In the past few weeks we’ve had several students saved in our student ministry. I think many student ministries might be experiencing this, but let me tell you why I’m especially excited about this. We don’t teach or preach an “easy-believism” gospel at all. We never have students repeat a prayer after us. We never have students merely raise their hands if they want to be saved…and then pronounce them saved. What we do is…preach the gospel of Jesus Christ (His identity, life, death, resurrection, and Lordship). We are very clear that salvation isn’t just believing in Jesus as Savior, but also following Him as Lord (Romans 10:9-10, 13). We preach very explicitly that salvation is discipleship which means that to be saved means also that you desire to live and follow Jesus. Statistics waver somewhere between 50% – 90% of church-going students who graduate from high school never return to the church again. Why are we shocked with this when we just ask students to repeat a prayer of salvation after us, or we baptize them without them fully being able to articulate the gospel and show evidence of their faith in Christ? 1 John 2:19 says that the reason people leave the church is because they never truly were apart of the church…or Christ. To counter that, we are preaching a full-gospel, a loving gospel, and a powerful gospel. We’re preaching a gospel that calls for repentance of sin, and a gospel that calls students to walk after Christ. And praise God by the work of His Spirit…students are being saved for the glory of His Son!
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