Tuesday nights are easily my favorite night of the week. We get to come together and worship Jesus, learn from His Word, and spend time with one another. I love the passion and excitement that students have for coming together. I love the feeling in the atmosphere when our worship leaders lead out spontaneously. I love preaching the word and watching it resonate with you. I love meeting new students who have come for the very first time. Tuesdays are amazing.
We have another Tuesday Night Gathering tonight and it got me thinking, "If I had to give ten reasons as to why we meet weekly, what would I say?" Why is it so important that we meet together every week? Hebrews 10 touches on the importance of meeting together.
Hebrews 10:24-25 ESV - 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
Stirring each other up for love and good works and encouraging one another are two reasons that the writer to the Hebrews gives for why we should meet together. I came up with a list of my own in no particular order and thought I'd share them with you.
One reason we meet together is to exalt Jesus and worship Him. In the midst of a campus of people who do not know Jesus yet, we lift up His name, declaring that He is God. We worship, not to remind God of who He is, but to remind ourselves of who He is and that He is worthy to be praised.
Along with worship, we celebrate. We celebrate that God is the God of victory. We celebrate that Jesus defeated death, sin, hell, and the grave through His resurrection. We celebrate that God loves us each individually and uniquely. We celebrate that Jesus pursued us when we were not worthy to be pursued. We celebrate that God is in the business of redeeming all things.
In today's church, we often miss the importance of corporate prayer. We miss the importance of praying together as a body. On Tuesdays, we give 20 minutes for corporate prayer before service from 7:20-7:40. We also pray during key parts of the service. Prayer is so important. If we want to draw closer to Jesus and change our campus, we need to ask the Holy Spirit to do what only He can do.
We believe that discipleship is why we exist. We exist to become disciples and make disciples. Discipleship is the process by which we become more like Jesus. One way that we grow in discipleship is biblical teaching. We need to be continually reminded of the gospel and built up in the Scriptures so that we can grow in Christian maturity. If we want to become mature disciples of Jesus, then we need weekly biblical teaching that is full of grace and truth. We love reading God's Word and seeing how it applies to our lives on Tuesday nights.
Another reason we come together is to encourage one another. Life can be hard. College life can be hard. We need to be encouraged. "The homework will get done." "This test will surely pass." "God is with you!" "This is only a season." We need these weekly reminders. Tuesday nights are an opportunity to encourage one another in the seats and also be encouraged from the platform by our worship leaders, pastors, and student leaders.
We don't only need to be encouraged, but we also need to be challenged. It's easy to slide into complacency and a lack of passion for the Lord. We need to be pushed to grow into the person that God has called us to be. We need to be convicted of our sin and challenged to pursue Jesus. We pray that every week you will walk out of Tuesday nights with a specific challenge from God.
Tuesdays are also a strategic opportunity to introduce your friends to Jesus. Every week, we share the gospel and give opportunity for students to put their faith in Jesus. Tuesdays are not just a time for us to enjoy one another and grow personally, but also a time to reach out to our friends and grow God's Kingdom.
As much as Tuesday nights are about mission, they are also about community. They are an opportunity for us to get to know one another more. For us to go deeper together and share life with each other. We share our victories and our struggles and also just have a good time with one another. Every week, we cap off our Tuesday Night Gatherings with a party at Buffalo Wild Wings for this sole purpose.
Tuesdays are also a great opportunity to make friends. I met some of my best friends in the world (including my wife) at a Chi Alpha service. Our prayer is that every student who is a part of Chi Alpha would know that they have friends here.
Finally, Tuesdays are an opportunity to serve. Whether that be on the worship team, connect team, production team, or just creating a friendly environment for guests, Tuesdays are an amazing opportunity to use your gifts for God, others, and His Kingdom.
These are a few of the reasons why I come every Tuesday and believe in the power of a Tuesday night. What are your reasons?