Baptism comes from the Greek word 'baptizo',
which means to immerge. That is being done by letting new believers down
in water (lake, river, basin). Baptizers are people with spiritual authority,
such as pastors, elders, deacons, apostles, evangelists, or fellow mature
1. Do you get saved by baptism? No, people get saved by faith alone, believing in Jesus. We call that conversion. Not by undergoing any ritual. Confession of sin and repentance, acknowledging that Jesus is Lord and Savior based on the death and resurrection of Christ, is the condition to get baptized. If that is the case, we don't speak of a ritual.
2. Is it needed to be baptised in a church? No, the Bible does not prescribe that. Some churches connect baptism with church membership. There is no biblical basis for that. Every believer becomes a member of the worldwide fellowship of believers (the church), based on their testimony of faith in Jesus.
3. Is the way of baptism (dripping water on a persons head or full immersion in water) important? No, the way is not important. The faith that undergirds the believer is most important. Although, the best way to do baptism is the way Jesus was baptized. He was an adult, knowing what He was doing. He went completely under water. Children baptism with just a few drops of water is not found in the Bible.
4. What is "added" to your life with baptism, after your conversion? Much. Some people call it a "seal" on their conversion. Others experience a deeper indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Most people say that their faith had become stronger with/after baptism. For all Christians baptism is a certain point in time of maturation, in which they completely commit themselves to Christ. It is a sign to the world around us (and to Satan) that we have changed ownership. Jesus has undoubtly become your master and owner for the rest of your life and beyond.
5. What is wise for Chinese Christians (who may return to China) to do regarding baptism?