Water baptism is a necessary step in New Testament salvation. It brings remission (washing away) of sins (Acts 2:38) and is the birth of water that Jesus spoke of in John 3:5. A prerequisite to water baptism is repentance. The individual must first turn from their previous life of sin; then they are to be baptized.
The Bible way to administer baptism is by immersion in water in the name of Jesus Christ. The book of Acts describes the specific method of Christian baptism, and in every instance the name of Jesus Christ is spoken over the candidate. Many New Testament scriptures point out the necessity of baptism and the importance and power of the Name of Jesus Christ.
History tells us that some years after the death of the apostles the method of baptism was altered by church leaders for the sake of convenience. The practice was changed entirely to require only sprinkling, and the titles “Father, Son, and Holy Ghost” were substituted for the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
To discover God’s full salvation plan, a seeker must be willing to study the scriptures and not be swayed by the traditions of men and denominations. Absolute truth and obedience to it should be the highest priority when considering what God requires of us.