How William Carey influences the Baptist
Two centuries after the founding of the Baptist Missionary Society and William Carey’s mission to India, the Christian world stands again at a critical juncture in the fulfillment of the Great Commission. Despite the great work of William Carey, there are still many people have never heard the gospel and know about the grace from Jesus Christ. William Carey received a heart of mission and he knew that Christian missions was rooted in the gracious, eternal purpose of the Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, to call unto Himself a redeemed people out of the fallen race of lost humankind.
Carey himself, aided by his learned Indian pundits, is credited with the fantastic achievement of having translated the entire Bible into Bengali, Oriya, Marathi, Hindi, Assamese, and Sanskrit; and parts of it into twenty-nine other languages.
Many Scholars since Carey’s time have produced more accurate, more graceful translations of the Bible into the languages of Asia, but the Serampore missionaries provided the foundation on which those later translations could be built.
It is this breadth of vision of making God’s Word available to all mankind in its own tongue that is Carey’s chief glory. That a man of such limited education and from such humble origins could imagine and put into operation with so few helpers and undertaking of such magnitude is surely earns him right to be described as a great man.1
Throughout his mission life, Carey focused on communal living, training of indigenous ministers and financially self-sustain. These three principles form the basic of the modern day missions for Baptist.
1 Ibid., 156-157