Ethan* is a new Jewish believer who comes from an Orthodox background. He is hesitant to tell his religious family about his faith in Jesus since he knows there will be problems and they may even excommunicate him. Being only 22 years old, this could have serious consequences for him. As Ryan, our staff member, and Ethan were reading the New Testament together they came across a passage about baptism. Ethan was curious and asked “If this is a Jewish thing from the Torah what does it mean to Christians?” It was a golden question, the perfect chance for Ryan to encourage Ethan’s step of faith in Jesus. Ryan described the significance of baptism in Judaism and in the New Testament and asked Ethan if he would like to be baptized.
The question hung in the air then Ethan responded matter-of-factly, “Yes, I would.” Knowing the weight of such an action in the eyes of Ethan’s Orthodox family, by his saying yes, it was apparent that Ethan truly is a disciple of Jesus and growing in maturity!