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Jesus Christ – Body Builder IX
The Obedient Church Baptizes Disciples
Matthew 28:18-20 – And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
1. The church is a community of worshipping people. The church exists to worship the triune God. When God, by His grace, comes to a lost sinner and opens their eyes so that they see Christ and enables that one to embrace Him by faith, He has made, first and foremost, a worshipper. One of the first indications that this person is a worshipper will be a heart that is now focussed on God more than itself. He is brought into obeying the first and greatest commandment – Love the Lord God with all the heart and soul and mind and strength. And one of the first things such a heart will do is what Isaiah did when he had his encounter with God in Isaiah 6. When God purges Isaiah’s tongue with a coal from off the altar the first thing Isaiah does is ask “What will you have me to do?”
2. So, God, by His grace brings a sinner to repentance and faith. And that sinner, in an earnest desire to now walk the way that His Saviour wants him to walk asks “Lord, what will you have me to do?” And what will the first answer be, as we see it outlined in the NT? Be baptized.
3. We have seen that the church is made up of disciples. Disciples are those who follow Jesus Christ. They die on a daily basis for Christ. They love Him more than anyone else, even more than family. They are those who abide in Christ and bear fruit for the Kingdom of God. They love each other. They are opposed just like Jesus was.
4. In Matthew 28 Jesus gives that little band of disciples a commission. It amounts to “make other disciples”. And the very first thing Jesus says that should be done with those disciples that are made is that they be baptized. Continue reading