From the rootedness of AQ in God the Father, the APEST landscape flows into creation and culture, where it is reconstituted in Jesus, the Apostle Archetype. It is Him we zero in on here in Week 2.
- See Jesus through the AQ lens as the Apostle Archetype
- Be able to articulate the characteristics that define Jesus as an Apostle
- Discover Jesus’ AQ in the New Testament
- Imagine the implications of Jesus’ AQ for discipleship
- Assess your own AQ and those around you
Chapter 6 – from Hirsch, A. (2017). 5Q: Reactivating the original intelligence and capacity of the body of Christ: 100Movements.com. Especially read the excerpt “Jesus is the Exemplary Apostle” p74-75.
Recommended but optional: Hirsch, A. (2012). The Permanent Revolution: Apostolic Imagination and Practice for the 21st Century Church: Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series.
Take a look at Table 7.2 from 5Q: Chapter 7
Recommended but optional: RePlacing Church Podcast – Apostle as Cultivator
The video this week mentions a key concept of AQ to extend forwards and outwards, as well as this key verse where Jesus is explicitly identified as the Apostle, in Hebrews 3:1-2:
“Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle (apostolos) and High Priest of our confession, who was faithful to him who appointed him, just as Moses also was faithful in all God’s house.”
As a group, pick 6 out of the 9 terms from the list here to unpack Jesus as the Apostle Archetype. Compose a description of each one chosen, relating it to AQ, and link a Scripture to it.
|AQ Characteristic||Description||Scripture Reference|
|2. Sent One|
|4. Kingdom Agent|
|8. Bridger (Culturally)|
JPEST Table: 5Q, Chapter 6
As we all desire to be conformed more and more into the image of Jesus Christ, when you hold up the proverbial mirror and look at your reflection, what aspects of Jesus the Apostle Archetype are reflected in you?
- Who do you see modeling Jesus’ AQ around you well?
- What AQ characteristics do you see them exhibiting?
- If you would spend a week walking with them, what would that be like?
When we consider reformation, we are talking about the process of reforming a paradigm or practice.
In John 20:21, God the Father sends (apostellō) the Son. Jesus embarks on a mission to earth as a divinely sent missionary. He is an ambassador of the Kingdom of Heaven, with authority and power from His Father to carry out the commission: save and redeem the world. The apostolicity that is rooted in God is packed into Jesus. From these nine characteristics we have been exploring of Jesus apostleship, which ones have been missing from your picture of Jesus? In other words, how does your paradigm of Jesus need to be reformed? Moving beyond the internal, how does your practice of proclamation (through preaching, evangelism, teaching the Word, sharing, etc) need to be reformed?
Prepare a 20 minute Bible study on the topic of Jesus the Archetype Apostle and share it with two individuals or a small group this week.
Consider the verses in the subsections above, as well as Luke 4:43, John 3:34, John 17:3, John 17:8, Mark 9:37, Matthew 10:1-16.
As we close this second week, pray for understanding of what God wants you to grasp about this topic. Identify 3 aha’s (key reflections, greater sense of excitement, conviction or understanding) and 3 questions. Write them in your 5Q journal and share them with someone you are journeying with or the group you are studying with.