So, I am currently trying to articulate thoughts about the mystery of conversion. Part of this thread of thought is baptism. Here is a bit of what I’m thinking:
Baptism is as much an act of acceptance as it as an act of affirmation. The new believer affirms the community’s confession of faith as true truth and accepts it personally as their own. The community in turn accepts the believer as one of its own and affirms them as a believer in their personal confession of faith.