At Chapel Hill Free Will Baptist Church we believe that full-immersion water baptism follows salvation as one of the first steps for new believers.
Baptism literally means "to immerse in water" and should be viewed as our public expression and testimony of our decision to accept and place faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, our Lord and Savior.
The act of Baptism symbolizes the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. By standing in the water, you symbolize death; Your submersion symbolizes burial; and the act of being raised out of the water symbolizes the resurrection and your new life.
- Romans 6:4-5
According to Acts 16:30-34, anyone who has already received the word of God, believes in the Lord Jesus and is ready should be baptized. More supporting evidence for this belief can be found in Acts 2:41, Acts 8:12, Acts 8:37, and Acts 10:43-48 as seen below.
Jesus set the example for us to follow in Matthew 3:13-37 -
Matthew 3:13-17 NLT
13Then Jesus went from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. 14But John tried to talk him out of it. “I am the one who needs to be baptized by you,” he said, “so why are you coming to me?”
15But Jesus said, “It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.” So John agreed to baptize him.
16After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. 17And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”
Jesus clearly indicates that baptism is a commandment from God, and that it pleases Him and brings Him great joy. We should accept baptism as one of the first steps that Jesus asks us to take in our walk with Him.
Baptism classes are generally scheduled on Sundays at 1O:OO am following an attendees request to learn more about Baptism. If you want to be baptized or have any questions about Baptism, please see or contact Pastor John at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see or contact Pastor John if you are interested in becoming a member of Chapel Hill.