The University of Louisiana at Lafayette baseball team has high hopes for the upcoming season, but three players recently celebrated other victories when they were baptized at The Bayou Church in Lafayette.
Surrounded by 50 teammates and athletic department staff, Andrew Herrmann, Carson Flono and Riley Marcotte were baptized by Matt Deggs, UL head baseball coach.
The three were among 10 new believers baptized during the service, and there have been 73 baptisms since January.
“There are wins and there are losses,” Deggs said moments before the baptisms, “and then there is victory. Victory in Jesus Christ. It is for freedom that Christ set you free.”
Replacing ‘broken soundtracks’
The players made decisions to follow through with baptism after hearing Deggs share the gospel in August during a team meeting, and again at Bayou Church with their teammates. In that service, pastor Sean Walker shared a message about how to replace “broken soundtracks” with God’s truth through a relationship with Christ.
“Talking with the coach this week, this is what I learned,” Walker said. “He’s not a baseball coach first. He’s a baseball coach second. First, he is a developer of men.”
Deggs knows firsthand about freedom in Christ.
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EDITOR’S NOTE — This story was written by Brian Blackwell and originally published by Baptist Message.