Why Have a Gospel Meeting?

            Each year our homecoming and gospel meeting is scheduled for the same time. Consistent scheduling enables each member to make the necessary plans and arrangements every year to be able to offer our full support for the efforts at Logan Martin.  It is two weeks before time for our homecoming and gospel meeting; some maybe asking, Why have a gospel meeting? That is a valid question and the Bible gives us valid answers.

To please God

            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 (I Corinthians 1:21). When Jesus was teaching the parable of the sower he said, Behold, a sower went forth to sow (Matthew 13:3). In this same context Jesus taught seven parables dealing with the church. Luke’s account says that the seed is the word of God (Luke 8:11). It is that word that must be taught and obeyed, for the saving of the soul.

To teach the Gospel

            And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15). In the giving of the great commission, Jesus commanded His followers to take His word throughout the world. One of the greatest opportunities of the child of God is to teach the soul-saving gospel to others. In the gospel meeting the gospel will be taught and we have the opportunity to invite friends and loved ones to hear and obey.

To hear the Gospel

            Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus (Acts 8:35). Paul said that the gospel is the “power of God unto salvation.” Nothing is more important than for an individual to hear the good news of Jesus Christ: that He came to this world and lived as a man; that He left a perfect example of obedience for all to follow; that He died on the cross of Calvary for our sins; that He was raised from the grave giving assurance to all who will obey His word.

To be encouraged

            Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine (II Timothy 4:2). The gospel of Jesus Christ is a sword with two edges: one has the power to convict the lost and bring them to repentance; the other has the power to strengthen those who are living an obedient life. Those who follow our Lord and Savior have not been promised to have all storms removed from their lives, but God has promised that He would be with us and that with Christ we will be able to endure any storm that may come our way.

            Yes, the question is asked: Why have a gospel meeting? But the question which should be asked is: Why would you not have a gospel meeting?