BENEFITS OF A GOSPEL MEETING
It is time again for our Spring Gospel Meeting. A meeting is not planned
to simply fill a time slot on the calendar. The Meeting can be a tremendous
help to the local congregation. Not only can the Meeting help the congregation
collectively, but it can be a great source of spiritual strength to each
individual member. Consider the following benefits of a Gospel Meeting.
The Gospel Meeting provides an opportunity for you and me to grow
We have an opportunity to eagerly listen as the Word of God is proclaimed
and to follow along in our Bibles as Scriptures are being cited. Peter
writes, “But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ” (II Peter 3:18). We will also grow spiritually as we teach and
admonish one another through the singing of songs of praise. Paul writes,
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and
admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. . .” (Col.
3:16). Furthermore, we will grow spiritually through the fellowship that we
have with those of “like precious faith.”
The Gospel Meeting provides us with opportunities to lead others to Christ.
We will be door-knocking the two Saturdays before the Meeting. We can also
tell our friends, neighbors, relatives, and co-workers about the Meeting and
invite them to come. We all know that there are those who will attend a
“special” service when they will not come to our “regular” services. If
they are not Christians, this will provide them with an opportunity to hear
the truth taught in a kind and plain manner.
Gospel Meeting provides us with an opportunity to let our lights (influence)
shine brightly. By our presence we can say to others through our
example that the church is first in our lives. Jesus said, “But seek ye
first the kingdom of God and his righteousness. . .” (Matt. 6:33). Our
presence demonstrates to others that Christ and His church are top priority
in our lives.
The Gospel Meeting provides us with an opportunity to show that we
support the works of the
congregation. A Gospel Meeting is designed to teach the gospel to the
lost; restore the wayward to faithfulness and to strengthen the local
congregation. By our presence, we are helping to ensure the success of the
Meeting in each of these areas.