I have heard of baptism described as a public confession of faith. I’ve seen it described here on the BB as such, and most of my life I’ve heard it explained much the same way. Is there any scriptural evidence that our baptism is our public confession of faith? I view baptism as more than a mere symbol and I think that it has been downplayed (perhaps reactionary) in Baptist churches. I question the opinion that it is our public confession of faith and lean towards our role as a bit more passive. I believe Baptism to be an act of commitment, but instead of being one on our part, I think it is perhaps an act of commitment on behalf of God. It is what Christ does to us by means of His Church (the Body of Christ) symbolizing our inclusion in the New Covenant. So I don’t think it a mere symbol…symbolic, yes…but a mere symbol, no. And I disagree that this is what Christ meant when He indicated that we acknowledge Him before men. What are the views out there in BB land?