A Quick Analogy
My wedding ring points to the vows that my wife and I took on our wedding day. If you take a look at my ring finger, you will notice that I don't wear it. The reason is simple - I misjudged the size of my finger and purchased one that was too big (and since it's made of titanium, I can't get it resized). Not wearing a wedding ring does not un-marry us. The ring was a symbol of our vows, not the vow itself. For this reason, I keep the ring safe next to my bed, because of its importance.
Baptism is the same thing. The act of baptism points to our commitment to Jesus, but not getting baptized does not mean we are not committed to Him. I thought the wedding ring analogy is fitting because a wedding vow (and the ring that symbolizes it) must be made before witnesses. Likewise, baptism is a public proclamation that we are now committed to Jesus.
The reason why baptism requires water is because the primary way of associating us with Jesus is by His greatest act - His death and resurrection. We symbolize this by going under water (death) and then rising out of it (resurrection).
How we do it
Today, there are several methods of baptism. You can submerge under water, or you can simply have water sprinkled on your head. The reason why you can choose your method is because it is a symbol - as long as you are mindful of the significance of this ritual, you can have it done any way you like.
The only thing that needs to take place is for you to answer eight basic questions:
1. Do you believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord?
2. Do you have the assurance that your sins are forgiven through faith in Jesus Christ?
3. Do you renounce Satan and his works?
4. Do you renounce the ungodliness of this world and all sinful desires?
5. Will you live in obedience to Christ?
6. Will you actively participate in the life and ministry of His church?
7. Do you accept the Old and New Testaments as the authority for your life?
8. Will you by this act of baptism testify to the world that you are a Christian?
If you say "yes" to these questions, the pastor will perform your desired method of baptism.
If you are interested in getting baptized, please let one of the pastors know!
Also, if you would like to learn a bit more of the history behind the ritual, click here.