THE FIVE MARKS OF MISSION - WHAT WILL WE BE LOOKING AT ?
1 To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom.
This is the most important mark of mission, and the natural starting point - because it comes from Jesus’ own summary of his mission to the world:
Luke 4:18 ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free’
John 3:16-17 ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. ‘Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
2 To teach, baptise and nurture new believers
The second mark of mission flows from the first: having told people the Good News of the Kingdom, we are called to look after those who respond – to teach, baptise and nurture new believers.
3 To respond to human need by loving service
In the gospels, Jesus is always coming alongside those in need, feeding people, healing people, sharing their pain and suffering. He teaches that his life is about serving, which culminates in the washing of the disciples’ feet the night before the Crucifixion.
4 To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation.
We often hear it said that Christians should keep out of politics. Yet Jesus calls us to be active in situations of injustice – to speak out for the oppressed and the underdog – whether they be our close neighbours, or our brothers and sisters further afield.
This mark of mission also reminds us that many Christians around the world do not enjoy our economic or political stability or personal safety.
5 To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.
This is the ‘green’ mark of mission. It includes the messages of Harvest and Rogation that God has provided everything we need for life here on Earth. We are the stewards of this great gift and we now have significant challenges in looking after God’s earth.
A short summary of the Five Marks of Mission:
- Proclaim the Good News
- Encourage and baptise new believers
- Love and serve those in need
- Always seek peace, standing up for those who are treated unfairly
- Safeguard the planet, God’s created world.
Things to remember as the sermon series unfolds
- All Christians are called to make a difference in God’s world. You don’t have to be clergy or on the PCC or take yourself off to some far-flung or uncomfortable part of the globe. Each one of us is called to serve share in God’s mission wherever we are.
- The five marks of mission aren’t five alternative ways of ‘doing’ mission. They are different leaves of the same flower of love and service.
- The great diversity across the world and across the Anglican Communion is mirrored by great diversity in mission. Time, place and culture all shape how we live, proclaim and embody our call to make a difference in God’s world.
- The five marks of mission can help us to explore how we might make a difference and connect with those God is calling us to serve.
- Mission stems from our relationship with Jesus. The closer we are to him, the more we share in his life and he shares in ours.
- We find and develop this closeness in prayer and in worship.
Questions to ponder during the sermon series
- Can we let our call to make a difference in God’s world shape all we are, do and say as the people of God in this place?
- What does making a difference look like for us, here in the Benefice of Stow, Condicote and the Swells?
- To whom are we called to be good news?
- What difference do we think God wants us to make?
The Five Marks of Mission - Stow dates at 11.00am
19 To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
26 To teach, baptise and nurture new believers
9 To respond to human need by loving service
16 To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation.
23 To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth