Baptism is the first step of obedience in following Jesus.
Baptism is a public declaration of the inward transformation
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 Savior, 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 the believer's 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.
*taken from the Baptist Faith and Message 2000
What the Bible Says
What Should I Do With This Message?
Now that you have heard this Good News of Jesus, God wants you to respond to Him. You can talk to Him using words like these:
My life is broken – I recognize it's because of my sin. I need you to save me.
I believe Christ came to live, die, and was raised from the dead – to rescue me from my sin.
Forgive me. I turn from my selfish ways and put my trust in you.
I know that Jesus is Lord of all, and I will follow Him.