Editorial -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Journal for Baptist Theology & Ministry
Volume: JBTM 01:2 (Fall 2003)
Article: Editorial
Author: Anonymous


Editorial

Baptists are a passionate people. One area in which our passion is clearly evident is in our view of the Bible. As Southern Baptists, we fervently believe that the Bible is the written revelation of the Living God. We are “a people of the book” and strive to study and obey the Scriptures to the best of our abilities and the empowerment of the Spirit. For Baptists, the quintessential expression of our conviction about the Bible is found in our churches. That is, a Baptist church should be the most visible expression of our belief in biblical authority. Our passion about the Bible thus translates into our passion for the church.

We are “a people of the church” and attempt to “do church” in submission to the written revelation of God and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. We as Baptists have historically built and practiced local church ministry in accordance to what we believe the Bible teaches. Baptist churches today must continue to follow faithfully the precedent established by the New Testament and our Baptist forebears in their mission. This edition of the Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry is devoted to this topic.

The theme for this edition of the JBTM is “The Mission of Today’s Church.” The articles contained in this volume discuss what we as Baptists believe about the mission of the church and how that mission is contextualized in our contemporary world. A common thread woven throughout all the articles is a concern for the Great Commission and its implications for ministry. All decisions, efforts, and ministry that occur in a local Baptist church should in some form or another be connected to the task of making disciples “of all the nations.” The Baptist passion for the Great Commission is shared and revealed by all the contributors to this volume.

Several articles within this issue examine the issue of evangelism as it impacts the mission of today’s church. Dr. Alan Streett argues that modern evangelistic programs and practices have lost a crucial component essential for biblical evangelism. He contends that today’s church must recover and include the theological concept of the kingdom of God in all evangelistic endeavors. Only through a renewed emphasis upon the kingdom of God will the evangelistic mission of today’s church faithfully embody biblical ideals. Two articles are companion pieces that investigate evangelism from the perspective of the Sunday School within Southern Baptist churches. Dr. Bill Day provides a critical and insightful statistical investigation of the status of Sunday School and church membership growth. Dr. Day provides an analytical update on growth and evangelistic trends in our churches. In light of these findings, Dr. Ma...

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