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Believers Identify with Christ in Large Public Baptism

By September 19, 2015No Comments

RockfordMI_inlineROCKFORD, Mich.—Blythefield Hills Baptist Church baptized 90 people from all walks of life on the shore of Lake Michigan. Ten members of the pastoral staff participated in the baptisms Aug. 31, which took place at Maranatha Bible and Missionary Conference retreat center in Muskegon. This is the second time the church has used this location, because it has the facilities the church needs and is near the shore.

Dinner was served at 4:30 p.m. followed by moving testimonies from some of those being baptized (to the relief of many of those being baptized, the church doesn’t require everyone to share their testimonies publicly) and the baptisms at 5:30.

For a believer not to be baptized is akin to getting married and not telling anyone about it, Pastor Louie Konopka said during the worship service that morning. Baptism is a symbol that tells others we are in God’s family, he said. “We often put [baptism] off and don’t think about it and wonder why we have to do it. But when we understand the power of symbols, we begin to feel this ache and this longing to use this gift to go public about Who’s family we’re in.”

  • View a brief video of the baptism service.