What’s the point of trying to entertain kids toward Jesus. Never works. How about some gospel?
Today I am going to share with you the pure gospel.
You who have been Christians all your lives: please do not turn off your ears. The minute you think that the gospel is something that saved you in the past, and is not something to help you right now today is the day you cease to grow in Christ. You can never outgrow the gospel. Listen.
The gospel is the good news that Jesus came to earth as a man, lived a perfect life and died on the cross. On the third day he rose victorious over the powers of hell, Satan, and sin.
He died the death we should have died, and offered a righteousness we didn’t deserve. So that, if we believe in him—with real authentic belief, not just “belief” on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights—we will be forgiven of our sins, and adopted by God as his sons and daughters into his eternal heavenly kingdom.
There are three categories of students in this room.
- Some of you know this, and you stake your life on the promises of God. You strive to live every moment by the power of the gospel. You want more people to know and understand and believe it. I thank God for students like you.
- Some of you know the gospel, but your life doesn’t match up. You live like a hypocrite. You say that you live for Jesus but you don’t. Christianity is just something to help you when you feel down or depressed—it’s not your everything. You know the gospel intellectually, but you haven’t tasted it. God knows your heart, not me.
- And then there are without a doubt some of you who either don’t know the gospel or don’t believe the gospel. You are not trusting in Jesus Christ, so you can only expect condemnation.
Here is my plea for all of you. Believe the gospel. That Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died for your sins. He rose triumphantly on the third day. Forgiveness of sins comes freely through him by faith alone. Not by following rules, but simply by faith.
Do not put it off. Please come talk to me.
This is the talk I gave today at IMPACT, the on campus ministry we have at Fallbrook High School.