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FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2014  |  7 comments
Whatever Happened to Evening Services?

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—or 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’ 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’s Word and the second to teaching through the catechisms and confessions. In my life, an evening service was as natural as breathing. ...


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webwatch | USA  Protected NameFind all comments by webwatch
Michael Hranek wrote:
But IMHO the matter of Sunday services is not so much an issue of having them or not but WHY!
Yes. Certainly, we need revival rather than apostasy.

When healthy church activities that once were more common have become more scarce, then revival is needed.

Beyond revival of the existing churches, let expansion of the Kingdom of God continue!

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News Item5/16/14 9:21 AM
Strat  Find all comments by Strat
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.

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News Item5/16/14 8:52 AM
Michael Hranek | Endicott, New York  Find all comments by Michael Hranek
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

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News Item5/16/14 8:38 AM
webwatch | USA  Protected NameFind all comments by webwatch
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)?

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News Item5/16/14 8:36 AM
Strat  Find all comments by Strat
It all depends what is in the service,evening apostacy is no better than morning apostacy.
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News Item5/16/14 8:25 AM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
To start off, with the topic at hand, yes, Indian Hills Community Church have evening services.
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News Item5/16/14 6:37 AM
webwatch | USA  Protected NameFind all comments by webwatch
Good points.

Also...

Whatever happened to public means of grace?

Whatever happened to prayer?

Whatever happened to prayer meetings?

Whatever happened to fellowship?

Whatever happened to church works of service and mercy?

Whatever happened to "provoke one another to love and good works" (Hebrews 10:24-25)?

Whatever happened to outreach and evangelism?

Whatever happened to "evangelistic services"?

Whatever happened to "seek ye first the Kingdom of God"?

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