People are looking for sound biblical teaching and preaching that is relevant for their lives. The “Valuegenesis Europe” (VGE) study shows that preaching that reaches young people is very important for their church experience. When they experience preaching that touches their hearts, they are eight times more likely to stay in the church compared to youth who do not make that experience. Relevant preaching is possible when one is sensitive and open for the realities and spiritual needs in the lives of the people and talks with them about these issues. Because faith in Jesus comes from “hearing” (Romans 10:17), it is essential that Christian values and biblical teachings are communicated in a practical, authentic and creative way and Jesus is kept at the focus. Churches that make this a priority are also more likely to be relevant for guests. However, communicating faith is not limited to the sermon or one-sided preaching in a church context. Equally important are personal conversations and the creative communication of our faith in everyday situations (Deuteronomy 6:6–9).
“Discipleship is about continuing education. We see this life of Jesus with regard to all his followers…Two-thirds of Jesus’ work was education. Continuing education means continuous learning for those who want to be effective…Jesus indeed told his disciples that they would carry on learning through the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit (John 14:26).“