A Successful Gospel Meeting

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him (Colossians 3:16).

The apostle Paul taught the brethren in Colosse that the lives they lived were to be in accordance with the word and will of God. Paul continues to teach each Christian the same lesson today: whatever we do must be in obedience to God.

For each of us to fully benefit from the gospel meeting, there are four actions in which each must be involved: 1) Pray; 2) Plan; 3) Participate and 4) Pray. These four actions will put our hearts, souls, minds and bodies in alignment with the will and word of God.


            In prayer we are reminded that everything depends on God; we must pray according to the will of God. God’s desire is for His people to take His word throughout the world and He does not desire for any to be lost. Therefore, it is in accordance to the will of God for His word to be preached and it is in accordance to the will of God for us to pray for good and honest hearts to hear the word of God. Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest (Matthew 9:38).


            Events which lack planning normally go according to plan.  Each year our elders plan for a Homecoming and Gospel Meeting and for years it has been held on the first weekend of August. Plans are made each year for the visiting preacher, song leader, food and drinks, etc. Planning ensures that requirements are known, anticipated and achieved.  And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut (Matthew 25:10).


            The statement is often made and is true: We must pray as though everything depends on God and work as though everything depends on us. And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be [ye] warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what [doth it] profit (James 2:16)? Well wishes will not get the work done and well wishes will not fill the building. Each member of Logan Martin controls only one person and that is self. Let each of us not just plan but participate.


            When all is said and done, let us remember to give thanksgiving to God for the great opportunity and privilege to serve at His will.