CTL GATHERING 8.30.2018

WHAT IS THE CLOSER TO LOVE MOVEMENT?

Our mission is to connect the church to college students to reach the community.

STATS ON THIS GENERATION:

·      4% has a biblical worldview (Barna)

·      50% of this generation is either unchurched or has no religious affiliation (Barna)

·      37% of your generation believes that it is not possible to know if God is real (Barna)

·      Over half of Americans believe that Jesus is not the only way to heaven (Barna)

·      42% of Christians do not believe in the existence of hell (Pew Research)

UNF STATS

·      Roughly 8,000 people on this campus do not affiliate with any religion, have no biblical community, and do not believe that Jesus is the only way to Heaven

·      Almost 6,000 students do not believe that it is possible to know if God is real

·      6,720 students do not believe in the existence of hell

·      Over 15,000 students do not have a biblical worldview*

 

WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?

The gospel is the good news that the only true God, the just and gracious Creator of the universe, has looked upon hopelessly sinful men and women and has sent His Son, God in the flesh, to bear His wrath against sin through His substitutionary death on the cross and to show His power over sin and death in the resurrection from the grave so that all who turn from their sin and themselves and trust in Jesus alone as Savior and Lord will be reconciled to God forever.

THE GOSPEL IS GOOD NEWS ABOUT GOD.

Isaiah 5:16: But the Lord of hosts is exalted in justice, and the Holy God shows himself holy in righteousness.

Isaiah 6:1-7: In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train[a] of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory!”

4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”

6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”

THE GOSPEL ADDRESSES HUMANITY’S SINFUL REBELLION AGAINST GOD.

Romans 3:5-12: 5 But if our unrighteousness serves to show the righteousness of God, what shall we say? That God is unrighteous to inflict wrath on us? (I speak in a human way.) 6 By no means! For then how could God judge the world?7 But if through my lie God's truth abounds to his glory, why am I still being condemned as a sinner? 8 And why not do evil that good may come?—as some people slanderously charge us with saying. Their condemnation is just.

9 What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, 10 as it is written:“None is righteous, no, not one;11 no one understands; no one seeks for God. 12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”

THE GOSPEL CENTERS AROUND JESUS CHRIST.

Romans 3:21-28: 21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

27 Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. 

THE GOSPEL IS A CALL TO REPENTANCE AND FAITH.

Ephesians :1-10: And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body[a] and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.[b4 But[c] God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

PRACTICAL APPLICATION

Your 15 Second Story: This is a simple tool to share your story and the gospel in under 30 seconds. Choose two words that describe your life before Jesus. Then reflect on how Jesus changed your life and the basics of the gospel (Jesus came down, died on the cross to pay for your sin, ascended into heaven ruling and reigning). Then choose two words that describe your life after turning and following Jesus. Then at the end, ask the person: "Do you have a story like that?"

EXAMPLE: Before I knew Jesus, I was worn out and not good enough but Jesus offered me identity and rest. Now I am confident in who I am and passionate about serving the person in front of me.

 

DO YOU HAVE A STORY LIKE THAT?