Everyone has an opinion about the “gospel meeting,” or “revival,” as they are sometimes called.
Some say they should be all about evangelism. Others say they should just focus on edifying the saints. Some like a theme. Some like random lessons. None of these is right or wrong. Every congregation is different.
To have a revival is acceptable. To not have one is acceptable. We are not bound by God in any specific terms to do it. What’s not acceptable is to bother to hold a gospel meeting and not support it. In that instance, it would be better not to have it at all!
What’s not acceptable is to have it for the edifying of the saints, and then not have saints participate. What’s not acceptable is to make it about evangelism, and then make no effort to invite others.
Our elders desire that our revivals/gospel meetings serve both purposes: edification and evangelism. They desire that we both make efforts to invite others, and to participate for our own spiritual up-building.
Now we know; it’s up to us to make it successful!
—Rick Kelley, Prestonsburg KY church bulletin