Theology Thursday: Gospel Fluency

When I was 18 years old I started attending a Christian College that was located in Hialeah. As someone who has been effectually referred to as a “gringo” for most of my life, attending school in Hialeah was difficult at first because I had virtually no knowledge of the Spanish language. After attending that school for several years, speaking with people in the community, and eating at local Latin-American restaurants, I’ve picked up enough Spanish to be able to order food, ask for directions, and politely tell people in Spanish, that I speak very little Spanish, but I am trying to learn so please forgive me. At times I will say: “Mi Habla poquito Español, Mi Esposa es Cubana, aprendi español en mi casa” which roughly translates into “I speak a little Spanish, my wife is Cuban, my house is where I learn Spanish.”

I am not fluent in Spanish, but I am working on it. Another thing that I am learning to be fluent in is the gospel. “Gospel Fluency” is the ability to see how the gospel applies to different areas of our lives. The gospel DOES apply to every area of life, but we as Christians need to do the work of seeing how the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus applies to those areas. While being gospel fluent is to many of us a foreign language, the more we ponder the question “How does the gospel apply to this?” for ourselves and those around us, the easier it will become to find the answer to that question. Asking “How does the gospel apply here?” instead of “Does the gospel apply here?” can be a thought provoking question in our Core Groups that will eventually lead to our church members thinking in a gospel fluent manner as well. The aim of this is not merely to know the gospel like a language in our head, but for it to be transformative for our hearts and lives.

At the last Leadership Sync, all the Core Group leaders were given the book Note to Self, as we believe it will help the leaders become more gospel fluent, preaching the gospel to our own hearts. The author, Joe Thorn, is an excellent bible teacher whose sermons and books have personally shaped and blessed me immensely. Below is a link to an interview that he did on the book Note to Self, which I suggest you listen to. It’s only 5 minutes long and will be helpful in your journey towards gospel fluency.



P.S. If you want to go deeper, check out this hour and 11 minute teaching by Jeff Vanderstelt