What is baptism?

I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. (Romans 6:3-4)
Scripture tells us that Jesus saves us from our sins through his death, burial and resurrection. Baptism serves as an opportunity to share with the world the decision that each person makes in their heart when they surrender their life to Jesus. Through baptism by immersion we are joining Jesus in his death, burial and resurrection and proclaiming that we now belong to him.

Why do we baptize?

We baptize because Jesus commanded it. (Matthew 28:19-20)
We submit to Jesus' lordship of our lives by following his example of baptism. (Mark 1:9)

What is the meaning of baptism?

  • Baptism illustrates Jesus' death burial and resurrection. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
  • Baptism illustrates your new life in Jesus. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
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Why do we baptize by immersion?

  • Jesus was baptized by immersion. (Matthew 3:16)
  • Every example in the Bible of baptism is by immersion. (Acts 8:38-39)
  • The Greek word for baptize (βαπτίζω pronounced baptizo), means to immerse or dip. 

Who should be baptized?

  • Every person who has believed in Jesus. (Acts 8:12)
At Park Chapel we believe baptism is a personal decision that should be made by each individual. For this reason we wait to baptize children when they are old enough to believe and understand the meaning of conversion before baptism. It is our practice that we value baptism by immersion as a part of our membership process. 

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