Plunging from Death to Life
After salvation, water baptism is a step of obedience in an outward, public proclamation of our decision to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. In taking this step, we follow the example of Jesus, who was baptized Himself while on earth, as well as His instructions for baptism in love and obedience:
“When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, 'This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.'" — Matthew 3:16–17 (NKJV)
"And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.'" — Matthew 28:18–20
Water Baptism Signifies and Declares:
You have decided to become a follower of Christ.
"Then those who gladly received His word were baptized." — Acts 2:41
Your old life has been buried with Christ and you've been resurrected with Him into a new, change life.
"Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life." — Romans 6:4
You have been made part of a new family.
"For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ." — Galatians 3:26–27