SBC Celebrates Baptism Sunday

Source: Baptist Press

On Sunday, April 24, Southern Baptists across the United States will celebrate Baptism Sunday.

“We come together as Southern Baptists to recognize Baptism Sunday to remind ourselves that the main reason for our partnership is the mission of seeing lost people saved,” said Johnny Hunt, senior vice president of evangelism and leadership at the North American Mission Board (NAMB).

“My heartbeat and passion these past few years at NAMB has been to equip and encourage churches to engage their communities with the gospel and invite people to give their lives to Christ.”

Leading up to Baptism Sunday, state conventions, such as the Florida Baptist Convention and the North Carolina Baptist Convention, have been encouraging congregations to participate to reach their communities. Popular hashtags have emerged including #FilltheTank and #BaptismSunday to talk about their Sunday plans.

On April 11, Abram Crozier, pastor of Trinity Southern Baptist Church in Falmouth, Kentucky shared, “We already have 3 baptisms scheduled for April 24th! We can’t wait to celebrate these professions of faith with churches all across Kentucky.”

Sam Johnson, pastor of Woodhaven Baptist Church in Ocean Spring, Mississippi said, “We are doing a drive-in movie night and showing the Passion. Pray that the lost are saved. We already have 3 lined up for the 24th.”

The North American Mission Board has been providing resources and congregational support. The goal of Baptism Sunday is to serve as a reminder to pastors to stay focused on evangelism, which is the first step of discipleship.

“Baptism Sunday is a fantastic idea that helps us all keep our focus on the mission of reaching people and making disciples for God’s glory,” said Ed Litton, pastor of Redemption Church in Saraland, Ala., and current president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

“Last year, when I had the privilege to speak on Baptism Sunday,” said Hunt, “I simply preached the gospel, called for repentance, faith in Christ and for immediate response to believers’ baptism. It was glorious what God did. I encourage pastors to trust Christ and see what He does.”

Source: Baptist Press