"May I Again Taste the Sweets of Social Religion": The Ecclesiological Devotion of William Carey
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William Carey has served as an example for over two hundred years of how to effectively fulfill the Great Commission. One of the primary sources of Carey’s success as a missionary was his devotion to the local church. Chapter 1 introduces the topic of Carey’s ecclesiology and its significance in his life and ministry. Chapter 2 considers Carey’s ecclesiological context by examining Particular Baptist ecclesial thought and its expression within the Northamptonshire Association in the late eighteenth century. Chapter 3 examines Carey’s ecclesiological formation and praxis at Moulton and Leicester, his two pastorates in England. Chapter 4 explores Carey’s ecclesiological commitment during his missionary service in India. Chapter 5 expounds on the way Carey’s devotion to the local church affected the overall success of his ministry. Finally, chapter 6 presents how Carey’s example can serve the church today as it seeks to continue the missionary task.