The college campus provides a pool of worldviews that leave many of us actively searching for some absolute truth. Our generation was raised in a society where situational ethics and relative morality have been taught in our schools and dominate our media.
Our mission is to introduce people to a real relationship with Jesus Christ and to learn what it means to live a life led by Him. Our spiritual mandate is found in Matthew 28:18-20:
Then Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the end of the age.'
Below is a brief summary of what the Bible has to say about how to become a Christian. It is the core of what we believe.
God loves you and created you to know Him personally. He has a wonderful plan for your life.
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. (John 17:3)
People are sinful and separated from God, so we cannot know Him personally or experience His love and plan.
People are Sinful
…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)
People were created to have fellowship with God; but because of our stubborn self-will, we chose to go our own independent way and fellowship with God was broken. This self-will, characterized by an attitude of active rebellion or passive indifference, is evidence of what the Bible calls sin.
People are Separated
For the wages of sin is death [spiritual separation from God]. (Romans 6:23)
God is holy and people are sinful; a great gulf separates the two. People are continually trying to reach God and establish a personal relationship with Him through our own efforts, such as a good life, philosophy, or religion, but we inevitably fail.
Jesus Christ is God's only provision for our sin. Through Him alone we can know God personally and experience God’s love and plan.
He Died in Our Place
But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
He Rose from the Dead
…Christ died for our sins…He was buried, He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures… He appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that, He appeared to more than five hundred… (1 Corinthians 15:3-6)
He is the Only Way to God
Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.' (John 14:6)
God has bridged the gulf that separates us from Him by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross in our place to pay the penalty for our sins.
We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know God personally and experience His love and plan.
We Must Receive Christ
Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God. (John 1:12)
We Receive Christ Through Faith
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
When We Receive Christ, We Experience a New Birth
Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:1-8)
We Receive Christ by Personal Invitation
[Christ speaking] Here I am! I stand at the door knocking. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with Me. (Revelation 3:20)
Receiving Christ involves turning to God from self (repentance) and trusting Christ to come into our lives to forgive us of our sins and to make us what He wants us to be. Just to agree intellectually that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for our sins is not enough. Nor is it enough to have an emotional experience. We receive Jesus Christ by faith, as an act of the will.