Baptism saves no one, but symbolizes the grace of the new birth.
It is the first step of obedience in following Christ.
It is the defining mark of being a Christian.
1. The need for the new birth - vs. 1-3
It is designed to reveal to us the utter hopelessness of our life.
2. The means of the new birth - vs. 4
Ezekiel 36:24-27, 1 Peter 1:23
Faith is the evidence of the new birth – not the cause of it.