Bible in the Life of the Church


In 2009, the Anglican Consultative Counsel – with the blessing and direction of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, and the Primates and bishops of the Lambeth Conference – designed a three-year study to find out how Anglicans around the world, of different cultural backgrounds, theological perspectives, and ecclesial traditions, use Scripture and the Bible in their daily lives.

A world-wide Bible study, formed by regional groups across the Communion, became the Bible in the Life of the Church project. Within the Edmonton diocese, the Rev. Dr. Myron Penner, Christ Church Associate Priest, was asked to lead a study group to provide a western Canadian voice within the North American Regional Group.

The group was asked to share their responses to scriptural passages relating to the Fourth and Fifth Marks of Mission: “To seek to transform unjust structures of society” and “To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth”.

Penner describes the final report, Deep Engagement-Fresh Discovery, as “quite impressive” and a unifying “source of encouragement”. As we read the Bible together with Anglicans from other places around the world, what we discover, he says, is a “shared faith that is grounded in God’s love of us in Jesus and a deep love of and value for God’s revelation in the Scriptures”.

The report contains many valuable resources (treasures gleaned from various parts of the Communion), including: original case studies and papers, Bible study outlines and worship materials. In Penner’s opinion, the case study entitled And It Was Good: Responding to God’s Gift of Creation, the first case study on the Fifth Mark of Mission, is “immensely beneficial”. Click here to read Myron Penner’s introduction to the Deep Engagement Fresh Discovery report. Click here to view a sample syllabus created to continue the spirit of the Bible in the Life of the Church study. It centers on the 3rd Mark of Mission (“To respond to human need by loving acts of service”).

1. Full Report:

2. Anglican Communion Documents:

3. Articles:

4. Bible Study Outlines

5. Bibliography

6. Case Studies

7. Regional Reports

8. Tools

South Africa Tools

  1. Checklist for Observers
  2. Example of Observer’s Report
  3. Group Profile PDF / WORD
  4. Observer’s Report Form PDF / WORD

Brueggemann Exercise PDF / WORD

Personal Influences on Reading PDF / WORD

9. Worship

10. Other Papers

Lent Course Feedback

  1. Full Feedback Lent 2012
  2. South African Feedback

Case Study 1

Case Study 2

Full Report Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia

November 2010

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