5 Marks of Mission Bible Study

The Five Marks of Mission of the Anglican Communion
(As found on The Episcopal Church’s website: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/five-marks-mission )

The Mission of the Church is the Mission of Christ

-To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
-To teach, baptize, and nurture new believers
-To respond to human need by loving service
-To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind, and to pursue peace and reconciliation
-To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth

Description
A brief overview of the Five Marks of Mission Bible Study for the bulletin, e-news letter, Christian Ed Bulletin Board, monthly parish newsletter, etc:

Things in the church are changing; things in our parishes are changing. As Christians, we are convinced that guidance for our times will come from a renewed examination of our biblical texts, an examination set deeply within our own contexts. This 5-week bible study looks at 5 texts from the Gospels, searching them for their call to us in our own contexts. Each week, we consider one of the Marks of Mission alongside a gospel passage, and ask ourselves how we are called to live out those marks in our communities and in our world. This study will help parish community consider their gifts and vocation in God’s mission.

This is not a lecture series, by any means, and we will be doing far more than learning about the chosen texts; we will be learning about ourselves, and about what God is calling our community to do, so every participant has something to contribute, and is important to the process. At the same time,as in most bible studies, the leader helps keep the boundaries and organizes times and materials.

Lesson Plans (click on the bold “week” header to be linked to each weeks lesson plan!)

The 5 weeks will be laid out with a focus on a different mark of mission each week. The following could be used as the short description of the Mark of Mission, theme, and gospel lesson of the week for you bulletin and e-news letter to keep the community up to date and informed on what is going on.

Week 1
To Proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
Theme: To discover the breadth and beauty of the meaning of proclamation of the good news in our current context.
Scripture: Luke 10:1–12

Week 2
To Teach, Baptize, and Nurture New Believers
Theme: To explore the connection between Jesus’ teaching and his person, and to consider our role in the church’s mission to disciple new believers.
Scripture: Matthew 5:1–12

Week 3
To Respond to Human Need by Loving Service
Theme: To explore the relationships between vocation, hospitality, service, and faith development while examining how in our discipleship we are both servants and saved.
Scripture: Mark 10:41–52 (Mark 10:32–11:3)

Week 4
To Seek to Transform Unjust Structures of Society
Theme: Transforming communities by first being transformed yourself. How do we respond to ‘the other’, both inside the church and outside it?
Scripture: Mark 7:24–30

Week 5
To Strive to Safeguard the Integrity of Creation and Sustain and Renew the Life of the Earth
Theme: To consider the ways in which the created order might offer us a vision of God, and to consider our responsibilities to care for creation.
Scripture: Matthew 21:33–41

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