To continue our discussion of missional living this month, I’ve asked Laurèn Heffner to write a review of the book, Saturate, by Jeff Vanderstelt. Laurèn and her husband John lead a community group here at Redeemer and I have often gleaned wisdom and inspiration from them and their commitment to investing in their church and community with a missional passion. So enjoy this peek into where some of their ideas and training has come from and if you haven’t already, grab a copy of Saturate and let’s continue our discussion on how to live mission-minded as individuals, as families, and as a church body.
A Book Review by Laurèn Heffner
I’ve often heard the phrase “being on mission” or “mission-minded” without having a picture of what that looks like for the average believer like myself. How do I take the great commission seriously in Southern California, in the High Desert, in my home?
For some of us, the call to go and make disciples is daunting because we rightfully think of the great task of taking the gospel to ends of the earth, but in the book, Saturate, what author, Jeff Vanderstelt is bringing to our attention is the mission field we’re living in right now. When the church believes Jesus is better than anything else we could love, this truth governs how we think, talk, and act in what Vanderstelt calls “the everyday stuff of life.”
It makes sense, but what does this gospel saturated life look like?
While Vanderstelt addresses this and other practical questions in Saturate, he provides examples from his own missional community (a group he defines as “a family of missionary servants who make disciples who make disciples”). The stories of redemption within his group are woven together in this book to reveal the greater picture of God’s grace and His plan for the church. Many of Vanderstelt’s suggestions for missional community can even be applied in Community Groups here at Redeemer Church, such as sharing meals and creating a planned commitment to serve a specific person or group outside the church.
From my own experience in our Community Group, since we have read and applied these principles together, our group has been able to make the most of our time together by investing in each other and formulating a vision that reflects our mission as believers.
So I guess you could say I recommend that you read this book! And while you are waiting for your copy to arrive in the mail, check out this article on the Desiring God blog for a brief introduction to missional communities by Vanderstelt himself.
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