Baptism is an important step of obedience for the person who has chosen to follow Jesus.
What is Baptism
God commands those who have become Christ-followers to identify with His death, burial, and resurrection through water baptism. Baptism is thus an outward expression of an inward truth. It’s a way to joyfully and unashamedly say to the world that you are a follower of Jesus.
WHEN SHOULD I GET BAPTIZED?
As soon as you meet Jesus and decide to follow Him, as there is no reason to wait. This is the natural next step of faith in the life of a Christ-follower. The book of Acts shows us that it was always a next step for those who had begun their relationship with Christ.
WHY SHOULD I GET BAPTIZED?
You should get baptized to joyfully take a next step of obedience in your walk with Christ. Baptism does not save you and it does not “give you a new start.” Rather, it symbolizes the fact that Christ has already done those things in and for you. The act of Christian baptism is symbolic of being cleansed of sin and is an act of obedience in our faith journey. As one goes down into the water, it is a picture of going down into the grave and being buried. Then, coming up out of the water is a picture of being raised with Christ to walk in the newness of life.