Baptism is the first step of faith for believers once they commit to follow Jesus. The baptismal waters don’t save anyone. In fact the water is no different than what you have at home in your bath tub. It is only the blood that Jesus shed on the cross that can cleanse a person of their sin.
Baptism illustrates Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) It shows our new life as a follower of Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:17) Baptism doesn’t make you a believer… it shows that you already believe. Baptism doesn’t save you; Jesus does!
We follow Jesus’ example in baptism. He was baptized (Mark 1:9), and commanded us to be baptized (Matthew 28:19-20).
At Marshfield First, we baptize by immersion. That’s the example we see throughout Scripture, and is the meaning of the word “baptize,” which means to immerse (or dip under) in water.