What is Baptism?

Baptism is an exciting moment for a follower of Jesus Christ. It is an outward sign that a person has entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ. It symbolizes what took place inwardly at the time of salvation:

  • Acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior
  • Sharing in His death and resurrection
  • Being symbolically washed clean

Because Jesus instructed us to be baptized, baptism is also an act of obedience. While it is not necessary for salvation, it demonstrates submission to God.

Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
— Matthew 28:19-20