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, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”Matthew 28:18-20
Baptism and the Trinity
This is probably the easiest section of the Great Commission for the average church member to brush aside. Baptism is definitely one of those things that we can easily leave in the hands of our pastors! We don’t all get to do that (well except in emergency situations, but don’t worry about that today).
What’s more important to note here, is that when we reach out into our communities and friend circles, and begin intentional processes of disciple making, baptism is important. If a person we encounter is beginning their intentional faith journey hasn’t been baptized yet, it would be great if some of the encouragement (not pushing) came from a close friend and not just from the pastor.
Also, just because we’re talking with people who don’t have much of a relationship with the church, with God and are just getting started with this whole Christianity stuff, doesn’t mean that they weren’t baptized in the past. If they’ve ever been baptized at ANY church or by any tradition that uses the Trinitarian formula (Father, Son, Holy Spirit), then it doesn’t need to happen again.
That formula given to us by Christ is all we need. Water, Word. Done!
To keep it super simple and easy to remember:
- Baptism is super important!
- It only has to happen once, and it doesn’t matter much where.
Two more articles left in this series! Next up is a look at the things that we are called to do as disciples ourselves, and how we invite others into those activities and practices. Until then, I welcome any thoughts or questions on this, or anything else that is on your mind. Just shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org), drop by during regular office hours, or grab me after worship on Sundays.