Water baptism When we think of water baptism, the most important thing to know is, whether it is necessary for salvation or not. There are basically two presentations of baptism and its importance to Christians:  "the baptismal regeneration" and "an event of salvation through baptism", and  "the outward sign of an inward work of God/ change of heart/ regeneration". Depending on how we see baptism and salvation makes us put more or less weight on it. If you believe that one cannot be saved unless he or she is baptized in the water in the name of Christ Jesus, then you emphasize water baptism a lot in your preaching, teaching and spreading the good news of Christ. If you think that salvation is not needed for salvation, you put only a little weight on baptism, and preach the cross of Christ instead of baptism. Both are included in bearing witness of Jesus, but the crucial part of the Gospel or the Gospel itself is either one, not both. You will see this in a moment, if you read this document further. If the birth of a new person (Christian birth) or eternal salvation is dependant on water baptism, then one should be baptized promptly in order to be born again from above and be saved. If water baptism is not needed for salvation, why do we then baptize people? This will be answered in the second part of this paper. http://www.inri.fi/eng/Water-baptism.pdf This article is an abstract of my 10 year study on this issue.