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WHAT IS A BAPTIST?

Baptists grew out of the religious ferment of the Reformation which swept across Europe at the end of the Middle Ages. Many variations in thought and practice existed among the early Baptists, but all shared a common rejection of any authority on matters of faith and conduct apart from the Holy Scriptures. Their desire to be faithful to the literal teachings of the Word of God led them, among other things, to reject the traditional practice of infant baptism and any form of church hierarchy above that of the local congregation. Baptists have historically been known for their evangelistic zeal and their emphasis on religious liberty and toleration.
The first Baptist congregations were formed in the Netherlands during the latter part of the 16th century chiefly among English Nonconformists who fled there from religious persecution. The first known Baptist churches were established in England in 1612 and in North America by 1638. Baptists experienced significant growth in numbers resulting from the religious awakenings of the mid-18th and 19th centuries.  Their missionary fervour has resulted in the establishment of Baptist congregations in almost every country in the world.
John Bunyanportrait of John Bunyan (1628-1688)
John Bunyan, author of Pilgrim's Progress, was a well-known early Baptist minister as was the famous English missionary William Carey, often called 'the father of modern missions'.

Today Baptists number well over 100 million adherents worldwide making them the largest Protestant denomination in the world.
William Carey
portrait of William Carey(1761-1834)
Eyemouth Baptist Church is a registered Scottish Charity. Scottish Charity No SC007404