Disciple, Baptize, Teach

Matthew 28:16–20; 1 Corinthians 1:14–25

One of the measurements of a ’s th is the annual number of baptisms. If we were to review the ’s (and, by this, generally all American es), the percentage is not particularly great. It certainly does not meet the so-ed New Testament numbers.

A lot has d over the years. In certain s, infants are brought to be baptized into the of the . While the Church of the Nazarene generally dedicates infants, functionally it often ends up being the same.

Is baptism a good measurement? Yes…and no. Baptism does not a make. It would be nice if it were that easy.

There is probably a reason why the order is , baptize, teach. The two primary modern pathways are baptize/teach and teach/baptize. Discipleship seems to not be part of the primary paths.

Yes, the word is used a lot. The ually living as a seems to be lacking. But, you say, we have a ship class or book or…really, something that teaches.

The evidence of a lack of ship is all around us. Look at our culture. Look at our news. Look at our sports.

’s words somewhat feed into that. He states that he was not sent to baptize, but to preach. Now we often immediately equate preach to teach (not just because it rhymes). seems to separate that.

Especially in the apologetic intellectual Christianity of today, preaching is often used as teaching. s his preaching ness. ’s ness wouldn’t seem to be the same as today’s preaching.

It might even mean that the wise, the teacher of the law, the debater of the age might very well be the and its prices. This is not to tear down the , but to examine it. This is meant to examine us.

, you commanded your s to make s. Help us to do our part. Amen.

1) What is ship? What does a look like?

2) What is the difference between being a and being taught?

3) Do you think meant the three (, baptize, teach) in a particular order or to ually separate them? Or do you think had something else in mind? If so, what?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.