When Jesus said, "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned" (Mark 16:16), did the apostles (and later the early church) understand Him to mean that baptism was an essential part of His plan to save from sin? To answer this vitally important question we need only go to the book of Acts where we have an inspired record of the apostles as they carried out the Great Commission, as they told men what they must do to be saved. . . .