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OPPORTUNITIES OF A GOSPEL MEETING

  A gospel meeting is a time where several days are set aside for the 
preaching and teaching of the gospel. Some may wonder what are the 
advantages of  gospel meetings. 
  1. Gospel Meetings are opportunities to receive the word which is 
     able to save our souls. "Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and 
     superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted
     word, which is able to save your souls." (James 1:21). The word
     is said to save the soul because it shows us the Savior Jesus
     Christ. " And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of
     his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are
     written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son
     of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name."
     (John 20:31). The word also shows us how to get into the death of
     Christ where he shed his precious blood. "Know ye not, that so many
     of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his 
     death?" (Rom. 6:3). Also the word shows us how to get into the body
     of Christ. "For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body,
     whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and
     have been all made to drink into one Spirit." (I Cor. 12:13). Each
     of us need to take advantage to hear the word of God preached so
     we can be instructed as to how to reach the blood of Christ and
     also how to please Christ with our lives. The Word also teaches
     us how to remain in contact with the blood once we reach it. "But
     if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship
     one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth
     us from all sin." (I John 1:7). 
  2. Gospel Meetings give us opportunities to grow in grace and knowledge
     of the Lord as we are told in 2 Peter 3:18. There are usually six
     sermons that are due to be preached in a gospel effort. Surely
     something will be said of instruction to each one present for all
     the services. We will be uplifted and have our understandings 
     enlightened by this effort. Be sure not to miss a service. 
  3. Gospel meetings are opportunities to help some poor sinners to 
     know God and obey the gospel of Christ. If people in sin don't 
     obey the gospel they are in deep trouble, because in 2 Thessalonians
     1:7-9 we are told that Christ is coming with his Mighty angels in
     flaming fire taking vengeance on those who know not God and obey
     not the gospel. So Gospel meetings are rescue sessions trying to
     get people out of sin and into Christ where all spiritual blessings
     are found. 
  4. Gospel Meetings are opportunities to help erring children of God
     to come out of the clutches of sin  into which they have backslidden.
     "Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual,
     restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself,
     lest thou also be tempted." (Gal. 6:1). Also, "Brethren, if any of
     you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that
     he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save
     a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins." 
     (James 5:19,20). What a wonderful thing to do for an erring child
     of God. Along with exhorting the alien sinner to believe and be 
     baptized all gospel preachers also encourage the erring children
     of God to Confess their faults (James 5:16), and to repent and 
     pray for forgiveness (Acts 8:22). Many homes are made happy,
     churches made stronger, and heaven better populated because of
     Gospel meetings reaching out to people in sin. 
  5. Gospel Meetings are opportunities to let our community know that
     we care about them and want them to come close to God. "Draw nigh
     to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners;
     and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn,
     and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to
     heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall
     lift you up." (James 4:8-10). It is a terrific blessing to the
     community when we knock on people's doors and invite them to the
     gospel meeting. They can be made closer to God if they will only
     get up and go to the gospel meeting with open hearts to learn His
     will.

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