Gospel City Hubs - Saturate

In Habakkuk 2:14, the prophet speaks of a day when “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”

That day will be a saturation moment, when every single person on the earth will have the opportunity to see and experience the true nature of God.

This word “glory” is the word we use for the true weight or true nature of something. So when we talk about the glory of the Lord, we’re talking about the invisible God being made visible. Seeing what He’s truly like.

This begins and ends with Jesus.

Jesus came as the God-man to make the invisible God visible. In John 14:9 Jesus says, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.” Jesus is the glory of God.

And yet, God’s plan is also to work in and through us. Jesus came to show the glory of God, to die for all of us who fall short of the glory of God, forgive us, and fill us with His Spirit to transform us from one degree of glory to another so that we can be the means by which God now makes His glory known to the world. 

That is why Colossians 1:27 says, “To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

God doesn’t intend to do this through disconnected individuals but through His body, the Church, as Ephesians 1:22-23 says: “And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.”

Here’s the vision: Jesus is the head of His Church. We, the Church, are His body by which He fills all in all. The vision of gospel saturation gets accomplished through Jesus as Head of the Church filling every place through His body with His presence where we live, work, learn, and play.

Jesus’ vision for the Church is that we would live in such a way that everyday people would have the opportunity through His people to meet Jesus, to come to know the true knowledge of the glory of God, which is Jesus.

What if each person believed that this is who we are as God’s Church? What if we believed we were invited and empowered through the Spirit to display the true nature of what God is like in our workplaces, neighborhoods, and schools?

No one church can do this by themselves. The Church must work together as One Church to see this happen. This will take the entire Church believing that God’s intent is that we not do it alone, but that we do it together as one Church in the city, and that we would live into what Jesus prophetically prayed would happen in John 17.

John 17:20-22: “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one.”

Imagine if every church in your region, geographic area, or city were to commit themselves to collaborate as One Church together for the sake of gospel saturation.

Five Key Initiatives:

Towards that end, Saturate is committed to serving and supporting the formation of Gospel City Hubs where civic, business, and faith leaders collaborate together around five key initiatives:

  1. City-Wide Prayer
  2. Leader Health
  3. Disciple-Making Strategies
  4. Serving the City
  5. Starting New Churches and Kingdom Initiatives

We believe it will take a unified Church working together in all five areas to see a movement of gospel saturation take place in a city or region. Saturate aims to support the formation of these Gospel City Hubs and provide tools to equip people in each of these five initiatives. Already we are seeing several cities in the early stages of collaboration toward gospel saturation.

Gospel City Hubs

We created a three-part video series that provides more information about establishing Gospel City Hubs.

Vision for Gospel Saturation

5 Key Initiatives

4 Steps for Getting Started

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Want to find out if leaders in your city are working together toward gospel saturation? Reach out to us at hello@saturatetheworld.com and we’ll let you know if we are aware of something happening in your city or region. Who knows, maybe God is calling you to begin a new work in your context!

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