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  • 22 baptized, overflow room used as church adds campus

    by Sarah Davis/Arkansas Baptist News, posted Tuesday, August 21, 2018 (one month ago)

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    JONESBORO, Ark. (BP) -- Twenty-two people were baptized, and an overflow room was used during the launch service of a new campus of Central Baptist Church, Jonesboro, Ark., at Greene County Tech High School in Paragould.

    "This was our first Sunday. We were in an auditorium that seats 999 people, and we had 1,055 people there," said Breck Freeman, administrative pastor of Central Baptist Church and former associate missions team leader at the Arkansas Baptist State Convention. "We had an overflow room.... That was one of the most amazing things."

    "We had 15 people scheduled for baptism, but seven people who had already been saved came forward to be baptized," Freeman said of the Aug. 12 launch. Read More

  • 10,000 baptisms: Pastor sets milestone

    by Robin Cornetet/Kentucky Today , posted Tuesday, July 24, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (BP) -- Kentucky pastor Steve Ayers has reached a milestone that has Christians across the state taking notice: 10,000 baptisms since he arrived at Hillvue Heights Church.

    Since becoming pastor of the Bowling Green congregation in 1991, Ayers has seen the church grow from 30 people into a megachurch where 5,000 people regularly attend Sunday morning services.

    "The evangelistic success of Hillvue is nothing short of miraculous," Kentucky Baptist Convention Executive Director Paul Chitwood said. "We celebrate every soul saved and pray God gives a harvest of 10,000 more." Read More

  • In Miami, multiple cultures to gather as 'One Family'

    by Nicole Kalil, posted Friday, May 04, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    MIAMI (BP) -- The sandy beaches of Key Biscayne will serve as an inspiring picture of South Florida as people from multiple races, cultures, ethnicities and generations unite for a day of picnics and festivities at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park on Saturday, May 5.

    The groups are part of multicultural Florida Baptist churches in the area that are working to build bridges between the different ethnic communities in Miami and Dade County. Read More

  • 350-plus baptized in 'One GRAND Sunday' in Illinois

    by Illinois Baptist Staff, posted Thursday, April 19, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    STAUNTON, 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

    by Nate Adams, posted Wednesday, March 07, 2018 (7 months ago)

    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 focus

    by Robin Cornetet/Kentucky Today, posted Wednesday, October 11, 2017 (one year ago)

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    BOWLING 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 turnaround

    by Roger Alford/Kentucky Today, posted Tuesday, September 26, 2017 (one year ago)

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    HYDEN, 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 years

    by Grace Thornton/The Alabama Baptist, posted Tuesday, May 23, 2017 (one year ago)

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    GADSDEN, 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

  • FIRST-PERSON: When your grandchild gets baptized

    by Doug Munton, posted Monday, May 08, 2017 (one year ago)

    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