Arizona Southern Baptists Working Together
An Arizona pastor called me and asked a question: “What’s the 2021 goal for baptisms in the AZSBC?”
I brought his question to the Church Life Team, made up of pastors and ministry leaders like you. The baptism average between 2015-2019 was 2,594. The team established a vision for 3,000 baptisms, which is above the annual average and is a faithful, challenging goal at this time. The cumulative effect of all our churches working together will be a greater evangelistic thrust. What if all of our churches, regardless of their size, worked their respective fields of ministry, tilled the soil with prayer and faithful presence, and engaged in authentic conversations that plant gospel seeds over the course of a year?
The Math: Baptism goal (3,000) ÷ the total AZSBC members that attend worship weekly (40,000) = 8% (3,000 ÷ 40,000 = .08) Your church’s size multiplied by .08 equals your baptism target.
Some churches will do more and some may do less, yet together we will baptize 3,000 new believers through our mission network of churches for 2021. Join us this year to work together collectively to reach 3,000 new believers.
• The Holy Spirit inside the believer testifies about Jesus (John 15:26)
• 9 out of 10 people in Arizona are spiritually lost/spiritually dead without Jesus
• The Bible is clear that those who don’t know God or do not walk in obedience to the gospel of Jesus, “These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction from the Lord’s presence and from His glorious strength” 2 Thess. 1:9 (CSB)
• God has placed your church strategically in her community to make a Kingdom impact • Two Baptism Sundays for 2021 your church can lean into are:
• Arizona’s Baptism Sunday, May 23, 2021 (Pentecost Sunday is a great day to baptize)
• National Baptism Sunday, September 12, 2021 for our greater collective body in SBC life
So those who accepted his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand people were added to
them. Acts 2:41 (CSB)
Discipleship Evangelism Facilitator Arizona Southern Baptist Convention
Baptism: What is it?
• A step of obedience to the Lordship of Christ
• Talk to your pastor/youth leader to set up your baptism day
4 Therefore we were buried with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been united with him in the likeness of his death, we will certainly also be in the likeness of his resurrection. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be rendered powerless, so that we may no longer be enslaved to sin,
Romans 6:4-6 CSB [Christian Standard Bible]
THE MINISTER OF A CHURCH of a different denomination contacted the pastor of a large downtown Baptist church and made an unusual request. He had several folks who had recently joined his church who preferred to be baptized by immersion rather than sprinkling, the church's normal mode of baptism. The minister requested not only the use of their baptistry but that the Baptist pastor himself baptize those who came. This posed a dilemma-what if those being baptized weren't born again? Since it was the pastor's conviction that only Christians should be baptized, he realized he couldn't with good conscience cooperate with the plan, but he wished to handle his answer with tact so as not to offend the other minister. I understand that he wrote a letter, a masterpiece of grace, in which he included this humorous statement: ''We don't take in laundry, but we'll be happy to loan you our tub."
Accessed on-line at: https://www.family-times.net/illustration/Baptism/200270/ on February 15, 2021.
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