Monday, 6 March 2017
5 Marks of Love; Tell
Yesterday we had the second session of our Lenten Series the 5 Marks of Love. We dealt with the first of the Marks of Love after the introduction to the program last week. Just as a reminder the 5 Marks of love are:
1. TELL: Proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
2. TEACH: Teach, baptize and nurture new believers
3. TEND: Respond to human need by loving service
4. TRANSFORM: Transform unjust structures, challenge violence of every kind
5. Treasure: Strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth
Proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom is about that thing which Anglicans are, to put it mildly, not comfortable with i.e. Evangelism. How do we proclaim the Good News i.e. the Gospel of Jesus Christ when we have (speaking generally) not been taught how to do it and have not, until the last part of the 20th Century, needed to do it? We do not have the history or experience or training to do this; it is not part of our DNA. That is one of the reasons why our congregations are aging and the pews are no longer full (although we do sit at the back to make sure there will be room in the front of the church for latecomers to find a spot in a pew—we are still using pews pretty much exclusively).
In addition there are some of us—the introverts—who would die a thousand deaths if we had to knock on doors and invite people to our churches much less engage them in why we are Anglicans and what we actually believe in. We have a long way to go to begin to Evangelize.
Actually that would be true if we only consider Evangelism to be what is portrayed by TV Evangelists and in the media. We need to explore what Evangelism truly means. That is what we started to explore in the first of the Marks. What does it mean to share the Good News? How can we share the Good News in our lives with others? First we have to know what the Good News is for each of us.
I have attached the two pages from the workbook that explores this.
Blessings on your journey.