John answered them all, ‘I baptize you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.’Luke 3:16
Whether you’d consider yourself a dunker or a dripper, baptism is one of the most significant symbols of your Christian faith. If you break this particular doctrine down to its basic terms, baptism is one of the two things—along with Communion— that Christ ordered us to continuously do after He ascended into heaven.
Paul says in Romans 6 that baptism is the point when we (the sinners) take part in Christ’s (the Savior’s) death, burial, and resurrection. Baptism is the symbolic, yet very real, practice of our salvation.
The method of baptizing is much less important than the element used in baptism: water. Before we are baptized, we are only sinners. While under water, we are symbolizing the death and burial of our old selves. And when we are lifted from the water, we are taking part in the resurrection of Christ. This is the Gospel in practice. It is why we baptize in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Baptism signifies the transformation of the believer, washed clean through our Savior, Jesus.
The act of baptism is much more than a tradition; it is a sign of the new life we experience in Christ.