Bob Sawvelle: The Definitive Book on Living an Abundant Christian Life

Bob Sawvelle: The Definitive Book on Living an Abundant Christian Life

Is it possible that understanding God’s power to work in and through a believer could be the key to unlocking a life of exceptional activity and creativity? With God, all things are possible, and you can achieve the extraordinary says author and pastor Bob Sawvelle.

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Episode Notes

Charisma Connection

Guest: Bob Sawvelle

Is it possible that understanding God’s power to work in and through a believer could be the key to unlocking a life of exceptional activity and creativity? With God, all things are possible, and you can achieve the extraordinary.

Pastor and Missionary Bob Sawvelle has written a book that some deem as the “definitive book on living an abundant Christian Life. Fulfill Your Dreams: Seize the Day and Be Extraordinary will help you live victoriously.

Fulfill Your Dreams: Seize the Day and Be Extraordinary presents the way to step forward and truly embrace your kingdom destiny.

Introduction

Chris Johnson: Welcome to Charisma Connection on the Charisma Podcast Network. I'm your host, Chris Johnson. Today, we're privileged to speak with Dr. Bob Sawvelle, who founded Passion Church in Tucson, Arizona along with his wife, Carolyn. They served as missionaries in Haiti and in various pastoral roles, and he teaches seminary students. He has a masters and doctorate in theology and yet he speaks very practically in his latest book, Fulfill your Dreams: Seize the Day and be Extraordinary. Now, you have some great life experiences, and I don't think I've told the half of it.

 

Bob Sawvelle: Prior to going into ministry full time, my wife and I had a season of our life when we were engineers and so she was a software engineer. I was electrical engineer. We have a unique perspective in the sense that we understand what it's like to work demanding careers and jobs and balance that with family and ministry. We try to give theology, I call it practical theology that really helps and works with people, understanding everybody has everyday life that they live and go through and those type of things.

 

Bob on YouTube

·         The Gospel of the Kingdom

·         Our Eyes are on You

·         Creating a Culture of Evangelism

·         Nothing Compares

 

Chris Johnson: In this book, you offer principles to help the believer fulfill dreams by embracing their purpose. Let's step back and say, How can the Christian find the purpose for which God has called them?

 

Bob Sawvelle: First and foremost, our ultimate calling is to follow Jesus and to love him with all of our heart. That in essence, can be a touchy subject when you talk about fulfilling your dreams because it can almost sound very introspective and it's all about me. When in reality it's all about Him. But as we're pursuing Him and falling more in love with Him and living out of delight with our relationship with the Lord, all of a sudden, we begin to understand our true purpose or true calling. What makes us come alive, we begin to discover our purpose, our destiny and move towards that. So, at the very basis of where I'm going in the book is encouraging the believer to number one give your heart completely to the Lord and follow Him daily. It's not just a bunch of principles on how to get rich quick, for example, or how to just to be successful. It's about learning to be successful as we follow Christ in whatever endeavor He leads us into.

 

Chris Johnson: How did you personally find your purpose?

 

Bob’s Personal Story

Bob Sawvelle: That's a good question. For me, my story is somewhat of discovering my purpose through some setbacks. That theme is woven throughout the book. I tell a lot of my stories, but I came to Christ one was about 20, and in my early 20s, my walk with God was really dynamic. Then I went through a season of time where I went through some setbacks and disappointments, in particular a divorce. That was, for me, a real life-changer in the respect that I had two wonderful children by that first marriage. I was feeling as though OK, I knew I had a call on my life. I feel like I've wandered from that that purpose that God had for me. My career was going fine. I was working as an engineer and serving in a church. But I realized that the real purpose for which God has for me had somehow taken a backseat. And worse, I felt as though, how am I going to really get back on track. For me, there was a real defining moment after I met Carolyn and we had married a couple years later. On a Saturday morning, I was in my home office, we were living in Florida at the time, and all of a sudden, I had a moment with the Lord where I was listening to a radio talk show about Dr. David Livingston, the famous missionary in Africa, about his life and different things. At that moment, the Holy Spirit began to really speak to me. I have a call in your life, a call to ministry. Your failures don't define you. It's your response to the call that I have on your life.

 

That was a turning point for me. It wasn't crystal clear exactly what that was going to look like from that point. But I began to realize that failure, that setback that I had that I thought would be debilitating and that I would never now step into the fullness of my purpose, all of a sudden I began to realize God looked at it totally different. I think for most people as I pastored now for nearly 25 years, I look at most people and I see where they've had some type of setback. Maybe it's not something as dramatic as a divorce and maybe it's been a job loss or maybe there's been some illness or death of a loved one, whatever the case may be. Sometimes it's just their own lack of understanding of our identity in Christ. What I see is many people don't move forward because of these setbacks, whether real or perceived, and I really tried to write the book from my own experience in my own understanding, not only personally, but what I've seen as a pastor; to give people really practical tools and principles, biblical principles that would help them understand their identity, live in forgiveness, be a person full of faith, know how to pray. Sort of the A to Z, if you will, of principles and fulfilling destiny. And that's where I was coming from. So, what I've learned along the way, then are purposes are sort of discovered through both the highs and lows. And, the more that we can just keep our eyes on Jesus who's the author amd finisher of our faith, we keep walking with Him, no matter what the setback may be, or the hardships of the circumstances we face. We just keep walking with Him. Along the way, those dreams continue to unfold. The purpose continues to unfold and that's sort of what I've discovered.

 

Feedback From the Book

Chris Johnson: Excellent. Well, we all have highs and lows, so that's reassuring. I understand you have some millennials who've been reading this book or have access to your teachings on purpose and have found them to be very practical in their own lives.

 

Bob Sawvelle: The feedback I've been getting has been very positive from a lot of the younger people. And again, what I tried to do, I didn't write the book specifically for millennials. But one of the things in my heart and in my mind as I sat down to do this work was when I became a young Christian, you know, my early 20s, I wish there would have been a book at the time, maybe there was, I just didn't discover it, that was sort of an A to Z; give me some practical principles on what I need to do to grow in Christ and to continue to develop and find purpose along the way. So I wrote the book with the idea, what are the basic themes that I've taught in and preached in my church, what are the basic concepts that I want people to grow? Then I took some of those concepts and I began to develop chapters out of that. So again, weaving some of the practical stories that we've experienced as well as others that I write about in the book, I found subject matters I think are relevant only to the millennial age group but also to those again that maybe suffered setbacks like I talked about a minute ago. Or, even for the mature believer, I tried to write it at a depth that was simple yet there is some deep truth as well so that even the mature believers are giving very positive feedback about the book. But the millennials seem to really gravitate towards the how-to aspect of what's woven through the book where they can grab the simple truths and the subject matter and yet there's the depth there. Some of them told me they had to reread such and such page several times before I could grasp everything from it. But the overall concepts are there and they know they've got a resource now that they can go back to and uses as needed. One of the young men in our church used some of the portion of the chapter on faith there's, I think it's chapter eight, faith realizes dreams, and he used some of that portion to do a young adult study and the other adults loved it. So he just took a couple of pages of that and some of the concepts just on those pages and developed a teaching outline out of it. It was really meaningful to him. So, very positive feedback from the young people as well as some of the older ones. I had one lady in our church, in her mid-60s a very mature believer, she shared with me, that she wrote a review on Amazon for the book. What I really wanted to say, she thought it might be a bit presumptuous, but she wanted to say, next to the Bible, you need to read this book. I said, Really? She said, oh, yes, it has had that much of an impact on me. You've got some very key thoughts and insights on things mixed with biblical truth and principle that they're very helpful. So that was really encouraging.

Episode Notes

Charisma Connection

Guest: Bob Sawvelle

Is it possible that understanding God’s power to work in and through a believer could be the key to unlocking a life of exceptional activity and creativity? With God, all things are possible, and you can achieve the extraordinary.

Pastor and Missionary Bob Sawvelle has written a book that some deem as the “definitive book on living an abundant Christian Life. Fulfill Your Dreams: Seize the Day and Be Extraordinary will help you live victoriously.

Fulfill Your Dreams: Seize the Day and Be Extraordinary presents the way to step forward and truly embrace your kingdom destiny.

Introduction

Chris Johnson: Welcome to Charisma Connection on the Charisma Podcast Network. I'm your host, Chris Johnson. Today, we're privileged to speak with Dr. Bob Sawvelle, who founded Passion Church in Tucson, Arizona along with his wife, Carolyn. They served as missionaries in Haiti and in various pastoral roles, and he teaches seminary students. He has a masters and doctorate in theology and yet he speaks very practically in his latest book, Fulfill your Dreams: Seize the Day and be Extraordinary. Now, you have some great life experiences, and I don't think I've told the half of it.

 

Bob Sawvelle: Prior to going into ministry full time, my wife and I had a season of our life when we were engineers and so she was a software engineer. I was electrical engineer. We have a unique perspective in the sense that we understand what it's like to work demanding careers and jobs and balance that with family and ministry. We try to give theology, I call it practical theology that really helps and works with people, understanding everybody has everyday life that they live and go through and those type of things.

 

Bob on YouTube

·         The Gospel of the Kingdom

·         Our Eyes are on You

·         Creating a Culture of Evangelism

·         Nothing Compares

 

Chris Johnson: In this book, you offer principles to help the believer fulfill dreams by embracing their purpose. Let's step back and say, How can the Christian find the purpose for which God has called them?

 

Bob Sawvelle: First and foremost, our ultimate calling is to follow Jesus and to love him with all of our heart. That in essence, can be a touchy subject when you talk about fulfilling your dreams because it can almost sound very introspective and it's all about me. When in reality it's all about Him. But as we're pursuing Him and falling more in love with Him and living out of delight with our relationship with the Lord, all of a sudden, we begin to understand our true purpose or true calling. What makes us come alive, we begin to discover our purpose, our destiny and move towards that. So, at the very basis of where I'm going in the book is encouraging the believer to number one give your heart completely to the Lord and follow Him daily. It's not just a bunch of principles on how to get rich quick, for example, or how to just to be successful. It's about learning to be successful as we follow Christ in whatever endeavor He leads us into.

 

Chris Johnson: How did you personally find your purpose?

 

Bob’s Personal Story

Bob Sawvelle: That's a good question. For me, my story is somewhat of discovering my purpose through some setbacks. That theme is woven throughout the book. I tell a lot of my stories, but I came to Christ one was about 20, and in my early 20s, my walk with God was really dynamic. Then I went through a season of time where I went through some setbacks and disappointments, in particular a divorce. That was, for me, a real life-changer in the respect that I had two wonderful children by that first marriage. I was feeling as though OK, I knew I had a call on my life. I feel like I've wandered from that that purpose that God had for me. My career was going fine. I was working as an engineer and serving in a church. But I realized that the real purpose for which God has for me had somehow taken a backseat. And worse, I felt as though, how am I going to really get back on track. For me, there was a real defining moment after I met Carolyn and we had married a couple years later. On a Saturday morning, I was in my home office, we were living in Florida at the time, and all of a sudden, I had a moment with the Lord where I was listening to a radio talk show about Dr. David Livingston, the famous missionary in Africa, about his life and different things. At that moment, the Holy Spirit began to really speak to me. I have a call in your life, a call to ministry. Your failures don't define you. It's your response to the call that I have on your life.

 

That was a turning point for me. It wasn't crystal clear exactly what that was going to look like from that point. But I began to realize that failure, that setback that I had that I thought would be debilitating and that I would never now step into the fullness of my purpose, all of a sudden I began to realize God looked at it totally different. I think for most people as I pastored now for nearly 25 years, I look at most people and I see where they've had some type of setback. Maybe it's not something as dramatic as a divorce and maybe it's been a job loss or maybe there's been some illness or death of a loved one, whatever the case may be. Sometimes it's just their own lack of understanding of our identity in Christ. What I see is many people don't move forward because of these setbacks, whether real or perceived, and I really tried to write the book from my own experience in my own understanding, not only personally, but what I've seen as a pastor; to give people really practical tools and principles, biblical principles that would help them understand their identity, live in forgiveness, be a person full of faith, know how to pray. Sort of the A to Z, if you will, of principles and fulfilling destiny. And that's where I was coming from. So, what I've learned along the way, then are purposes are sort of discovered through both the highs and lows. And, the more that we can just keep our eyes on Jesus who's the author amd finisher of our faith, we keep walking with Him, no matter what the setback may be, or the hardships of the circumstances we face. We just keep walking with Him. Along the way, those dreams continue to unfold. The purpose continues to unfold and that's sort of what I've discovered.

 

Feedback From the Book

Chris Johnson: Excellent. Well, we all have highs and lows, so that's reassuring. I understand you have some millennials who've been reading this book or have access to your teachings on purpose and have found them to be very practical in their own lives.

 

Bob Sawvelle: The feedback I've been getting has been very positive from a lot of the younger people. And again, what I tried to do, I didn't write the book specifically for millennials. But one of the things in my heart and in my mind as I sat down to do this work was when I became a young Christian, you know, my early 20s, I wish there would have been a book at the time, maybe there was, I just didn't discover it, that was sort of an A to Z; give me some practical principles on what I need to do to grow in Christ and to continue to develop and find purpose along the way. So I wrote the book with the idea, what are the basic themes that I've taught in and preached in my church, what are the basic concepts that I want people to grow? Then I took some of those concepts and I began to develop chapters out of that. So again, weaving some of the practical stories that we've experienced as well as others that I write about in the book, I found subject matters I think are relevant only to the millennial age group but also to those again that maybe suffered setbacks like I talked about a minute ago. Or, even for the mature believer, I tried to write it at a depth that was simple yet there is some deep truth as well so that even the mature believers are giving very positive feedback about the book. But the millennials seem to really gravitate towards the how-to aspect of what's woven through the book where they can grab the simple truths and the subject matter and yet there's the depth there. Some of them told me they had to reread such and such page several times before I could grasp everything from it. But the overall concepts are there and they know they've got a resource now that they can go back to and uses as needed. One of the young men in our church used some of the portion of the chapter on faith there's, I think it's chapter eight, faith realizes dreams, and he used some of that portion to do a young adult study and the other adults loved it. So he just took a couple of pages of that and some of the concepts just on those pages and developed a teaching outline out of it. It was really meaningful to him. So, very positive feedback from the young people as well as some of the older ones. I had one lady in our church, in her mid-60s a very mature believer, she shared with me, that she wrote a review on Amazon for the book. What I really wanted to say, she thought it might be a bit presumptuous, but she wanted to say, next to the Bible, you need to read this book. I said, Really? She said, oh, yes, it has had that much of an impact on me. You've got some very key thoughts and insights on things mixed with biblical truth and principle that they're very helpful. So that was really encouraging.

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Bob Sawvelle: The Definitive Book on Living an Abundant Christian Life