Exploring the Theology of Selected Hymns: Towards an African Christian Theology of Mission

Isaac Boaheng

Issue: Vol.2  No.1 January 2021  Article 1 pp. 1-14
DOI :https://doi.org/10.38159/ejomur.2021211 |   Published online 13th January 2021.
© 2021 The Author(s). This is an open access article under the CCBY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).


This paper explores the theological message embedded in the hymns: “The incarnate God appeared” and “Come Holy Spirit, come now”. Theological findings from these hymns are used to formulate an African Christian theology of mission based on thematic areas such as the trinitarian dimension of mission, the centrality of the cross in mission, mission as the core mandate of the Church and mission as incarnational agapaō. By this, the paper makes the message of the selected hymns accessible to the global Christian community, promotes the development of hymnody in the African church and at the same time provides a paradigm for Christian mission in the 21st century African society. This is a literature research that uses data from books, theses, journal articles, among others. The findings indicate that hymns constitute a great tool for the missionary enterprise of the church, therefore Christian hymns should be developed and promoted. It is recommended that, for Christian mission in Africa to be meaningful and relevant to Africans, it must endeavor to address the existential issue in African societies.

Key Words: Africa, Hymns, Christology, Mission, Pneumatology, Theology

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Isaac Boaheng (Rev.) is an ordained minister of the Methodist Church Ghana serving the Nkwabeng Circuit of the Sunyani Diocese. Boaheng also serves as a Research Fellow at the Department of Biblical and Religious Studies, University of the Free State, South Africa.

Boaheng, Isaac. “Exploring the Theology of Selected Hymns: Towards an African Christian Theology of Mission.” E-Journal of Music Research 2, no.1 (2021): 1-14. https://doi.org/10.38159/ejomur.2021211

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