Baptism is a powerful symbol of the salvation that has already taken place in your life! Baptism does not save you, only faith in Jesus Christ alone saves.
Baptism is an outward sign that a person has entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ. It symbolizes what takes place inwardly at the time of salvation:
• Acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
• Sharing in His death (our old sin nature died) and resurrection (we became a new creation in Christ).
• Being symbolically washed clean.
Because Jesus instructed us to be baptized, baptism is also an act of obedience. While it is not necessary for salvation, it demonstrates submission to God.
A good way to understand baptism is to look at a wedding ring. A wedding ring is worn by people who’ve committed their life in marriage to their mate. The ring doesn’t make them married but shows a reality (their marriage) that has already taken place, and so it is with baptism. Baptism doesn’t save you. It shows your salvation in Jesus Christ has taken place.
What can you expect when you are baptized? Much like Jesus' own experience when he was baptized as an example for us, many people experience a deep sense of God silently saying, "This is my child with whom I am well pleased." Also like Jesus, many people experience a greater level of intimacy with and empowerment from the Holy Spirit after being baptized. Come with faith and great expectation when you are baptized and see what God will do in your life!