We identify with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.
Take the step of obedience.
The Bible teaches that those who have trusted in Jesus for salvation should be baptized in obedience to Him (Matthew 28:19, Acts 2:41). Going under the water and coming back out does not save anyone. Instead, we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus. Our baptism is how we identify with Jesus: just as He died, was buried, and rose from the grave, we are plunged into the water and rise to new life (Romans 6:3-4). It is an outward statement and symbol of the internal change we have experienced in Jesus. If you are a new Christian or if you have been following Jesus for a while and have not been baptized, it’s time to take this step of faith.
Read the article on baptism from our statement of faith here.
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord’s Supper.
From the Baptist Faith and Message 2000, Article VII