The pastor began his sermon by addressing new believers who hoped to be baptized. “We wanted to schedule a baptism for later this month, but logistically that isn’t going to work.”
I remained silent. It was less embarrassing.
What’s wrong with right now?! I wanted to scream.
But blurting out in front of 60 people would have been awkward.
I felt God prompting me to question the pastor’s comments. I didn’t.
Instead I wrestled with the phrase, “logistically that isn’t going to work.”
Was the faucet broken? Did the tub have a leak? Were we suddenly plagued by a severe water famine?
I thought about Phillip and the Ethiopian.
“As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, ‘Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptized?’ And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Phillip and the eunuch went down into the water and Phillip baptized him” (Acts 8:36 & 38).
Yeah! The pastor should’ve acted like Phillip.
Later that night my thoughts turned to Stephen.
Stephen who in Acts 7 stood up to the Sanhedrin and proclaimed, “You men who are stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears are always resisting the Holy Spirit.” Afterward, Stephen was dragged from the city and stoned for following God’s prompting. Stephen was fearless for the Lord.
Yeah! I should’ve acted like Stephen.
I failed that day. But God used my failure to teach me two important things about being a DiscipleMaker.
DiscipleMakers Maintain Momentum
If someone says they’re ready to be baptized—baptize them. Go to the lake. Find a river. Stop the chariot. Get it done.
Christ said. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).
The eunuch asked to be baptized. Phillip made it happen. Baptism was important and it was treated like it was urgent. There was no question of logistics.
DiscipleMakers are Fearless for God
If your pastor says something that’s questionable—question it. You may want to wait until after the sermon, but if God prompts you…get it done.
Christ said. “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).
The pastor was worried about logistics. I was worried about embarrassment. Sure, there are times to remain silent, but there are times when we need to stand up to the Sanhedrin.