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“I’ve always been grateful for Jeff Vanderstelt’s heart for discipleship. Rather than drawing people to himself, he labors to help others understand the power they possess in the Spirit. He does what all good leaders should do: spends his days equipping others to do the work of the ministry.”
―Francis Chan, New York Times bestselling author, Crazy Love and Forgotten God
“Saturate is a compelling and biblically serious picture of Jesus and the mission he has given his people. It is a book that is deeply doctrinal and helpfully applicable. I have known Jeff to faithfully live out the philosophies of life and day-to-day ministry contained in these pages, and have watched firsthand as God produced much fruit. I pray it encourages you.”
―Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor, The Village Church, Dallas, Texas; President, Acts 29 Church Planting Network; author, The Mingling of Souls and The Explicit Gospel
“Jeff is one of the smartest, most dedicated, and most interesting disciple-makers I know. In this book, and through the medium of his life story, he effectively passes on the key insights that make him one of the best movement leaders in the country. Saturate is a winner.”
―Alan Hirsch, Founder, Forge and Future Travelers; award winning author, Untamed, Right Here Right Now, and ReJesus
“If someone were to ask me where to go to learn about discipleship, I would hand them the Bible along with Jeff Vanderstelt’s book Saturate. Readers will find themselves taking a survey of their lives, seeing the areas that God desires to take captive for his glory. Whether you are a preacher, homemaker, small-group leader, high school student, or new convert, Saturate will spur you on to live a life that will influence others to know Jesus while growing people in Jesus, not just at church, but in all of life.”
―Jackie Hill Perry, poet; author; hip-hop artist
“Jeff Vanderstelt uses an ordinary experience to give us extraordinary insight into what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. Saturate is a great challenge to all of us to stop doing church and be the church!”
―Dave Ferguson, Lead Pastor, Community Christian Church, Naperville, Illinois; Lead Visionary, NewThing
“In Saturate, Jeff Vanderstelt endeavors to provide Christians with an image of God’s grace that is all-encompassing and inescapable. Whether you are new to the faith or a seasoned believer, Jeff’s words will encourage you and focus God’s gospel on every facet of your life. This book will challenge the way you see your Savior, your mission, and your everyday life.”
―Ed Stetzer, Executive Director, Billy Graham Center for Evangelism, Wheaton College
“Jeff Vanderstelt’s passion and commitment to the fame of Jesus are as evident in this book as they are in his preaching. It was so refreshing to read chapter after chapter that lifted high the name of Jesus and to be challenged to do the same more and more in my life and ministry.”
―Matt Carter, Pastor of Preaching, The Austin Stone Community Church, Austin, Texas; coauthor, The Real Win
“Saturate is a crucially needed and down-to-earth manual for what is most important―loving God and loving neighbors. What Christian wouldn’t want to know what Jeff Vanderstelt has brilliantly and helpfully given us here?”
―Jared C. Wilson, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry, Spurgeon College; Author in Residence, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, The Imperfect Disciple
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).
Visionary Leader, Soma; Pastor, Doxa Church, Bellevue, Washington; author, Saturate
- ASIN : 1433545993
- Publisher : Crossway; Illustrated edition (April 30, 2015)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781433545993
- ISBN-13 : 978-1433545993
- Item Weight : 14 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.81 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #62,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I greatly appreciate the way Vanderstelt writes with openness and honesty about living for Jesus in the everyday stuff of life. Many people separate Sundays and the rest of the week. Or at best sprinkle in events of following Jesus. This book will challenge your perspective on areas of your life that God is challenging and calling you to live more fully in Him. There are many valuable lessons to be learned from this book.
I may compile a separate post of key lessons. For now here is a fairly detailed summary overview of the book and the contents of the chapters.
Can you imagine every city, every neighborhood, every street, and every house saturated with Jesus’s presence through his people? This book is written to encourage the everyday Jesus follower to engage in the everyday stuff of life with the goal of seeing Jesus saturation for everyone in every place.
Part 1: Beginnings
Chapter 2: Jesus Goes to Poker Parties
What if we were to start a church that feasted and celebrated around Jesus together? All of life was to be done as an expression of their love for God. Jesus did everything for his heavenly Father’s glory. This is what Jesus does. Jesus makes life better. Jesus brings the better wine. Jesus takes empty religion and ritual, and brings it to life for everyday people. He takes what many deem holy (like the water in the ceremonial cleansing jars) and brings it to the party. He breaks down the barrier between what people might call sacred and secular. Jesus makes all things sacred—including wine at a party. We don’t go to church. We are the church sent out into the world.” Jesus didn’t live, serve, suffer, and die so we could just attend a Christian event. He lived and died so we could become his people who are sent into every part of the world on his behalf.
All of life counts and everyone matters.
It’s not activities and events that are primarily Christian. It’s people. Activities and events, by themselves, are not sacred, but people are. The word holy in the Bible means to be set apart for God’s purposes in the world. “The role of Jesus’s church—his set-apart people—is to increasingly bring all of life under his leadership so that he is the center of everything,” Have you ever taken time to dream about what God might want to do in and through you where you live and work? Jesus prefers normal, weak, and broken people.
All God’s people, everywhere, filling everyday life with his presence. This has always been God’s vision for his people.
But whoever got away with designing this cover has done a cruel thing to humanity. I'm sure it's intentional. I don't know why though. Sadism? Whatever message intended from the cover is lost, and choosing such gratingly vibrating colors is bordering on unforgivable.
This book is easy to read, not overly wordy and filled with many, many amazing stories of real people, real events and God doing amazing and miraculous work in His people. It is an encouraging book!
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By contrast in other parts of the world, the church is not only growing but positively booming as disciples make disciples in their tens of thousands.
These two contrasting worlds have caused some leaders to rethink their content, others their systems and still others their model of church. In a number of ways Jeff Vanderstelt, author of Saturate: Being disciples of Jesus in the everyday stuff of life rethought all three.
There are a number of ways in which Saturate isn’t especially new, nor perhaps is it intended to be. Whatever your model of church I would hope that all church leaders would want their people to be followers of Jesus all the time. That they would want the gospel to go into all the earth and that all Christians bear some responsibility for that. That is the basic vision of Saturate, that the whole earth is saturated with the gospel of Jesus Christ, through the words and deeds of His people.
For, many the question is not really what we should be doing but how should we do it? How do you make disciples in Western society? How do you engage more people in mission? How do you help people see their whole life in service to Christ?
Jeff is the leader of a family of churches called Soma and they have pushed missional communities as a the vehicle for mission. They still have Sunday services or gatherings but the primary place of discipleship and mission is worked out through missional communities. Saturate works as a good introduction to the why and how of missional communities.
The stories of how a group of people engaged with their neighbours and neighbourhoods is encouraging and inspiring but many such stories have and are told by churches with other models of church.
I confess I was already persuaded of the need for churches to embrace both a more holistic view of life and a deeper view of discipleship before reading this book. If Jeff was preaching, then I’m in the choir.
After a couple of introductory chapters (part one) the book quickly moves to the Gospel (part two) how Jesus has saved you, how Jesus is saving you and Jesus will save you. This then results in a new way of thinking about discipleship (part three). We learn how to follow Jesus then primarily through life on life (ie not in a classroom but through daily life), life in community (it’s not worked out on our own or even one to one) and it’s life on mission (it’s about making more disciples).
How we do life and mission is shaped by our new identity (part four) as family, as missionaries, as servants. This then is worked out (part five) in everyday life – figuring out the rhythms of your city, joining in with them with ‘gospel intentionality’ (everything or anything can be mission).
Where I found this book most helpful though was not in the what we should we do nor exactly in the why but in the way Jeff connects the two. In other words, we do what we do because of who we are, and we are who we are because of what God has done. God did what He did because of who He is. Our actions should be shaped by our identity and our identity is shaped by God’s actions because of God’s character.
Vanderstelt works this out through getting people to ask four simple questions: Who is God? What has God done? Who, then, are we? What should we do? Too often churches (and I’m guilty of this) is to start with the last question and get all confused about the others (especially the first and third).
This ability to speak the Gospel to each other, or having what Jeff calls Gospel fluency, was perhaps the most impacting aspect of the book for me. Members are challenged in their behaviour not through simply pointing out faults but by being reminded of who they are in Christ. This is gospel-centred discipleship, our actions, the shape of our lives, the rhythm of our weeks, being fundamentally reshaped by who we are in Christ.
The church in the west needs a reinvigorated discipleship that calls men & women to something deeper, broader and richer. We need this both to combat the secular, consumer culture which is antithetical to following Christ so that discipleship can be sustained but also so that we become, again, disciples who make disciples of all nations.