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Why Baptism?

Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned—Mark 16:16

The New Testament teaches that baptism is essential to salvation.

Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, 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 2:38

New Testament baptism is for the sinner who turns to the Lord in belief and repentance — therefore, "infant" baptism is not of the New Testament. An infant has no sin of which to repent and cannot be a believer.

Those who accepted his message were baptized — Acts 2:41a

Baptism in the New Testament has specific purposes:

To enter the kingdom Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. — John 3:5 

To contact the blood of Christ Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore 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. — Romans 6:3-4 

To be in Christ For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. — Galatians 3:27

To gain salvation Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. — Mark 16:16... this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also – not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ — I Peter 3:21

To gain remission of sins Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, 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 2:38

To wash away sins And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name. — Acts 22:16

To be in the chuch For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body – whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free – and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. — I Corinthians 12:13

What is Baptism?

Having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead. — Colossians 2:12

The Greek word βαπτίζω, baptizo, from which the New Testament word baptize comes means "to dip, to immerse, to submerge, to plunge".

New Testament scriptures always point to baptism as a burial, to be immersed in water.

Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, "Look, here is water. Why shouldn't I be baptized?" And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.

— Acts 8:35-39

Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore 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. — Romans 6:3-4

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