A presentation by Dr. Curtis Freeman of the Baptist House of Studies of the Duke University Divinity School. Presented at the seminar, “Joining God in the World: A Fresh Look at Missions and Evangelism”, helped at First Baptist Church of Graham, NC on 2/11/11.
Three Paradigm Shifts in Baptist Theology
Shift 1: Proclaiming the Evangelical Message: Go Ye Therefore
Shift 2: Utilizing Means to Advance World Evangelization: Make Disciples of All Nations
Shift 3: Participating in the Mission of God: In the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
Living Missionally After Christendom
1. Practice the Faith: As You Go … Make Disciples
2. Follow the Plan: Baptize and Teach
3. Go with God: I Am With You.
“I ask you to consider what it might take to compel fellowship Baptists to commit ourselves to participate extravagantly in the mission of God that is going on in our state and in our world. Here is my missionary query for the new millennium: Are not Fellowship Baptists of North Carolina, with all our many friends and partners, called on in Providence, to step forward and participate in the mission of God, wherever and with whomever, whenever we see God at work in our world? Jesus is calling his church today to join him on mission. We do not have to have it all figured out. We just have to practice the faith, follow the plan, and go with God, because we can rest assured that if you go, God will be with us every step of the way.”
Document: Evangelism Baptist Faith and Practice