Baptizing Into the Name (2 of 4) by Jeff Strite

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Baptizing Into the Name (2 of 4)
Series: Discipling Into Christ
Jeff Strite
Matthew 28:18-28:20

OPENING: A drunk stumbled along a baptismal service on Sunday afternoon down by the river. He proceeded to walk down into the water and stood next to the Preacher.
The minister turned and noticed the old drunk and said, "Mister, Are you ready to find Jesus?" The drunk looks back and says, "Yes, Preacher. I sure am."
The minister then dunked the fellow under the water and pulled him right back up. "Have you found Jesus?" the preacher asks.
"No, I didn't!" says the drunk.
The preacher then dunks him under for quite a bit longer, brings him up and says, "Now, brother, have you found Jesus?"
"No, I did not Preacher."
The preacher in disgust holds the man under for at least 30 seconds this time brings him out of the water and says in a harsh tone, "Friend, are you sure you haven't found Jesus yet?"
The old drunk wipes his eyes and says to the preacher..."Are you sure this is where he fell in?"

APPLY: In Matthew 28 Jesus gave the Church their final marching orders. He said their job, as a church, was to help people find Jesus. They were to go into all the world and make disciples of all people. How were they going to do that?
Jesus told them that the two parts of their responsibility were to:
1) Baptize them into the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit
2) AND teach them to obey everything Jesus has commanded us

There's a lot of material packed into those two responsibilities. And because there's so much in those two commands we're going to focus on baptism this week and THEN in the next few weeks we'll talk about some of the things we should teach people to obey.

I. Until I'd prepared for this morning's sermon, I hadn't noticed that something was missing in this text. Really, there's something missing.

Jesus told the Disciples, their first job in making disciples of all nations (in bringing people into His church and introducing them to ...


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