The Baptism denomination was a rather diverse one in terms of practice and belief. This collection of Baptist hymns are constituted of those composed and sung by African Americans. Black slaves related to the Baptist denomination because of its expressive and individualistic character.
As expected with hymns, “God,” “Jesus,” “Christ,” and “lord” are among the most commonly used words throughout these hymns. However, if those words are overlooked, other topics not necessarily related to God become more apparent.
We see “home” and “Africa” as top results for common words. However, given some context, these occurences are not in reference to African Americans wishing to return to Africa.
Instead, they are referring to Africa as their homeland, upon which they wish to bring “God’s love”. This shows the missionary aspect of the Baptists.