By R. W. McAlister
It’s common to look at the
attendance record of most congregations and find the Sunday
and Wednesday night attendance to be greatly below that for
the service on Sunday morning. Sometimes the total attending
on Wednesday is one-half the Sunday morning figure.
Those who cause this difference by
deliberately forsaking Sunday and Wednesday evening Bible
classes are sounding forth a message to God and others.
Here’s what we’re saying when we forsake Sunday and
Wednesday night Bible study:
1) I don’t need spiritual food. The Bible contains the
necessary ingredients for one's spiritual growth (I Peter
2:2). Every Sunday and Wednesday night, a portion of
spiritual food is set out for those hungering for
righteousness. Those who remain at home during this
spiritual feast act as though they don’t need this nutrition
for their souls.
2) Those who forsake the Sunday and Wednesday night services
are saying that there are some things more important than
gathering with God's people for study and worship. Some of
these “more important” things are television programs, the
newspaper, housework, the garden, or a nap. “Study to show
thyself approved unto God; a workman that needeth not to be
ashamed; rightly dividing the word of truth.” (II Tim.
2:15). Those who forsake these assemblies are missing a
great opportunity to do this very thing.
3) Those who remain at home on Sunday and/or Wednesday
nights are also saying that a study of the Bible is boring.
It totally amazes me that anyone could call something more
precious than gold (Psalm 19:10) dull or boring. It’s beyond
comprehension that the Book containing God's mind (I Cor.
2:9-13) could be thought of as dry or uninteresting.
4) Those who forsake evening services are saying with
certainty that obeying God's commands is not important.
Hebrews 10:25 commands that one not forsake the assembling
of the saints. Those who forsake the Sunday night and
mid-week assembly must think this command is meaningless.
The Holy Spirit instructs differently “Blessed are they that
do his commandments, that they might have right to the tree
of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city”
Dear Reader, everything that has
been said about Sunday evening worship and Wednesday night
Bible study applies equally to Gospel meetings or
lectureships your congregation may be hosting. Why do we not
love God enough to assemble with the saints whenever
possible? (cr. Heb. 10:25; Mt. 6:33; Ps. 122:1)
Without doubt, there are reasons,
and there are excuses for not being present on Sunday &
Wednesday nights. Friend, God knows the difference.
- R. W. McAlister preaches for the Anna church of
Christ in Anna, IL.He may be contacted through the
congregation's website: http://www.annachurchofchrist.com/