This is a brief quote from the article, “Young, Restless, and Reformed” (link).
“If there’s an appeal to students, it’s that we’re not playing around,” Hughes said. “We’re not entertaining them. This is life and death. My sense is that’s what they’re interested in, even from an old man.”
I know this article and quote are old, but just came across it in some recent reading and thought it relevant. Unfortunately so many worship services in America exude with triviality and over-casualness. I spoke to some college students that chose to attend our church after visiting some of the local churches and asked them why they settled here. Their response was essentially that the other churches felt too much like a “production”. In an attempt to be relevant, many are becoming overly-relevant and thus not relevant at all.
I would describe our worship service as being semi-liturgical, with a core emphasis on God and approaching Him with reverence. I preach as a dying man to dying men. Their is a gravity to worship and preaching in “Calvinism” which reaches deep down into the soul and meets our greatest need. It is my prayer that more young people will realize they need Jesus before loud, rocking U2 wannabees, a pastor guru who “shares” his thoughts on living for Jesus, and freebies.
I pray that they would hunger for Biblical preaching over a multimedia experience,
that they would hunger for the Lord’s Supper more than lunch following service,
that they would long for fellowship with the elderly and handicapped more than merely their niche peer group.
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