Almost four thousand college students descended upon Louisville KY over Christmas break this year with one goal and purpose: to proclaim the Gospel among the unreached for the glory of God. After a kick-off concert by Trip Lee, renown speakers such as John Piper, David Platt, D.A. Carson, Kevin DeYoung and others challenged the audience in their role as “senders” or “goers” to the nations. There were many takeaways from this conference. First of all, those college students that are being commissioned through this conference are diverse ethnically and geographically. Students from Toronto, Texas and Dubai were all represented there in Kentucky. Second, these students were serious about the Bible, its authority, and its implications for all aspects of belief and practice. Every session was saturated with the Word of God.
Cross exists for the global purpose of magnifying the kingly majesty of Jesus Christ. Our focus is on all the unreached peoples of the world where Jesus is not worshipped as God and Savior. To that end CROSS aims to mobilize students for the most dangerous and loving cause in the universe: rescuing people from eternal suffering and bringing them into the everlasting joy of friendship with Jesus. – CrossCon.com/about
At the end of the conference, David Platt issued a challenge and a response to the students. Platt proposed that it is correct to see the book of Romans as a missionary support letter. As the original audience in Rome, Platt challenged the audience to simply respond to God’s Word, whether it be through standing, kneeling, clapping, or whatever seemed appropriate. It was a sobering experience when he then recited Romans 1-8 from memory. He then encouraged everyone to do three things:
- Remember how you’ve been saved by this gospel.
- Realize you’ve been sent by this God.
- Rest completely secure in this Great Commission.
According to Platt, with these truths in mind, involvement in missions only makes sense. He then urged everyone to put a blank check on the table and to be open to however God would lead. He closed by calling those who sensed God’s leading to be a missionary to indicate that by standing. Those standing where committing to speak to their home church in order to discern how best to move forward with this desire and sense of God’s leading.
These students who committed to go, as well as those who remained seated, were prayed for. They will continue to need prayer in the coming days as obstacles arise. However, as Platt reminded us, God can be trusted to provide for us. He who saved us is capable of leading us.
We can trust Him whether we stay or go.’
-Some of the information above was gathered from crosscon.com
The Great Commission Studies (CGCS) is the hub of Southeastern’s Great Commission efforts, helping develop students and faculty members who are Great Commission servants of their local churches. The CGCS serves the Southeastern community in four major areas: academics, research, mobilization, and convention relationships.