Evening Worship Because of Our Need

3 Apr

The final reason from Rev. David McCullough’s leaflet “Why Evening Worship?” plus his  practical advice

7. Because of our Need

God has designed that the people of God will be built up in their faith through the preaching of the Word of God.  We are commanded to let the Word of Christ dwell richly within you (Colossians 3:16).  We are told to be as new born babies that crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation (I Peter 2:2). Remember that when these commands were given people had no personal Bible to take home for daily devotions.  It was the Word publicly preached that was food for their souls.

Imagine a mother who each day provides two good meals for her family.  Would she not be concerned that some of the children were skipping meals?  Would the evidence of skipping meals not soon appear in their lives? Christ desires that we will be set apart for His service in our homes, work places and communities.  He has prescribed the means for our sanctification.  Sanctify them by the truth, Your word is truth. (John 17:17)

Practical Help

1. Prepare for the Sabbath day by ensuring that you are in bed early on a Saturday evening.  Children will need particular help with this.

2. Plan your visiting of family and friends for a Saturday evening and not a Sabbath evening.

3. If you are having friends or family for hospitality ensure that you are organised before hand and have worked out your timing to enable a return for evening worship.

4. Some with children can say that the children are too small to be present in the evening.  This may be so for some.  But if we are happy to have them out late at the cinema, or on a visit to friends late in the evening can evening worship be too late? It is a matter of priorities.

5. For some who are elderly and find the travelling on a winter’s night too demanding – you should consider speaking with the minister asking if a lift can be arranged.  We would be delighted to arrange this.

“If men wish the knowledge of Jesus’ resurrection to die out, let them neglect to keep holy the first day of the week, if they desire that event to be everywhere known and remembered let them consecrate that day  to the worship of the risen Saviour.”

Charles Hodge

Part 1- Because of the Glory of God

Part 2- Because Jesus is There

Part 3- Because It’s the Lord’s Day

Part 4- Because of Each Other

Part 5- Because of Our Witness

Part 6- Because of Your Elders

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One Response to “Evening Worship Because of Our Need”

  1. Connor Q May 30, 2010 at 3:17 pm #

    I was reading through these posts again and i wonder if there isnt a 8th reason its mabye covered in the 1st point?:

    That if there is an evening worship service that you could attend, and you know that it will be spiritually beneficial for you to attend then unless you genuinely have a valid reason that means your are unable to attend, to not do so you are committing idolatry. When you have this opportunity to learn more about your saviour and to submit yourself in worship to him, but you instead bow to your own desires to stay in and read a book, watch TV, sleep or whatever, you are making yourself an idol by worshiping and providing for your feelings and wants and setting them above and before what Christ has called you to do, ie. the other 7 points

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