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.
What Does the Bible Teach about Baptism?
Only a genuine, born again follower of Jesus Christ is a proper subject for baptism. (Acts 2:41)
The purpose of baptism is to symbolize the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. It is a step of obedience after salvation publicly declaring faith in Christ. (Romans 6:3-4)
The word “baptism” literally means “to immerse, to dip, or to plunge.” Only immersion properly symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection. (Mark 1:9-10)
Baptism is an ordinance given only to the New Testament church. The ordinance of baptism is only scriptural if it is done within the authority of a local New Testament church. (Matthew 28:18-20)