Family Night Of Worship

Gateway Students just hosted their first Family Night of Worship on October 7th and it was awesome! Over 150 people showed up to be a part of this incredible night. If you were not able to be a part this time, we are already making plans to have another one next semester. Just to give you a glimpse into what the night looked like, let me tell you what we did.

Every good student ministry event begins with a game, and we played a game that involved everyone! Then we spent time talking about what worship really looks like. Worship is the excessive admiration for someone or something. We are all created to worship and we will worship someone or something. So the question is, where is God on your worship list? We also talked about how worship can be singing songs, but it is also a lifestyle. Genuine worship is an overflow of a joyful heart. After we talked about worship, we all worshipped together by singing.

Then we spoke about the Lord’s Supper and why it is that we take part in that. When you get married, what symbol do you wear that says to everyone you are married? That’s right, a ring! (I’m just going to go ahead and assume you got that right…) For every year you are married you don’t get a new ring, but you do celebrate a wedding anniversary. The Lord’s Supper is like a wedding anniversary.  It is a reminder of what Jesus did on the cross for you and a set aside time to think about how much you love Jesus and the commitment you made to follow Him. This is why only those who have chosen to follow Christ participate in the Lord’s Supper. The bread signifies Jesus’s body being broken for us as He took on the punishment for our sins when died on the cross.  This is important because if Jesus didn’t die then our sins aren’t forgiven. Jesus was our substitute and he paid a price we could not pay. The juice represents Jesus’ blood and his blood signifies a new covenant. That we no longer have to make sacrifices to be forgiven of our sins because Jesus was the perfect sacrifice. This new covenant allows us to simply ask Jesus for forgiveness of our sins and then we are forgiven! After we talked about the Lord’s Supper, families gathered and took part of it together.

Then we talked about baptism! Baptism was something people did right after they decided to follow Jesus. I know it can be intimidating, but it was for them too. Baptism is not required to become a child of God or to receive His forgiveness. It is a symbol that demonstrates you have changed! Another way to say it is that it is an outward expression of an inward decision. We baptize by immersion because is Mark 1:10 it says that Jesus came up out of the water. It is a beautiful picture of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. After we talked about baptism, eight students took their next step by being baptized.

It was such a cool night to see students worshipping with their families. If you have a student in our student ministry and were not able to be part, I would encourage you to be on the lookout for our next one and join us! Until then, make it a point to worship with your family. Whether that’s praying together, singing, or serving. Figure out what works for your family and get started!