And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." - Matthew 28:18-20
Jesus has commanded us to baptize those that have become his disciples. Baptism is God's way for us to go public with our faith, celebrating with our church family. It shows the world that you're not just a believer, but that you belong to something much bigger than yourself.
Baptism is a public profession of a personal confession. Baptism does not save you; only faith in Jesus Christ can save you.
Baptism is a symbol of what Christ has done in our lives. It symbolizes what takes place at the time of salvation:
- Faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior
- Sharing in his death and resurrection
- Being symbolically washed clean
- Identifying as part of his church