water baptism is one of two ordinances that Jesus gave to the Church. (See Matthew 28:19; Acts 10:47-48; 16:32-33; 18:7-8; 1 Corinthians 11:26.) If you believe in Jesus Christ and have never been baptized, we would love to talk with you about this important step of faith. Baptism is by no means salvific, but it is an outward sign of faith that we profess.
Water baptism is a means of testimony for the church in this age and time. It is an outward symbol of an inner, spiritual reality. It symbolizes baptism in the Holy Spirit, which occurs at the moment one puts their faith in Jesus Christ. Full-immersion baptism is most helpful in that it best symbolizes the association of the believer with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
We practice water baptism because it is important to Jesus, and, in fact, He commanded that we do it (see Matthew 28:19). Jesus, Himself, was baptized (see Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 9:1-11; Luke 3:21-22; John 1:29-34). Water baptism was practiced during the ministry of the apostles and has been practiced by all true churches throughout the history of Christianity.
We believe that water baptism is to be conducted only for those individuals who have consciously placed their faith in Jesus Christ.
We believe that, ideally, a person should be baptized within a reasonably short amount of time after placing their faith in Jesus Christ. Christ Chapel holds baptism Sundays four to five times per year.
We believe that full-immersion water baptism is the ideal form of baptism because it best symbolizes the spiritual realities of being associated with the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord. However, under certain circumstances we also perform baptism by sprinkling for some new believers.
To ask a question about baptisms, email Libby at LibbyM@christchapelbc.org.
If you are in 7th grade or older, please fill out the form below.
If you are younger than 7th grade, click here for info on JumpStart, our children’s baptism program.