SUBJECT: CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS KNOWLEDGE
CLASS: JSS 2
TERM: 3rd TERM
TOPIC: THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH TODAY.
THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH MATT 28:19-20
The main mission of the Church is to spread the good news of salvation to all nations of the world. The early church started from Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the whole parts of the world. Jesus does not want any part of the world to be in ignorance of the salvation provided by God through Christ. The early church preached the gospel of Christ to the Jews and foreigners in the Roman Empire. Europeans who had received the gospel later took over as missionaries in propagating the gospel. By the help of the Holy Spirit, they were able to spread the gospel to many other continents like Africa, South and North America, Asia etc. The nineteenth and twentieth century respectively, witnessed its greatest expansion in all the continents of the world.
Who are missionaries?
THE COMING OF CHRISTIANITY TO NIGERIA
The first attempt to bring Christianity to Nigeria was made by European Catholic missionaries in the fifteenth century. They came in the company of some Europeans who were mainly traders. The missionaries visited so many places in Nigeria to preach the gospel but the people prefer to listen to the traders instead of the missionaries. Also, the climatic condition was not favourable to the missionaries. Likewise, there was language barrier. The traders were able to make transactions with the people because it was based on “barter”, that is exchange of goods. Therefore, the missionaries were unable to establish any church. They visited places like Warri, Benin, Port Harcourt and other towns near the sea, but there was no single convert.
After the abolition of the slave trade, the slaves were released to go home. Those taken from Nigeria came back home. It must be noted that Bishop Samuel AjayiCrowther, a former slave, translated the English Bible into Yoruba language. Most of them have become traders. They visited places like Lagos, Badagry and Abeokuta. Some of the foreign/orthodox churches that later settled in Nigeria are as follows:
Mention four of the orthodox churches.
CHURCHES IN NIGERIA
All churches in Nigeria belonged to European and American churches initially. However, some people started their own. They were called Indigenous or Independent African Churches. Some of those churches were The Church of the Lord, Aladura, Christ Apostolic Church (CAC), Celestial Church of Christ, Cherubim and Seraphim to mention just a few. They were able to convert so many people both in villages and towns, both the educated and the illiterates. They were also able to meet the needs of the people in terms of healing, deliverances and so on.
SOME REASONS FOR THE RISE OF THESE CHURCHES
Later, new churches emerge due to some factors. They were called Pentecostals. Their emphasis is based on the power of the Holy Spirit. Some of them are as follows:
GENERAL EVALUATION/ REVISION QUESTIONS
Christian Religious knowledge for JSS. BK 2,by T.N.O Quarcoopome eta’l.Page:107,111-112,119-129
Christian Religious knowledge for JSS. BK 1-3 by A.F Bello.Page:193,199.
Fundanmental of Christian Religious Knowledge for JSS. BK 2, by Adeyinka et al 24-25.
Ilesanmi Christian Religion Studies for JssBk 2 ByTundeErumol et al.
Revised Standard Version Bible (Compulsory)
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