Tonight, about two hours ago, we baptized Ashley, 16yo. A part of Albert’s clan. Two motorbikes we went to the nearby sea with Albert’s sister Jinky and Nancy, their cousin. On our way, Nancy 14yo, who was made into a disciple this year is riding on my back (while Jinky and Ashley is at Albert’s bike) and we started a making disciples conversation.
“So Nancy,” I ask “why is the person needed to be baptized like what we are going to do now to Ashley?”
“So, that her sins will be gone.” Was her direct answer.
“Have you tried doing baptism anyway?”
“Yes. My uncle Acquillis who live next door to us in the mountain. It’s Aunt Bebe’s husband and my dad’s brother.”
“You baptized your own uncle? Where?” I was dumbfounded.
“At your house.” She exclaimed “didn’t you know uncle? (It’s how she calls me because she lives in my house with Albert’s sisters were living next door to mine).
“I think I remember that incident. I was in one of my trips somewhere.” I replied.
The ocean from the house is only about 7min drive. It’s where we normally went to baptized anyone who wants to follow Jesus. We arrive and I took photos of Ashley’s baptism while Nancy’s baptizes Ashley with Albert’s short instruction. It’s quite interesting to listen to Albert’s advice about baptism so I will include it in this story.
“It’s alright to pray ‘before’ you baptize her,” Albert make that clear to Nancy. “But to make baptism simple and easy for Ashley to do the same when she makes her friends followers of Jesus then it’s better not and do pray after or later.”
Nancy baptizes Ashley without delay as I took some photos to document. We do these for the sake of our next generation to learn the ‘how to’s’ of making disciples.
We hurried back to the house. Then i continued my conversation with Nancy.
“We don’t belong to any church group when we become disciples,” I said. “Because we becomes the church. Where the spirit of the Lord is, there the church is. It’s in us.”
“It’s exactly what the book that I am reading says, “Back to the Basics” by Mike Peters.” (This book is what all the new disciples are reading. It’s free for a request.)
“Really? Why, what did you find reading this book?” I interrogate.
“We don’t call ‘anything’ church. Because Papa God’s love (she really uses this name ‘Papa God’) is living inside of us. That’s how we became the church.” She explained.
“If so, then what are these people who goes to church doing ‘worship’ then?”
“We are the church.” She said to me, “where should we go to?” She says this not being ignorant but she questions it’s belief.
“They’re ignorant Nancy. They don’t know the truth. One thing to do with them, make them disciples of Jesus. Tell them the truth.”
“Right!” She replied.
“Ok, if we don’t go to church because we are the church now, then what is our worship then? How do we worship?” It’s obvious she don’t know.
“Our worship is in spirit and in truth. Because God is spirit (I overheard she whispered ‘God is a spirit.’), and those who will worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth. Like the wind, did you see it? (‘No’ she said behind my back). But can you feel it? Can you see the trees moving? Means you’ll know that the wind is present. That is you worship everywhere because God is everywhere.
“How? Second is, offer your lives as living sacrifice.” I began a quick story of how the OT people do worship by offering lambs etc. “Our worship is living a holy life. It is when God is pleased when we don’t commit sin, meaning we do His will. His 75 commandments.”
“Seventy-five?” She was shock hearing me “I thought it’s ten?”
“Then ten actually becomes two. Loving God and loving your neighbor (I’m quoting the whole verses here and explain.) Jesus fulfilled all laws of Moses and gave us a new commandment. It includes loving one another, forgiving one another and others. So to summarize, it’s about seventy-five of them all.”
“I see.” She affirmed.
“Keep reading your bible. You will find more of these things that we are talking.”
“Anyway, third is our worship is bearing fruits that will last. Jesus says that He is the one who choose us, not us choosing Him.” She’s got another shock feeling when she heard this.
“Really?” She stops me for awhile.
“Yes, the bible says that we are the ones who are lost. If so, then how can we find Him?” She got it. “So, He chose us to bear fruits for His Father’s glory, that is making disciples. It’s part of Jesus 75 commands that we go and make disciples. It’s like what we are doing now to Ashley.” We are approaching at our house gate now as come to this point.
“It is when we make disciples to our friends that God is glorified. It’s an offering to Him from us. This is our true worship.”
(Two things I am showing you here: intentional discipleship (making disciples) and relational discipleship (parenting). We don’t do our teachings separate from life’s situation. We integrate them. Life discipleship, that is. It’s simply like how Jesus did to His disciples when He said, “Look at the birds…” And it becomes a lesson on faith. “Look at the grass…” At it becomes a lesson on trust.