The Baptist church was established in the Netherlands in 1609 by John Smyth. According to Baptist history, Roger Williams established the church in the U.S. in 1639 in Providence, Rhode Island.
One belief is that Jesus Christ is the son of God and was born to Mary who was a virgin. Jesus was without sin, but He died for others who sinned. Followers of the Baptist religion have to declare that they are sinners and that Jesus Christ is their Lord and Savior. They also declare that they believe that Jesus died for their sins. Once this declaration is made, followers are considered to be born again. The church believes that making this confession is necessary for followers to go to Heaven.
The need for a baptism is a common practice in the church. This ritual involves adults being fully immersed in water as part of joining a church. The practice does not apply to children because they are not old enough to understand the importance of the rite. Some churches sprinkle people with water rather than fully submerge them.
Members of the Baptist church are encouraged to read the Bible and get their own interpretation of the scriptures. They are expected to follow the instructions and commandments that they read in the Bible. A common belief for followers is in the Second Coming of Christ. According to this belief, Jesus will return to Earth. He will judge followers based on their actions and how well they obeyed the instructions in the Bible.
In church services, the Baptist Hymnal is used as part of the ceremony. It includes songs and hymns written by the church’s followers.
In 2002, it was reported that there were over 100 million followers in the world, with more than 33 million of those living in North America.