Many of us come from backgrounds where we've witnessed baptism in many different forms. However, we may not be sure why Christians get baptized at all. As we ready about it in the Bible, we see baptism being done for serveral significant reasons. First, baptism identifies the believer with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection (Colossians 2:11-12, Romans 6:4). Next, baptism is an act of obedience for the believer (Acts 2:38). And finally, baptism is a public testimony, the outward confession of an inward experience. In baptism, we stand before witnesses confessing our identification with the Lord: "I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who lives, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me" (Galatians 2:20). It is essential that we understand that baptism does not save our souls, but that it is still very important for all of the reasons given above.