Gospel Fluency Handbook by Ben Connelly and Jeff Vanderstelt | Blog Tour and Small-Group Bundle Giveaway

Are you constantly slipping in and out of believing God’s word about you and trusting in His work on your behalf? Do you forget who He is, what’s He’s done, and, in light of that, who you are? Learn how to connect the way gospel truths actually matter to everyday life with Jeff Vanderstelt and Ben Connelly’s new book and resource, Gospel Fluency Handbook. The discussions and exercises in this 8-week interactive handbook provide a step-by-step immersion of your mind, heart, soul, and life in the gospel. Each week follows a simple format: three sets of personal readings and reflections, a weekly guide for group discussion and exercises that will lead to becoming a more gospel-fluent people.

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Gospel Fluency Handbook: A Practical Guide To Speaking The Truths of Jesus Into the Everyday Stuff of Life (Saturate, September 2017)

“I’m an unbeliever. So are you,” Jeff Vanderstelt tells us in his book Gospel Fluency.

We slip in and out of believing God’s word about us and trusting in his work on our behalf. We forget who He is, what’s He’s done and in light of that who we are.

Do these statements resonate with you? Then the Gospel Fluency Handbook was written for you. For those who’ve realized there are areas of life—your normal, everyday, busy life—where you disbelieve God, His goodness and His gospel. For those who are keenly aware and weighted down by a failure to connect the way gospel truths actually matter to everyday life.

The Gospel Fluency Handbook is designed to help you and your group become fluent in the gospel—in other words, to help you move from unbelief to belief. The discussions and exercises in this 8-week interactive handbook provide a step-by-step immersion of your mind, heart, soul, and life in the gospel. Each week follows a simple format: three sets of personal readings and reflections, a weekly guide for group discussion and exercises that will lead to becoming a more gospel-fluent people. People who are learning to see and then speak the truths of Jesus into the everyday stuff of life. Handbook includes free download code for a companion video series.

Learn more and purchase a copy.

Ben Connelly and Jeff Vanderstelt

{More About Ben Connelly and Jeff Vanderstelt}

Ben Connelly, his wife Jess, and their kiddos Charlotte, Maggie, and Travis live in Fort Worth, TX. He started and now co-leads The City Church, part of the Acts29 network and Soma family of churches. Ben also directs church planting for Soma churches across North America, has taught university classes, and has published a few books. With degrees from Baylor University and Dallas Theological Seminary, he writes for various publications, trains folks across the country, and blogs occasionally at benconnelly.net. **||** Jeff Vanderstelt is the visionary leader for the Soma Family of Churches and the lead teaching pastor at Doxa Church in Bellevue, Washington. When he isn’t preaching or mentoring church planters, he and his family share life with their missional community. He is the author of “Saturate: Being Disciples of Jesus in the Everyday Stuff of Life.”

Find out more about Ben Connelly and at https://saturatetheworld.com.
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Are you fluent in the Gospel?

Gospel Fluency Handbook helps Christians speak the truths of Jesus in everyday life

1/3/2018 || Seattle: Every Christian has moments of unbelief. Author and pastor Jeff Vanderstelt admits, “I’m an unbeliever. So are you. We slip in and out of believing God’s word about us and trusting in His work on our behalf. We forget who He is, what’s He’s done and, in light of that, who we are.”

Vanderstelt and his co-author, Ben Connelly, wrote Gospel Fluency Handbook: A Practical Guide to Speaking the Truths of Jesus into the Everyday Stuff of Life (Saturate Resources/September 15, 2017/ISBN 978-0996849326/$24.99) for those who’ve realized they disbelieve God, His goodness and His gospel in areas of normal, everyday, busy life. It is also for those who are keenly aware and weighed down by a failure to connect the way gospel truths actually matter to everyday life.

The Gospel Fluency Handbook is designed to help individuals and groups become fluent in the gospel. “To be fluent in the gospel is to know is so well it becomes like a mother tongue,” explains Vanderstelt. “When I am fluent, I am able to filter all of life through the truths of the gospel and am readily able to speak those truths into any situation or struggle we are facing at any time.”

The discussions and exercises in this eight-week interactive handbook provide a step-by-step immersion of the reader’s mind, heart, soul and life in the gospel. Each week follows a simple format: three sets of personal readings and reflections and a weekly guide for group discussion and exercises that will lead to becoming a more gospel-fluent people — people learning to see and then speak the truths of Jesus into the everyday stuff of life.

“The first goal of the Gospel Fluency Handbook is to help readers become fluent in the gospel — in other words, to help them move from unbelief to belief, in whatever area(s) of their lives they find it difficult to believe God’s promises, and live according to that belief,” Connelly outlines. “The second goal, which we hope naturally flows from the first, is to help readers speak the truths of Jesus into the everyday stuff of life as we together become a more gospel-fluent people. To that end, we’ve crafted this resource as an interactive guide. It’s not a book; books are generally designed to give information and to be read cover to cover, often in just a few days. The handbook, however, is an eight-week interactive study.”

The book, while inspired by Vanderstelt’s Gospel Fluency (Crossway), is a stand-alone resource, intended to be used both by groups and individuals. Content from Gospel Fluency is summarized in each week’s readings, and for participants who want to go deeper, the readings indicate corresponding chapters from the book if they choose to read and study further.

There is also a nine-part online video series that enhances and deepens the learning experience for groups using Gospel Fluency Handbook. Week by week, Vanderstelt articulates and summarizes key ideas, themes and principles as groups engage and process the handbook together. Additional concepts and training will enhance learning for groups as they move toward becoming a community fluent in the gospel. 

Learn more about the Gospel Fluency Handbook at www.gospelfluency.com.

About the Authors

Jeff Vanderstelt is the visionary leader of the Soma Family of Churches and Saturate and the lead teaching pastor at Doxa Church in Bellevue, WA. He gets to spend his days doing what he loves: training disciples of Jesus to make more disciples of Jesus and equipping the Church in the gospel and missional living.

Vanderstelt is the author of Gospel Fluency, Saturate and the Saturate Field Guide. He and his wife, Jayne, have three children and live in the Seattle, WA area.

Learn more at www.jeffvanderstelt.com and www.saturatetheworld.com. He is also active on Facebook (SaturateTheWorld) and Twitter (@SaturateWorld).

Ben Connelly started and now co-pastors The City Church, part of the Acts29 network and Soma Family of Churches. He also directs church-planting for Soma churches across North America and has taught university classes. With degrees from Baylor University and Dallas Theological Seminary, he writes for various publications and does training across the country.

Connelly has published a few books, including co-authoring Saturate Field Guide and Gospel Fluency Handbook. He and his wife, Jess, have three children and live in Fort Worth, TX.

Connelly blogs occasionally at www.benconnelly.net and is on Twitter (@connellyben).

Suggested Interview Questions

—You open Gospel Fluency Handbook with a quote from Jeff’s book Gospel Fluency, which reads, “I’m an unbeliever. So are you.” What do you mean by this broad statement directed to readers?

—What does it mean to be gospel fluent? What is the first step in the process of improving our fluency?

—How do Christians often misapply Paul’s instruction to speak the truth in love?

—As we work to become fluent in the gospel, what are some of the vocabulary words in which we need a refresher course?

—Why is it hard for many people to talk to others about Jesus? How do we grow our love for Jesus?

—How are our sins tied to our unbeliefs? Why is simply confessing the fruit of our sin not enough?

—How can we display the work of God to the world without looking like we are trying to show off?

—In a world so hostile toward Christianity, what advice do you offer readers for courageously proclaiming the gospel?

—This handbook is based on content from the book Gospel Fluency. Do readers need to have read Gospel Fluency to use this guide?

—What do you hope for readers to gain from reading and working through the handbook?

—What is the format of Gospel Fluency Handbook, and how is it intended to be used? Can it be used for individual study, or should it be used in a group setting?

—Why is it important for readers to share their personal stories with the group?

—There is a video series to go along with the handbook; how do they enhance the reader’s experience with the material?

—Can you share a little bit with us about Saturate the World? What resources are available from your website?

To request a review copy of Gospel Fluency Handbook, to schedule an interview with the Jeff Vanderstelt and Ben Connelly or for more information, please contact Audra Jennings, audra@litfusegroup.com.

Reviews

  • ‘GOSPEL FLUENCY HANDBOOK’ BY JEFF VANDERSTELT AND BEN CONNELLY

    In Gospel Fluency Handbook, Jeff Vanderstelt & Ben Connelly have compiled an excellent workbook to explore areas of unbelief and how we can overcome them through faith in God and a greater understanding of how the Gospel can saturate every area of our lives.

    Written by Life of A Rody on February 8, 2018

  • ‘GOSPEL FLUENCY HANDBOOK’ BY JEFF VANDERSTELT AND BEN CONNELLY

    This is a great handbook, the questions, the easy to read format and engaging one’s mind and heart at both times all find their place in this book.

    Written by For All It’s Worth on February 2, 2018

  • ‘GOSPEL FLUENCY HANDBOOK’ BY JEFF VANDERSTELT AND BEN CONNELLY

    This is a fantastic resource that would be of tremendous use for any small group.

    Written by Hope’s Reason on February 2, 2018

  • ‘GOSPEL FLUENCY HANDBOOK’ BY JEFF VANDERSTELT AND BEN CONNELLY

    Read my full review for six reasons why the Gospel Fluency Handbook looks is a good resource for you to have on your shelf or in your ministry.

    Written by Deeply Rooted on February 1, 2018

  • ‘GOSPEL FLUENCY HANDBOOK’ BY JEFF VANDERSTELT AND BEN CONNELLY

    I had purchased Gospel Fluency at a conference right around the time it came out and could not wait for the Field Guide to be release to accompany it. Having had a chance to read through the guide, I and excited for this to be a resource I use again and again bot myself and with groups. Thanks tons to Jeff and Ben for putting this together.

    Written by Musings of a Follower on January 31, 2018

  • ‘GOSPEL FLUENCY HANDBOOK’ BY JEFF VANDERSTELT AND BEN CONNELLY

    I highly recommend the Gospel Fluency Handbook to anyone who is looking to transform their faith and seek to make the Gospel a everyday conversation!

    Written by stuffstetsonsays.wordpress.com on January 28, 2018

  • ‘GOSPEL FLUENCY HANDBOOK’ BY JEFF VANDERSTELT AND BEN CONNELLY

    The concept of becoming fluent in gospel language is biblical. The gospel should permeate every area of our lives. I appreciate the author’s counsel to live and speak the gospel at work, through parenting, and community. Careful meditation on the truths within this handbook can help the Christian, and the local church to become gospel centered, honestly, isn’t that appropriate and expected for Christ followers?

    Written by Handfuls of Seed on January 25, 2018

  • ‘GOSPEL FLUENCY HANDBOOK’ BY JEFF VANDERSTELT AND BEN CONNELLY

    What I love about this handbook is that it relates so much of the great teaching that I’ve heard from Jeff over the years and also from a lot of the content in his book (Gospel Fluency). The handbook has been an excellent resource for me to walk through, with more intentionality, as I see God flesh the works of Gospel out in my own life and how I can more meaningfully share the truths of Jesus with others.

    Written by Bivocational Learner on Mission for Jesus on January 23, 2018

  • ‘GOSPEL FLUENCY HANDBOOK’ BY JEFF VANDERSTELT AND BEN CONNELLY

    This book is written in a fashion that would be easy for anyone to understand. Its topic are easily explained and backed up with Scripture. This book can be completed individually or with a group of people.

    Written by Four Seasons of Blessings on January 23, 2018

  • ‘GOSPEL FLUENCY HANDBOOK’ BY JEFF VANDERSTELT AND BEN CONNELLY

    The Gospel Fluency Handbook is the type of resource churches need today. It can help clarify and reinforce the truths of Christ’s saving work for personal sanctification. More than that, it will create a gospel-rich culture which will make speaking about Christ to outsiders much easier and more fruitful. I highly recommend this handbook.

    Written by Magnify Christ on January 23, 2018

  • ‘GOSPEL FLUENCY HANDBOOK’ BY JEFF VANDERSTELT AND BEN CONNELLY

    The book looks to be an excellent resource. Because the gospel affects everything and everyone in life, we must become fluent in our understanding of the gospel. The book includes a wealth of scripture and is not for the faint of heart. There appears to be a fair amount of reading and prep work for each session, but each lesson looks well worth your time so you can become more fluent in your understand and application of the gospel.

    Written by ScottKedersha.com on January 22, 2018

  • ‘GOSPEL FLUENCY HANDBOOK’ BY JEFF VANDERSTELT AND BEN CONNELLY

    I would highly recommend this handbook as a resource for Sunday school classes, small groups, and missional communities (even though I believe those are three different things). This is a gift to the Church and one that I hope to see on many shelves around the country.

    Written by matthewboyd.net on January 22, 2018

  • ‘GOSPEL FLUENCY HANDBOOK’ BY JEFF VANDERSTELT AND BEN CONNELLY

    The whole idea of the book is designed to make the participant become fluent in the Gospel, and the authors do a great job of doing that. Though the questions and discussion has a likelihood of causing deep thought and reflection, the book is interesting and easy to read.

    Gospel Fluency is extremely well done and laid out in an easy to use way ideal for a group study. I would definitely recommend it.

    Written by Thoughts of a Sojourner on January 20, 2018

  • ‘GOSPEL FLUENCY HANDBOOK’ BY JEFF VANDERSTELT AND BEN CONNELLY

    Jeff Vanderstelt and Ben Connelly’s Gospel Fluency: A Practical Guide to Speaking the Truths of Jesus into the Everyday Stuff of Life (8-week study) develops a central notion: That for most Christians the Gospel is not their native tongue. It is more like a second, third or even fourth language. Most Christians are simply not fluent enough in the Gospel.

    Vanderstelt argues that becoming a mature Christian requires the ability to “believe and speak the truths of the Gospel … in and into the everyday stuff of life” (page 23). The Gospel is not something to be merely understood propositionally. For it to be truly transformational it must be applied (“spoken”) directly into life experience. His observation is that, even within the Church, personal problems are often given solutions

    Written by The Little Friar on January 16, 2018

  • ‘GOSPEL FLUENCY HANDBOOK’ BY JEFF VANDERSTELT AND BEN CONNELLY

    Before I better my understanding of West African languages or master every word on Urban Dictionary, I need to be more fluent in the Gospel. And Jeff Vanderstelt and Ben Connelly have written a few resources that have helped me and I believe will help all Christians become more fluent in the Gospel.

    Written by https://amazinggreycity.wordpress.com on January 12, 2018

  • ‘GOSPEL FLUENCY HANDBOOK’ BY JEFF VANDERSTELT AND BEN CONNELLY

    This is one of the best, in-depth studies of the Gospel I’ve ever read. It way exceeds anything I’ve learned or read in the past. This is not a book/study that you will go through quickly but one you will savor as you dig deep into what the Gospel really means.

    Written by More Of Him on January 11, 2018

  • ‘GOSPEL FLUENCY HANDBOOK’ BY JEFF VANDERSTELT AND BEN CONNELLY

    Gospel Fluency Handbook by Jeff Vanderstelt and Ben Connelly is a practical and interactive guide that walk believers through the process of becoming gospel fluent in their everyday lives. For the sake of your walk, your church, and unbelievers around you, get a copy of the Gospel Fluency Handbook and invite others to join you in becoming gospel fluent.

    Written by Entrusted By God on January 10, 2018

  • ‘GOSPEL FLUENCY HANDBOOK’ BY JEFF VANDERSTELT AND BEN CONNELLY

    This is a very detailed book and I would recommend readers plan on it taking at least several months to read it and complete all of the activities. I think the questions and journaling in each chapter really help readers to better understand the information that is presented and be able to apply it to their own lives. The handbook covers a good amount of material and included reflection questions and other activities throughout each chapter. I think this would be great for both personal use or in a Bible study type setting.

    Written by Mrsreadsbooks on January 10, 2018

  • ‘GOSPEL FLUENCY HANDBOOK’ BY JEFF VANDERSTELT AND BEN CONNELLY

    This resource will only increase your ability to apply the truth of the Gospel to combat unbelief in everyday life.

    Written by Bondurant and Books on January 10, 2018

  • ‘GOSPEL FLUENCY HANDBOOK’ BY JEFF VANDERSTELT AND BEN CONNELLY

    You know I’m huge on being in healthy community with other believers. This handbook will help your community get on the same page when it comes to understanding and speaking the Gospel fluently. This is one of the biggest privileges we receive as followers of Jesus, to speak the truth about Him into a dark and broken world, that’s so desperately in need of rescue.

    Written by Shattered by the Gospel on January 9, 2018

  • ‘GOSPEL FLUENCY HANDBOOK’ BY JEFF VANDERSTELT AND BEN CONNELLY

    The most exciting part of this resource is its intentional focus on seeing the gospel transform every area of our lives. It does not just call us to share the gospel. It leads us to know the gospel more deeply, apply the gospel to our everyday lives, experience the transforming power of the gospel in community, and share this good news with everyone everywhere.

    Written by Declare & Display on January 7, 2018

  • ‘GOSPEL FLUENCY HANDBOOK’ BY JEFF VANDERSTELT AND BEN CONNELLY

    There is a great deal of material to work through in this book. I really think a person should plan on a year to get the full impact of the book. Doing so with close friends is essential as some of the work deals with one’s own blindness to areas of unbelief. I do recommend this book but be prepared to work much longer than eight weeks on the material.

    Written by Book Reviews From an Avid Reader on January 4, 2018

  • ‘GOSPEL FLUENCY HANDBOOK’ BY JEFF VANDERSTELT AND BEN CONNELLY

    This Handbook is thoughtful and brief, challenging and accessible, while also being thoroughly enjoyable. One word of caution though: This is coaching. And just like my high school coaches who pushed their teams further than they thought they were capable, The Gospel Fluency Handbook is likely to push you in areas you would rather avoid. It is for your good and ultimately for the glory of God, but not always fun in the moment.

    Get this handbook. Work through it with some people who will love you enough to tell you the hard things. Take a week or two and then do it again. Get some water. Wipe the sweat away and then apply what you have learned to the everyday places of your life.

    Written by The Path on January 4, 2018