Gospel Fluency – Jeff Vanderstelt

I’m in Phoenix for the surge intensive with Jeff Vanderstelt. He is talking about being fluent in the gospel. Here are some of thoughts:

• If you don’t know how to speak to the culture, you will have difficulty sharing the gospel
• The bigger problem for the church is that they don’t know the gospel
• Too many people, when they hear the gospel don’t know why it is good news
• If people don’t know the gospel, they won’t share the gospel
• Ephesians 4:15 means that when we speak the truth in love, Paul is saying, “we speak the gospel in love”
• The best way for the church to work is the whole church speaking the gospel always
• Is everyone in my church fluent in the gospel?
• To know the gospel, we have to be able to interact with the gospel in all of life
• Romans 1:16
• One way of saying the gospel is “the power of God for salvation for everyone who believes”
• We need to know the gospel so well so that we can say it in a variety of ways without losing the essence of it
• You won’t share the gospel if you don’t think it is the only hope
• Because of the gospel, we are loved because of who we are, not because of what we do
• We have no shame, no reason to cover up because of the gospel
• If you are motivated by shame and guilt, you aren’t believing the gospel
• We sin because of a lack of belief in the sufficiency of Christ
• When the gospel goes deep, our affections go deeper in our lives than our affections for sin
• When discipling, pay attention to how often guilt and shame motivate them
• Our love for Jesus needs to be the motivator of our hearts, not because we have to
• The spirit that raised Christ from the dead lives in you
• Too often we live at the cross instead of in light of the resurrection
• When preaching or discipling people, do you motivate through the gospel or guilt and shame
• If your church isn’t living on mission, it’s probably because they don’t believe they can
• 1 Peter 1:3
• Behind every sin is unbelief in Jesus
• Get in the habit of taking every thought captive to line it up with the gospel
• How do you create a gospel centered culture?
• You need to know the gospel story
• If people don’t know the big story well, they won’t know how to see how Jesus fits into it
• Creation: what do I find my identity in (do I and the person I’m talking to see their identity in Christ)
• Fall: what is my problem (who do I blame, who do they blame)
• Redemption: what is my solution (what do I and others look to redeem me)
• Restoration: what is my future hope (usually myself)
• These four parts are in the gospel and in everybody’s story
• When doing evangelism, start with where you agree and then move to the gospel
• How does the gospel affect what you’re facing? How does the gospel bring hope?