What kind of Church is the Gospel Hall?
The Gospel Hall is simply a building where believers meet to worship, pray and listen to messages from the Bible.
Your First Visit
It is difficult to go somewhere that you know nothing about. You probably have dozens of questions swirling around your mind such as:
- Will the preacher rant and rave and shout strange things from the platform?
- Are there secrets or rituals that only "the members" know about?
- Of course they want me to donate money, right?
- Is this church a political platform for "fixing America?"
First, you can be assured that the meetings here are done orderly and politely. You aren't asked to participate in discussions or go up for "altar calls."
Second, the teachings you will hear are not motivated by politics or cult-like agendas. The primary goal of the meetings is to help people understand what the Bible says. Free audio CD's of some of our meetings are available by contacting us.
About the money: The practice at the Gospel Hall is that no collections are ever taken from visitors at any meetings.
(3 John 1:7)
We want you to know that we are dedicated to helping you with your needs wherever you are in life.
The best way to discover the feel of a place is by spending time with its people.
We would love for you to join us at our meetings. You should...
- Feel free to contact us before the meeting if you have any questions.
- Pick a meeting and attend.
- After the meeting we'd be glad for you to stick around and chat and get acquainted.
Christian fellowship is important!
What is our history?
Our Assembly's Planting
In 1926 Brother Sam Hamilton held gospel meetings in the Pine Hill schoolhouse near Black River Falls, WI. Others also labored in this area, including Elgie Jamison and Walter Elgies. In the summer of 1941, an assembly was formed and they began breaking bread in the home of Henry Gaede. In August of 1944, a building was found in Shamrock, WI, about nine miles south of Black River Falls. In 1991 the location was moved to the present address.
Though this is the heritage of the assembly in Black River Falls, we follow the pattern of gathering given to us in the Holy Scriptures, which goes back to Acts chapter 2.
Born Again Believers in Scotland, 1630
We take our pattern of gathering from the Word of God. The story of how New Testament truths about God's pattern of gathering were regained and passed down to us begins in the North of Scotland.
On Jan 21, 1630 in a single meeting in Shotts, Scotland, there were over 500 converts who were truly born again and lived to prove it.
At the beginning of the 1800's God saved Thomas Chalmers, Duncan Matheson, & Andrew Thompson. They began to preach the gospel. Multitudes of people were saved. (Murray McCheyne, Win. Burns, Brownlow North, A. and H. Bonar and many other names are linked with those days of blessing.) Under this preaching Donald Ross was saved (his autobiography is available). In 1858 Mr. Ross was made superintendent of the NE Coast Mission (interdenominational and organized to carry the gospel to about a 500 mile stretch of NE Scotland). Mr. Ross sought out preachers including Donald Monroe, John Gill, John Smith, George Masson, and Andrew Carnie. These preached the gospel and God worked. But there were no scripturally gathered assemblies yet.
"Great Revival", 1859
In 1859 there was a "Great Revival" and multitudes were saved in many parts of the world. As people who got saved went back to their own denominations and joyfully spoke of their life-changing experience, they met great opposition, especially from their church leaders. The opposition became so great that Donald Ross and those with him left the NE Coast Mission (which was denominationally funded and was pressuring him to leave certain areas). They then formed a new independent organization (The Northern Evangelical Society) with no promised income and no offerings in their meetings. While preaching in Inverurie, after some difficulty, within a 2 month period many were saved by God's grace, including 200 young men. (Among those men was the author & publisher John Ritchie.) Eventually the entire community turned to hear the gospel.
About 1869, Donald Monroe came to Thedford, Ontario, Canada to visit relatives and witnessed to them about Christ. He started gospel meetings and saw many of them saved. In 1870, Mr Ross saw the need of believer's baptism and was baptized by immersion. When Mr. Monroe went back to Scotland, Mr. Ross told him that he must be baptized. Mr. Monroe had already seen this truth and was coming to tell Mr. Ross of this need, and was then baptized himself. In the following months, thousands were baptized.
The Lord's Supper Commenced and Assemblies Grew
Then on one Lord's day morning in a carpenter's shop Mr. Ross took a loaf of bread and a cup of wine and taught the truth of the Lord's supper, remembering the Lord. They did not know if there was another company in the rest of the world that met in this way, but they obeyed what God showed them in His word.Later Mr. Ross learned of three other small assemblies in Scotland at Aberdeen, New Deer and Peterhead. At that time, Mr. Ross and his brethren had no knowledge of Mr. Darby or any such gatherings elsewhere. From that day, assemblies sprang up all over Scotland and Northern England.
"All the World"
After this Mr. Ross was convicted about "going into all the world" to tell others the gospel. James Campbell went to N. Ireland. John Gill went to Boston. Mr. Monroe came to Ontario, Canada. Then the gospel spread throughout North America.
Related Working of God
As a side-note, a totally separate, yet similar movement of God began about 200 years ago in many different places of the world such as England, British Guiana, Northern Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and India, each having no idea that the same thing was happening in other parts of the world. Men and women in various denominations began to see the deadness of these systems and to come out from them to be gathered solely to the precious name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Men connected with this movement were John Nelson Darby, Anthony Norris Grooves, J. G. Bellet, and others. Though assemblies as we know them meeting in Gospel Halls have similar beliefs, we know of no historical link with this movement. Our heritage is different from this in the sense that it is linked more with gospel preaching.
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