“The gospel of Jesus Christ changes everything.”
In the gospel the people of God are moved from death to life, from hell to heaven, from sin to righteousness, from despair to joy. It changes everything. It is good news. What makes the gospel not merely good news but the very best news is that this is a result of grace and not works. All humans function with a works based mentality. What must I do to earn salvation? How religious do I need to be? Even non-religious people do things to earn a “salvation.” How much money must I make or how many pounds must I lose to be free?
The natural bent of all people is to seek a salvation based on human achievement.
The gospel of Jesus Christ flips that on its head. In the Christian gospel, Jesus does for us the work that we could not do so that we gain a salvation that we do not deserve. It is a result of grace, not works. This makes the gospel very good news because it is better than we deserve.
SCF is about pressing that reality into the lives of college students because all students (all people!) need to be reminded again and again of this precious story. Everything we do as a ministry is aimed at this – what the apostle Paul would call “of first importance” in 1 Corinthians 15:3 – the gospel.
The gospel has a personal and corporate call. On a personal level SCF believes that we are commissioned not just to make converts of Christ but disciples of Christ. We are committed to walking with students from convert to life-long laborer. There are many aspects of making this happen, but a key element is life-on-life ministry. We love to see the people of God interacting and being genuine with the hope of raising up disciples on a personal level.
Yet, we also believe in corporate growth. We have large group every Tuesday on campus, we hold a Summer Training Project every year in Petoskey, MI. We attend a winter conference and host many retreats. The most important corporate aspect of our ministry is Sunday worship at University Reformed Church. Jesus died for the church and so we are glad to uphold the value of corporate Sunday worship through our church.
If you are asking, “what do I do?” or, “how do I get involved?” then you are already asking the right question. There is no official sign-up that makes you a member of SCF. SCF is a movement on campus of people who take Jesus at his word and want to pass that on to others. So, we invite you into our community. Come to a retreat. Attend SCF every Tuesday. Become a member of our church. Exhibit a teachable spirit that desires to grow in the truth of the gospel and you will feel at home with us.