Finding a church can be hard.
Many of us have had bad experiences in the past. Maybe you’ve felt judged, discouraged, or alone. We believe church should be a place where you can be accepted without putting on an act. That’s why at Chesapeake we’re building a strong community of people who love God and love each other. Here, you’ll find purpose and connection without fear of rejection.
Who We Are
To reach unchurched people and help them grow into fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
A growing Biblical community.
All people matter to God.
Full devotion to Jesus Christ is normal.
Excellence honors God.
What We Believe
The basis of our belief is the Bible in its original text, which is uniquely inspired by God, without error, and the final authority on all matters. As the Bible teaches, there is one God, eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—each possessing all the attributes of Deity. The Son, Jesus Christ, lived a sinless life on earth and voluntarily paid for our sin by dying on the cross as our substitute. By His sacrifice, Jesus accomplishes salvation for all who receive grace by trusting in Him alone. Jesus died, rose from the dead, and ascended to heaven, where He exists as the only mediator between God and man. Jesus will return to earth to consummate history.
Reformed Theology & Westminster Confession of Faith is the theology expressed and professed at Chesapeake Church.
At Chesapeake Church…
- We believe unequivocally in the authority of the Holy Scriptures in all matters pertaining to faith, doctrine, and practice.
- We believe in the triune Godhead.
- We believe that God the Father, is the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe.
- We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Savior of the world, and the sole mediator between God and man.
- We believe in the deity and humanity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His present rule as Head of the Church, and in His personal return in power and glory.
- We believe Jesus’ resurrection to be the focal point of all history, and the principal reality in the lives of all believers.
- We believe in the imminent return of Christ. We believe in the Holy Spirit, in His past and present regenerative role in the lives of all believers in Christ. The Holy Spirit dwells within us and enables us to live a godly life.
- We believe man is justified by God’s grace through faith alone in the finished work that was accomplished by Christ at Calvary.
- We believe salvation is available to all people through repentance and faith in Christ. Salvation and cleansing from sin are available only through repentance and faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
- We believe the church is Christ’s body of believers on earth.
- We believe the Spirit of God inhabits His church.
- We believe God has ordained Baptism and Communion as the only two sacraments for His church.
- We believe all men will be resurrected to receive either eternal reward in heaven or eternal punishment in hell.
- We believe all followers of Christ should endeavor to demonstrate moral purity and exemplary behavior in every facet of their lives, in accordance with the Scriptures.
- We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in Jesus Christ, with equality across racial, gender, and class differences.
Explore our complete belief statements at the following links.
Baptism in Christ
The Bible teaches the very moment we acknowledge ourselves to be a sinner and accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, He forgives all our sins—past, present, and future—and the Holy Spirit regenerates our hearts.
At that moment, our salvation is complete and we become God’s son, or daughter, to live for Him. As a sign of our faith in Christ, the work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts, and of the new life we have in Christ, we should then be baptized with water. Baptism identifies the believer with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ with the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Titus 3:4-7; Galatians 3:27; John 3:5-18; Acts 2:38-41; Matthew 28:18-20; Romans
6:3-5; Colossians 2:12
If you’re a follower of Jesus Christ and would like to be baptized, that is a wonderful thing. Being baptized is an act of obedience on our part, once we’ve begun a faith relationship in Jesus Christ.
Visit our Baptism page and download our Baptism Information Guide for answers to common questions about baptism and to learn how and when baptismal services happen at Chesapeake.
Our Core Beliefs
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22, Psalm 90:2, Matthew 28:19, I Peter 1:2, II Corinthians 13:14
Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God, through forgiveness and salvation. When you die, you will either spend eternity in Heaven or Hell. Eternal separation from God happens in Hell. Eternal union with God occurs in Heaven.
John 3:16, I John 2:25; 5:11-13, Romans 6:23, Revelation 20:15
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22-23, Isaiah 9:6, John 1:1-5; 14:10-30, Hebrews 4:14-15, I Corinthians 15:3-4, Romans 1:3-4, Acts 1:9-11, I Timothy 6:14-15, Titus 2:13
Salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 14:6; 1:12, Titus 3:5, Galatians 3:26, Romans 5:1
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every believer from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.
II Corinthians 3:17, John 16:7-13; 14:16-17, Acts 1:8, I Corinthians 2:12; 3:16, Ephesians 1:13, Galatians 5:25, Ephesians 5:18
The Bible is God’s Word to all men. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.
II Timothy 3:16-17, II Peter 1:20-21, II Timothy 1:13, Psalm 119:105,160, Psalm 12:6, Proverbs 30:5
The subjects of human sexuality, gender identification and such are among the most debated topics in our society today. It is true in the Church as well.
At Chesapeake, we recognize that emotions and experiences on these issues run deep and are extremely personal. And we respect the right of every individual to have their point of view.
We also value all people equally under the eyes of God. All people matter to Him and it is not our position to condemn nor discredit the dignity of His creation.
At the same time, our primary beliefs and guidance must come from His Word, as contained in the Bible – regardless of our own personal opinions.
And so at Chesapeake, we affirm the following:
- We believe all people matter to God because “God created mankind in his own image…male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.’” (Genesis 1:27-28)
- We believe that God’s design is perfect in every way; He does not make mistakes and our true identity is found only in Christ. (John 1:12-13, 2 Corinthians 5:17)
- We believe the Bible is clear that God permits sexual expression only between a man and a woman and then, only in the context of marriage. (Matthew 19:4-6) Both heterosexual behavior outside of marriage and homosexual behavior violates God’s intent for men and women. Marriage also represents the intimate relationship between Jesus and his church. (Ephesians 5:31-32, Revelation 19:6-9)
Our doors are open to anyone who wishes to attend our services and participate in community activities. As a community of sinners doing life together, recipients of God’s mercy only through faith in Jesus, we seek to encourage and support one another as we pursue God and bring hope and healing to our neighbors. Our desire is for all people to have a full and vibrant relationship with God.
Meet the staff & elders
Reach out any time. We’re here for you.
Like you, our staff and leaders are asking big questions and striving to live out God’s purpose for our lives. We’re committed to growing in our relationship with God and one another, so we can be even stronger leaders for our families and community.