“As soon as Jesus was baptised, He went up out of the water.” Matthew 3:16.
Baptism in the Bible was by immersion under water. So, like Jesus, we are to be baptised by immersion in water.
“Then both Philip and the eunuch went down unto the water and Philip baptised him. When they came up out of the water...” Acts 8:38-39
We believe baptism in water is for everyone who has made a decision to believe in Christ.
Water baptism gives a clear picture of death (going down into the water), burial (being under the water) and resurrection (coming up out of the water). So as Christ died, we die to sin. As Christ rose, we shall also be raised up to live our new lives in Him, free from the power of sin.
Because Jesus commanded it.
"Jesus said ‘Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." Matthew 28:19-20
Because we want to follow Jesus’ example.
“At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised by John in the Jordan. Mark 1:9
Because we want to follow in Jesus’ footsteps.
“...that you should follow in his footsteps. 1 Peter 2:21
Because if we love Jesus we will want to obey Him.
“Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.” John 14:21