Trinity Baptist Church planned to baptize 24 people one Sunday, as a special celebration of how God has blessed the congregation’s evangelism efforts this year.
But by the time the last person came out of the baptismal waters, 46 had been baptized. They join 108 others who have been baptized this year at the church in Lake Charles, La.
“When people started responding to that call to come, everyone stood up cheering and clapping,” said Greg Bath, Trinity’s minister of evangelism. “It was unbelievable. During our second service of the day, we were here way past 12 p.m. (when the service was scheduled to end) and no one had left.
“No one wanted to leave,” he noted. “They wanted to see God moving.”
The special emphasis, designated as Declaration Celebration, was promoted by the staff for several months.
Nine new believers were scheduled for baptism during the first worship service on June 28, with 15 slated in the second. But time also was reserved for additional baptisms, and, just in case, Trinity Baptist pastor Steve James brought a bag with T-shirts, shorts and towels to accommodate those who made decisions that day.
The newly baptized members represented a broad range of ages and other demographics, including four married couples and a grandfather and his grandson.
Among those baptized were Josh and Sarabeth Price who felt led to take that step together as husband and wife.
“I told Josh that this was something we needed to do together as a family,” she said. “This is something that if we have children we will be able to share with them,and that’s exciting. This was so special because it’s a milestone for us.”
Josh Price said that day was one he will never forget.
“It was an experience we will treasure,” he said. “When we heard about this day happening, we signed up because we felt it was a way to declare our faith in Christ. If it’s something that glorifies God, do it.”
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SOURCE: Baptist Press
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