If you went to church on Sunday it’s likely you heard an Easter message that emphasized the resurrection of Jesus. Rightly so! The resurrection is the central theme in every proper easter message. But if I told you the resurrection should be the central theme in every proper gospel message too, would you believe me?
According to Paul The Apostle, the literal, bodily, historical resurrection of Jesus is central to the Gospel message. It follows that any “gospel message” that fails to include the resurrection is incomplete at best and, as Paul says, useless at worst. With that in mind, for many churches, Easter may be the only time the gospel is actually preached. I believe this is a major factor contributing to the mass exodus of young Christians from the faith.
We recently surveyed 100+ professing Christian students representing over 56 “theologically conservative” and “Bible believing” churches. In addition to other worldview revealing exercises, we asked these students to “share the gospel with us” using as much writing space as needed. What we saw concerned us:
* 52% did not include any reference to sin, separation, or the fall.
* 45% did not include any reference to Jesus’ atonement for sin.
* And a whopping 71% did not include Jesus’ resurrection!
Friends, if “asking Jesus to live in your chest” because “you don’t want to go to hell” is the gospel foundation so many students build their faith upon, is it any surprise that so many students are abandoning that faith after just a few years in college?
We are convinced that a student’s understanding of what the gospel is and is not is a major priority (even if they’re professing Christians). Since 2010, among other critical topics, we’ve consistently emphasised the centrality of the gospel at Base Camp. Consider registering your student for Base Camp here.