John 4:1-3 (Baptizing)

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Jesus knew the Pharisees had heard that he was baptizing and making more disciples than John
(though Jesus himself didn’t baptize them—his disciples did). So he left Judea and returned to Galilee. (John 4:1-3)

Read: Deuteronomy 1:1 – 3:20

Relate: At the end of Matthew sits one of the final, and one of the most famous, commands of Jesus. Normally it reads something like this: “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.” It looks in English like Jesus is using four verbs in this command: 1)Go, 2)Make Disciples, 3)Baptize, 4)Teach. But in reality there is only one verb: Make disciples. The other three are participles dependent on that verb. For those who need that English grammar statement translated into “English” that means the other three words describe how the action of “making disciples” is to be done.

React: When it comes to discipleship we hear a lot about the going and the teaching. There is a big emphasis among Christians serious about the great commission to the going part and making sure that the going is followed up with the teaching. The baptizing seems to fall by the wayside. It gets overlooked. Yes, it is important but lets keep the emphasis on _______ first. You fill in the blank. Let me make it clear, if you want to be a follower of Christ, you must be baptized. In case you didn’t catch that let me say it again. If you want to be a follower of Christ you must be baptized. There are only two ordinances for the church. What I mean by that are there two religious practices authorized, or mandated, by God. Those are baptism and communion. These aren’t options. They are directives. Communion was commissioned at the end of His ministry but baptism has been linked to discipleship right from the start. It still is. (For more on what baptism is and means, check out Baptized)


9 thoughts on “John 4:1-3 (Baptizing)

  1. Thank you! I wish your church were here! It has always frustrated me that people don’t read and find these things in the Bible. Baptism and Communion are two of the most neglected things in churches today in my opinion and it hurts me to not see it happening.

  2. A-MEN! I don’t know where in church history baptism got shoved to the background and deemed unnecessary, but I am very thankful for your thoughts on it today. It’s an incredible work of God to raise us up to a new life in His Son (Col. 2:9-12).

  3. I teach my children that the reason we are baptized is so that we publicly attach ourselves to Christ.
    We do the things we are commanded NOT because we are trying to obtain Gods Love…We do them because he first loved us.
    We can do nothing to save ourselves. Faith alone can save us, and baptism is the way we show our faith and commitment.
    As a parent, when my children are obedient, it shows me love and respect. So that is how I have explained baptism and communion to my young children.
    Obedience shows respect. And if ever there was a person who deserved our DEEPEST respect, it is our Savior!

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