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‘Fill the Tank’ brings 1,600 baptisms in North Carolina

Elle Robinette wasn’t going to let being bound to a wheelchair prevent her from being baptized.

Son leads 85-year-old father to Christ through online Bible study

NASHVILLE (BP) – Barry Calhoun opened the Bible study book on his desk and thought about Jesus’ parable of a man who refused to stop knocking on his neighbor’s door for help. It reminded Calhoun to say one more time the prayer he had been bringing to God for almost 40 years: “Lord, please save my dad.”

Tanks filled, decisions celebrated on Baptism Sunday

NASHVILLE (BP) – For Michael Bowen, Baptism Sunday (Sept. 12) was about a celebration of those publicly proclaiming their faith in Christ. Personally, though, it was also the culmination of three years of dialogue and building relationships.

Baptism Sunday offers churches opportunity for reflection, rejoicing

NASHVILLE (BP) – While Baptism Sunday (Sept. 12) will mainly serve as a day for Southern Baptist churches to perform and celebrate baptisms, it can also serve as a day for pastors to continue teaching and discussing the critical ordinance.

Baptism Sunday requires volunteer training, preparation, pastor says

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) – As part of Baptism Sunday alongside other Southern Baptists, Mercy Church has several names slated of those to enter the baptistry Sept. 12. But it’s those unplanned baptisms, said Pastor Spence Shelton, that require an extra level of training for volunteers. 

Gen Z wants to spread Gospel by example and understand others, study says

CHICAGO (BP) – Gen Z Christians prefer to share their faith by example rather than exhortation, according to a new Barna Research study in conjunction with Alpha USA, an evangelism program popular among many churches including Southern Baptists.

‘Anti-Christian’ inmate finds faith in prison

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (BP) – When Ahmad Anderson, an inmate in the Jefferson City Correctional Center (JCCC), first enrolled in Hannibal-LaGrange University’s Freedom on the Inside program, he wanted nothing to do with Christianity.

Record high number of professions of faith recorded at Falls Creek

DAVIS, Okla. (BP) – “To Him be the glory forever” – part of the theme Scripture for summer youth weeks at Falls Creek Conference Center – could also be the response from camp leadership, who saw God move in a powerful way during the eight weeks of camp.

FIRST-PERSON: Embarrassment about being a Christian

ONTARIO, Calif. (BP) – Southern Baptist churches, based on our baptism reports, are less and less effective at sharing the Gospel in such a way people receive it and become Christians. The reasons for this vary from church to church, but there are some common problems which span geography, culture and ministry style. A very personal problem limiting evangelistic effectiveness is embarrassment about being a Christian.

Baptists in Eastern Kentucky see salvations through ‘LoveLoud’ service event

PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (BP) – The Pike Association of Southern Baptists in Eastern Kentucky, saw several professions of faith during “LoveLoud,” an annual initiative in which several of the association’s churches work together to complete projects around the community with a focus on servant evangelism.