BAPTISM IS a commitment to evangelistic mission. Baptism does not make sense apart from the practice of evangelism, conversion to Jesus, initiation into the kingdom of God, and the life of discipleship. But it can be observed that Jesus used the word “Go” in a present continuous tense that could be translated, “As you are going.” From this perspective, it does not mean going overseas on long- or short-term mission projects. Nor does it mean staying to do the same kinds of projects with needy people at home. Rather, it implies that the business of making disciples is something that emerges organically as we go through everyday life and among the networks of relationships we make along the way.
This is what Jesus did, and it has implications for all of us. Wherever we might live, the mission field is on the doorstep of our everyday lives. For some of us, going where Jesus sends will mean leaving home and living with a doorstep that opens onto a very unfamiliar world. But for all of us, going where Jesus sends means crossing the threshold as ordinary missionaries into a world that needs to hear the gospel.
– Philip R. Meadows
Remembering Our Baptism
From pages 20-21 of Remembering Our Baptism: Discipleship and Mission in the Wesleyan Spirit by Philip R. Meadows. Copyright © 2017 by Philip R. Meadows. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Discipleship Resources. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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“Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”
Mark 3:35, NRSV
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