Verge Missional Community Conference 2010 Main Session Video
Jeff Vanderstelt: Gospel Rhythms
A Wholistic Approach to Ministry
“Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinfulÂ desires, which war against your souls. Live such good lives among he pagans that,Â though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify GodÂ on the day he visits us.”
1 Peter 2:11-12
In order to lead our people to see all of life as ministry and mission we must equip themÂ to live out the gospel in everyday activities â€“ rhythms.Â We have found some transferable patterns or rhythms of life that should be lived out inÂ light of the Gospel and our gospel identity.
We understand, experience and intersect with Godâ€™s Story and Otherâ€™sÂ God has been unfolding his Story since before time began. We believe we are participants in theÂ Story and need to understand it and see how our lives intersect with it. Therefore, we regularlyÂ reacquaint ourselves with the Story by interacting with Godâ€™s Word. We look for ways and timesÂ to tell the Story often. We also take time to listen to others stories and help them find their livesÂ within Godâ€™s Story.Â (Genesis 1:1-2; John 1:1; Psalm 1; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
We set aside regular times to listen to God both backward and forwardÂ Jesus listened to God in prayer to know his Fatherâ€™s will. We are also called to listen toÂ God. We listen â€˜backwardâ€™ by regularly interacting with Godâ€™s Wordâ€“the Story and theÂ Son. We also believe he speaks today through his Spirit in us and through creation. WeÂ spend time actively listening â€˜forwardâ€™ to hear what God is saying to us today.Â (Mark 1:35-37; John 16:7-15; Hebrews 1:1-3; Romans 1:20)
We gather together to celebrate Godâ€™s extravagant blessingsÂ Godâ€™s calls people to regularly celebrate his goodness and grace. We gather weekly inÂ missional communities and regularly as a larger family, to share stories and celebrate allÂ that God is doing in and amongst us. We invite everyone to these celebrations as a wayÂ of displaying Godâ€™s glory. Â (Leviticus 23; Acts 2:42-47; Hebrews 10:24-25)
We intentionally bless others through words, gifts or actionsÂ God desires that all nationsâ€“all peopleâ€“would be blessed through Jesus. And now, asÂ his Body, we believe we live out this mission as we bless others. WeÂ intentionally seek Godâ€™s direction for who he would have us tangibly bless each week. Â (Genesis 12:1-3; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:8-10; 1 Peter 2:12)
We regularly eat meals with others to invite them into the community of God.Â Meals are a daily reminder of our common need for God and his faithfulness to provideÂ both physically and spiritually. Jesus called us to remember him and his sacrifice for usÂ through a meal. When we eat together, we commune around this truth. We regularly eatÂ meals with those not in our immediate family or circle of close friends, discipling themÂ toward a life of dependence on God. Â (Leviticus 23; Matthew 6:11; 26:17-30; Acts 2:46-47; Romans 12:13)
We take time to rest, play, create and restore beauty in ways that reflectÂ God to others.Â After powerfully and joyfully creating the universe, God rested. We were created in hisÂ image and therefore were made to joyfully create and rest as well. We regularly takeÂ time to rest, play, create and restore beauty in ways that reflect what God is like to ourÂ community. Â (Genesis 1-2:3; Deuteronomy 5:12; Mark 2:23-28; Hebrews)
Read more about Gospel RhythmsÂ here.
Find more resources from Jeff and the GCM Collective here.