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350-plus baptized in 'One GRAND Sunday' in IllinoisSTAUNTON, Ill. (BP) -- Volunteers carried a livestock feeding trough April 8 into the high school gymnasium where NET Community Church meets each Sunday.
The trough had a lofty purpose as 11 people were baptized during morning worship, each wearing T-shirts with the words "going public."
"Their life stories were all very different, but their life conversion was the same," said Derrick Taylor, pastor of NET Community. "It was so exciting to witness each one 'going public' with their new lives in Christ, thus declaring 'I'm not ashamed of the Lord Jesus Christ!'" Read More
FIRST-PERSON: The Lord's Supper & our baptisms
Nate Adams suggests that the Lord's Supper -- optimally encompassing intimate fellowship and worship, confession of sin, gratitude for Christ's sacrifice and motivation to live for Him -- could kindle "a dramatic effect" on baptisms. Read More
Pastor's near-death experience intensifies Gospel focusBOWLING GREEN, Ky. (BP) -- After surviving a fiery explosion that nearly killed him, Kentucky megachurch pastor Steve Ayers said he's a changed man, having come out of the ordeal laser-focused on Jesus and telling others about the Gospel before it's too late.
"I was committed to evangelism before the accident," said Ayers, senior pastor of the 16,000-member Hillvue Heights Church in Bowling Green, which routinely baptizes more than 500 new believers a year. "I'm completely committed to evangelism now because truly, at your last breath, nothing else matters." Read More
Mass baptism displays rural church's turnaroundHYDEN, Ky. (BP) -- Not so long ago, Rockhouse Baptist Church was floundering.
The congregation in Hyden, Ky., had dwindled to about 25 people. Some wondered how much longer they could keep the doors open.
Then pastor Tyler Shields moved into town, bringing with him a passion for introducing others to Christ. And Rockhouse experienced a dramatic turnaround. Read More
Rural Bapt. church sees 900 baptisms in 6 yearsGADSDEN, Ala. (BP) -- In 1995, Joey Hanner was a trucker who was about to give up on his marriage -- and he was one Sunday service away from giving up on church too.
"We were going to give church one more try and then we were going to end our marriage," he said.
They were so mad at each other they hadn't even realized that day was their 12th wedding anniversary, Hanner said. Read More
Flood-damaged church's baptisms reflect renewal
Baptisms give encouragement to flood-damaged church of its renewal in reaching its community. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: When your grandchild gets baptized
Doug Munton recounts the "incredibly personal and special moment" of baptizing his grandson. Even so, he notes, "The rejoicing in heaven over one who repents is deeper than any grandparent is capable of in this world." Read More
Pastor's call to baptism fans 'sparks of revival'
Pastor Alan Floyd's call to baptism hits home for a realtor, a mother of two teen daughters and 38 others at Cottage Hill Baptist Church in Mobile, Ala. Read More
'Dunk 'n Dine' offers unique baptism celebrationTUCSON, Ariz. (BP) -- An Arizona church has created a memorable and successful way to mark the spiritual occasion of baptism that includes an opportunity for the church family to serve their community at the same time.
Members of S.O.B.E.R. Project church in Tucson trim the 15-foot hedges around a residential pool property twice a year in exchange for free use of the pool and the surrounding lawn, volleyball courts and barbeque grills when they host special baptism events. Read More
Post-flood ministry yields church's wave of baptismsWELSH, La. (BP) -- The waters may have receded several months ago but the excitement at First Baptist Church hasn't subsided.
First came the rain to Welsh, La. -- nearly 24 inches in a 24-hour period during widespread flooding in the southern part of the state.
Soon after, the congregation began ministering to those hurting in its own area, paving the way for a spiritual harvest. Not only have they seen 13 baptisms since the flood of August 2016 but attendance has not waned, reaching 100 on an average Sunday morning for worship. Read More