Baptism is an outward symbol of an inward reality. In Romans 6:4, the apostle Paul explains this imagery. Going under the water represents our old self dying and being buried with Jesus, who died and was buried for our sin. Coming out of the water represents our new self coming alive with Jesus, who rose from the dead.
Baptism doesn’t make these things happen. Faith does. By faith in Jesus, we are forgiven of our sins and born again by the Holy Spirit of God. Baptism is a beautiful and public demonstration of that reality.
We baptize everyone who decides to follow Jesus for two reasons. First, he commanded it. He asked every follower to take this step of obedience, and since then, millions have followed his example.
Second, it’s an incredible opportunity to share your faith. Your friends and family will all get to hear your story of forgiveness and new life in a compelling way. Going public with your faith is one of the most impactful things you’ll ever do.