Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I command you.— Matthew 28:19-20
All believers in Jesus Christ should be baptized. In the early church in Acts, baptism took place immediately after someone came to believe the gospel (Acts 2:36-41; 8:12-13; 8:35-38; 9:17-18; 10:45-48; 16:14-15; 16:31-33; 18:8).
Baptism is a symbolic act that serves as a public declaration of faith in Christ. Baptism marks those who are followers of Christ, much like a wedding ring marks those who are married.
Christian baptism is extensive in its meaning. In being baptized, we are declaring that we have repented of sin and been forgiven in Christ; we are proclaiming our identification with and allegiance to Christ, and we are symbolizing death to our old self and new life in Christ.
Racine Bible Church practices baptism by immersion into a body of water. Our baptism services are occasions of great joy as each one being baptized shares his or her testimony.