What is Baptism?

Baptism is a way that God cleanses and claims people for Himself. Through baptism we are made new – forgiven of our sin, adopted into God’s spiritual family, made heirs of all God’s promises, and given a new way to live in this world. And yet, baptism itself can’t accomplish this; only Jesus can. This is why we say that baptism is a “means” of grace. Our focus in baptism is on Jesus, the true and only Savior.