The Local Church and the Great Commission: A Biblical Perspective on the Practice of Evangelism and Missions among Churches of the Nigerian Baptist Convention
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This study examines certain passages of the Bible for better understanding of the Bible in the light of God's mission for his church. The understanding provides insights to instruct missional practice today, particularly among the Nigerian Baptists. Chapter 1 deals with introductory matters, including the statement of the problem, the relevance of the study, and the researcher's personal interest in the study. Chapter 2 provides a brief historical background of Nigeria as a country. This information gives the reader some understanding regarding the influence the Christian missions has had over the people of Nigeria. It also sheds light on the possible implications for the contemporary Christian missions in Nigeria. Chapter 3 explores the historical background of the missionary endeavors of the Southern Baptist Convention in Nigeria. Similarly, some major developments that led to the formation of the Nigerian Baptist convention are explored. Chapter 4 examines the Bible and analyses some relevant passages to the study. This biblical examination helps to provide insights on the mission of God and the mandate of the Great Commission. Chapter 5 builds on chapter 4 by analyzing the various components of the Christian church. The components analyzed included the nature and mission of the church; the missionary responsibility and the message of the church to the world. Chapter 6 presents the data gathered from the field research. The data is used to observe, analyze, and evaluate the missional understanding and practice of the Nigerian Baptists. A personal reflection of the researcher as well as his recommendations is also included. Chapter 7 summarizes the findings of the previous chapters. It also points out the areas that need correction and emphasizes the need to implement the recommendations.