Jesus Christ set the parameters for the church when he said “go and make disciples...baptizing them...teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20).
We’re always aware of the fact that God is always seeking to reach people who are outside the church. Jesus said there was more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over 99 who need no repentance. We are commanded to “go” and invite people into God’s Kingdom.
There is nothing more wonderful than seeing a person come to the point of being baptized into Jesus Christ. The Bible says this about baptism: “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection” (Romans 6:4-5). To see a person claim these promises is essential, but it doesn’t stop there.
Jesus also commanded that we “teach them to obey everything [he] commanded.” That’s called “discipleship.” The passage above called it “living a new life.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 states “If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
We have no greater message than this: “Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him” (Hebrews 9:28).
We always seek to be mindful and faithful to the truth that Jesus Christ is the Head of our Church, and to seek His leading in all we do, from listening to His words to following His commands.
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