Purpose of Baptism
Chapel Pointe believes that baptism should take place when a person makes a personal faith commitment to be a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. The primary scriptures we use for our belief can be found in Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 2:36-47 and Romans 6:1-14. Baptism comes from the Greek word baptizo, meaning to dip, plunge or submerge. In light of that, we practice believer’s baptism by immersion. It is a symbol of being identified with Christ in his death, burial and resurrection. We do not see baptism as a means of salvation, but rather as a public declaration of commitment to follow Christ.
Baptism at Chapel Pointe is a 3-step process:
Step 1: Attend Baptism Class
Once you have let us know you wish to be baptized, we invite you to the next Baptism Class. At this class, we teach you about the different views of baptism, what we can learn from history, how baptism is viewed in the New Testament scriptures and questions to help you prepare for baptism. Typically, the Baptism Class is taught every two months of the year. The class is an interactive, one-session class.
Upcoming Baptism Class dates:
Sunday, June 11, with a Baptism to follow on Sunday, June 25
Sunday, August 13, with a Baptism to follow on Sunday, August 27
Sunday, October 15, with Baptism to follow on Sunday, October 29
Step 2: Sharing your Story
At Chapel Pointe, we like to offer those being baptized the opportunity to share their heart with the congregation about their decision to follow Jesus and be baptized. As such, we would love to video you responding to a set of questions similar to the ones listed below:
1. How did you come to personal faith in Christ as Savior and Lord?
2. How is God currently transforming your life?
3. What does baptism mean to you or why do you want to be baptized?
We would plan to show this video during the service where you are being baptized.
Step 3: Get Baptized (i.e. taking the plunge)
We conduct baptisms ~six times a year, so we will schedule you on a date that is best for you and your family. Information with more details will be given to you at the baptism class.
Questions may be directed to Pastor Jim at email@example.com.