"I do not believe there is anything magical or mystical about being immersed in water, or that being immersed in water itself changes people's lives. This idea is too superstitious for me.
"I believe elect, redeemed, regenerate human beings enter into the conscious, subjective experience of their salvation when they are initially converted to the Lord Jesus Christ. I further believe that initial conversion to Christ takes place when a repentant believer is baptized, not before he is baptized.
"I also believe that Romans 6:3-6; I Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:26-29; and Colossians 2:11-13 refer to water baptism, not to Holy Spirit baptism."
[By John Kohler III, in "Far More than a Mere Symbol", on the Historic Baptist Symposium, 7 June 2007]
Is this language strong enough for you? Too strong? Could you close a sermon with Acts 2:38? Have you?