I’ve quoted from Jeff Vanderstelt many times on this site. He’s the leader of the Soma Family of Churches and has some great missional thought. One of the concepts I didn’t know about until now is that of “Saturation.” He even has a site called, http://www.saturatetheworld.com. But what saturation is is a different way of looking at incarnation and its spread through the church. Here’s what Jeff says:
Habakkuk 2:14 speaks of a day when “The knowledge of the glory of the Lord will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea.” That is a saturation point–a time in which everywhere you go, the knowledge of the glory of the Lord will saturate everyone and everything. You will not be able to avoid to truths of God.
The Apostle Paul says in Colossians 1:27 that Christ in us is the hope of glory and in Ephesians 1:23 that the church is Christ’s body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. The church is God’s plan for saturation. Christ in us and Christ through us, every day and everywhere, so that through us Christ might be preeminent in everything (Col. 1:18). I call this gospel saturation, in which every man, woman and child has a daily encounter with Jesus in word and deed through his people, the church.
This is why we have been saved. This is why we exist.
Perhaps we can think of the spread of Christ’s witness in the world as a towel or a sponge getting saturated with water. The goal is not a “little” wet. The goal is total saturation; “gospel saturation.”
As I think about this in my own setting, it’s clear that this is something that I can’t (and should not) do myself. It’s not something that my church can’t (and should not) do itself. What I think my role becomes is 1) trying to saturate the area around me with the Gospel and 2) helping others saturate the areas around them. In this way we can saturate the world.