Baptism is one of the two ordinances (the other being the Lord’s Table) that the Lord Jesus Christ instituted for the church. The word “baptism” comes from the Greek word baptizó (pronounced “bap-tid’-zo”) which means “to dip, to submerge.” So baptism by immersion is the only legible form of baptism.
Matthew 3:16; Acts 8:38
Water baptism is a public declaration before the local church by a genuine believer who has put his/her faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. The baptismal ceremony illustrates a believer’s identification with Jesus Christ. It is a symbol of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and our identification with it. Going through water baptism is a matter of obedience to the Lord’s command.
Matthew 3:13-15; Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:37-38,41; Acts 9:17-18; Acts 10:47-48; Acts 16:14-15; Acts 16:31-34; Acts 18:8; Acts 19:4-5
The water offers no spiritual benefit to anyone. The only thing that the water can do is make the person wet. It has nothing to do with ceremonial washings. It is not as if the water is able to cleanse your sin. Only faith in Jesus Christ can cleanse us from all unrighteousness; and all who are truly saved by faith alone in Jesus Christ are to take water baptism as a matter of obedience to the Lord’s command.
John 20:31; Romans 4:5; Romans 6:4-5; Ephesians 2:8-9
The Bible discourages the baptism of infants. When a person goes into the waters of baptism, he is signifying his death to sin and he becoming alive unto God in Christ Jesus. An infant being baptized has absolutely no idea what’s happening to him/her. Parents cannot decide the child’s faith and destiny. Each person is individually accountable to God and commanded by God to repent of his/her ways. There is absolutely no New Testament record of children being baptized. Infants cannot be made Christians through baptism. Also, if baptism is the New Testament counterpart of circumcision, then only males should have been commanded to be baptized, which is not the case.
Acts 2:38,41; Acts 8:12; Acts 8:35-38; Romans 6:3-4; Colossians 2:11-12