Southern Baptist History

The roots of the Southern Baptist denomination go back to the Reformation in England in the sixteenth century. Reformists of the time called for a return to the New Testament Christian example of purity. Likewise, they called for strict accountability in their covenant with God. One prominent reformer in the early seventeenth century, John Smyth, was a strong promoter of adult baptism. In 1609 he re-baptized himself and others. Smyth's reforms birthed the first English Baptist church. Smyth also held to the Armenian view that God's saving grace is for everyone and not just predestined individuals.

By 1644, due to the efforts of Thomas Helwys and John Smyth, 50 Baptist churches were already established in England. Like many others, Roger Williams came to America to escape religious persecution, and in 1638 he established the First Baptist Church in America in Providence, Rhode Island. Because of their radical ideas about adult baptism, even in the New Word they suffered religious persecution.

By the mid eighteenth century the number of Baptists increased greatly as a result of the Great Awakening pioneered by Jonathan Edwards. In 1755 Shubael Stearns began to spread his Baptist belief in North Carolina, leading to the establishment of 42 churches in the North Carolina area. He and his followers believed in emotional conversion, membership in a community, accountability and adult baptism by immersion. The North Carolina Baptists or Shubael followers were referred to as Separate Baptists. The Regular Baptists resided primarily in the north.

In the late 1700's and early 1800's as Baptists began to organize and expand, they formed missionary societies to spread the Christian lifestyle to others. These mission societies eventually led to other organizational structures that would define and make a denomination of Southern Baptists. Baptists in the south met in May of 1845 and organized the Southern Baptist Convention.

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Upcoming Events

1.31.2016

January 31 is our Faith in action Sunday. There will be a Soup Fundraiser lunch served immediately after the second service to help with Children's Camp. We will meet back at the church at 1:00pm and organize for the Faith in Action activities. Sunday evening service wil be a time of Testimony and Praise!

6.5.2016 - 6.10.16

Youth Camp at Jonathan Creek, Kentucky. A deposit of $75.00 is due by February 7th. For more information visit gocrossings.org or talk to Youth Pastor Dustin Cunningham

6.13.2016 - 6.17.2016

Vacation Bible School If you are interested in helping please sign up or contact Peggy Garon, VBS Director

Contact Information

25890 Hwy. 442, Independence, LA 70443
Phone: (225) 567-3331
Fax: (225) 567-3838
E-mail: ozh1@ozhbc.org