It’s a way of declaring publicly that the person being baptized is now part of the family of God.
Jesus commanded us to be baptized.
Matthew 28:19: Go make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
All through the Book of Acts people repented of their life of sin, accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and were then immediately water baptized as an outward sign of the inward change in their lives. That is the repeated pattern in scripture.
No, not at all! The way to heaven is explained to us by Jesus in that we must become followers of His, living our lives as He lived His, and testifying to the new life that we have in Him. Our path to heaven is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
The scriptural pattern for baptism is that anyone who has made a decision to become a follower of Jesus should be water baptized. This means they must have made a conscious decision to surrender their lives to Him and become one of His disciples. A younger child who is able to understand the message of the gospel presented to them in a simple matter may make a decision to follow Jesus. They also are eligible for baptism. Baptism is for all believers.
It’s not “wrong” to be baptized as a baby, but it is not a scriptural mandate or pattern. Baptism is for believers, and as one, we should be baptized as Jesus commands us.
Sure, but baptism imparts a special grace to the one being baptized. It’s an expression of your love and commitment to Jesus. So why not be baptized? It’s an act of obedience to the Lord on your part.