Baptism is an important step of obedience that shows others we have personally trusted Jesus for our salvation. It is an outward expression of what you have already decided in your heart. Jesus was baptized when he was on the earth, and we do the same to follow His example.
At United Church, baptism is being submerged under water to identify with the death and burial of Jesus and raised out of the water to identify with His resurrection.
Baptism is a public declaration of three things:
You are a follower of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:41a),
You are beginning a changed life in Christ (Romans 6:4),
You are part of the family of faith (Galatians 3:26-27).