Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,
The Baptist church is currently the fifth largest church in the world with over 40 million members in nearly every country in the world. 1 in 6 people in america are Baptist, with are over 75 Baptist associations, conferences, conventions, fellowships, groups, and unions each built upon the foundational tenet that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior and the ultimate authority for Christians is the divinely inspired word of God, the Holy Bible. The Baptist church has its roots in the Puritan separatist movement of the early 17th century that also gave birth to such groups as the Presbyterians, Congregationalists, and Quakers. One defining principle of Baptists is their belief in full immersion baptism, where a believer plunges his entire body in water, symbolizing the resurrection to life anew in Christ. Christian Local strives to provide an up-to-date, inclusive, and comprehensive directory of all Baptist organizations, including subdivisions, affiliations, conferences, fellowships, and churches.