Baptism is one of the two sacraments recognized by Protestant and Catholic and Orthodox churches. THe other universal is COmmunion/Eucharist/Lord's Supper.
But beyond saying that it is widely seen as a sacrament there is a great variety of interpretations of baptism. Some of these include:
And many of us operate under some sort of combination of these or other statements.
SO what does baptism mean to you?