Kevin DeYoung has been writing a series about reaching the next generation by grabbing them with passion, winning them with love, holding them with holiness, challenging them with truth, and amazing them with God. The holiness and truth installments were particularly insightful and I know that these two aspects have had a great influence on me. I’ve found that, anecdotally, many solid Christians in my generation aren’t impressed by performance-driven worship styles; practical but shallow preaching; and no link to the historical church. Instead we want to grapple with hard truths of Scripture and apply them, apply the gospel to every facet of life, and learn from the good and bad of history.
I was particularly startled by some results on why people return to church that DeYoung cited in the truth article. Thom Rainer researched why formerly unchurched people chose the church they were currently attending. The results were:
11 percent: worship style
25 percent: children’s/youth ministry
37 percent: sensed God’s presence
41 percent: someone witnessed to them from the church
49 percent: friendliness
88 percent: doctrine
90 percent: preaching with certitude and conviction
Here’s to hoping the next “seeker sensitive” movement is one of sound doctrine, Scriptural fidelity, and biblical worship.