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Baptism Day


Today, water baptism is most readily identified with Christianity, where it symbolizes the cleansing (remission) of sins, and the union of the believer with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection so that he becomes one of Christ's Faithful. Most Christian groups practice some form of literal water-based baptism and agree that it is important, yet strongly disagree with other groups regarding any or all of several aspects of baptism, such as:

* form of the baptism
* recipients of baptism
* meaning/effects of the act of baptism

However, a few Christian groups assert that water-based baptism has been supplanted by the promised baptism of the Holy Spirit, and water baptism was unnecessarily carried over from the early Jewish Christian practice.

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2006 Baptism


Having Your Baptism at Disney World?

From "Disney allows baptism at Orlando property" By Carolyn Nichols, Florida Baptist Witness Writer
8 June 2006

ORLANDO (FBW) — As Southern Baptist churches place renewed emphasis on baptism they are re-discovering the practice of public baptism in local lakes. First Baptist Church in Orlando and Lake Talquin Baptist Church in Tallahassee are among those who recently took the ordinance out of its usual stained-glass surroundings to public arenas.

More than 500 attended First Baptist, Orlando’s outdoor service at the Disney Contemporary Resort north beach May 21.

The man-made lake, just adjacent to Disney’s Magic Kingdom, was the site of 95 baptisms of believers ranging in age from seven to 88. Some couples and families were immersed together, including the Scalzo Family of five. The 95 baptisms were a record number for the church in one service, which lasted almost an hour, and included congregational singing to guitar accompaniment.

According to an article in the Orlando Sentinel, the baptism service at Disney World was “the latest act of reconciliation between the entertainment giant and evangelical Christians.”

The Southern Baptist Convention voted in 2005 to end a 10-year boycott of Disney that was initiated after Convention leaders considered the company to have abandoned its family-friendly values.

For the baptism service, Disney’s Contemporary Resort’s Convention Services provided restroom facilities, water, a sound system and chairs on the beach for the First Baptist Church service.

First Baptist media/communication pastor, Steve Smit,h said some who were baptized had been attending the church a long time, but had never been baptized.

“This unique opportunity prompted them to follow through in their obedience,” Smith told Florida Baptist Witness.

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