Baptism is a public symbol that you have believed on Jesus for salvation. In response to Peter’s first sermon after Jesus went back to heaven, those “that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day were added unto them (Christ’s followers) about three thousand souls (Acts 2:41).” Baptism was how they made their faith public.
Baptism is a sign of public agreement or identification with Jesus. Think of a wedding ring: it is a sign of two people who have entered into the relationship of marriage. The ring doesn’t make them married (the vows do that), but it is a public declaration that they are married and no longer single. It identifies their marital status, that they belong to another, and that they agreed to marry. Most spouses wouldn’t be pleased if their beloved decided that they just didn’t want to wear “that old ring” anymore. Baptism doesn’t save you, but it does tell everybody that you belong to Jesus.
When those who accepted Peter’s message were baptized, they were publically declaring that they had believed the truths that Jesus was God and had died for their sins, and they had accepted Him as their Savior. Baptism by immersion (to be dunked under water) is the public sign that you have received and believed the gospel of Jesus Christ. It pictures His death (placed into the water), burial in the grave (under the water’s surface), and resurrection (rising back out of the water). Baptism not only pictures what Jesus has done for us; but it also pictures what God has done in us through making us His children. It shows our death to trusting in false hopes for life and happiness; and the new life we have in Christ (Romans 6:3-10).
Baptism is the way you let the world know that you have trusted Christ as your Savior and that you are one of His followers. Baptism is so important that Jesus told His followers to go into all nations and teach and baptize (Matthew 28:19-20). If you have trusted Christ as your Savior and have never been scripturally baptized, please contact us to discuss this important step of commitment and obedience.