Over the last couple years a number of us began praying and dreaming–individually and then together–about a student missions conference whose theology would be robust and rooted in the doctrines of grace, and whose focus would be on the unreached peoples of the world. Out of this burden, passion, and vision came Cross.

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.

Jesus said that every person without faith in him, remains under the wrath of God (John 3:36). He also said that God did not send him “to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him” (John 3:17).

That saving faith is born through the message of Jesus’ blood and righteousness—his cross. Everyone who believes is saved. But nobody believes without a messenger.

World missions is the glorious gospel enterprise of going like Christ into another cultural world to rescue people from eternal suffering, and renovate their broken lives, that they might render to God the splendor of his majesty through faith in Christ.

There is no better reason to lose your life and no greater way to live it.

The conference will be in Louisville, Kentucky during Christmas break, December 27-30, 2013.

I know I speak for the rest of leadership team–Thabiti Anyabwile, John Piper, David Platt, Zane Pratt, David Sitton, Mack Stiles–in encouraging you to check out the website, talk to your classmates, grab some students, and sign up.

The cost is very affordable, especially if you register right now. And more importantly, the cause is worth everything we’ve got.

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8 thoughts on “Come to Cross (December 27-30, 2013)”

  1. Michael says:

    This sounds good, but…I do have a question. What will the music be like? I ask this bc I’m of the opinion that too many student ministry conferences these days are music festivals with a speaker attached to it; and, the music is the typical moan and groan, Jesus-is-my-boyfriend type stuff that can really gather a crowd, but lacks depth.

  2. Kevin DeYoung says:

    The music will have depth and substance. The feel will not be like a concert. We have a couple skilled musicians who will lead us in a way that is thoughtful, theological, and engaging.

  3. Michael says:

    Thank you, Kevin, for the response. Sounds great.

  4. Chuck LaMattina says:

    I read your blog often and I am often inspired. Cross seems to be a good idea. But Jesus is not God. He certainly is the Savior. In John 17: 3 Jesus calls his Father the only true God. In Isaiah 45:5 it is written “I am Yahweh [the Father of Jesus Christ]…there is no God besides Me.” I could give you verse after verse. “The evolution of the Trinity: No responsible NT scholar would claim that the doctrine of the Trinity was taught by Jesus or preached by the earliest Christians or consciously held by any writer of the NT. It was in fact slowly worked out in the course of the first few centuries in an attempt to give and intelligible doctrine of God. (Dr. A.T. Hanson, Prof. of Theology, University of Hull, The Image of the Invisible God, SCM Press, 1982)”

    The Trinity fails to explain God correctly. And the sooner we reject the pagan notion of the Trinity and return to one God, Jesus will be most magnified for who he truly is “the Man Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5).”

  5. Daniel Drylie says:

    How many times must the church deal with nontrinitarian heresy?

  6. vanessa says:

    I went to the link and there is no place to sign-up and no info about the cost. maybe it’s too early still but your post made it sound like the website would provide both. thank you!

  7. Daniel says:

    Vanessa, the website is kind of strange, you just have to scroll down and the information will appear, that’s the best way I can explain it. Hope that helps.

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Kevin DeYoung is senior pastor of University Reformed Church (RCA) in East Lansing, Michigan, near Michigan State University. He and his wife Trisha have six young children. You can follow him on Twitter.

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