The Chapel by the Sea was the first church on Estero Island and remains a church for the community of Fort Myers Beach, FL. The church was founded as a Presbyterian Church in 1938 and has a rich history, which is retold in this book.
Is the American church a baby church? Is the American church like the Laodicean church with the Lord Jesus on the outside? Does the American church even know what Christ's church really is? Does the American church really follow God's pattern of church meetings? Why is it that so many of God's people are leaving the traditional church to start home churches? These are some of the subjects we will talk about in this book, and the American church needs to talk about them. Many people believe that the American church needs an awakening to get out of its rut that it has been in for years. May God use this book to help His church get out of this rut and get excited at following Him.
The Church of Christ and Baptism is an invitation for Restoration Christians to understand the Catholic Church's scriptural, historical, and reasonable position concerning proper modes and eligibility for Baptism. Vandapool writes to whet the appetites of Restorationist truth-seekers, to show that if the Catholic Church is right on this one important subject, then she might be right on other subjects as well.
Does the word "baptize" mandate a specific mode?
Does the Greek word "baptizo" mean only "immersion"?
Do ancient Greek texts support the Church of Christ's interpretation?
Was every baptism in the New Testament performed by full-submersion?
Did the early Church believe in immersion-only baptisms?
How are infants brought into the New Covenant?
How can a faithless baby be properly baptized?
These and other questions are answered in this book. Vandapool explains the errors of the Church of Christ's best arguments for immersion-only baptisms, shows how the Catholic Church's understanding for various modes is biblically substantiated, and explains how the Bible allows for Christians to bring their children to Jesus though the waters of Baptism.
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