What baptism does not do:
Guarantee my salvation. Salvation comes through personal faith in what Jesus Christ has already done for me. Baptism is the expression of what has already happened. Baptism does not save me. I’m baptized because I already am saved.
Give me extra favor with God. God already loves me. Baptism is one step of obedience. And I desire to live in obedience in all areas of my life.
Baptism is an outward expression of my inward decision to:
Accept the fact that I’m a sinner (Rom 3:23, 6:23)
Believe that Jesus died to pay the penalty I owed for my sins (Rom 5:8)
Confess Jesus as my Lord and Savior (Rom 10:9-10, 13)
What is the Sgnificance of Baptism
A Look at Baptism
My Testimony of Personal Faith in Jesus Christ