As we enter our fourth and final week, we hope you are encouraged personally and corporately as a group/church. We now move into exploring individuals’ callings & roles in relation to AQ – discovering how the gift fleshes itself out in people – and stimulating each individual’s sentness.
- Be able to articulate the difference between “implicit” AQ functions & purposes and “explicit” callings & roles
- Reflect on healthy and unhealthy expressions of the apostle role
- To begin to thinking and seeing apostolically and create an awareness of your mission
- To determine the initial areas of where you are sent, to whom you are sent, and why you are sent
- To act on that mission
Chapter 7 – Hirsch, A. (2017). 5Q: Reactivating the original intelligence and capacity of the body of Christ: 100Movements.com.
Blog Article – How To Disciple An Immature Apostle
Recommended but optional: Breen, Mike. (2002) The Apostle’s Notebook: Kingsway Publications.
Recommended but optional: Cole, Neil. (2014) Primal Fire: Reigniting the Church with the Five Gifts of Jesus: Tyndale Momentum, Chapter 9 The Apostolic Gift: Contagious Empowerment.
Recommended but optional: Brewer, Nathan (2016). The Pulse of Christ: A Fivefold Training Manual: Xulon Press, Chapter 3 The Apostolic Exercises: Pioneering, Progressing, Planting.
In the APEST A video, Brad Brisco asserts that when we grasp that we are a sent missionary people, God’s agents for his mission, that we will recognize that we have already “been sent into places we live, in our vocations, and into our social spaces throughout the week” to participate in his redemptive purposes.
- Do you agree or disagree with his assertion? Why or why not?
- Are those in your group/church agreeing or disagreeing with you?
- How does this change our perspective of our jobs and where we work?
Another commentary in the video, this time from Rich Robinson, speaks to the fear some have that the apostolic role is linked to control and “lording it over” authoritatively:
- How would you counter that?
- Have you experienced someone that is an unhealthy or immature expression of the apostolic role in this sense?
- How about a healthy expression of someone apostolically gifted, serving in humility & love, extending God’s Kingdom mission?
In the reading excerpt, multiple expressions of the apostolic function were given…
Comprehensive List of Functions and Possible Expressions of Callings
- Which ones were you familiar with?
- Which ones were new to you or were surprising to see classified under apostolic? Why?
- Where do you see these expressed, and by whom, in your group/church?
- From the list of individual callings (roles) in Table 7.1 (right side) on page 113, share with the group which top three do you see yourself living out and how?
Jesus empowers us in John 20:21: “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” With that he extends the Father’s commissioning as an ambassador to his apostles and furthermore, to us. With that divine thrust, he gives us not only permission, but an exhortation and a purpose to go into all the world and make disciples. And of course — of utmost importance — he has equipped us with his Spirit! He is a Spirit of “power, love, and a sound mind,” as 2 Timothy 1:7 tells us. Now God has created you uniquely, with a unique personality, unique skill set, and has placed you in a job or school or in a group of people — a relational network the New Testament calls an oikos — in order to reach those people with his love. Thus, being sent on mission doesn’t necessarily mean going to the foreign mission field, it’s a challenge to reach out right where you are.
Spend a few minutes in personal reflection jotting down answers to the following questions, which will help determine and stimulate your personal “sentness”:
- What makes my heart come alive when I think about it or do it?
In general, what are some things I am passionate about?
To determine where am I sent to:
- Where do I work or go to school?
- Where are other places I frequent already that I could be more intentional about building relationships? (the place you get groceries, your coffee shop, your library, your daycare, your park, your fitness center)
- What makes my heart come alive when I think about it or do it?
- To determine to whom am I sent, in addition to the places I just listed, is there another oikos that I am a part of? (could be a department at work, a people group in or beyond your city, or a specific segment of society, e.g businessmen, stay at home moms, musicians, pilots, the homeless, orphans, etc.)
Place some key words from your answers into this left circle in section 4.4 of the PDF.
When we consider reformation, we are talking about the process of reforming a paradigm or practice. Due to the Greco-Roman influence in the Western culture, we often tend to separate the spiritual and the secular: the spiritual activities of ministry and our “normal” 9-5 work life. Let’s shift our paradigm to Jesus’ Hebrew culture and merge those two circles into one so we begin doing ministry in the natural rhythms of everyday life, and view the places we commonly frequent as places of ministry. Remember, the term apostle comes from the Greek word apostolos, meaning “sent ones,” so if we desire to model our life after Jesus, that includes his apostolic lifestyle of living “sent,” living on mission. Fill in the same key words from the circle above to the merged circles below to get a visual of the reformed view of ministry, living on mission in the context of everyday life.
My oikos: work/school/frequented places = My ministry
Continuing the flow from the Reflection and Reformation subsections, what would my first small step to live on mission look like? (Idea generation for stimulation: Blessing someone with a present? A random act of kindness? A prayer for healing? Inviting to a Bible study? Starting a Bible study at the office break room? Apologizing and asking for forgiveness? Inviting someone for a coffee and sharing your testimony? Inviting someone for a coffee and listening to their story?).
My first small step to live on mission:___________________________________________
- Make a commitment to Christ and to another person/the whole group to live sent this week.
Let’s get practical here: Create a reminder that you are sent to produce a habit. This could be a simple post-it note for the bathroom mirror, an artistic whole sheet of paper for the inside of your front door so you see it as you leave each morning, or an alarm in your phone, etc. A sample text to write and speak out daily would be:
“I am a sent one, an ambassador of the Kingdom. Jesus has commissioned me with his power and his authority to love (_fill in people here_) at (_fill in place here_) in word and in deed, so that they see Jesus in me and experience His love, which is the most powerful force in the world!”
(Think of the potential if every Christian did this every day.)
As we close this fourth and final 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.
We’d really recommend you consider your next steps having finished this module. We’d love to continue the journey with you.
Some options and suggestions are –
- Go back over the notes in your 5Q Journal and review what you did during the module – are there any follow up conversations or actions? Any areas for further reading or reflection?
- Review this module and go back through it with a different group within your organization
- Engage with another 5Q module
- Engage with the 5Qcollectove for further training – the shorter coaching course (14 weeks – one semester) or leadership cohort (14 months – 4 semesters)
- Have our team or organisation take the 5Q Diagnostic test
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