Everyone actively involved in hosting a gospel meeting wants it to be a “success”. But how does one gauge the success of a gospel meeting? Some count it a success if there are several people who obey the gospel or who are restored during the meeting. Others count a meeting a success if there are large numbers of visitors at each session. While all of these things are good and are to be desired, are they the sole measure of whether a gospel meeting is a success or not? The purpose of a gospel meeting is to faithfully present the gospel of Christ, so any time God’s word is preached in all its truth and simplicity the meeting is a “success”. In Isaiah 55:10-11 God, through the Prophet, said, “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” God’s word is presented to give us a choice. We can accept it or reject it. We can render our primary obedience to the gospel of Christ by becoming a Christian or we can choose to stay lost in our sins. We can repent of those sins that we, as Christians commit from time to time or we can continue in them and be lost. We can strive to be more Christ-like or we can continue to live like the world. The choice is ours. God’s word, when faithfully preached presents us with these choices and also tells us the consequences of our decisions. If, in the gospel meeting, we are made aware of the choices before us and the eternal consequences of the decisions we make, then the gospel meeting is a “success” regardless of numbers or responses.
A Successful Gospel Meeting