In 1792 a group of nonconformist Particular Baptists were praying together about what could be done for missions. Many Particular (Calvinistic) Baptists did not believe anything could be done by human means to reach people in foreign lands. In May of that year William Carey expressed his own heart in the above titled booklet which was first printed and distributed in the town where he pastored, Leicester, England. Later that summer the association met in Northampton where Carey urged his fellow ministers that they must “expect great things from God and attempt great things for God.” By November of that year the booklet had such an effect on the churches of the association that the Baptist Missionary Society was formed and Carey was the first missionary. As to the question of whether the Great Commission was given just to the Apostles or to all Christians, Carey answered by asking whether the command to baptize was just for the Apostles also, and whether Christ’s promise of His presence was just for the Apostles. Carey’s simple but profound Biblical logic won the day. The “means” to be used was faith missions; independent missionaries supported by individual churches. Andrew Fuller was the life-long secretary of the Mission and Carey lived all his life and was buried in India. Carey said to Fuller, “I go to India to mine for souls, you hold the rope!” And modern missions was born!
When God Closes the DoorFebruary 1, 2017
The foremost belief of a sinner who refuses God’s grace is that the consequences of that refusal will never come. Surely anyone who truly understood and believed in what the Bible teaches about heaven and hell would not take such a chance as this. But, of course, the fact is that such a person does […]
Local Churches and Their PastorsOctober 29, 2016
The month of October afforded me a number of opportunities to fellowship with local church pastors from various states and even countries. Though I have written on the local church a lot this year, I want to relate the blessing that I received from my fellowship with these men and also to enhance our appreciation […]
Borders, Language, and CultureAugust 1, 2016
41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 42And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done […]