What is baptism?
Baptism in water is a pledge of a good conscience toward God. It symbolizes the washing away of the old sinful man, and symbolically the new man is made alive with Jesus. It symbolizes a fresh start in life. It is also following Jesus’ example. that by His baptism, we follow in His steps by our baptism.
You may be rededicating your life to the Lord and may have been baptized in the past. You can be re-baptized as a sign of returning to the Lord and recommitment to Him.
If you were baptized by sprinkling when you were a child, you may be thinking that you have been baptized. That was more of a dedication to the Lord by your parents. Baptism by emersion is what is called a Believer’s Baptism.
This means that you believe that Jesus is the Son of God; He died on the cross for your sins; was raised from the dead and lives today, and you have made a decision to take Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord. It is a personal decision.
Baptism does not save you. It is an outward recognition of what has already happened in your heart.