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Associate Editorial: Gospel Meetings – Are We Relevant?

Mark 16:15, “And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”

Matthew 28:19, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

2 Timothy 4:2, “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.”

These are all passages with which the readers of this article are intimately familiar. They all deal with the effort of preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. Men who faithfully give their time and energies to the work of preaching the gospel do so under the authority of Christ. We must be careful as we handle the word which reveals that authority to us. We must ask ourselves questions before we act. What avenue(s) shall we utilize to accomplish this task? For example, is personal evangelism allowed, where we reach people one neighbor at a time? Certainly that falls within the scope of our commission. Shall we preach when the church comes together? Of course we shall. We have a direct example of such an occasion in Acts 20:7. We have just as much authority from that verse to have preaching in the service as we do to limit the observance of the Lord’s Supper to the first day of the week. Both principles are significant and both are relevant. Continue reading » Associate Editorial: Gospel Meetings – Are We Relevant?