Why should I be baptized? Before He left the earth, Jesus commanded us to make disciples by calling for a public act of faith—an open identification with Jesus in his death, burial and resurrection. The book of Acts knows nothing of non-baptized Christians. They understood that they were identifying with Christ and His church (I Cor 12:13), and they obeyed the Great Commission(Matt 28:19-20). In the New Testament, believing in Christ and being baptized are very closely related. This is the New Testament way to follow Christ: repent, believe and express that in baptism (Acts 2:38).