Gospel Work and other Assembly Activities – March-April, 1976

At a recent Bible Reading in Plymouth it was stated that there was so much ‘soft soaping’ in so-called Gospel preaching simply because the peril of the unsaved was not really appreciated.

How vital it is that we consider such a statement. We are to preach as though our hearers had never heard before — so it must be simple. We are to preach as though they will never hear again — so there must be urgency and concern. We are not there to lecture, but to speak with power as the oracles of God. Our subject matter is not to be anything of our choice, but to deal with sin and the Saviour, repentance and faith.

Northern Ireland

Antrim is a growth town which has more than trebled its population in recent years. The assembly, which had struggled on for many years without much to encourage, has increased in size considerably as a result. A good work is carried on among the children and the hall is usually filled for the Lord’s Day evening Gospel meeting.

The believers were further encouraged recently when J. Flanigan held a special Gospel effort which lasted for six weeks. The meetings were both well attended and fruitful. Quite a number of folk professed to have accepted the Saviour as Lord, while the believers were built up and cheered by listening to the ministry of the Gospel.

A few miles away across the country in the village of Kells (where the great ‘59 revival began), E. Wishart also led six weeks of Gospel meetings at the end of last year. These were fairly well attended and some young people connected with the assembly together with an elderly lady professed to have been saved.

T. McKelvey and J. G. Hutchinson preached for six weeks in the Gospel Hall at Kingsmoss, a few miles north of Belfast. Attendances were good and some professed to have exercised faith in Christ as Saviour, whilst a backslider was restored.

Attendances were very good during the ten weeks that A. Aiken and S. Patterson preached in Ardstrain in Co. Tyrone. This assembly is small and that part of the province is more or less isolated, but all were much encouraged by a number responding to the message and turning in faith to the Saviour.

The assembly in the village of Fintona in Co. Tyrone keeps sounding out the Gospel as the Master gave instructions to us all. Just recently J. Thompson and S. Ferguson had a long spell of special meetings there, when numbers were good each night. Our God was pleased to give some blessing and all concerned were much encouraged.

Ormeau Road in Belfast is quite often in the news because of the troubles. However the assembly there have a fine, commodious hall and keep active in the Gospel. In spite of the troubles fair numbers attended recent meetings conducted by S, Thompson and R. Jordan. Some spoke of being saved as a result of these meetings.


The small company of believers meeting in Morriston, Swansea, found encouragement during a visit by J. Baker. House to house visitation by the evangelist and visits to local schools created much interest in the services and many were thus contacted with the Gospel message.

During a special campaign among the children at Treboeth, Swansea, P. Widdison spoke to a crowded hall each evening.


The present hall at Saltash is very restricted in its accommodation and limits the activities of the assembly. Preliminary plans have been agreed by the local authority and more detailed drawings are now being considered. Yet the believers have much cause for thanksgiving as there have been two baptismal gatherings, when those who obeyed their Lord in this way included an elderly brother over eighty years of age and seven young people.

The assembly at St. Austell are exercised concerning believers who come to some of the gatherings, their prayer being that there may be exercise concerning assembly fellowship.

Over one hundred believers gathered at Bodmin on New Years Day to have fellowship regarding the work of the Lord in Cornwall.

Reports were given from each of the assemblies in the county, and J. Hadley spoke on evangelistic work. F. Holmes concluded the day with helpful and encouraging ministry from the book of Nehemiah.

Four believers rejoiced their Lord by being baptized at Truro in January after a Gospel meeting. Have all readers taken this basic step in Christian growth and identified themselves with their Lord in His death, burial and resurrection?

The assembly at Penzance needs new accommodation and prayer is requested for this. A family including four children come regularly to the Gospel meeting and the believers are very concerned for their salvation.

There is a small but strong exercise on the part of a few brethren to evangelize the villages of Cornwall on a house to house visitation basis. Some have already begun this in a small way.

Southern Scotland

The Greengairs assembly, Lanarkshire, tried a new approach in the Gospel. The three brethren ministering the Word of God at the conference, R. Walker, J. Paton and R. Price, were each invited to follow with a week in the Gospel. These meetings were remarkably well attended by unsaved folk, young people as well as older ones. Two young men of twenty years of age have been saved and many are seriously interested.

The conferences at Newton Stewart and Stranraer at the New Year were quite well attended. Two believers were baptized at a Thanksgiving Service at Stranraer on New Years Eve.

An effort is being made with the Gospel among young people at Lochans, Wigtownshire, where there is no assembly. Adults are showing interest in these meetings.

Believers at Dumfries were encouraged by the attendance at the New Year conference which included some who gather in other ways.

A baptismal service was held at Leadhills in January when a young man took this step of obedience. Later in the month two young believers took the same step at Bethany Hall, Dumfries.

Mobile Units

The South East London Mobile Unit needs new workers to strengthen the hands of those engaged in making the Gospel known in the open air in that densely populated area. One here and there has responded to the Gospel but the need is great.


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