We affirm that Christian baptism is an outward symbolic act representing the inward spiritual cleansing from sin that occurs when a person professes faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord and should be carried out subsequent to a profession of faith in Him. Our Lord commanded that Christians “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” Baptism is therefore a matter of obedience, a testimony to the believer’s death to sin and resurrection to a new and Godly way of life. We do not practice infant baptism, but we recognize and affirm that many born again, biblical Christians believe in the legitimacy of infant baptism, understanding it not as a sacramental act that effects salvation, but as a sacred act that introduces a child into the covenant community of faith. Jesus himself was baptized, not because of sin, but as an initial public testimony to His complete identification with sinful humanity, culminating in the cross. Because Jesus was baptized publicly, baptism should take place in the context of a believing community where it serves as a joyous expression of personal witness. Immersion is our preferred mode of baptism since the Gospels suggest that Jesus was baptized in this way.
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 6:4