Friday, August 25, 2006

Friday (night) is for photos, August 25, 2006

Cape Coral is located on the southwest coast of Florida at the mouth of the Caloosahatchee. This evening, on a beach at the river I baptized two men in a very public service. Here is a silhouette photo of that event, taken by my daughter, Rebecca, right after the baptism. A forboding storm threatened this evening, but the Lord held it off long enough for both brothers to profess their faith publicly through believers' baptism. We sang, read Scripture, prayed and I preached a brief message from the surf to those from Grace plus some curious onlookers. Some of our folks also took the opportunity to engage folks in conversations about the Gospel. It was an encouraging evening.

11 comments:

Aaron L. Turner said...

Praise the Lord! He is still saviing people! I love public baptisms like that, what a testimony!

scripturesearcher said...

I desire to AMEN what Aaron Turner has written.

Some of my most meaningful immersion memories have been those in oceans, lakes, rivers and ponds.

GUNNY said...

Neato.

The lease space where our church plant is meeting does not have baptismal capabilities. We've been wondering where to handle up.

This might be too far of a commute, but I'm thinking we could find some outdoor water in Dallas, though this current drought makes that all the more challenging.

Brian Hamrick said...

Praise God.

Tom, what do you do for alligator control? Or is that a part of the testimony of faith for a Florida river baptism? :^)

You know I need to learn these things.

Jeffro said...

Hmmmm....that's interesting. The president of a Calvinist ministry conducted a public baptism. I wonder what the SBC will think...

Just, 999,998 to go....

Tom said...

Brian:

We consider the presence of alligators a helpful part of the new convert's gaining assurance. It also helps weed out the false professors. :-)

We must get together when you get settled in your new charge. Hopefully, Ernesto will not be your forerunner.

Brian Hamrick said...

Tom,

Looks like they just shifted the Projected Path out of the Gulf and East over Florida.

FBC got hit hard from Wilma, and just recently recovered.

Definitely looking forward to meeting with you.

Jonathan Moorhead said...

That's awesome. That is the way baptism should be done!

art rogers said...

Cool pic and public baptism.

As for the sermon from the surf, I hear getting in a small boat and pushing out a little from the shore helps. Then again, your crowd might not have been as big as the one spoken to by the other guy who tried it.

Maybe by the time God calls them to International Missions, the IMB will have straightened out their stuff and I can help them go with my tithe. ;)

Elias said...

Semper Fi Gunny! When were you in?

Eric M Schumacher said...

Great pic. We're going to be doing an outdoor baptism real soon (if it doesn't get to chilly in Iowa).

Glad to see such a great testimony to God's grace, especially after the unfortunate quotes in the Christianity Today article.