The Truth We Know
We’ve all sinned. Death is the punishment for that sin. In God’s great love, He sent His only Son to take our place. Through Christ’s death & resurrection, God extends forgiveness instead of condemnation and life instead of death. This gift is offered by God’s grace and is accepted through faith. He adopts us and fills us with His Spirit. Nothing can seperate us from His love.
The Call We Hear
James says that faith without actions is dead. Paul says that God’s Spirit in us will produce good fruit. He also says that God has given each of us special abilities that work in concert with the special abilities of our fellow Christians. We should function as a unified body doing the work of Christ on earth. So what is it we should do? Christ said it best: Love.
The Goals We’ve Set
We’re called to work together as a body, so we foster chances to build relationships in our community of believers. We’re called to love both our brothers and our enemies, so we find ways to step outside the church facility and show kindness to all people. We’re called to share the Gospel, so we live and love and speak in a way that draws people to Christ.
Infrequently Asked Questions
Why “Gator Student Ministries”?
Short Answer: Because many of you are students at the University of Florida.
Long Answer: Several years back, we were trying to find a shorter, more memorable domain name to use in staff email addresses (northcentralbaptist.org was long and boring). GatorChurch.com was available, so we started using it. Soon that became the main address we used for the church website. When the time came to set up the college website, GatorStudent.com seemed like a logical offshoot. That’s how we got Gator Student Ministries.
Here’s the bottom line: We don’t care if you’re a Gator or if you’re a student. A better name might be “People in their Late Teens and Early Twenties Ministries.” I’m just not using that in my email address.
What’s the deal with the logo?
It’s an up arrow (toward God) and a down arrow (toward people). Jesus said that the greatest command is to love God and the second is to love your neighbor as you love yourself.
Does GSM have a favorite Bible verse?
Two verses are strongly impacting our direction this year: 1 Corinthians 12:20 and James 2:18. Here’s what they say…
“Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.” 1 Corinthians 12:27
“For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.” James 2:26
So how do those verses apply to me?
If you are a child of God, He’s given you gifts of talents and abilities that are unique to you and vital to the church. Paul describes the church as Christ’s body. He calls all the quirky people with their different gifts “members” of the body — not members like someone who joins a club but members like, “Johnny stuck his leg into an alligator’s mouth and got dismembered.” The body of Christ needs you the same way I need my leg (I guess I could survive without it, but I’d struggle to walk). James (Jesus’ little brother) takes it even further when he says that our faith is dead without works. Long story short, you need to put your faith into action, and you need to do it along with your fellow Christians (we need you).