We believe that water baptism is a public declaration of three important things: you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you are beginning a changed life in Christ, and you are part of a new family.
Baptism is an important step of obedience that shows others we have personally trusted Jesus for our salvation. Jesus was baptized when He was on the earth, and we do this to follow His example. When we baptize at New Community, participants are submerged under water to identify with the death and burial of Jesus, and raised out of the water to identify with His resurrection.
Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change. It's a public declaration of how Jesus changed your life. Being baptized shows others that you've decided to follow Jesus, and allows them to celebrate this decision with you (Acts 1 6:31-34 ).
Baptism doesn't save a person; it's a symbol and celebration of salvation ( 1 Peter 3:21 ). The power that brought Jesus back to life is the same power Jesus uses to change our lives - and that's worth getting excited about!
Jesus instructs us to be baptized and set the example by being baptized (Matthew 28: 19-20, Mark 1 :9).
Obedience to Jesus shows we believe and follow Him. (1 John 2:3). Because Jesus went public about His love for us, we can go public about our love for Him. Being baptized shows that we turn away from a life of sin toward Jesus, the only one who can change us (Acts 2:38-41 ).
For everyone who decides to follow Jesus, baptism is the next step. Anyone who commits his or her life to following Jesus is ready to be baptized (Acts 8: 12).
It was also a common practice in the early church for believers to be re-baptized when they came into a new season of devotion and surrender to Jesus.
Baptisms in the Bible were by immersion. The original word for baptism most often referred to being immersed or submerged in water. Jesus was baptized by being immersed in the water and rising out of it (Matthew 3: 16, Mark 1: 1 0).