It all leads to good news

I’m not super academic and though it is said that “we are all theologians” I really wouldn’t ever call myself one… That being said, I’ve recently had to formulate my thoughts on gospel fluency and the Spirit and thought I’d share them here over the next couple of weeks…
When Jeff Vanderstelt speaks about gospel fluency (Check out his Gospel Fluency videos on Utube) you’ll hear him talk about “speaking the truth in love.” Being “gospel fluent” is doing just that… whenever possible; always. Jesus and the Gospel are true all the time… not just on Sunday’s or during community group or when we meet with our accountability partners, or when things get bad enough for us to NEED it… they are true ALL the time; in every situation and circumstance… the big ones AND the small ones.
God knows the number of hairs on our head (Luke 12:7). In Matthew 6 he says that he knows what we need before we even ask and later in the chapter he tells us how valuable we are and assures us of his provision. God knows everything AND cares about everything. He is sovereign over all. If we believe that he establishes our steps (Proverbs 16:9), that his purpose can not be thwarted (Job 42:2) and that all is his and he rules over it all (1 Chronicles 29:11-12)…
Every story, circumstance and parable in the Bible points to the Gospel. As written by Solomon, “there is nothing new under the sun”… Every circumstance of our lives can be pointed to the Gospel… every relational dynamic, every situation, the good, the bad, every decision we are faced with, every desire of our hearts, every mistake that we make, EVERYTHING.
When we acknowledge the Lord, and the purpose and work of the Holy Spirit in our lives we can see how the good news of what Jesus has done for us relates to every aspect of our lives. When my son bonks his head I can talk to him about God’s grace being sufficient for us and his power being made perfect in our weakness; for when we are weak, we are strong (2 Corinthians 12). When we discipline our children they know that the consequence we have for them is just a reminder of what they actually deserve for their sin and when we extend grace, we get to tell them about the grace that God abundantly has and gives to those who love him. When a neighbor sees our family love “the least of these” we can share with them about Jesus who came not for the sick, who loved the widow and the prostitute. In a quarrel we can talk about forgiveness, unconditional love and sacrifice. At work or when folding the laundry we can talk about doing all things as for the Lord and about serving others as Jesus did. In our folly, sin and foolishness we can talk about the struggle with flesh, putting off the old self and setting our minds on things of the spirit…
There is always a way to tie all things back to Jesus and some part (if not all elements) of the Gospel. We must however, know it, believe it, acknowledge it and acknowledge and listen to the Spirit within us whose job is to help us. Acts 1:8 says that we will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon us and we will be a witness to the end of the Earth. Being gospel fluent is sharing the Gospel with whoever we can (or whoever the Lord would have us share it with) whenever we can (or every opportunity we have to interact with others).
As we listen to and are lead by the power of the Spirit within us, our eyes will see and our hearts will understand how the message of Christ applies to whatever we encounter and we will be both compelled and empowered to share it. Gospel fluency is how we live out our calling to make disciples. Sharing the Gospel, teaching the Gospel; God doesn’t intend for us to wait for that big moment or for that summer as camp councilor to have been “that time we shared the Gospel.” He wants us to be sharing it always…

Published by Tiffanie Lloyd

I am a detail-oriented and energetic multi-tasker traveling at the side of my best friend, and momma to eight amazing kids. God has gifted me with creativity; I'm an entrepreneur, writer, and photographer with a passion for women's health, particularity in childbirth. I own a Cafe and Community Center in Kathmandu, Nepal where I teach Parenting and Childbirth Education. I'm also a Doula, Breastfeeding Counselor, and Holistic Nutritionist. Thanks for stoping by! Be sure to check out my archives, and sign up for notifications about new posts!

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