Our gospel meeting with James Watkins is just three weeks away. Most congregations hold a gospel meeting once or twice a year. Churches have been holding meetings for years, and as with all things that become commonplace, several myths have developed about gospel meetings that need to be addressed. Maybe if we learn the truth about meetings, we’ll be better prepared for ours.
Myth #1: “Gospel meetings are irrelevant.” They’ve certainly changed over the last fifty years or so, but they are not irrelevant. One congregation in our area had a very successful meeting last year in which over twenty-five Christians were restored and one person was baptized. Meetings can still be used to evangelize the lost and strengthen the saved.
Myth #2: “The meeting’s success depends on the visiting preacher.” It’s important to have a good preacher (and there’s no one better than Brother Watkins!), but, really, he carries a relatively small part of the workload. Every member should be involved in some way to make the meeting successful.
Myth #3: “There’s nothing for me to do.” No one should be able to make this excuse. The most important job of every meeting can be done by anybody—the job of inviting friends. We need lots of people to come to our meeting so that the Word will reach as many ears as possible.
There are many other things you can do, not the least of which is attending every service of the meeting. You are making an important contribution by just arriving on time, shaking a few hands, singing praises to God, listening intently to the message, and leaving with a smile on your face.
Myth #4: “I don’t know anyone who would be interested in coming.” Have you asked? You really don’t know if someone would be interested in coming to church with you until you invite them.
We have set a goal for every family in our congregation to invite four people they have never invited to church before. We’re hoping this will not only fill our building for every service, but also introduce new people to the gospel.
Myth #5: “I don’t have time.” If others can make time to come to the meeting, so can you. Everybody has the same amount of time, and you aren’t the only person who is busy. The people who come to gospel meetings are the ones who believe that these services are important and move things around so they will not miss them.
Let’s have a good meeting this year. Remember, success depends on every member. Are you doing your part?