We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
1. Christ specifically calls out baptism in the Great Commission given to the apostles (and therefore the church) in Matthew 28.
2. Baptism is a unique sign, given to the church, of the ongoing apostolic mission of the church.
3/4/5. Baptism is a sign of unity among God's people, brought together in Christ. Ephesians 4:1-6 points to the unity we all must share in Christ as the church, becoming one body of Christ - called to do His will and work in this fallen world.
6. Baptism is NOT the cause of the forgiveness of sins.
7. Baptism is an outward sign pointing to or proclaiming our salvation from sin through Christ Jesus.
Mark 16:16 "...Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned."
John 3:5 Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit."
Acts 1:5 "...For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit."
Acts 2:38 Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 10:47-48 Then Peter said, "Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have." So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days.
1 Cor 12:13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.