Teach Them to Observe all that I Have Commanded You: Great Commission or Omission?

Francisca Wavinya Ngala, Rosemary Wahu Mbogo

Abstract

Members of any congregation professing Christianity are a flock that needs to be looked after as commissioned by God. Faith in Christ often brings them together to strengthen one another by listening to the word of God and receiving God’s blessings through the minister/pastor/priest among others. These servants, therefore, have the obligation to mould and form a spirituality of their congregations as they patiently wait for the second coming of Jesus Christ by teaching them. Therefore, this paper endeavoured to interrogate the Christian curriculum of selected churches with respect to spiritual formation among the faithful. The descriptive survey design was used for the study. Systematic random sampling was used to select 945 participants. Questionnaires were consequently distributed to the 945 members. Overall, 538 questionnaires were returned and analyzed to provide useful information. The Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) was used to analyze the data and t-tests performed. The study findings revealed that the servants of God use Christian education as an approach towards the great commission of God in enhancing spiritual formation on the faithful. The findings suggest that the servants are working towards strengthening spirituality and hence Christianity of the faithful in their churches. Despite the omission of the great commission over a long time, churches are now embracing curriculum tailored to addressing specific objectives geared to enhancing Christianity and strengthening faith among the faithful.

Keywords

Discipleship, Spiritual formation, Commission, Omission, Education and Christianity

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