A Baptist Being a Baptist 

More than Boating and Fishing

Believe it or not, there are more things one can do at a lake than fish, go boating, or camp. Personally, I believe what I got to do today was more fun and more worthwhile than catching the biggest fish.

Jesus said if we would follow him He would make us “fishers of men.” So, instead of going to the lake to get fish, I got to go to the lake to put “fish” in it!

Here are some photos of the baptism we had at the lake next to our church in Soddy Daisy, TN. Since the little old church doesn’t have a baptistery of its own (why I don’t know), the big one out by the pier and boat ramp had to do 😉

May I just add one thing? The water was absolutely cold! So, those of you with the nice, heated, indoor baptisteries, not to mention those nice rubber suits you guys get to wear to avoid getting wet – THIS WAS WAY MORE EXHILARATING!

Then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” – Mark 1:17 NKJV

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: – Matthew 28:19

But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. – Acts 8:12

But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. … And as they went on [their] way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, [here is] water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. – Acts 8:12, 36-38

Just doing what Baptists do 🙂


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12 responses to “A Baptist Being a Baptist 

  1. How awesome. I love it. Amen.

    I also thought, ah ha! Now we have clear photos of him trying to drown people in a freezing lake….. 🙂

  2. Good job bro. I looked to make sure you had total immersion lol

    • Believe me, it actually crossed my mind! Oh, and it was so cold that I couldn’t remember the classic way to say all the words like, “I now baptize thee my brother, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Buried with Christ, raised to walk in newness of life.” It basically went like this: “You saved? In the name of God, the Father, Jesus, the Holy Ghost… don’t pull me in, too!”

  3. What a way to be baptized though! Nothing like the cold water to put the life of God into someone!! To all that are now part of a new life welcome home!!! Great job pastor!!

  4. Nick has baptised people in the North Sea in Scarborough. Also cold! Cold enough for wetsuits as I recall.

  5. Seth Thomas

    Praise God! I don’t know how many were baptized in total but I do know that the whole of heaven rejoices when one returns to the fold! May God bless and continue to bless your ministry!

  6. Anthony, up here in the Pacific NW our rivers and streams are glacier and snow pack melt. We baptized in those icy waters. Man it was cold and we were baptizing about 100 or more at each annual picnic, so it took awhile. I just about lost the use of my legs by the time were done. I feel your pain.

  7. My dad was baptized in the river also. It was a great blessing to be there. A memory which is priceless!

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