Baptism unites us with Jesus Christ and makes us members of God's family, the Church.
For Presbyterians, Baptism:
- is an initiation into the church community, as ordered by Christ.
- is a public confession, not a private one - it's a statement of faith made in the presence of others.
- does not guarantee access to heaven - unbaptized people are not denied salvation.
- can be performed in another church - there is no need to be re-baptized in a Presbyterian church.