A “Gospel Meeting” refers to a specific time that has been set aside by a church for daily assemblies dedicated to hearing the gospel taught. There are two main focuses of a Gospel Meeting: (1) To teach the gospel to those who are not Christians and (2) to strength Christians. Gospel Meetings, then, are wonderful opportunities to learn more about God and His will for mankind and to be strengthened in the faith of the gospel! But, what are some realistic expectations for each member of a church preparing for a Gospel Meeting?
Attend Every Service
Gospel Meeting weeks differ from normal weeks for a congregation in that there are a greater number of assemblies involved in a Gospel Meeting. Regardless of the number of assemblies involved, the only way for every Christian to get the greatest benefit from the Gospel Meeting is to attend every service. In fact, it is sinful for a member of the church to willfully neglect any one of these assemblies. Hebrews 10:24-25 commands, “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” Meeting dates are usually prepared well in advance, giving members greater opportunity to clear their schedules. Each member, therefore, should evaluate: What kind of Gospel Meeting would it be if everyone attended like I plan to attend?
Invite Someone Else
Gospel Meetings are ideal opportunities to invite relatives, friends, co-workers, neighbors, classmates, etc. to come and hear a message from God’s word. There are many opportunities they will be able to choose from and pick an assembly that fits their schedule. This is one small way that a congregation can fulfill its God-given responsibility to teach the gospel in the community (like the Thessalonians, see 1 Thessalonians 1:8). Each member should desire to be like Philip after he found the Messiah – when he went and told Nathanael “Come and see” (John 1:46).
Come With An Open Mind And A Desire To Improve
The gospel of Jesus Christ is “the power of God to salvation” (Romans 1:16). It completely equips us to do “every good work” God wants us to do (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Gospel Meetings, then, are opportunities for every Christian to learn more about what God wants from their lives and help them to make the right changes. So, you must come to these assemblies with an open mind that desires to learn God’s word and make any changes it requires of you! There is always room for improvement in our service to God. Let’s be looking for those areas with tender hearts that are set upon zealously following the Lord (Titus 2:14)!
Be An Encouragement To Others
Christians in Acts chapter 2, were in the habit of being with one another on a daily basis (see verse 46). They appear to have recognized the value of being with one another and strengthening one another as members of God’s family. Christians today have also been given the responsibility to be encouraging one another on a daily basis. Hebrews 3:12-13 says, “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called ‘Today,’ lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” While this passage does not necessitate a daily church assembly, certainly the assemblies during the time of a Gospel Meeting are ideal opportunities to be an encouragement to your brethren – and to be encouraged by them.
Worship God In Spirit And Truth
Gospel Meetings are focused on God. It’s not about the visiting preacher. It’s not about the church. It’s not about the visitors. It’s all about God! The assemblies, therefore, must be focused on worshiping God properly. John 4:23-24 tells us that the Father is seeking those who will worship Him in Spirit and in truth. To worship God in Spirit is to worship Him in a heartfelt/sincere way. To worship God in truth is to worship Him according to the standard of truth He has revealed in His word. Then, when you are determined to take advantage of the opportunities to worship God during the Gospel Meeting, you will attend as many assemblies as you can, invite others to come and worship God with you, have a desire to learn God’s will and make any changes necessary, and encourage others to give their lives to God’s service!
These are realistic expectations every Christian can have for a Gospel Meeting. Are you willing to do your part in making the church’s next Gospel Meeting a success? In order for a Gospel Meeting to have its maximum impact, it requires every member’s complete participation! Pray to God that He will help you do your part (Ephesians 4:16) and that He will give the increase to the efforts (1 Corinthians 3:5-7)!