Gospel Meeting (2019)
The week of our 2019 Spring meeting will be starting this upcoming Sunday, Lord willing. Our elders have chosen the speaker and have scheduled the meeting the first full week of March. We have made various announcements about it, prayed about it, invited people to it, and now it is only a week away. Let us take a few moments to remind ourselves of some necessary traits that will make our meeting a great success. We may be tired and weary, but if we are willing to go the extra mile this week and next, the meeting can be a wonderful week spent in the study of God’s Word.
The most important aspect of our meeting is our desire to pray for its success. We need to pray throughout the gospel meeting, that our work that week will be pleasing to God. We should pray that we will come with a mind that is ready to praise God and hear His Word. We need to pray that our sacrifice, no matter its size, to attend every meeting will be received as a “sweet aroma” to God. Our prayers need to extend beyond our own physical and spiritual needs as we pray for those who may be weak in their faith, or those who have not yet obeyed the gospel. May we pray for God to strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble (cf. Hebrews 12:12). May we pray that God’s Word will be taught with boldness and love, convicting the hearts of the lost and encouraging them to become children of God!
Another requirement for a successful meeting is maintaining a heart that is willing to attend both physically and spiritually. We need to prepare for each day’s activities and ensure that we are willing and able to bring our very best to God every night. We will encounter distractions that will try to take us away from meeting each evening, but if we remain faithful, we will certainly be blessed in the end. There will be sacrifices made with work, school, homework, ball practice, but every sacrifice will be well worth the time spent in worship and study of God’s Word. May we remember the words of David this week, “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord’” (Psalm 122:1). Will we say the same thing this upcoming week?
A third aspect in our preparation for the meeting is that we continue to invite our friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family. The general consensus is that for every ten people invited, one person will accept and attend. Therefore, if each family can invite ten people, think about the visitors we could possible generate for this one gospel meeting. While there may be many that you have invited in the past who have never attended, who knows if this could be the meeting and invitation that opens the door. We cannot allow their failure to attend to dictate our willingness to invite. God has blessed us so much with so many physical and spiritual blessings; may we give a little bit of our time back by inviting everyone to join us for our gospel meeting.
Finally, we need to come with a hunger and thirst for righteousness. If we are willing to pray for the meeting, prepare physically and spiritually for the meeting, invite others, and come with an appetite for God’s Word, then truly this will be a successful meeting. Jesus simply said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” (Matthew 5:6). God promised His Word will never return in vain; therefore, if we come as eager listeners and actively listen during the lessons, we will be strengthened by the end of the week.
Our gospel meeting gives us a wonderful opportunity to grow. How will our meeting effect you spiritually? Will you continue to pray for our meeting? Will you continue to invite others and come prepared each night? Are you excited about a wonderful week of spending time in worship of God and the study of His Word? May God bless our efforts as we prepare of our gospel meeting.