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To become fluent in a new language, you must immerse yourself in it and commit to practicing it over and over again. You must use it every day until you actually start to think about life through it. Becoming fluent in the gospel happens the same way--after believing it, we have to intentionally rehearse it (to ourselves and to others) and immerse ourselves in its truths. Only then will we start to see how everything in our lives, from the mundane to the magnificent, is transformed by the hope of the gospel.
Challenging us to cultivate this counter-cultural mind-set, Jeff Vanderstelt offers readers wise biblical insights, practical advice, and compelling stories aimed at encouraging and equipping Christians to speak the truths of Jesus into the everyday stuff of life.
Number of Pages: 192
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.25 (inches)|
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Jeff Vanderstelt is a pastor, speaker, author, and founder and visionary leader of Saturate and the Soma Family of Churches. He serves as a teaching pastor and director of missional communities at Doxa Church in Bellevue, Washington. Additionally, Jeff supports church planting globally through training and as a member of the advisory board of C2C Network. He and his wife, Jayne, have three children. You can connect with Jeff at his website, JeffVanderstelt.com, or on Twitter (@JeffVanderstelt).
contemplativereflections4 Stars Out Of 5Book Review: Gospel FluencyMarch 6, 2017contemplativereflectionsQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0In "Gospel Fluency," Jeff Vanderstelt invites readers to become so acquainted with the gospel that all we do, say, and think centres upon the person and work of Jesus Christ. The author uses learning a language as a metaphor, the author states that it takes knowledge, wisdom, and practice in order for Christians to be comfortable living and sharing the good news that the Bible conveys. Vanderstelt focuses the first half of the book on outlining the overarching story of the Bible along with major themes to show that Jesus is the One who is to save and redeem us from Satan, sin, and death. The latter part deals with practical aspects of how we are to speak the good news to ourselves first and then to others around us so that Jesus is front and centre in all our conversations and actions. One example is by drawing a tree and its roots as a tool to analyze a particular area in our life whether we believe in God's truths or the lies that Satan accuses us with. When we bear bad fruit such as excessive anxiousness and worry, we are rejecting the root biblical truth that God is the King of Kings who is omnipotent to fulfill all our needs. Thus, we need to turn in repentance and embrace the fact that Christ presently has authority over all things and nothing we encounter is out of His sovereignty. As such, we will then begin to bear good fruit such as patience and faithfulness when we encounter events that keep us awake at night. The author also uses numerous examples from his church community and personal relationships to illustrate how we can practically show others that Jesus is the ultimate answer to every weakness and deficiency we may experience in life.
I would gladly recommend this book to both Christians and unbelievers alike as the gospel is good news for all. For those who have not received Christ as Saviour and Lord, Vanderstelt's book offers a concise yet comprehensive presentation of the gospel. For those who have put their faith in Christ, the author states that we are, in a sense, still in the process of being saved. This process is dictated by the Holy Spirit who is actively working in our hearts and transforming us to reflect Christ in all aspects of life. Salvation is more than just inheriting eternal life after death; we also possess all things that have been conquered by Christ through his earthly life, death, and resurrection. Furthermore, we need to tell others of the hope we have in Jesus by pointing to Him as the One who enables us to live an abundant and blessed life in the present and future.
In compliance with Federal Trade Commission regulations, I was provided a review copy of this book from Crossway.
Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Challenging!February 10, 2017Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Mr. Vanderstelt is on to something. We are not fluent with the Gospel. As he strives hard to point out, a lack of gospel fluency is far worse than a little broken English. The stakes are so much higher. Getting the directions wrong to a tourist site because of ineffective language is of so much less consequence than getting wrong the directions to God because we dont know how to talk about the Gospel.
This book is written for broad appeal among Christians. In other words, the net is cast all the way to the edge where the newest Christian lives, and yet is still meant to reach longtime Christians on the other side. Though that means some pages might seem to be on an elementary level, all Christians can be challenged.
The book is in five main parts. The first part explains what gospel fluency is and how so much of our attempts to speak to others lacks the Gospel. In a nutshell, if we dont give them Jesus, we dont give them the Gospel. I loved how he explained that even as Christians we like to speak the gospel to ourselves and really deal often with unbelief. He says a few shocking things like: I have met too many people who love their Bibles yet have no genuine relationship with Jesus Christ.
The second section is about the Gospel itself. In three chapters, he reminds us of what the Gospel is and how powerful it really is. Some of that is basic as many of his readers may not even have a fundamental understanding of the Gospel, but anyone will enjoy when he illustrates how wonderful it is. Part three covers the Gospel in me in three chapters. Dont miss the chapter Fruit to Root as it had outstanding insights.
Parts four and five covered in six chapters attempts to take what we have learned and make it practical. His discussion of the importance of listening is a great reminder.
The book is easy to read. The only fault I found with it, and it is only a personal preference on my part, is that he illustrates too often with discussions that he had with people where he gave them great answers. While that strikes me as a little too self-promoting, we might remember that, in his defense, he might feel the need for us to know that he practices what he preaches.
The book is a success in the sense that it makes me remember that I need to put the Gospel so much more into my conversations with people. I pray the Lord will help me to do much better.
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.