Fla. Baptists celebrate 1,100 baptisms
Becky Quinlan, along with husband Scott and children Emma, Anna and Brady, joined nearly 1,100 others who were baptized at beaches, lakes, springs and even fountains in a celebration of life transformation that echoed from coast to coast all around the state.
Tommy Green, executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention, launched this baptism emphasis last year by challenging Florida Baptist churches to get outside and baptize new believers in public places, highlighting the power of the Gospel testimony.
Cornerstone Baptist Church in Inverness had a record number of baptisms at a lake this year. Thirty-one people were baptized, up from the 19 that were baptized last year. Pastor Greg Kell said having a baptism service at the lake creates a special moment for people and keeps the conversation about the Gospel going for weeks afterward. A father and his three children chose to visit Cornerstone on Acts 2:41 Sunday, and they all made professions of faith in Jesus and were baptized that day.
In the 24 hours following the baptism at the lake, Kell noted, the church had three people confirmed for baptism on May 13. And baptisms are now scheduled for three of the next four Sundays.
"Events like this are a catalyst for us," Kell said, speaking of the Acts 2:41 Beach Baptism day. Kell said his church enjoys knowing that they are joining with congregations all over the state impacting people outside of the four walls of the church.
Green noted, "What a powerful testimony of salvation and baptism through the Acts 2:41 emphasis. We rejoice in lives that are eternally changed through Jesus Christ. Let's keep pressing on with the Gospel of Jesus Christ!"
Go to http://flbaptist.org/acts-241-beach-baptism-heres-whats-happening/ for pictures from churches around the state celebrating baptism on Acts 2:41 Beach Baptism Sunday.