by Michael Gilbert
January 14, 2007
What is so great about having a Gospel Meeting? After all, it takes up so much time and money, and they are not well attended like they used to be. Perhaps we should drop them altogether, or maybe even replace them with something that’s actually interesting to people. Who wants to hear a man preach the Bible for an hour anyway?
Because Truth Is Preached
To those who love the truth, the Gospel Meeting is another opportunity to hear the Truth preached. Salvation comes only through the preaching of the Truth, for Paul wrote, “So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are in Rome also. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation…” (Rom. 1:16). Paul spoke of God’s wisdom in using preaching when he wrote, “For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe” (1 Cor. 1:21).
In a time when Satan attacks God’s people with a ruthless vengeance, why shouldn’t Christians desire to hear the simple Gospel preached? When the world is groping in darkness, is there a reason why Christians shouldn’t cherish the opportunity to invite a lost friend to hear God’s power of salvation proclaimed by faithful and able men?
To Strengthen The Church
To those who love the truth, Gospel Meeting time is an opportunity to build up the Lord’s church. Who could deny that the Lord’s people have been on decline since the 1960’s or earlier? The reasons for this decline are many.
Brotherhood wide, our leaders have lost much of their biblical knowledge. When Israel and Judah were in decline, God, through the prophet Hosea offered the following reason, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children” (Hosea 4:6). Among many leaders, emotions and feelings have replaced knowledge and reason. Conviction and passion is now viewed as being mean-spirited and offensive.
Brotherhood wide, the spiritual interests of many members have been replaced with entertainment. Ours is the age of technology, and Satan surely smiles as we recreate ourselves to death with modern gadgets. Hollywood’s use of movie theaters, VCR’s and DVD players has certainly been a tool of Satan over the years. We have committed ourselves to giving our entertainers a large portion of our paycheck while the treasury of the Lord’s church dwindles. Paul’s warning grows more ominous by the day…”Be not decieved; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (Gal. 6:7). We are “sowing the wind” and soon we will “reap the whirlwind” (Hosea 8:7)
Brotherhood wide, too many parent’s have not taught their children the way of God (Deut. 6:5-7). Rest assured, if parents aren’t taking the opportunity to teach their children, then Satan will. And Satan’s teachings lead down the path of doom and destruction. Our children are a gift from God, and they must be presented back to God just as He gave them to us – pure and free from sin (Eccl. 7:29). This can only be done through Jesus Christ’s precious blood (1 Pet. 1:18-19).
Why not take this opportunity to not only attend the Gospel Meeting this week, but to also invite your friends and family? Brother Jones will do an excellent job this week in our Gospel Meeting, and he will also help us to enhance our worship through song. Why not be present at every assembly? You’ll be glad you did!
Sermon Topics for our Gospel Meeting
Bible Class: Authority
AM Sermon: What In The World Are You Waiting For?
PM Sermon: Heaven
Tuesday: Save The Children
Wed. & Thu.: Congregational Singing School