1) Listen to Podcast
Saturate: Everyday Stuff (Pt 1)
1. Rhythms, in general: Having invested significant space to our new identity (family, servant, missionary), Vanderstelt transitions in his book, Saturate, to practical ways we live out this identity. Surprisingly, he insists, “This will not happen by adding another activity or event to our busy lives, but rather by infusing the gospel into our everyday rhythms.” Breakdown that provocative and powerful sentence. (1) Have you experienced an event/activity overloaded Christianity? (2) What does it mean to ‘infuse the gospel’ into a specific part of one’s life? (3) What does Vanderselt mean by ‘everyday rhythms’?
2. Rhythm 1 – Eating : “Everyday meals are spiritual events .” How do Psalm 104 and Matthew 6:25-26 affirm this second, bold statement by Vanderselt? Think also about significant meals in the storyline of Scripture (Deut. 12:5-7; Rev. 19:6-9). In what ways might you view your breakfast, lunch, and dinner differently if you realized that each was a way to remember and display the gospel? What can we do to open our tables to each other better? Could you plan a meal as an act of mission?
3. Rhythm 2 – Celebrating : As people made in the image of God, we were created to celebrate. We celebrate because God celebrates – He parties (Luke 15:7; Zeph 3:17)! What does the culture around you celebrate? (from national holidays like Thanksgivings, to more individual events like promotions or graduations) How can you join already existing celebrations in a way that both remembers and displays the gospel to your community and mission field?
4. Rhythm 3 – Creating and Resting : God created everything in six days, and then He rested. We, as His image bearers, were designed to do the same thing – create and rest . Do you consider yourself a creative person? How has God wired you? What are you particularly good at? How might you infuse this unique, creative talent with gospel significance? What about rest… In a typical month, how well and how often do you rest? What types of things do you do for rest and play? What are some untruths, or false identities that you believe which keep you from resting?