Baptism, a rite of immersion in water, is important, urgent and should not be unneccessarily delayed because:
- It is commanded [to both converts to proclaim (Acts 2:38; 10:48) and to the church to perform (Matt. 28:18-20)].
- It is the believer's first act of obedience (Acts 2:33-39; Acts 10:47-48; Matthew 10:32).
- It pictures the gospel and testifies of new life (2 Corinthians 5:17).
- It signifies a spiritual commitment, that we who are born again are now free to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4).