8.1.9 Holy Baptism with water and following Christ

During Holy Baptism with water, the believer vows to earnestly endeavour to avoid sin and to lead a life of following Christ. The kind of following to which the baptised are called consists of aligning themselves to the life and nature of Jesus, in accordance with His words: "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me" (Matthew 16: 24).