We believe in Baptism only after a person has professed Christ as their Savior. The Baptism symbolizes the cleansing of sins. The Bible only has examples of baptism by full immersion, where the candidate is fully immersed in water. This symbolizes the disciples’ own baptism as stated in John 3. The practice also stems from Romans 6, which says Christians are “buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” Jesus commanded His followers to go, preach the Gospel, baptize people and make disciples.
God’s Word does not teach that Baptism is a requirement for salvation. Instead, Baptism in the church is a public expression of faith after someone has trusted Jesus Christ as Savior. While it is a viewed as a personal step of faith, it is not private. Such an act of obedience clarifies a person’s testimony of salvation and opens the door for ministry through membership in the local church.