"Baptism is what we celebrate more than anything else in our church. We party!" Pontus Karnsund
What is baptism to us?
Like a wedding ring is a a symbol of the marriage that has occurred, baptism is a symbol of what God has done in someone's life, a picture of how their life was buried to sin (submerged in the water), and then raised to a new life (coming back up of the water), all because of the cleansing of Jesus' blood for our sins (the water). "For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead. You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross." NLT, Colossians 2:12-14
Because the Jesus tells us to. "Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19
Who can get baptized?
Every person who has made the decision to believe in Jesus. That's it. As the "first step" of obedience, there are no other requirements. The one requirement for baptism is belief in Jesus Christ. “Those who accepted his message were baptized….” Acts 2:41. “But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.” Acts 8:12.