"Count well the cost," Christ Jesus says,
"when you lay the foundation."
Are you resolved, though all seem lost,
to risk your reputation,
for Christ the Lord
as you now give your solemn word?
The Son of God wished to found and ordain a water bath
for his entire church,
that it should be an efficacious seal
and outward symbol
of all those who would believe in him.
Thus, the Son of God ...
made a beginning of water baptism
...as a mighty example in which
we should follow him.
Source: Let Our Joys Be Known
A Brethren Heritage Curriculum
Richard Gardner and Kenneth Shaffer