While water baptism is not essential, it remains an important and powerful testimony of faith which is valuable for the edification of the body, the participating believer, and those not yet saved who may be in attendance. The physical act of water baptism cleary demonstrates the miraculous process of salvation: the entire body of the believer is submerged under the surface of the water illustrating the death of the old, sinful nature. Almost instantly after being submerged, the believer rises, drenched in water, demonstrating to all the overwhelming abundance of God’s grace and love that we are immersed in. This illustrates how complete God’s forgiveness is, covering and cleansing our entire being. Lastly, water baptism exhibits our new life in Christ, as exhibited by the believer coming up out of the water, thus illustrating the beginning of a new life, one lived through Jesus and for Jesus.