Baptism is important. It's not complicated, but you may have some questions.
What is baptism?
Baptism is a public declaration of your new life in Jesus. It reflects how you identify with Jesus in His death, burial and resurrection (Romans 6:3–5). It's also a symbol of your identification with God’s people (Galatians 3:26–29).
Is baptism necessary for salvation?
No, baptism doesn't save you and isn’t required for salvation. Salvation comes when you acknowledge only Jesus, as the Son of God, can save you from your sin. Baptism is the first step of faith for believers. Just like all other good works, God wants you to do it, just not as a means of salvation (Ephesians 2:8–9).
Who should be baptized?
Every person who has made the decision to believe in Jesus and follow Him should be baptized (Matthew 28:18–19). A decision to trust in Jesus for forgiveness is the only requirement for baptism. Fear and misunderstanding are the most common reasons not every Christian is baptized.
How am I supposed to be baptized?
We celebrate baptism through immersion, the same way the early church did (Acts 8:38–39). The word "baptize" means to immerse or saturate. We find immersion to be the best symbolic representation of death, burial and resurrection.
When should I get baptized?
Once you have placed your faith in Jesus to be your Savior from sin, you should be baptized (Acts 2:41).