Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Are you fluent in the Gospel?
Gospel Fluency Handbook helps Christians
speak the truths of Jesus in everyday life
Every Christian has moments of unbelief. Author and pastor Jeff Vanderstelt admits, “I’m an unbeliever. So are you. We slip in and out of believing God’s word about us and trusting in His work on our behalf. We forget who He is, what’s He’s done and, in light of that, who we are.”
Vanderstelt and his co-author, Ben Connelly, wrote Gospel Fluency Handbook: A Practical Guide to Speaking the Truths of Jesus into the Everyday Stuff of Life (Saturate Resources/September 15, 2017/ISBN 978-0996849326/$24.99) for those who’ve realized they disbelieve God, His goodness and His gospel in areas of normal, everyday, busy life. It is also for those who are keenly aware and weighed down by a failure to connect the way gospel truths actually matter to everyday life.
The Gospel Fluency Handbook is designed to help individuals and groups become fluent in the gospel. “To be fluent in the gospel is to know is so well it becomes like a mother tongue,” explains Vanderstelt. “When I am fluent, I am able to filter all of life through the truths of the gospel and am readily able to speak those truths into any situation or struggle we are facing at any time.”
The discussions and exercises in this eight-week interactive handbook provide a step-by-step immersion of the reader’s mind, heart, soul and life in the gospel. Each week follows a simple format: three sets of personal readings and reflections and a weekly guide for group discussion and exercises that will lead to becoming a more gospel-fluent people — people learning to see and then speak the truths of Jesus into the everyday stuff of life.
“The first goal of the Gospel Fluency Handbook is to help readers become fluent in the gospel — in other words, to help them move from unbelief to belief, in whatever area(s) of their lives they find it difficult to believe God’s promises, and live according to that belief,” Connelly outlines. “The second goal, which we hope naturally flows from the first, is to help readers speak the truths of Jesus into the everyday stuff of life as we together become a more gospel-fluent people. To that end, we’ve crafted this resource as an interactive guide. It’s not a book; books are generally designed to give information and to be read cover to cover, often in just a few days. The handbook, however, is an eight-week interactive study.”
The book, while inspired by Vanderstelt’s Gospel Fluency (Crossway), is a stand-alone resource, intended to be used both by groups and individuals. Content from Gospel Fluency is summarized in each week’s readings, and for participants who want to go deeper, the readings indicate corresponding chapters from the book if they choose to read and study further.
There is also a nine-part online video series that enhances and deepens the learning experience for groups using Gospel Fluency Handbook. Week by week, Vanderstelt articulates and summarizes key ideas, themes and principles as groups engage and process the handbook together. Additional concepts and training will enhance learning for groups as they move toward becoming a community fluent in the gospel.
Learn more about the Gospel Fluency Handbook at www.gospelfluency.com.
Praise for Gospel Fluency
“I have known Jeff for more than a decade now, and his heart beats for the church to be all that God has called her to be in Christ. He is not an ideas man; he is on the ground living out the truths you read in this book. As the culture shifts and attractional ministry fades Jeff will be a faithful guide for us all.”
~ Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor, The Village Church, Dallas, Texas; President, Acts 29 Church Planting Network
“It’s easy to forget how good the good news of the gospel is. This practical book will help you to see that good
news and to share it with others.”
~ Russell Moore, President, Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
About the Authors
Jeff Vanderstelt is the visionary leader of the Soma Family of Churches and Saturate and the lead teaching pastor at Doxa Church in Bellevue, WA. He gets to spend his days doing what he loves: training disciples of Jesus to make more disciples of Jesus and equipping the Church in the gospel and missional living.
Vanderstelt is the author of Gospel Fluency, Saturate and the Saturate Field Guide. He and his wife, Jayne, have three children and live in the Seattle, WA area.
Learn more at www.jeffvanderstelt.com and www.saturatetheworld.com. He is also active on Facebook (SaturateTheWorld) and Twitter (@SaturateWorld).
Ben Connelly started and now co-pastors The City Church, part of the Acts29 network and Soma Family of Churches. He also directs church-planting for Soma churches across North America and has taught university classes. With degrees from Baylor University and Dallas Theological Seminary, he writes for various publications and does training across the country.
Connelly has published a few books, including co-authoring Saturate Field Guide and Gospel Fluency Handbook. He and his wife, Jess, have three children and live in Fort Worth, TX.