BAPTISM AT CHAPARRAL
Baptism is an important first step for a follower of Jesus. In baptism, each person gets to experience their own personal Easter: you identify with Jesus by giving up your life, being buried (under water!), and rising in new life. This outward act demonstrates our inner commitment to Jesus. Because of this, we think a celebration is in order whenever someone in our Chaparral family makes this public declaration, so we celebrate baptisms regularly!
For more information about how and why we do baptisms, scroll on down. If you’d like to be baptized, click the button below to set up a conversation with a pastor.
For new life. “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” Romans 6:4
To follow Jesus’ example. “At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.” Mark 1:9
Because Jesus commanded it. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
WHAT DOES BAPTISM MEAN?
Baptism is a way we identify with Jesus’ burial and resurrection. “For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ.” Colossians 2:12
Baptism is a symbol of new life as a Christian. It is through baptism that Christians find new life. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17