Baptism…Baptist. It’s in our name. It’s what we’re known for, right? It’s something we should be talking about and doing. Here’s what Annaias said to Saul in Acts 22:16 – “What are you waiting for? Get up and be baptized. Have your sins washed away by calling on the name of the Lord.”
We’ve been hearing from churches where baptism are happening. It’s very exciting!
Our #3K43K campaign is taking off. This God-dream of seeing 3000 people baptized in one year is gaining traction. But we know it won’t happen by our own power but only by God’s spirit moving through Atlantic Canada. We need you to pray for this – sign up here: http://baptist-atlantic.ca/3k43k.
Here are a few of the churches we’ve heard from:
Timberlea Baptist Church (Rev. Louise Knowles): Baptized = 6. April 1, 2018 (Easter Sunday).
East Preston United Baptist Church (Rev. LeQuita Porter): Baptized = 3. June 10, 2018.
Perth-Andover Baptist Church (Rev. Mike Fredericks): Baptized = 5. “We have a Father’s Day tradition of baptisms during our church picnic on the beautiful Tobique River in Northwestern NB. This year was no different, with 5 braving the chilly waters to publicly declare their love for Christ. It was a special one for me as a pastor, because I had the privilege of baptizing my daughter – the best Father’s Day present yet!” June 17, 2018.
Midland Baptist Church (Pastor Sarah Garnett): Baptized = 1. June 17, 2018.
Digby Neck Baptist Church (Rev. Linda Demone): Baptized = 2. June 24, 2018.
First Baptist Church Dartmouth (Rev. Martin Zwicker): Baptized = 4. “On June 24, Believer’s Baptism was held at FBC Dartmouth with four candidates publicly declaring their faith and desire to follow Jesus!” June 24, 2018.
Atlantic Community Church (Rev. Brandon Thompson): Baptized = 2. “Over the Canada Day weekend Atlantic Community Church hosted a family camp at Camp Tulakadik outside of Saint John. We capped off a great worship service on Sunday afternoon by baptizing two people from our church. It was a great time to celebrate together as a church family.” July 1, 2018.
The Point Church: Bathurst Campus (Rev. Kurt Parks, Campus Pastor): Baptized = 7. “Thanks to everyone who came out to support our seven baptism candidates in Bathurst! What a great day celebrating this important decision to not only follow Christ, but to make a public declaration!” July 8, 2018.
Bear River East Baptist Church (Rev. Fred Bigelow): Baptized = 8, June 24, 2018.
Bedford Baptist Church (Rev. Heather Mitton): Baptized = 7, April 1, 2018.
Hillsborough Baptist Church (Rev. Geoff deJong): Baptized = 3, April 1, 2018.
New Horizons Baptist Church (Rev. Dr. Rhonda Britton): Baptized = 3, April 1, 2018; Baptized = 3, June 17, 2018; Baptized = 1, June 10, 2018 – “Sis. Carolyn Ann Sampson was ill and could not attend the baptism service on Father’s Day (June 17). With her delicate immune system, she could not be immersed in the pool. So with family and friends gathered, we baptized her in the hospital. She was so overjoyed, she wept.”
If you do the math, between 12 churches there were 55 baptisms!
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