The God-Equipped Magnificent Obsession A Christ-Centered and Values-Based Strategic Intent

Presented with permission Published originally in the Journal of The American Society for Church Growth Volume 19 – Winter 2008

By Allen Quist 

Overview

The God-Equipped Magnificent Obsession It was the first-century believers’ Christ-centered core values that drove their evangelism behavior. Core values still drive the behavior of present day believers. For present day followers of Christ to maximize the work of Christ’s Great Commission, Christians need Christ-centered core values held at an obsessive level, plus God’s preparation and provision.

Believers making up the first-century church, engaged their world through touch points of their time; the Roman political system providing relatively safe travel and quality roads, the widely-used Greek language, and scattered post-Pentecost new Christian believers. Today’s Christians need to engage our world through the touch points of our time: easy and relatively safe world travel, a new level of almost instantaneously global communication between nearly any points on earth, and an increase in open borders and international business. The question remains whether today’s Christians will fully take up the challenge.

Jesus planted a magnificent obsession in the hearts of His disciples – to share the Christ they knew with the world using all the tools God had provided for them. Matthew records Jesus giving to His disciples what we now call the Great Commission, to make disciples as they were going, baptizing them and teaching them everything Christ spoke. Motivated by Jesus’ claim for absolute authority, His charge to them, and empowered and impassioned by the Holy Spirit, the disciples began God’s church planting and evangelization ministry. Today, Jesus is charging believers, to embrace His magnificent obsession, to share the Savior we know with the entire world using all the tools God has provided for us.

This body of Christ, the believers making up the first-century church, engaged their world through the touch points of their time the Roman political system which provided safe travel and a network of quality roads, the common Greek language and culture, and the scattered post-Pentecost new Christian believers. From those three touch points, we can see God had prepared a means of global interaction, global communication, and global strategic locations for these first century believers to share and live the Gospel message through missions and business.

This paper argues it was the first-century believers’ Christ-centered core values which they held at an obsessive level that drove the evangelism behavior of the first century Christ follower. Core values still drive the behavior of many present-day believers. However, to enlarge the work of Christ’s Great Commission, many more Christians will need to take on Christ-centered core values held at an obsessive level, and accept Christ’s charge to go make disciples.

This paper also argues today’s Christians need to engage our world through the touch points of our time: easy and fairly safe travel throughout the world, almost instantaneously global communication between nearly any points on earth, and an increase in open borders and businesses across borders. From these three present-day touch points, we can see God has prepared for us a means of global interaction, a means of global communication, and global strategic locations for today’s believers to share and live the Gospel message. The question remains whether today’s Christians will fully take up the challenge.

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