Ingredients Of A Good
Like a good casserole or
dessert, there are some ingredients that make for a good gospel meeting.
Preparation: -- Anything worth doing or having is worth preparing
for. Good preparation begins well in advance of the meeting with deciding
the purpose of the meeting, selecting the speaker or speakers, setting a date,
preparing the meeting house, and advertising the
Atmosphere: -- Like restaurants, every church has an atmosphere -- good
or bad. A good atmosphere in the local church is one where: people have a
genuine love for the Lord and one another (Matt. 22:37-39), folks are greeted
warmly (2 Cor. 13:12), a deep respect for God and His Word are shown (Mal.
1:11), folks are enthused about hearing and knowing the Will of God (Acts
10:24,33; 17:11), members arrive early and stay late, there are no complaints
and criticisms -- just compliments and contentment (Rom. 16; Eph. 4:29), and
where folks are given to hospitality (Rom.
Attendance: -- Good attendance begins with every member being at every
service (Matt. 6:33; Heb. 10:25). Inviting and bringing others to the
meeting contributes to a good meeting (Jn. 4:29,30;
Singing: -- Where brethren "sing aloud unto God" (Psa. 81:1),
"with all their might" (1 Chron. 13:8), there is good
Preaching: -- Just being a good speaker doesn't make one a good
preacher (Rom. 16:18; 1 Cor. 2:1-5). Good preaching is Christ-centered,
Scripture filled, nothing-kept-back, reproving-rebuking-exhorting, gospel
preaching (Acts 8:5,35;20:20; 2 Tim. 4:2; Rom. 1:16).
Follow-Up: -- A subsequent letter, phone call, or visit increases the
effectiveness of a meeting.