That title kind of sounds like the beginning of a sappy song or the opening of a cheesy music video with images of a forlorn dude pining for a lost love as rain pitter-pats on the window sill. Okay, enough of that.
I REALLY am looking out my window at Old Main on the U of A’s campus. I’m wondering what it takes to reach college students? We hear much of being relevant, and there is awareness we must have. We hear that they don’t like institutionalized religion, and depending how that’s represented / perceived I understand. We hear that they don’t like that we have paid parking (not even going to comment on that right now, but I can see that it would affect some).
Even with all of these more cultural barriers, I still don’t think they are big enough to overcome what we have to offer. My concern is that we’re just not making that offering.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. – Romans 1:16
2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. – 2 Timothy 3:2-5
The gospel is the power of God. People have a tendency to be hypocrites (I’m no stranger to this) and prefer the appearance of godliness rather than the actual power of the gospel.
19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” – John 3:19-21
Either a person is a believer in sin and will repent under godly sorrow and conviction, or one is not a true believer. It’s not confusing in God’s view, only man’s because we claw and scratch for self-righteousness and live in a fallen world.
I say this in relation to reaching college students because the power of God, the gospel, is best given to students through gospel-driven, truly converted people. The institutionalized religion then gives way to the church being a dwelling place for God to inhabit (Eph.2:19-22).
Let us renew our passion to reach college students and be laborers in that ripe harvest, where God is already at work! Even if our church was named something else we must do this to glorify God with good stewardship of the gospel in our own backyard! However, it IS our name and that name should not evoke so much thoughts of heritage as it should accountability and responsibility, and to partner with those who have gone before us to passionately reach college students with an authentic, biblical, gospel through the lives of men and women who have been overcome by its power!
One practical beginning to recapture this would be to participate in our Prayer Walk this Saturday, April 5th, from 1:00-2:00 PM. Meet here at the church and we’ll proceed to the BCM (on Maple) and begin there.