Why is baptism important?
Baptism signifies the end of our old life and of being born again to new life in Christ. It involves a full immersion in water, it speaks of repentance and cleansing, of being united with Christ in his death and resurrection, and of witnessing to the call of God upon our lives.
We practice believers baptism, where those getting baptised are at a age where they can make this decision for themselves. We do not practice infant baptism as we believe babies are to too young to make their own response of commitment to Christian discipleship. However, we do practice dedication instead, which gives parents the opportunity to thank God for their children and dedicate their children back to God.
There are various passages in the bible that we would base our belief and practice of baptism upon.
Jesus set an example: Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22).
Jesus commands us: In the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20), Jesus says, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”
The early church practised it: On the Day of Pentecost, Peter tells the people to “Repent and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:37-38).