Who are we?
Scope Student Platform is a para-church media ministry that seeks to invite all university students to a bigger scope of our world today through the lens of the Gospel.
We all have a worldview or framework of belief that forms who we are and informs how we express that in the decisions we make. This is challenged and cemented more during the university years than at any other point in a person’s life.
Operating through the local church network in main universities around South Africa, the various kinds of media that is published and events that are organised aim to engage and transform mainstream culture on campus by the power of the Gospel.
What we’re not
Before you think this is just another one of those ‘Christian things’ aimed only at Christians, think again.
We are not a media ministry catering only to a Christian audience. On the contrary, what we offer has both the spiritual and skeptical student in mind and encourages dialogue to take place amongst those who may have completely opposing worldviews. Christians have had the bad reputation of judging instead of loving those who are different to them – we promise to be sensitive about where you’re coming from and listen.
We are not expecting you to agree with everything that we do, but would actually prefer you to think critically about relevant issues that are raised, what the God of the Bible has to say about them, and consider if that is applicable to wherever you may be.
Where we’ve come
From its first edition in the beginning of 2012 under the old name of ‘The Good News’ magazine, it has come a long way!
It all started as a pipedream vision that Jonathan Just saw in his first semester as an undergraduate student at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. It was a seed of faith he believes God sowed and began to water, especially after receiving support from an inter-denominational Christian society on campus called the Student Y. Fuelled by an insatiable desire to see the local church reach students with an accessible and applicable message of the Gospel presented from different perspectives, in 2015 Jonathan saw it necessary to change ‘The Good News’ (an overtly ‘religious’ name) to ‘Scope Magazine’.
A printed publication till 2017, Scope Magazine has since moved online and is now the Scope Student Platform with a presence in 9 regions around South Africa. We are more than a magazine in the sense that we have become a media ministry serving two main purposes:
- Creating a medium for church collaboration on campus, called ‘Simunye’, where Christians who agree on the same core doctrines of the faith are called to stand together as one and embody what unity in diversity is about.
- Encouraging various creative expressions of the Gospel as a way to initiate worldview discussions and build relationships with students who might have a lot of questions about God.
Where we’re going
Our focus has and always will be on university students from all backgrounds who are open to exploring what they believe and why. As young people still discovering who they are, it’s important for them to know where Truth and real meaning for their lives can be found.
We believe that the beauty of the Gospel expressed in different ways has the power to resonate with any student, wherever he/she may be at. Everyone is at a different place in terms of their understanding of God. Sensitive of this, the Scope Student Platform has 5 main offerings containing all sorts of media, worldview discussion groups, and concerts coming from Christians who are united in their love for God and their desire to see Him transform the university.
Grasping the whole Gospel
The Gospel, which in Greek literally means ‘good news’ is connected to the idea of a messenger coming excitedly to tell of a victory, bringing joy to all who listen. The Bible says that Jesus Christ came into our world as the Son of God “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). The grace and truth found in Jesus will radically change the way you see yourself and your world. 2 Corinthians 5:16-17 puts it well:
So from now on we regard no-one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
Do you understand what “in Christ” and being “a new creation” means? It’s okay if you don’t. You’ve come to the right place. We want to hear your story and help you to explore how God has always been in it. Maybe there’s more to the Gospel than what you thought. Maybe it’s called Good News because it doesn’t brush over the bad, but cuts to the heart of our narratives and redeems that which is broken. We were created to worship God with our whole lives – may you see the power of that through everything you find on the Scope Student Platform.
Welcome to a new view!