The book of Acts is a great place to see the power of Gospel Meetings. In the first chapter, the church is made ready to preach and serve. In the second chapter, there is a Gospel Meeting with 3000 converts. Peter preached the Gospel of Christ. Many people believed the Gospel (Acts 2:37). Since they believed, they obeyed (Acts 2:38; 41). God added them to his church (Acts 2:47).
There is another great Gospel Meeting in Acts 10. Cornelius, his family, his employees, and presumably everyone he could get to come listened to Peter preach. Cornelius said, “So now we are all in the presence of God to hear everything you have been commanded by the Lord” (Acts 10:33). Peter’s message was about the incredible love of God. He said, “Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: but in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is acceptable to him” (Acts 10:34-35).
In both these Gospel Meeting sermons, there was an emphasis on Jesus. Peter preached the deity of Christ and the certainty of his resurrection in Acts 2. In Acts 10 Peter preached the love of God for all people and his desire for all people to be saved. Great Gospel preaching (and therefore effective Gospel Meetings) focus on Jesus. This is another reason we love Gospel Meetings. We get to focus on Jesus!
Gospel Meetings are also Revivals. They are revivals because they are reviving. When we speak of Gospel Meetings, perhaps we are emphasizing the evangelistic nature of the time. When we speak of Revivals, we are noticing how the preached Gospel encourages the saved. In Colossians 2:2 Paul said, “I want their hearts to be encouraged and joined together in love, so that they may have all the riches of complete understanding and have the knowledge of God’s mystery—Christ.”
Gospel Meetings are great because they provide opportunities for the lost to be saved and the saved to be encouraged. Let us praise God for his wonderful work, his wonderful love, and the wonderful opportunities he provides for us.