Ponds, lakes, oceans, pools: Baptism around the world

by Rachel Cohen, posted Monday, March 25, 2019 (29 days ago)

RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- A number of years ago, a man named Philip had an encounter with an official from Africa. After Philip shared the Gospel with him, the official believed in Christ and desired to be baptized. The two men came to the only body of water at their disposal -- presumably a stream or pond -- and the official was baptized in front of an audience of One.

In 21st-century America, baptisms often look quite different. Although the outward demonstration of faith is the same, many are immersed in a baptistery situated at the front of our church, maybe even in heated water.

But in many places around the world, people are baptized under the same circumstances as the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8 -- in whatever water is available and at times in front of only a handful of people. Some do so in relative secrecy to avoid persecution by governments or their community.

Though baptisms can vary, the same God is glorified by the visible reminder that someone has gone from death to life and now lives in a restored relationship with their Lord.

Here's a look at baptisms around the world in praise of God for His transformation of people's hearts and lives.

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Rachel Cohen is a content editor for imb.org who lives in South Asia with her husband and daughter.
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