In Week 1, we will explore the theological roots of EQ, focusing on the evangelistic character of God. He is a loving Father, desiring to reconcile all of his creation back to himself. His nature is pure agape love, and that energizes his mercy and grace to save any and all who are willing to accept it in faith.
- Understand that the roots of 5Q and APEST lie in God himself
- Focus on God’s nature specifically mirrored in EQ
- Recognize how God shapes and forms the EQ function and calling
- Dig into the Word of God to discover EQ in Scripture
- Discover the saving, redemptive meta-narrative “bookends” of the Bible
Chapter 4 – Hirsch, A. (2017). 5Q: Reactivating the original intelligence and capacity of the body of Christ: 100Movements.com.
Ephesians 2:1-10 (NIV) Made Alive in Christ
1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
After watching the EQ video, take some time to discuss within your group/church/ team/organization the following questions:
- What’s your initial response to the discussion from the video about elements of God’s nature being Savior, Redeemer, inclusive, invitational, and good news?
- Thinking ahead a bit, how strong do you imagine the connection is between recognizing the rootedness of the evangelistic in God Himself and the church being the instrument of Good News in society? Elaborate?
Why would you say it’s important to recognize EQ originating with God?
Chapter 4 of 5Q refers to the imago Dei, the theological term for us being made in the image of God and therefore endowed with elements of his nature and character. Regarding the Table 4.1 (page 52), we see God’s EQ imparted in cultures through Archetype, Hero-Expression, Categories of Intelligence, Domains of Society and Non-Christian Examples in life and myth. To grasp some specific examples of how 5Q is laced throughout culture, pick 3 of the non-Christian examples and explain how the imago Dei is reflected in them, specifically the EQ of God, even though these individuals are not yet followers of Jesus (to our knowledge). Take a look at the other figures & diagrams in the chapter (e.g. Figure 4.5) to help you brainstorm for keywords, and write your explanations in the space provided in the PDF.
Reflect on the Ephesians 2:1-10 text by reading through it three times.
Then dissect it: Where do you see the rootedness of EQ in God’s nature? Interact with the text: underlining, circling, connecting evangelistic elements such as God’s grace, mercy, and redeeming love. Then make note in your 5Q journal your answers to the following (use the PDF to write your answers):
- What state were we in before God engaged us?
- What was God’s motivation to make us alive in Christ?
- How did God seek us out? How did he save us?
- What did he do and is continuing to do after he redeemed us?
- How would you articulate EQ after engaging with this Ephesians passage?
When we consider reformation, we are talking about the process of reforming a paradigm or practice, so in relation to EQ, how does the realization of the rootedness of EQ in God Himself affect & change the way you relate to God, other Christians, and and the world?
God’s saving and redeeming nature is an overarching theme throughout His Word. In fact, the two “bookends” of the Bible, Genesis chapters 1-2 and Revelation chapters 21-22 are a magnificent picture of how he is restoring people, society, nature, culture — all creation — to its original purpose. There are explicit verses that exemplify this throughout Scripture such as:
Isaiah 65:17, “Look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth, and no one will even think about the old ones anymore.”
Acts 3:21 “Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets.” (italics mine)
Revelation 21:1,5 ““Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea…. He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.””
For the action in Session 1 here, look up the Scriptures with your group/community/ church and fill in the chart below together to get a picture of how he is restoring earth, people, society, nature, culture — all creation — to its original purpose. These saving and redeeming attributes exemplify how the EQ is rooted in God’s character.
As we close this first 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.