Baptism is a public declaration of your faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. It is a symbol of the believer’s identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. In baptism, the believer is testifying that he was “in Christ” when He died on the cross, that he was buried with Him, and that he has arisen to newness of life because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
In choosing to be identified with Christ and live in obedience to Him, it is essential for a believer to be part of a local church where he or she can be discipled. Being a member of a local church provides spiritual nourishment and edification, encouragement in Christian living, enablement for Christian service, accountability in your Christian testimony, and discipline should it be necessary.