The Great Commission // Empowered..to Baptize
[Associate Pastor, Greg Miller, ECC Covington Campus]
Live out the picture of baptism daily.
Baptism is a powerful symbol of the transformed life.
The Great Commission:
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20 NLT)
When you see someone step down into that water they are asked two questions:
- “Do you believe that Jesus is the son of God?” and
- “Have you asked him to be your Lord and Savior?”
When answered by, 'yes', that public confession is symbolic of their private confession to Jesus. For Jesus to live in my life, I have to die to sin. Going under the water symbolizes our death and rising up out of the water symbolizes the new life in Christ.
Four pictures of baptism:
Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. (Romans 6:1-4 NLT)
Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. (Romans 6:5-7 NLT)
And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. (Romans 6:8-10 NLT)
So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus. (Romans 6:11 NLT)
And we are all connected. Spiritually joined together as one body.
Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. (Romans 6:12, 13 NLT)
God has brought me out of death and has given me life. There is no better story to tell. We have a unified purpose to tell the world about Jesus, his grace, his mercy, and his offer of a new life!
Here is the challenge: Live out the picture of baptism daily.
Think, “today I will die to my self and I will live for Christ. Use me!”