Gospel Fluency: Speaking the Truths of Jesus into the Everyday Stuff of Life

Gospel Fluency: Speaking the Truths of Jesus into the Everyday Stuff of Life


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Gospel Fluency: Speaking the Truths of Jesus into the Everyday Stuff of Life by Jeff Vanderstelt

Teaching believers what it looks like for the gospel to become a natural part of our everyday conversations, Vanderstelt shows that the good news about Jesus impacts every facet of our lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433546037
Publisher: Crossway
Publication date: 02/28/2017
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 186,323
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

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).

Table of Contents

Foreword Jackie Hill Perry 11

Acknowledgments 15

Part 1 Gospel Fluency

1 Everyone Is an Unbeliever 19

2 Give Them Jesus 25

3 Fluency 37

Part 2 The Gospel

4 The True Story 49

5 Power for Salvation 65

6 What's Faith Got to Do with It? 77

Part 3 The Gospel in Me

7 Good News to Me 93

8 The War of the Mind 103

9 Fruit to Root 117

Part 4 The Gospel With Us

10 Eating to Remember 133

11 He's the Better 143

12 The Hero of Our Story 157

Part 5 The Gospel to Others

13 Listen and Learn 171

14 Show and Tell 185

15 Grow in Love and Wisdom 197

Conclusion 207

General Index 211

Scripture Index 217

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“I have known Jeff for over 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 just 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; author, The Mingling of Souls and The Explicit Gospel

“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 D. Moore, President, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

“I've been wanting to have a resource from Jeff on this topic for a very long time. It is so, so, so needed. As I’ve worked with different Christians from several churches around the city of Chicago, I’ve witnessed the lack of gospel understanding that has permeated many ‘solid’ churches. I will personally hand out copies of this book like gospel tracts.”
Jackie Hill Perry, poet; writer; hip-hop artist

“When Christians speak about the gospel, it should sound like our native tongue. Gospel Fluency helps us articulate and live the gospel we love. Our ‘fluency’ in the gospel is necessary for us to be ambassadors for our gospel-giving King. We need books like Gospel Fluency to both ground us in our practice of the gospel and raise us out of living our daily lives in the cultural drift.”
Daniel Montgomery,Lead Pastor, Sojourn Community Church, Louisville, Kentucky; Founder, Sojourn Network; author,Faithmapping,PROOF,andLeadership Mosaic

“I love this book because its title delivers. To be able to explain what the gospel is, how it works in our own lives, and how it's shared is a unique and powerful combination I’ve never seen before. Jeff has written a book that will be around a long time because it reforms evangelism in a fresh way.”
Bob Roberts, Senior Pastor, Northwood Church; author, Bold as Love and Lessons from the East

“Even the title of this book, Gospel Fluency, gets at a right understanding of the gospel: the message from God that must be spoken. Our communication of the gospel is more than a data dump; it’s a message that we must share without accent, as native speakers who have immersed themselves in knowing and speaking the living gospel. Jeff’s clear call, through compelling stories and biblical foundations, is to connect the gospel to all areas of life, and then speak it fluently to believers and nonbelievers alike.”
J. Mack Stiles,pastor; author, Evangelism and Marks of the Messenger

“Jeff calls us back to the gospel, not as a trite phrase to throw around in Christian circles but as a life-changing language in which we grow more fluent as we use it in community. The analogy to learning a foreign language helps us envision how to become fluent in the gospel, working, eating, and even dreaming while immersed in the good news of Jesus and how that changes everything. This is an extremely practical and helpful book!”
Wendy Alsup, teacher; blogger; author, Is the Bible Good for Women? and Practical Theology for Women

“Jeff Vanderstelt has a gift for clarifying and simplifying what is often complex and puzzling. Gospel Fluency is no exception. In this book, Jeff invites believers, unbelievers, pastors, and church leaders to think about their faith with fresh eyes and fresh language. He invites us not to a system, a catchphrase, or a fad, but to a refreshing vision of Christ our Savior and the life he offers.”
Mike Cosper, Founder and Director, Harbor Institute for Faith and Culture

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MikeCWatt More than 1 year ago
This book will really shake you up, but because the message of the book is all about the gospel of Jesus Christ, It will put you back together again. In fact, you will walk away with a greater awareness of who Christ is and what He has done for you. You will see more of how God truly desires his grace to not only change your destiny but change your daily life. Many Christians can articulate the core message of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, but how do we communicate the gospel and its implications concerning our every day situations. How does the gospel change my perspective about work? What does the gospel say about my response to those who abused me? How does the gospel call me to respond to my current enemies? Jeff Vanderstelt instructs the reader on how to become fluent in gospel. He calls to go beyond the simple statements that we recite to one another such as: “Just Keep Going. God is good.” “I’ll pray for you.” He calls us to draw out one another’s heart thoughts. He instructs us to ask questions such as: “Who is God?” “What has God done (which reveals who God is)?” “Who am I in light of God’s work? “How should I live in light of who I am? This book has greatly challenged me to not only ask better questions when shepherding others’ hearts but to ask better questions of my own heart. This book will challenge and stretch your understanding of the depths of the gospel and its implications for our everyday life. It will also give you a head start on becoming fluent in the gospel. Note: I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.