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9.9. Am I saved when I was born a Christian into a Christian Family – Mat 28:18-20

Am I really saved when I ask Jesus to come and live in my heart? - Can the door to my heart be opened to Jesus and thus be saved and go to heaven?
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  • Well my father taught us that we are Christians in a Christian family.
  • As far as I can remember I have always been going to church.
  • I was baptized as a baby.
  • I went to Sunday school classes my whole life.
  • My mom, dad and I sang in the choir.
  • My dad was a deacon and served on the building commision for the church.
  • Some of our friends was the church members.
  • I was confirmed in the church and then I could take communion.
  • Yes I had some vices like smoking, drinking, looking at stuff on the internet but “every” Christian is not perfect.
  • I even invited Jesus into my heart twice.
  • We know that the disciples were called Christians in (Acts 11:26).
  • So that is actually where the word Christian comes from. 
  • Jesus says in vers 19 to go and make disciples of all nations.
  • It is clear then that God wants all men to be disciples.
  • Have you become a disciple yet? Do you know what it means to be a disciple?
  • But I want to focus on the word “Make”, make disciples.
  • According to the Oxford Dictionary the definition for make is:
    • form (something) by putting parts together or combining substances; create.
    • cause (something) to exist or come about; bring about.
  • So it is to form something to exist.
  • So can I be a Christian by default? Disciples are not born, but they are made according to the Bible.
  • Let me illustrate; let’s say you’re a professional golfer.
  • Were you one from birth? (laughs) (If you have not played golf yet, try to make a birdie on the first hole you play. That means one shot less than course average.)
  • No, you had to spend about 10,000 hours gaining experience.
  • When you are invited to play at Sun City with the “Million Dollar” tournament then you know, you are a professional golfer
  • So you see, you have to become a Professional Golfer.
  • Same as a Disciple; you must be made one.
  • Ok so first you get made into a disciple!
  • What does the Bible say should we do next.
  • So further in vers 19 it says the disciples should be baptized, baptizing them.
  • Who is the them, it is the guy you just made a disciple.
  • Why must I be baptized after I become a disciple? Now that is a very good question I must say! Contact me to study that out. 
  • So I am just thinking I cannot make a baby into a disciple! Babies just “they just eat and poop and they cry” like Shrek said in the movie.
  • So did Jesus say baptize babies or disciples? I think it is clear it is disciples; which you have to be first made into before getting baptized.
  • Well lets get back to the scripture, verse 20 says I must “teach them to obey”.
  •  I found a nice illustration on Slideplayer.com
  • No, Jesus clearly says we need to teach them to obey.
  • So I think we are very familiar with being taugh at school.
  • Being taught to obey is a different kettle of fish.
  • It means like Jesus walked with His disciples, it is a hands on training or an apprenticeship.
  • It is like your kids growing up and you as a dad or mom teach them the ropes of life.
  • I taught my daugter the other day to fasten her shoes, by tying her shoelaces. 
  • Was she born making her shoelaces? It is a bit ridiculous thinking that way, but that is how we sometimes think we became a disciple.
  • So we need to teach the newly baptized disciple to obey everything.
  • That means we have to have a mentor in our lives every day to teach us the ropes.
  • Find out what it really means to be a disciple which appears about +- 270 times in the BIble!
  • The words baptism, baptisms, baptize, baptized, baptizest, baptizeth and baptizing appears altogether a 100 times in the Bible. Have you studied out all those verses?
  • Feel free to contact me on Whatsapp +27 79 481 8989 to discuss the topic further. 
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