How to Have a Great Gospel Meeting

Text: 1 Thessalonians 1:6-10

One reason why the brethren in Thessalonica were commended was because they received the word with joy and, despite the hardships, they heard, obeyed, and taught the word to others. The same should be true for us. When a congregation has a Gospel Meeting, there is an opportunity to hear the word proclaimed. We should want to make the most of these opportunities. Therefore, it is good for us to consider how to have a great Gospel Meeting.

Pray

  • For the speaker (Ephesians 6:19) – to speak with boldness; to speak as the oracles of God (1 Peter 4:11)
  • For the congregation (Colossians 1:9-10)
  • For those who need to hear the gospel (Romans 10:1; Colossians 4:2-3)

Attend

  • As we would any assembly (Hebrews 10:24-25)
  • Arrange our schedule to allow us to attend (Acts 20:16, 6-7) – Paul planned to stay at Troas to assemble with the church despite his travel schedule

Invite

  • Visitors are always welcome when the church assembles (1 Corinthians 14:24-25)
  • Often it takes someone inviting before one will come (John 1:45-46)

Greet

  • We should not only greet those we know and those who are our brethren (Matthew 5:47) – greet all visitors
  • Jesus welcomed those who were looked down upon for their sin (Matthew 11:19) – led to many of them entering the kingdom (Matthew 21:31-32)

Listen

  • Like the Bereans (Acts 17:11) – with eagerness and searching the Scriptures
  • Examine everything carefully (1 Thessalonians 5:21-22) – Christians should never blindly accept what they are taught

Reflect

  • Study what is taught afterward (Acts 17:11)
  • Meditate on what was taught (Psalm 119:97-99) – can help us make connections that were not initially apparent

Follow-up

  • With visitors (1 Corinthians 3:6) – not enough just to plant; we need to plant AND water
  • With those who were invited but did not attend – at some point we move on (Acts 13:50-51), but one unanswered invitation is not a reason to write that person off (cf. Luke 8:5, 11; Ecclesiastes 11:6)

Continue

  • Sometimes we think of Gospel Meetings as being “extra” important – it does provide extra opportunities, but all of our assemblies and efforts to reach others are important
  • The gospel is the power of God for salvation (Romans 1:16), not the Gospel Meeting – we need to do these things regularly and consistently