I.II WHAT WE BELIEVE
Read our official stance
We stand with The Gospel Coalition (TGC) and Together for the Gospel (T4G) in recovering the biblical gospel, as our beliefs are aligned according to Scripture and for the Glory of God.
It's time to be real.
What do we care about as students? We’re probably striving to get a good degree, have a great social life on campus, try new experiences and ultimately hope to make the best use of our university days. We’re at a stage of self-discovery, trying to work out who we are and where we’re heading in life.
We’re searching for purpose in the things we do.
But are we searching for purpose in the God who gives us our purpose?
Well, most of us would think “no lah, where got time for that, there’s so much to do already, how to think about God”.
The fact is, we tend to think of Christianity as mere religion.
When it comes to being a Christian, we think
“As long as I attend church, serve there and be a good person like Jesus, I’m good”. Yet, we repeat it week after week like a routine, never really committing our whole lives to it.
When it comes to reading the bible, we think
“It’s good to know more about God.” Yet, it never really changes the way we live our lives.
When it comes to proclaiming the gospel, we think
“I’ll try my best, but I don’t know enough, so I’ll learn more first” Yet, we don’t put in the effort and time to actually learn the gospel.
When it comes to knowing God, we think
“I know God is real when I feel the warmth in my heart. That gives me assurance.” Yet, we constantly need to feel God spiritually again and again. Always needing the same reassurance.
Christianity becomes a religion when it is no longer the truth that shapes our whole lives, but a truth that we can choose to believe depending on what we decide.
It’s especially when we are surrounded by popular appeals for self-love and liberation, that good old-fashioned Christian values seem lame in comparison. Christianity just doesn’t seem relevant anymore.
All signs point to this - Christianity is slowly on it's way out.
Hence, Monash Christian Fellowship faces a challenging task.
Who we're not
We don’t exist to be just another community of Christian students.
Who we are
Instead, we exist to speak the truth to lives that matter to God on campus.
This is why at Monash CF we
The Biblical Gospel
We want people to know the one truth that brings everlasting joy. It is the Biblical Gospel that is rich in the knowledge of God and promises true freedom in Christ. It is only the biblical gospel that transforms and brings real meaning to our lives.
What is the biblical gospel?
We are no strangers to the word “gospel”. It’s so commonly used that we naturally assume that it means the same thing to all of us. But does it really?
Paul says in Ephesians 4:20-24 (ESV)
20 But that is not the way you learned Christ!— 21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
From the passage, we see that the biblical gospel is God’s truth that can only be found in Jesus (Eph 4.21). And knowing Jesus therefore means that we have been created after the likeness of God (Eph 4.24), from our old lives of living in sin and darkness, to actively live out the transformed life that reflects God’s righteousness and holiness. In other words, the biblical gospel is meant to result in the radical transformation of our minds, hearts and wills.
Is this consistent with our understanding of the gospel? Well, it doesn’t seem so.
The gospel today is ambiguous.
Ambiguous gospel definitions consisting of just “God loves you” and “have faith” are insufficient to enable a Christian to live for God’s glory. In fact, a vague Christianity could not be Christianity at all.
This is why Monash CF believes that true gospel transformation happens only when the gospel is presented clearly. Because the true gospel demands nothing but a lifetime of perfect obedience to God.
This biblical gospel can be known because God has already revealed it to us, but it has since long been forgotten.
Together, we need to work hard at recovering it.
This is why Monash Christian Fellowship stands for and works hard in