Editorial Introduction: Baptists On Mission -- By: Steve W. Lemke
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Editorial Introduction: Baptists On Mission
The marching orders for missions and evangelism came not from a human organization, but from Jesus Christ Himself. Before His ascension into heaven, Jesus gave us the Great Commission: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:19-20a, HCSB). However, sometimes the church has neglected this charge. Once while teaching a New Testament survey course at a Baptist college, one of my students mistakenly labeled this passage of Scripture as “the Great Omission.” As I was moving to mark the answer as incorrect, it struck me that in fact the student’s response might unfortunately be correct far too often in the life of the church.
From its inception in
Being missional2 involves not only going “to the ends of the earth,” but also to our own equivalents of Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria for the early church (Acts 1:8, HCSB). An important part of the SBC’s focus on missions and evangelism has been giving careful attention to making the city of New Orleans an important locus for missions activity. At its first meeting in Augusta, Georgia in
This same passion for missions in New Orleans led to the creation of Baptist Bible Institute in
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editorial in the Mississippi Baptist Record, the paper’s editor P. I. Lipsey stated the need for a Southern Baptist seminary to be plant...
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