Getting Down the Basics: Sharing Jesus with Others & Baptism

Matthew 28:18-20

Let me ask you a question. How did you find out about Jesus? Think about that for a minute. Someone started you on this journey by telling you about Him. As Christians, we are called to tell other people about Jesus and what He has done for us. Believe it or not, that’s in the Bible.

In today’s reading, we see Jesus telling His disciples to tell other people about Him. They were to teach other people who believed in Jesus to live like Jesus lived. By the way, those followers now include you and that means you get to tell other people about Jesus, too.

Here’s an easy way to begin telling other people about Christ, get baptized. What’s that, you ask? Baptism is a ceremony where you are immersed in water. It is a symbol of the end of your old life without Christ, and the beginning of your new life with Christ. It is a public demonstration on the outside of you to show everyone what happened to the inside of you. Depending on your church, there is other ways of baptism that does not nessecaraly mean submersion but rather “sprinkling”. The meaning however its the same. Here’s the challenge, tell your pastor or church leaders you want to be baptized. It’s a guarantee they will be thrilled. Then, invite your friends and family to watch your baptism. Trust this, if they don’t know Jesus they will ask you all about Him.

What do you tell them when they ask? Tell them what happened to you. Tell them why you trusted Jesus. Then show them that verse you’ve been memorizing (John 3:16). Tell them that verse means that Jesus isn’t just for you, but for everyone. If they have questions you can’t answer, be honest and say you don’t know. Maybe even invite them to ask your pastor, church leader, or the person helping hold you accountable.

Take a few minutes to thank God that someone shared Jesus with you. Now ask God to show you a friend to share Jesus with them. Write that friend’s name down in the front cover of your Bible. Pray for them every day. Ask God to give you a chance to talk to them about Jesus.

If you have not already met with a spiritual mentor this week (or yet), find find someone from your church that you can do the study with this weekend.

We would like to thank the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, Skopos youth ministry group, & Pastor Ryan Abernathy for providing this plan.