1. Baptism is about going public.
Like wearing a jersey to a football game, baptism is our opportunity to identify with a person and a team. When we take our next step in baptism, we're letting the world know we belong to Jesus and we're on His team.
2. Baptism is about being obedient.
Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (Matthew 28:19). The first thing Jesus tells us to do after salvation is baptism.
3. Baptism comes after salvation.
In the first recorded sermon in the early church, Peter preached to a crowd of thousands. About 3,000 people were saved, and the first thing Peter told them to do after salvation was get baptized (Acts 2:38). The pattern continues through the rest of the early church. Baptism is a public proclamation of the spiritual transformation that occurs when we commit to following Jesus.
Every baptism is an opportunity to share Jesus' story. Jesus died to pay for our sin and restore our relationship with God. Then, He rose from the grave, showing His power over death.