Hundreds of new believers made public professions of their faith in Jesus this May 5th, Acts 2:41 Baptism weekend. From coast to coast, Florida Baptist Churches celebrated life transformation by baptizing new believers in beaches, lakes, ponds and even pools as a public testimony of new life in Jesus.
The baptism celebrations began on May 4that Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park with the One Family Beach Baptism event where 16 South Florida churches were represented, and 32 believers were baptized.
“I’m excited about all the new souls coming to Christ,” said pastor Charles Mitchell of True Vine Missionary Baptist Church. “The Kingdom is bigger than one church and this mass baptism event lets you see the bigger picture, here we have the ability to see people of different backgrounds in a different light; as people of God united in one purpose.”
Maidelin Gonzalez was one of the 32 baptized that Saturday along with her husband Juan Andres Paez. “We are new members at Iglesia Bautista Northside,” said Gonzalez. “I’m visiting from Cuba; my husband lives here for some months and we wanted to take this step together.”
Hopewell Baptist Church in Plant City baptized 10 with one making the spontaneous decision that very day. Pastor Justin Kirksey said in a Facebook post that it was an outstanding service. “God held the rain long enough for us to baptize the nine people we were expecting,” he wrote. “What was even more amazing was a young woman prayed to receive Christ while we were eating, and the rain slacked off so we could baptize her and make an even 10!”
The Bell Shoals Baptist Church Apollo Beach Campus saw 17 people go into the baptismal waters. Despite the rain, wind and thunderous lighting new believers ranging from 7 to 85 years old followed Jesus in baptism that day. “For those who were celebrating—and specially for those who were baptized—this will forever be an unforgettable day” posted the church on their Facebook page.
Tommy Green, executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention, preached a message from Acts 2:41 titled, “No Excuses”, and nine people, ranging from 14 to 80 years old, came forward to be baptized at First Baptist Church Middleburg. “[Dr. Green’s message] resounded with everyone in attendance” said Tim Martin, associate pastor. “People were crying, praying, worshipping and making decisions across our three services. It was evident the Holy Spirit was moving among our people.”
Green created this baptism emphasis two years go by challenging Florida Baptist churches to get out in a public place and baptize new believers. In its third year, Acts 2:41 Baptism Sunday has once again shined a light on the power of our Gospel testimony.
Reports are still coming in so stay tuned for more baptism testimonies here.