What We Believe
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)
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. The following answers some common questions about baptism, and, in light of what the Bible teaches, lets you know how and when baptismal services happen at Chesapeake.
What is baptism?
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
Who should be baptized?
Although the act of baptism does not save us because it’s only a sign, still, every believer should be baptized, if physically possible, as part of his or her public profession of faith in Christ.
Should we have our children baptized?
We see examples in the New Testament where adults who accepted Jesus Christ also had their “household” baptized, including young children and infants. When a child or infant is baptized, the believing parent or parents commit to God and the church to teach their child about Christ, in the hope that their child will someday come to faith in Christ. This baptism of children witnesses to the truth that God’s promise and love claims people before they're able to respond in faith. In baptism, these children are brought into the covenant relationship God has with His church as children of believing parents. As this baptism anticipates the child’s response to Christ, it's not repeated again later.
Acts 2:39; Acts 16:14-15; Acts 16:33
When are baptisms & do I need to be a member?
Baptisms are held twice a year during our regular weekend services, and are announced several weeks in advance. You need not be a member of Chesapeake Church to be baptized. The only requirement is that you have come to a personal, faith relationship with Christ.
What is the baptism process?
Once we announce the date of upcoming baptism services, click here to sign up for a Covenant Baptism and here for Profession Of Faith. You will also schedule an interview with an Elder when you sign up. The purpose of the meeting is to ensure that you understand what baptism is, and to hear your profession of faith in Christ.
What happens at a baptismal service at Chesapeake?
For the convenience of those being baptized and their families, please sit near the front of the Auditorium. During the service, our Senior Pastor will ask those being baptized to come on stage, collectively. Family members are welcome to stand with you.
Our Senior Pastor will then ask the following questions of those being baptized:
“Do you acknowledge yourselves to be sinners in the sight of God, justly deserving His displeasure, and without hope apart from His sovereign mercy?”
“Do you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and Savior of sinners, and do you receive and rest upon Him alone for salvation as He is offered in the Gospel?”
“Do you now resolve and promise, in humble reliance upon the grace of the Holy Spirit, that you will endeavor to live and become followers of Christ?”
After the group has given a positive response to each question, our Senior Pastor will go to each person individually, sprinkle them with water, and say, “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.” Once all have been baptized, the group returns to their seats.
Being baptized is a courageous way to solidify our profession of faith in Christ before our church community, as act of obedience to Christ. Yet, those who have witnessed a baptism service at Chesapeake know that it is designed to be as comfortable as possible. So again, if you have a faith relationship with Christ and have not yet been baptized but would like to be, we look forward to the day when you are baptized as a part of your public profession of faith in Christ.