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Many Christians have unwittingly embraced the idea that "church" is a once-a-week event rather than a community of Spirit-empowered people; that "ministry" is what pastors do on Sundays rather than the 24/7 calling of all believers; and that "discipleship" is a program rather than the normal state of every follower of Jesus.
Drawing on his experience as a pastor and church planter, Jeff Vanderstelt wants us to see that there's more - much more - to the Christian life than sitting in a pew once a week. God has called his people to something bigger: a view of the Christian life that encompasses the ordinary, the extraordinary, and everything in between.
Packed full of biblical teaching, compelling stories, and real-world advice, this book will remind you that Jesus is filling the world with his presence through the everyday lives of everyday people...
People just like you.
Number of Pages: 192
Publication Date: 2015
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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).
New York Times best-selling author, Crazy Love and Forgotten God
Saturate is a compelling and biblically serious picture of Jesus and the mission he has given his people. It is a book that is deeply doctrinal and helpfully applicable. I have known Jeff to faithfully live out the philosophies of life and day-to-day ministry contained in these pages, and have watched firsthand as God produced much fruit. I pray it encourages you.
Lead Pastor, The Village Church, Dallas, Texas; President, Acts 29 Church Planting Network
Jeff is one of the smartest, most dedicated, and most interesting disciple-makers I know. In this book, and through the medium of his life story, he effectively passes on the key insights that make him one of the best movement leaders in the country. Saturate is a winner.
Founder, Forge and Future Travelers; award winning author, Untamed, Right Here Right Now, and ReJesus
If someone were to ask me where to go to learn about discipleship, I would hand them the Bible along with Jeff Vanderstelt's book Saturate. Readers will find themselves taking a survey of their lives, seeing the areas that God desires to take captive for his glory. Whether you are a preacher, homemaker, small-group leader, high school student, or new convert, Saturate will spur you on to live a life that will influence others to know Jesus while growing people in Jesus, not just at church, but in all of life.
poet; writer; hip-hop artist
This is a thought-provoking, heart-warming account of a body of believers taking God's call to live as family seriously. Don't allow yourself to be distracted by the details or quibble with the incidentals. This book challenges and encourages all of us to intentionally live on mission in the mundane details and events of everyday life.
Executive Director, Acts 29 Church Planting Network
Jeff Vanderstelt uses an ordinary experience to give us extraordinary insight into what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. Saturate is a great challenge to all of us to stop doing church and be the church!
Lead Pastor, Community Christian Church, Naperville, Illinois; Lead Visionary, NewThing
In Saturate, Jeff Vanderstelt endeavors to provide Christians with an image of God's grace that is all-encompassing and inescapable. Whether you are new to the faith or a seasoned believer, Jeff's words will encourage you and focus God's gospel on every facet of your life. This book will challenge the way you see your Savior, your mission, and your everyday life.
President, LifeWay Research
Jeff Vanderstelt's passion and commitment to the fame of Jesus are as evident in this book as they are in his preaching. It was so refreshing to read chapter after chapter that lifted high the name of Jesus and to be challenged to do the same more and more in my life and ministry.
Pastor of Preaching, The Austin Stone Community Church, Austin, Texas
Saturate is a crucially needed and down-to-earth manual for what is most important - loving God and loving neighbors. What Christian wouldn't want to know what Jeff Vanderstelt has brilliantly and helpfully given us here?
-Jared C. Wilson,
Director of Content Strategy, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
richard r blakeBridgman, MIAge: Over 65Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5A Guide for Undderstanding the Theology, Philosophy, and Practice of Christian DiscipleshipMay 8, 2016richard r blakeBridgman, MIAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0A Guide for Understanding the Theology, Philosophy, and Practice of Christian Discipleship
Saturate Field Guide Principles & Practices for Being Disciples of Jesus in the Every Daily Stuff of Life is designed to encourage group interaction, and to inspire individual thought provoking introspection and self evaluation. Specific exercises facilitate personal Christian growth, and equip them to reproduce followers of Jesus.
The material is formatted to be used over an eight week period, with different lessons for each of six days per week. To receive the greatest benefit from the course; it is anticipated that each lesson may require approximately one hour per day. An added feature of the manual is in the design to lay flat during study.
The authors have a heart for discipleship, and a passion to saturate participants in the gospel, to intentionally live Christ like lives in the mundane routines of everyday life. Saturate Field Guide Principles & Practices for Being Disciples of Jesus in the Every Daily Stuff of Life is an excellent disciple teaching manual for anyone desirous to live a life of influence and impact on others while growing in Christian character and vision for mission themselves.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
Booklover105 Stars Out Of 5Challenging book and great remindersNovember 12, 2015Booklover10Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have been very excited to read this book ever since I saw the title of this book. I knew it would be one that was challenging and would help challenge me to be intentional in my every day life. It's so easy to go into the mundane tasks of the day as a checklist and to forget the intentional relationships I need to continue to pursue that are all around me.
Jeff does a great job at starting with the basics and explaining how being a disciple of Jesus is as simple as investing in the lives of others. The story Jeff shares about his mom and dad and how they used their home has stuck with me. I had just been in that situation in thinking that maybe I needed to do more, when in fact, I had been doing it all along. I appreciated that personal story because it was easy to relate to and a good picture of what it means to be intentional.
Growing up in the Bible belt (although it's becoming less and less that), many people say they love Jesus and they go to church, but then they act anything but Christ-like on the other 6-1/2 days of the week. Jesus gets put into a box in the lives of many people, and it's quite easy to do if we're not intentional. Jeff reminds us that Jesus needs to be in everything. We are to saturate our lives with Jesus. It doesn't mean we jam Him down the throats of people or anything, but that our own lives are so saturate with Jesus that His characteristics flow out of us.
Throughout the book, Jeff gives some wonderful examples of things to consider in our own lives. I was challenged to really meditate and be honest with myself about what areas I've boxed in and what areas I need to be more intentional about in being sure Jesus is seen in even the mundane tasks I perform.
When I first got this book, I decided I would read it at night. Then I learned that would be impossible because it is definitely one that I needed to read alert and really soak in all that he was sharing in these pages. I love books that challenge me and encourage me and this one did it.
I received this book free from Crossway in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Being the church in your communityOctober 9, 2015bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Vanderstelt has a vision. ...Jesus saturation every man, woman and child in every place having an encounter with Jesus through words spoken and deeds done through his people. (13)
At one of their community dinners, the seed was planted. What if people feasted and celebrated around Jesus together? What if people's homes were some of the primary places where ministry took place?
The concept was to see the church no longer disconnected from everyday life. God is seen working through people in their daily acts of life. We learn to see all of life as sacred and every action as part of God's missionary work in the world. (42) Life is lived so people are visible and accessible. Discipleship becomes life-on-life, happening all the time in work and play.
We need to train people how to live everyday life with gospel intentionality, showing what it looks like to follow Jesus in the normal stuff. (170) Everyday events were identified to engage people in the light of the gospel. Eating is one of those daily rhythms where people can meet others in their neighborhood. Several others were identified as well.
I really like this concept of being in the community, sharing life lived in the light of the gospel. The ideas of how to do that are many. One unique way of serving the community was offering to drive people home after a city pub crawl. Bartenders were given phone numbers of volunteers willing to take home those who should not be driving.
Vanderstelt tells many stories of how people impacted their communities. What an encouragement to read of a church really making a difference to those around them. They were asked, Why are you doing this? They could offer a gentle answer about sharing the grace and love they have received through Jesus.
This is a very encouraging book. I would recommend it to pastors, church boards, and Christians in general. This book will get you excited about ministering to the needs right in your very own neighborhood. Appendixes have been added that have valuable resources for setting up missional communities including samples of covenant materials.
Vanderstelt suggests that each of us, Live in such a way that it would demand a 'Jesus explanation.' In other words, you wouldn't be able to explain what you do or why without needing to talk about Jesus. (182)