Fall Gospel Meeting!

    Brother Al Behel will be with us this Sunday to begin our Fall Gospel Meeting. Though it is still pretty warm, Fall does begin on the 22nd! Brother Behel has been with us before and he always does a fine job preaching the Word of God. Many of our members know Al Behel from visiting with the Greater Smokey Mountain congregation in Pigeon Forge. Al Behel is well qualified: He has preached for many years and is a successful professional counselor.

    
As you may note elsewhere in this Bulletin, we will have lunch together after the morning service. We will meet Sunday afternoon at 5:00 and the Monday through Wednesday nights at 7:00. Let’s all plan to be at every service possible. Invite our neighbors and friends to hear God’s Word.

AFTER ALL THESE YEARS, WHY STILL HAVE GOSPEL MEETINGS?

     From time to time we hear folks question the efficacy of Gospel Meetings. There is no doubt that the world around us has changed from the days when the churches would host week or two week long gospel efforts. We are no longer tied to an agricultural cycle as we once were and it does seem that the demands on our time are greater. But most of the negative statements I hear about having even relatively brief gospel meetings are to be plain about it, pretty hollow.

     Having gospel meetings does a number of great things for us and the folks around us. First, a gospel meeting reminds us of our central purpose: preaching the Word (Matthew 28:18-20, 2 Timothy 4:2-4). The church is not some sort of club or place of entertainment. Our purpose is dual: (1) to preach and teach the truth of God to those that are lost (Romans 1:16) and (2) to edify and build up each other (Ephesians 4:14-16). We call them “gospel” meeting because the primary activity is the preaching of the gospel.

     Second, a gospel meeting provides us an opportunity to invite family and friends to hear God’s Word. Sometimes all it takes for a person to become interested in the Bible is to be exposed to it and to people who believe it.

     Last, gospel meetings help the faithful to grow stronger (2 Peter 3:18). Let this Fall Gospel Meeting be a blessing to you and your family.