A mass baptism service is one of the greatest forms of celebration in the church. Every year, our church celebrates “I Am Not Ashamed” Sunday, and on that day, after several weeks of preparation (this is not an easy-believism, wet-everybody-you-can kind of church), we baptize people who’ve come to faith and are ready to follow in immersion. Why do we do this en masse?
1. It’s biblical. From the very beginning, baptisms of large numbers of people were commonplace. “So then, those who received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about 3000 souls.” Acts 2:41
2. It’s powerful. The very symbolism embodied in a baptism presents the death, burial and resurrection of Christ – and the believer identifying with Him. When I baptize 100 people, I preach the Gospel 100 times. That’s 100 stories, 100 lives, 100 families touched in some way – and many, many people celebrating their obedience. It’s not unusual for a good number who simply attend the service to come under conviction and make a spiritual decision.