By baptism we confess our faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and testify of our death to sin and of our purpose to walk in newness of life. Thus we acknowledge Christ as Lord and Savior, become His people, and are received as members by His church. Baptism is a symbol of our union with Christ, the forgiveness of our sins, and our reception of the Holy Spirit. It is by immersion in water and is contingent on an affirmation of faith in Jesus and evidence of repentance of sin. It follows instruction in the Holy Scriptures and acceptance of their teachings. (Rom. 6:6; Col. 2:12, 13; Acts 16:30-33; 22:16; 2:38; Matt. 28:19, 20.)Baptism falls precisely into this category. Jesus emphasized it by His own example right at the beginning of His ministry (Matt. 3:15) and immediately instructed His disciples to practice it (John 3:22 and 4:1, 2). Shortly before the end of His earthly ministry He commissioned His followers to make disciples wherever they went (Matt. 28:19, 20).2 In order to accomplish this goal, He emphasized (1) baptism and (2) teaching. In other words, it is important for us in soul winning to help people make a public decision for God and to teach them about practical Christianity. This is something far bigger than simply words.