Baptism is going public about your faith in Jesus and communicating to the world your commitment to following Him. It’s the next step after salvation.
We practice and teach that baptism is an external expression of an internal change that has occurred for those who put their faith in Jesus. Baptism serves as a symbol of our death with Jesus (submersion into water) and our being raised to new life with Christ (rising out of the water). Baptism does not save us. Our salvation comes through faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ alone (Ephesians 2:8-9).
"For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead. You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins."
- Colossians 2:12-13