We believe that being a Christian involves personal decision and commitment: being born in the U.S. or being christened as a baby does not simply make you a Christian by default. So baptism is for those who have made up their own mind to put Jesus at the centre of their lives: that is why we are called ‘Baptists’. In the Bible we read that Jesus Christ died for our sins, that he was buried, and that he rose from the dead on the third day: this means that Jesus died to deal with things that we have done wrong; he took them with him to the grave, and then rose again to take charge of disordered lives. ‘Jesus is Lord’ is probably the earliest confession made by the first Christians when they were baptized.