Water. It’s the essence of life.
Jesus often chose symbols to lead us toward personal transformation and a life-altering relationship with God.
It’s no accident that Jesus commanded us to utilize the medium of water to demonstrate the eternal truth of what happens when someone is born again.
It’s a symbol.
No, it’s more than that.
It’s an experience that illustrates what Jesus does for us. The old life ends. New life – eternal life – begins.
When I was a new Christ follower during my college years, the person who mentored me taught me to lead others to Christ and baptize them.
I was young.
I was inexperienced.
But I loved Jesus and I was growing. And I was empowered to try.
I soon baptized one of my fraternity brothers in a hot tub.
It left an indelible mark on my walk with Jesus:
“Followers of Christ lead others to Christ and baptize them.”
It became normal for me. Just something that followers of Jesus do.
7 years ago, I stepped out in faith to start a new movement of disciple making and student church planting on college campuses.
Students were young.
Students were inexperienced.
But they loved Jesus and were growing. They were empowered to try.
Many of them started leading others to Jesus and baptizing their friends:
So the buckets were strange. Unconventional. “Not the way it’s supposed to be done.”
But the life changes were real.
It became normal for people. Just something that followers of Jesus do.
It’s hard to believe how much has happened since then!
Everywhere I train people, my goal is to make disciple making accessible for everybody. More people need Jesus. There are lots of bathtubs, pools, hot tubs (and yes, even buckets) around – why not turn them into baptismals when necessary?
Disciple making everywhere.
Baptizing people everywhere.
The kingdom of God everywhere – in all nations.
I dream of disciple-making movements that spread virally. Pocket Disciple is helping people do it.
Go make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!
Next time: “Fire”: The Gentle, Powerful (and sometimes) controversial Holy Spirit.