About This Book
flu·en·cy / noun
:the ability to speak a language easily and effectively
Even if they want to, many Christians find it hard to talk to others about Jesus. Is it possible this difficulty is because we’re trying to speak a language we haven’t actually spent time practicing? Is it possible we have neglected to understand for ourselves how the good news of Jesus impacts every facet of our own lives?
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 everyday 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 mindset, 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.
Praise for Gospel Fluency:
—> 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 an ideas man, he is on the ground living out the truth’s 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 at The Village Church in Dallas, TX, and President of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network
—> Jeff has written a book that will be around a long time by reforming evangelism in a fresh way. Bob Roberts, Senior Pastor, Northwood Church, author, Bold as Love and Lessons from the East
—> 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
—> 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, and hip-hop artist.
—> We need books like Gospel Fluency to both ground us in our practice of the gospel and raise us out of living our daily life in the cultural drift. Daniel Montgomery, Lead Pastor, Sojourn Community Church, Louisville, Kentucky, Founder of the Sojourn Network; author of Faithmapping and Leadership Mosaic
—> 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, even dreaming immersed in the good news of Jesus and how that changes everything. This is an extremely practical and helpful book! Wendy Alsup, teacher, blogger, and author of Is the Bible Good for Women? and Practical Theology for Women
—> Even the title of this book, Gospel Fluency, gets at a right understanding of the gospel: the message from God that must be spoken. 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, author, Evangelism: How the Whole Church Speaks of Jesus and Marks of the Messenger
—> Jeff Vanderstelt has a gift for clarifying and simplifying what is often complex and puzzling. Gospel Fluency is no exception. 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, Pastor of Worship and Arts, Sojourn Community Church, Louisville, Kentucky