Sunday Night services are awesome! They are completely different than our Sunday morning services are provide a completely different atmosphere, sermon, music and experience. If you have never been part of the Sunday night services but are a faithful member of Southern Hills, listen up. Over the next few minutes I’m going to give you my best pitch on why you should come and be part of Sunday Nights at Southern Hills.
As much as I love seeing the crowds, seekers getting saved, and new believers being baptized on Sunday mornings; there is just something so special about our Sunday evening services. It just feels more personal. This is the moment that our church, spread across three different service times, is able to get together, relax, smile, breath, worship, laugh and study in a more intimate setting. There is normally only 25-40% of our morning crowd that chooses to come back on Sunday evenings. This gives us the unique opportunity to just be family. Developing these friendships in this smaller setting has helped our church remain strong at its core while we have grown exponentially in our morning services. When speaking of Sunday nights our church members will often use the word “family” to describe the feeling of being there.
I make no apology for being a topical preacher. Many of our sermon series on Sunday morning are topical in nature as to allow a new person to easily jump right into the middle of a series without feeling lost. We deal with simple truths like purpose in life and joy through in the midst of difficulty. We develop accessible sermons series like Mythbusters and Mountaintops. We call for simple decisions like salvation, baptism and dedication. Though I will always exegete the text and expose the scriptures for what they are saying every time I stand to preach I am not considered by many an expository preacher on Sunday mornings.
However, on Sunday evening we take the opportunity to dive deep into the books of the Bible. Verse by verse we plow through the text finding nuggets of truth and life changing messages. Thus far I have had the opportunity of preaching through Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, I & II Samuel, I Kings, Ezra, Nehemiah, Proverbs, Song of Songs, Matthew, Acts, I Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, I & II Thessalonians, I & II Timothy, Titus, Philemon, James, and Revelation.
There is nothing like studying an entire book of the Bible! There is nothing that grows a Christian more than getting to know his Bible. Therefore, on Sunday night we really get DEEP into the text. I like to serve the milk on Sunday morning and the meat later that night.
Informed Core Members
We recently did a survey in our church of those who attend both Sunday evening and Sunday morning services. Many of those who come to both said in varying ways that Sunday night is the time to find out what is really going on at Southern Hills. One core member wrote, “If you want to know the heartbeat of SHBC, Sunday Night is a good place to start.” I think this is well said. On Sunday evenings I am able to take special time to talk about important issues in our church such as the future land and building project we are undertaking. Certain things that would not interest the casual attender or uninterested member can be dealt with in detail without worrying about time constraints or casual misunderstandings. The core members of our church need to know what is going on with the staff, deacons, direction, calendar, goals, missionaries, and future of our church. This is the perfect time to deal with all of these things. I am certain there are members of our church who would like to be more involved. They must realize that the Sunday night service will provide what they are looking for.
If you are a member of Southern Hills or are considering membership, I want to encourage each of you to come this Sunday night as we begin a brand new series through the book of Hebrews. We are entitling it: Becoming a Better You. Come and see for yourself what the fuss is all about.
What are your thoughts about Sunday evening services? If you come, what is your favorite thing about Sunday Nights? If you do not come, what is it that is holding you back? I’d love your comments below: