The evening service may well be going the way of the dinosaur. What was once a staple of Christian worship, at least in some traditions, is increasingly being relegated to the past. Or so it would seem. I, for one, consider it a significant loss.
I grew up with an evening service‚ÄĒor an afternoon service, I guess. I spent a good bit of my childhood in the Dutch Reformed tradition which was wholly committed to a second service. Those Christians were very practical, so they worked around farmers‚Äô schedules by having the second service at 3:30 or 4:00 in the afternoon. Regardless, there were always two services and very nearly every person in the church attended both. The first was dedicated to preaching God‚Äôs Word and the second to teaching through the catechisms and confessions. In my life, an evening service was as natural as breathing....
The individual Christian can live a legitimate Christian life regardless of what the culture around them "Christian" or otherwise is doing.
The work of Jesus on the Cross is finished and is available to everyone regardless.
The bible tells us to do many things in secret,the prayer closet and to do our good works in such a way that no one will know about them but God and that solitude has value,but modern showy hyper social Christianity is all about the showy public display of everything.....to always be seen of men,always.
webwatch wrote: Whatever happened to preaching (that stays close to Scripture texts and includes application and calls to action)? Whatever happened to public, outdoor baptisms? Whatever happened to afternoon and evening observances of the Lord's Supper (Luke 22:19 Luke 24:35; Acts 20:7)?
Webwatch It seems at the heart of this matter is that Church going people have been SEDUCED
away from 'the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ'
away from the immeasurable importance of the His preeminence in our lives
away from the experiential reality of His Presence, Power and Glory for those who seek Him first and foremost above all others and every created thing, to know Him, to know His will for us and to live filled with His Spirit and His word and by His grace to live pleasing and faithful to Him, to His glory and our exceeding joy
I am certain others can likely word this so much better
But IMHO the matter of Sunday services is not so much an issue of having them or not but WHY! And the not having them to indulge our pleasures, and family can be indeed be a wonderful pleasure, in its right place and priority, but as good as family and as enjoyable as small groups (cliches?) can be they is no substitue for being with God