What is Baptism?
Water baptism is an outward expression of an inward decision to follow Jesus—in the way a wedding ring is an outward symbol of a commitment made in your heart. The ring itself doesn’t make you married but your love and commitment make you want to wear it. Similarly, baptism doesn’t save a person; it’s a symbol, public declaration and celebration of salvation that allows others to celebrate with you (1 Peter 3:21). An act of faith and obedience.
Submersion in water symbolizes your belief in Christ’s death and burial, while burying your old sinful life. Rising out of the water symbolizes your belief in Christ’s resurrection from the dead, while rising to walk in a ‘new life' (Romans 6:3-4). The power that brought Jesus back to life is the same power Jesus uses to change our lives. So exciting!
If you recently said "yes" to Jesus or have never been baptised after salvation—baptism is the next step.