Water Baptism – An outward expression of what God has done and is doing inside us. When we go into the water we are saying, “The old me died with Jesus.” Under the water (for a second) we are saying, “My sins are washed away, buried with Jesus.” Coming out of the water we are saying, “I am a new person, born again into new life with Jesus” and “I want everyone to know that Jesus is alive in me and I in Him.”
What is it? Baptism is immersion in water signifying identification with Jesus Christ in His death, burial and resurrection and also with the cleansing and purification of sin, which Jesus accomplished for us on the Cross.
Why do we get baptized? God’s word commands that we are to be baptized in water. It is good for us to do, it is linked with our salvation, Jesus did it. The early church practiced it, it has great spiritual significance and is not just a symbol, but a genuine work of the Holy Spirit within our spirits.
And Jesus came up 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 the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20