Water baptism is a public declaration that we have turned away from our old life of unbelief and sin, and put our faith in Jesus Christ as our personal Savior and Lord (Acts 2:38). Baptism identifies us publicly with Jesus Christ as His disciples, His followers. This is vital because Jesus Himself said, “If anyone acknowledges me publicly here on Earth, I will openly acknowledge that person before my Father in Heaven” (Matthew 10:32).
Obeying God in this way is an important step toward spiritual fruitfulness and the fullness of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38; Colossians 2:11-12). As we go down into the waters and come back up, we demonstrate that our old life of sin has been buried with Christ and we have been raised with Him (Romans 6:1-4). Baptism is a celebration of God’s grace and an expression of our desire and intention to follow Him!
Baptism doesn’t make you a believer – it shows that you already believe. Baptism does not “save” you, only your faith in Christ does that. We are saved by God’s grace as we trust in His son who died for us on the cross and was raised from the dead. Baptism is like a wedding ring – it’s the outward symbol of the commitment you make in your heart. (Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-10).