God’s Powerful, Saving, Gospel Meeting

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Last Updated on Monday, 02 July 2012 08:12
Published on Monday, 02 July 2012 00:00
Written by Patrick Swayne
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It is unfortunate the way that some approach a gospel meeting – instead of seeing it as an opportunity to be enjoyed they see it is a burden to be born or an inconvenience to be ignored. Though statistic after statistic could be offered showing how much time Australians give to life’s true burdens and inconveniences (television, the internet, etc.), it is not probable that these statistics alone would convince anyone to give up his pastime in favour of a spiritual primetime. In light of that fact and the attitude of some, perhaps both those who plan on attending the meeting and those who do not would do well to hear the words of the apostle Paul: “I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation” (Romans 1:16).

The Gospel of Christ belongs to God. Man has always placed a great deal of importance on possession – as some have said (perhaps not in the same context), possession is 9/10 of the law. The point is that many men are overly concerned with what they have – often allowing what they have to define who they are. Yet the question must be asked, how important are our physical possessions? Not very: after attaining great amounts of wealth, Solomon stated, “all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 2:11). He realized that possessions were temporal and fleeting, and came to realize the importance of wise words given by one Shepherd (Ecclesiastes 12:9-12). If words triumphed over possessions, why would a person not want to take the opportunity to hear the gospel of Christ proclaimed in a meeting – our Shepherd’s last statements to us, and His prized possession?

The Gospel of Christ is the power of God. As can be seen by their actions, many today doubt and underestimate the power of the Gospel. They believe that the gospel is not powerful enough to draw men, and so they try to do so with gimmicks and trickery. Some have even gone so far as to add and to subtract from God’s word, believing that the plain message of the Bible simply is not powerful enough. Even though their attitude does not exalt the Gospel, the Gospel does not suffer one bit – it is God’s power, and it is more than powerful enough to draw men and to save them. The Gospel can transform lives (Romans 12:1, 2) and purify souls (1 Peter 1:22) – why would a person not want to take the opportunity to hear this powerful message proclaimed by a Gospel preacher?

The Gospel is God’s power to salvation. Though the gospel is but one of the many powers of God, it is God’s only power to salvation. Fleeting comfort may be found in the arms of worldliness, material possessions, and even entertainment – but in the final analysis, none of these things are powerful enough to save a man’s soul. The gospel must be heard in order for its power to be accessed (Romans 10:17), and, as Paul asked, “how shall they hear without a preacher” (v. 14)? Even if a person is saved by the gospel, he must continue in its instructions in order to access its blessings – as Paul said, “the just shall live by faith,” which again only comes by hearing (Romans 1:17; 10:17). Why would a person not want to take the opportunity to hear the gospel and learn not only how to be saved but how to walk faithfully before God?

Friend, no one can answer these questions but you. It is my heart’s desire that you will consider very carefully Paul’s message concerning the gospel of Christ. If you have put something above hearing the gospel that is not necessary, please change your schedule and commit to coming to our Gospel meeting!

 

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Patrick Swayne was married to Chantelle Marie (Herd) in 2009. Patrick began preaching first as a part time minister and then as a full time minister in the state of Tennessee (2003-2007). He was serving as a minister in Australia, working primarily with the Church Street church of Christ in Melbourne, Australia (2008-2012). He has received formal training from Memphis School of Preaching (class of 2005), Walters State Community College (A.S.), and Amridge University (B.A.). He is currently doing post graduate work at Freed Hardeman University. He counts himself richly blessed by the Lord.