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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
"The Importance of the Evening Service"
"Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is;..."Hebrews 10:25
Recently Bro. T. J. sent an article to me, which I found very interesting. The title of the article was “Why I Love an Evening Service.” The author laid out several points in this article that I found to be very helpful in reminding believers of the importance of the evening service. In the book of Hebrews, God warns the believers about “forsaking the assembling of ourselves together,” but to make sure that we meet together “so much the more” as we see Christ’s coming drawing closer. Many churches today are opting to meet less. The reasons are many: “People are too busy,” “The Bible doesn’t say that we are to meet at these specific times,” and “No one goes to church Sunday nights anymore,” are just a few of the excuses I’ve heard. Well, God has not changed His mind about the church gathering together more often than she did two thousand years ago.
If Central Baptist Church is going to return “Back to the Basics,” then we are going to have to have a revival of the church seeing the Biblical importance of the evening service. Here are a few of the points that the aforementioned article brought out to encourage evening church attendance:
1. IT BEGINS AND ENDS THE DAY WITH GOD
Sunday should be seen as the first day of the week, and as such, it is the Lord’s Day. We have allowed too much of everyday activity to make its way into a day set aside as the Lord’s.
2. IT SANCTIFIES THE TIME BETWEEN
Knowing that I will be back to meet again that evening helps dictate what I do with my time between services. This time can be for rest, or meditating on what God spoke to me about in the morning service, or praying for and organizing my work with spiritual priorities in mind.
3. IT PROVIDES ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN
Sunday evening is a different service from the morning, and it will be another opportunity for God to instruct me from His Word.
4. IT PROVIDES ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO WORSHIP
I will gather with other believers and sing praises to the Lord, give an offering to the Lord, and meet with Him in the special way He only meets with His church. I will bring my personal worship with me and share my heart for God with other believers. This will edify them and me.
5. IT PROVIDES ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE
At the evening service there will be a need for ushers, choir members, nursery workers, greeters, building clean up opportunities, and perhaps prayer with another church member over his/her burden. There will be needs presented, and an opportunity for the Lord to use me in meeting those needs.
6. IT GIVES MORE TIME WITH PEOPLE I LOVE
I am about to go back into the secular world this week, and I have one more opportunity to gather with like-minded Christians and to fellowship with them. I will find strength, and love from my church family before I face the battlefield this week.
7. IT IS COUNTERCULTURAL
Our culture is filled with self-indulgence and the quest for convenience. People today have a very low commitment level, and many Christians expect little out of their Christianity, and for that reason feel that they should not be pushed to give more. Our neighbors will think we are crazy for going to church twice in one day! Well, let them. Let them see a greater level of commitment to Jesus Christ. It may help your witness. It can be a chore to get the family out of the house for church on Sundays, let alone twice, but the commitment is worth it!
Ponder these thoughts this week, and commit to getting “Back to the Basics” of the evening service!