From the rootedness of EQ in God the Father, the APEST landscape flows into creation and culture, whereafter it is reconstituted in Jesus, and here in week 2, we will focus on him as the Embodiment of the Evangelist.
- See Jesus through the EQ lens as the Evangelistic Embodiment
- Be able to articulate the characteristics that define Jesus as an Evangelist
- Discover Jesus’ EQ in the New Testament
- Reform your Gospel message to better reflect Jesus Gospel of the Kingdom • Imagine the implications of Jesus’ EQ for discipleship
- Reflect on your own EQ and those around you
Chapter 6 — from Hirsch, A. (2017). 5Q: Reactivating the original intelligence and capacity of the body of Christ: 100Movements.com.
Recommended but optional: Dr. Coleman, Robert E (2nd edition, 2010). The Master Plan of Evangelism: Revell.
From Chapter 6 reading, we learn that Jesus-shaped APEST, or J-APEST, is key to seeing the 5Q system. Looking at Jesus through the EQ lens, we can see some characteristics that define him as an evangelist, shown in Figure 6.1.
Unpack each of these together, using supporting Scriptures, and write them in your 5Q journal. (For a few more characteristics, you can also have a look at Table 7.2 5Q System in Overview on page 122, where the middle section lists evangelistic function/callings reconstitutes in Jesus). Some Scripture references are provided for you here to give you a jump start: John 3:16-18, John 14:6, John 17:3, Luke 19:10, John 11:25-26.
From the EQ video, Rich Robinson asserts, “we have such a narrow caricature of the evangelist and evangelism. Yet if we reorient ourselves around Jesus, there were . . . so many different ways — physical and verbal — that he embodied and shared the good news.”
- How would you respond to this assertion? Share your initial reaction within the group. Then dig into the Gospels together to discover a few of those physical and verbal examples, and write them in your journal why you see those
as representative of Jesus EQ in the New Testament.
- Explain how these actions were part of Jesus discipleship. Beyond that, how might those actions of Jesus challenge us to include in our discipleship of others in EQ?
Reflect on yourself and your surroundings. How well do you think you personally reflect the aspects of Jesus’ EQ? Who do you see around you that reflects Jesus’ EQ?
Sketch in the bar graph below, giving an honest but realistic assessment of your EQ, as well as a friend or colleague you desire to imitate. A sample is there for you. While comparison can be unhealthy if focused on too much, the goal here is to recognize a role model in this area you can imitate. Like Paul wrote, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1.
Clarification of terms:
- “Gospel” means your knowledge of the Gospel and ability to proclaim it well.
- “Testimony of Salvation” means your awareness of and ability to communicate your story of salvation: before you knew Jesus, how he saved you, and what your life is like afterwards. Think Saul to Paul’s testimony in Acts 9:1-22.
- “Listens well” means your ability to actively listen to someone in conversation so as to show love and understand their life or situation to know what good news would then be to them. Think Jesus with the woman at the well in John 4.
- “Recruiting followers to the cause” means how well do you recruit people for the “Jesus cause”? How “sticky” is your message? How good of a salesmen are you? How actively do you invite people to church services/events/community groups? Think Jesus recruiting the disciples to become fishers of men.
- “Evangelistic Lifestyle” means how active you embody the Good News as a lifestyle: Are you seeking out the lost? Are you regularly sharing the good news? Are you a friend of sinners? Are you demonstrating Jesus power in word and deed? Are you being a bearer of love and hope?
Clarification of scale:
- The scale is a classic 0-100, with 0 being the lowest and 100 being the highest.
- The range of 0-20 is you are not aware nor able to do that aspect of EQ
- 20-40 is you are aware but have little ability
- 40-60 you have good awareness and are able to do it fairly well
- 60-80 you have high awareness and are able to do it exceptionally well
- 80-100 you have exceptional awareness, ability and are equipping others in this area of EQ
- Using the Gospel Sample, the sample person assessed themselves at level of 75 meaning they have high awareness and knowledge of the Gospel and have exceptional ability to proclaim it . Their friend/colleague they assessed at 95, meaning they are to the level of actively equipping others in knowledge and proclamation of the Gospel.
Jesus’ Gospel was a Gospel of the Kingdom. Good news about the King’s rule and reign. Typically the Gospel is presented as your salvation from personal sins and individual ticket to heaven. This is true and good, but it’s so much bigger! When you look back at last week’s Action 1.6 regarding the magnificent picture of redemption and restoration, consider how your Gospel message could be reformed. If our Gospel only starts with Genesis 3 redemption of sin, that is not the whole picture, as we don’t know what we are being redeemed for. From Genesis 1-2 and Revelation 21-22, we see a fuller representation of the Kingdom that God is redeeming and establishing through his Son Jesus and his Gospel, and we gain a better understanding of what we individually and corporately are being redeemed for!
Expand your Gospel message to reflect Jesus’ Gospel of the Kingdom. As a framework, reference the table you created in Action 1.6, picking a few verses from the left column “Past Genesis 1-2”, a few from the center column “Present Genesis 3- Revelation 20” and a few from the right column “Future Revelation 21-22”. Together with your group, formulate this larger Gospel of the Kingdom in the space in the PDF.
- Spend time in the Word this week, daily reading Luke 15, and put on your EQ glasses to see Jesus as Story Teller as he tells 3 parables of the Kingdom. How is the parable of the lost sheep a reflection of Jesus passion for the lost? How is the previous parable and the parable of the lost coin’s perspective on repentance part of Jesus EQ? Considering the parable of the lost son and its core message of redemption & celebration, how is it enriched by the power of storytelling?
- Look into a current discipleship process of your church/group/community. Considering the EQ content and process reflected in these parables Jesus told, what changes will you incorporate into your process?
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.