Why is Christian baptism important?
According to the Bible, Christian baptism is an outward testimony of what has occurred inwardly in a
believer’s life. Christian baptism illustrates a believer’s identification with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Bible declares, “Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.” (Romans 6:3-4).
In Christian baptism, the action of being immersed in the water symbolises dying and being buried with Christ.
The action of coming out of the water pictures Christ’s resurrection.
In Christian baptism, there are two requirements before a person is baptised:
1) The person being baptised must have trusted on Jesus Christ as Saviour, and
2) The person must understand what baptism signifies.
According to the Bible Christian baptism is important because it is a step of obedience—publicly declaring faith in Christ and commitment to Him—an identification with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.