The Bible teaches that baptism is the first step of obedience after making a commitment to Jesus. Baptism allows a believer to communicate to the world their new commitment to Christ.
At Encounter, we encourage believers to be baptized in water. We do this because:
Jesus, as the Son of God, set a great example for us to follow when he was personally baptized (Matthew 3.16).
Jesus commanded us to be baptized (Matthew 28.19).
Water baptism symbolizes the brand new life that Jesus gives (Romans 6.4).