Five Keys To A Successful Gospel Meeting
At a time when many congregations no longer see the value and importance of Gospel Meetings, such cannot be said about the Mill Street Church of Christ. Lord willing, our Gospel Meeting will begin June 3rd through June 8th. No doubt, you desire for this meeting to be successful. To have a successful Gospel Meeting, consider the following keys:
In all that we do, we need to evaluate our motives. Our duty in life is to "Fear God, and keep his commandments" (Ecc. 12:13). Our purpose is to bring glory to God (1 Cor. 10:31). God's people are to exhibit care and concern for others (Jo. 13:35; Phil. 2:4,5). Jesus commissioned the Apostles to proclaim the Gospel to every creature (Mk. 16:16) to which they complied as they "went forth and preached everywhere" (v. 20). Our aim is to please God and not men (Ga. 1:11).
If a congregation begins a Gospel Meeting believing it to be a waste and a failure, it probably will be. Members ought not start a meeting with a defeated mentality. The church has a divine mission which is to proclaim the Gospel of Christ (Eph. 3:10,11). Our endeavoring to do so is not a waste realizing our "labor is not in vain in the Lord" (1 Cor. 15:58). When Moses sent out 12 men to search the land of Canaan, ten of the twelve had the attitude of "We be not able" (Nu. 13:31) while Caleb's attitude was "we are well able" (v. 30). What is your attitude regarding our upcoming meeting?
Much work is put into a successful Gospel Meeting. There are people to invite, a building to clean so as to be presentable when those invited come, and announcements to hand out. Don't forget a simple invitation can have a big impact. Think about the woman of Samaria mentioned in John 4:1-42. After Jesus talked with her, she went into the city and invited the men to "Come, see a man...." (v. 29). When those men heard the Lord they confessed he was the Christ (v. 42). Tell others about the meeting and invite them to come learn about Jesus.
It's planting time! It was asked in Haggai 2:19, "Is the seed yet in the barn?" We will get the seed out of the barn during our Gospel Meeting. Seed will not produce if it is not planted. The seed of the Kingdom is the word of God (Lk. 8:11). Only by the truth can one be made free or made clean (Jo. 8:32,15:3). A congregation should not expect or accept anything short or beyond book, chapter, and verse Bible preaching. The Gospel is the power of God to save (Ro. 1:16). You'll need your Bible for the meeting as we seek a "what saith the Scripture" (Ro. 4:3) for all we do.
In order for a Gospel Meeting to be successful, there must be participation by the members. Each member must make plans to be present at every service. Most meetings are scheduled a year or more in advance. This gives every member ample time to clear their schedule. Each of us are charged with the task of considering one another to provoke unto love and good works (Heb. 10:24). Can the members of this congregation count on you to be present?