Right after we started Two Cities Church, it wasn’t long before I was having a conversation with someone who was upset that we were baptizing someone. When I inquired why, they said that this person was:
- “Not really a Christian”
- “They were still sinning”
- “They didn’t know enough about God”
- “They didn’t know enough about the Bible”
- and so on…
I couldn’t help but chuckle a little, knowing this person pretty well and the fact that these things could easily be said about them as well, I simply said this…
“Big scandal, we’re baptizing sinners!”
Needless to say, they did not like my response too much. But it’s true. We believe that every person matters and we believe there’s only one who’s ever been perfect, Jesus. We are made perfect in Him, not on our own. If we waited until every person stopped sinning, and had enough knowledge of God and the Bible for them to begin following Jesus, we’d have no church… anywhere… globally. Think about that for a second.
If you waited until you had stopped sinning, cleaned yourself up and had all the knowledge you could ever know about God, Jesus and the Bible– you’d be dead before you could follow Jesus. You can spend your whole life trying to be perfect enough for God, or you can confess your imperfectness and be made perfect through the grace of Jesus Christ.
When Simon (Peter) first came into contact with Jesus he said, “Go away from me, Lord; for I am a sinful man!”(Luke 5:8). Peter later confesses that Jesus is the Messiah, the son of God and Jesus says that upon that confession he will build his church (Matthew 16:13-20).
You think you’re too big of a sinner to follow Jesus? So did Peter.
Being a sinner doesn’t disqualify you from following Jesus; it’s a prerequisite.
Don’t put it off any longer and don’t judge someone else’s effort to follow, begin with you and begin to follow because God’s grace is a huge scandal and it’s a scandal you need.
– Micah Foster, Pastor