Is this your Gospel Meeting?

Keith Clayton

Does it not often happen at our public preaching’s that when the formal address is delivered, a hymn sung, and a word of prayer offered, all disperse, without any attempt at individual work? I speak not now, mark you, of the preacher—who cannot possibly reach every case, but (if the scores of Christiana who have been listening to him. They have seen strangers enter the room, they have sat beside them ; they have, it may be, noticed their interest, seen the tear stealing down the check ; and yet they have let them go away without a single loving effort to reach them, or to follow up the good work. Old experienced Christians have been present, but, instead of pausing with the fond hope that God would graciously use them to speak a word in season to him that is weary, they hasten away as though it were a matter of life and death that they should be home at a certain hour ! Is there not a. want of that deep, personal, loving interest in souls which will express itself in a thousand ways that act powerfully on the heart ?

Now I feel persuaded that much of (his might be remedied if those Christians who attend the gospel preaching’s were more on the look oat for souls : if they would attend, not so much for their own profit, as in order to be co-workers with Cod, in seeking to bring souls to Jesus. No doubt it is very refreshing to Christians to hear the gospel fully and faithfully preached. But it would not be the less refreshing because they were intensely interested in the conversion of souls, and in earnest prayer to God in the matter. And, besides, it could in no wise interfere with their personal enjoy­ment and profit to cultivate and manifest a lively and loving interest in those who surround them, and to seek at the close of the meeting to help any who may need and desire to be helped. It has a surprising effect upon the preacher, upon the preaching, upon the whole meeting, when the Christians who attend are really entering into, and discharging their high and holy responsibilities to Christ and to souls, ft imparts a certain tone and creates a certain atmo­sphere which must be felt in order to be understood.

It is my firm persuasion that no Christian is in a right condition, if he is not seeking in some way to bring souls to Christ. And, on the same principle, no assembly of Christians is in a right condi­tion if it be not a thoroughly evangelistic assembly. We should all be on the look out for souls ; and then we may rest assured we should sec soul-stirring results. But if we arc satisfied to go on from week to week, month to month, and year to year, without a single leaf stirring, without a single conversion, our state must be truly lamentable.

(Extracted from "Papers 01; Evangelization " by C. H. M )

There are 7 articles in
ISSUE (1955, Volume 7 Issue 5)

The Church’s Development and Destiny

The Climax of World History (contd.)

Fellowship

Is this your Gospel Meeting?

Love is the answer (1 Cor. 13)

The Priesthood of the Lord Jesus

Spiritual Blessings - Redemption

This article is not part of a series

There are 91 articles by this author

We Consider Blessed Those Who Have Persevered

Travelling On My Knees - 2 Corinthians 1.11.

The Teignmouth Gospel Hall

An Appreciation OfIvan Steeds

We Count Them Happy That Endure

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures. Psalm 23. 2

Celebrating 100 years of service for The Western Counties and South Wales Evangelisation Trust

Choice Gleanings

Bethany Residental Home

Who says the Word of God is not important?

Winshill Gospel Hall

Mill Green Gospel Hall

Crossroads

Look for God’s Look for God’s hand in it!

The UK Assembly Address Book

The Benefits of Belonging

Deep-Water Faith!

Emptied to be Filled

Empty Chairs

Merrion Hall, Dublin

Report of Gospel Work & Other Assembly Activity

A Family

A Body

Reports of Gospel Work and other Assembly Activity

A Hospital

The Greater London Crusade

Brierfield, Lancashire

Priter Way, Bermondsey - A Story of Dockside London

Be Neighbourly

Nursing a Grievance

God’s Sovereign working in the Telugu Desh

Don’t make a mistake

In a Devon Coastal Town (Seaton)

Zeal

Is this your Gospel Meeting?

Special Notice

A Situation we must face

Crediton - from 1850 to 1956

New Hall for Lynmouth

Why and Wherefore?

Silverton

Spending and being Spent

Canley - Coventry

Dwindling Assemblies

Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility

Income and Expenditure

Resignation of Mr L. F. Morice

Musbury, Devon

Musbury, Devon - 2

Please Don’t Forget This Time

New Committee Members

Income and Expenditure

Holiday Evangelism

Home for Elderly Believers

Eastern Counties Missionary Home

The Holy Spirit

Loughton, Essex

Accounts of the Year ended August 31st, 1959

Our Future Programme

A Library for Biblical Research

Homecall of A. C. Hinton

Our Programme for 1961

Tell Yorkshire

Statement of Accounts for Year End August 1960

Dr John Heading

Prayer

Home Workers Fund

The Indispensable Man

If God should go on strike

Scripture text posters

Denis Clapham

Views from the News

Copimg with difficulties within a marriage

Bexley Christian Assembly

Proclamation

Slow Down

Golden Bells

Bethel Gospel Chapel

Are you hooked on logic?

I cannot understand

The Bow Assembly, Devon, England

What is Relational Evangelism?

God is ...

Code name: Confusion

Matthew 24. 42

Faskally House and Trust

A Hunger for the Word

Parkside Hall, Maidenhead

2008 China’s Year!

Walk Before God

Yorkshire Christian Camp