OPEN-AIR PREACHING

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Open-Air street preaching existed even before the first print of the Bible. Later the Lord mightily used street preachers during the first and second ‘great awakenings.’ If the Lord tarries, I believe He ‘may’ give America a third chance, a third great awakening.

Sadly, many Christians, and even some pastors are opposed to open-air preaching. Fact is street preaching is Biblical (see articles in below comments.) Although I can understand their reservation with some street preachers. It grieves me, when I see some open-air preachers arguing with the public, inciting hecklers, making verbal adhominem attacks, and/or using extra-biblical methods to draw crowds, rather than just preach the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The power is in the Gospel, and not our own words. God’s Word never returns void, but our words do (Isaiah 55:11.) Only God’s Word can perform a spiritual surgery on mans heart and mind, our words cannot (Heb 4:12-13.) Our words (my words,) can do more damage than good.

Therefore, it is the policy of IPOC Ministries to not antagonize, and/or be rude to anyone. If anyone is offended by the Gospel, then so be it. Nevertheless, we never want to offend others with ‘our own’ words or actions. I pray to preach the Word boldly, and in love.

“And for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel.” Ephesians 6:19

It is impossible to love the Lord, if we do not love and believe in the whole counsel of His inerrant Word. To willfully truncate or mitigate Gods Word is sinful. As the late Martyn Lloyd-Jones said, “Salvation is entirely a matter of God’s free, sovereign choice… Nevertheless, it is equally true to say that if a man is not saved, it is because of his own rejection of the gospel which is offered to him.”

To simply smile telling others that ‘Jesus loves you,’ is not evangelism, nor witnessing. A Biblical love needs to get Biblical. To only do good works, and not preach; is nothing more than being a humanitarian.

Please understand this. Going out into the world to witness is not your pastors responsibility, it is ours. The purpose of your pastor (and your local church) is to teach, train, and equip His saints to go outside the four walls of their church. And to go out, and be heralds of the good news. Every Christian is called to witness, give their testimony, and share the Gospel.

The Christians are the actual church. The word “church” in the New Testament comes from the Greek word ‘ekklesia,’ which is translated to “an assembly,” and “to call out,” or the “called out ones.” Therefore, it is the Biblical duty and calling, of Christians (the church) to ‘go out’ into the world. To be salt of the earth, and light of the world.

While preaching, we will do our best to get the contact information of others; so that we can follow-up, and get them plugged into a Biblical church nearest to them.

“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, how beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:14-17).

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To view multiple blog posts, and/or videos of open-air preaching, click on our open air preaching tag here. However so that our videos are not repetitive, we will not upload every video of every open-air outreach. Below I have placed different videos from various outreaches, which will demonstrate different styles.

Video 1/16 – My first time preaching since my Cardiac Arrests

Video 2/16 – Preaching at a marijuana convention, until we we’re kicked out

Video 3/16 – Preaching to long single-file lines

Video 4/16 – Preaching for the Elect on Election Day @ a bus depot (great responses)

Video 5/16 – Preached from Hebrews 1:1-4 at IRS (some responses, teaching, edification, very eventful)

Video 6/16 – Preaching & Teaching a sermon @ the IRS & SUN Newspaper office

Video 7/16 sharing THE GOSPEL with a man at an abortion mill

Video 8/16 – Preaching full sermons to citizenry just days after two Muslim terrorists committed a Jihad in their city

Video 9/16 – Three respond to the preaching of the Gospel at a bus depot

Video 10/16 – Preached from Nahum 1 at a State building (a great response via private conversations)

Video 11/16 – The Gospel Invasion of the Boardwalk – Venice Beach

Video 12/16 – Preaching to the masses at a High School

Video 13/16 – Bill preaching out of Psalm 100, at the SSA office in San Bernardino. Gods goodness, judgment, wrath, and the way of salvation

Video 14/16 – a man responding to the Gospel while I was preaching in Dallas, Texas

Video 15/16 – Bill preaching a message entitled ‘Just as in the days of Noah’ on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Video 16/16 – Bill Stoplight Preaching on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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4 Responses to OPEN-AIR PREACHING

  1. What is friendship evangelism?, by Got Questions.org
    http://www.gotquestions.org/friendship-evangelism.html

    Here is a compilation of some case laws, that are very helpful and applicable to open-air preachers. These decisions were handed down by the U.S. federal courts. They are also helpful for pro-life sidewalk counselors, as well as handing out tracts / literature, ect. I recommend having a copy with you, to give to the police when they respond.
    http://www.theexpositor.tv/wp-content/uploads/Case-law-for-open-air-preachers.docx

    Know your rights when interacting with a police officer. All detailed into on infographic
    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/01/02/here-are-all-the-rights-you-have-when-interacting-with-a-police-officer/

    Open-Air Preaching – A sketch of its history and remarks thereon, by Charles H. Spurgeon
    http://www.streetpreaching.com/openair_preaching.htm

    Biblical examples of street preaching, by CARM
    http://carm.org/biblical-examples-street-preaching

    Street Preaching: The Public Proclamation of the Gospel , by Repent America
    http://www.repentamerica.com/streetpreaching.html

    A comprehensive resource that catalogs many links, articles, videos, and training tools on open-air preaching, by CARM.
    http://carm.org/street-preaching

    Attention Church: Open-Air preaching is Biblical
    http://www.theexpositor.tv/blog/attention-church-open-air-preaching-is-a-biblical-calling-articles-video-included-here/

    The fallacy of taking Matthew 12:19 out of context; Jesus never opposed open-air street preaching
    http://www.theexpositor.tv/blog/the-fallacy-of-taking-matthew-1219-out-of-context-jesus-never-opposed-open-air-street-preaching/

    A 64-slide, two-hour presentation I gave to my churches evangelism team
    http://www.theexpositor.tv/blog/a-powerpoint-on-biblical-evangelism-by-bill-rhetts-the-online-outline-version/

    The Apostle Paul’s attitude about other preachers that he did not agree with (excluding false teachers or hate mongers)
    http://www.theexpositor.tv/blog/the-apostle-pauls-attitude-towards-other-preachers-that-he-did-not-agree-with-excluding-false-teachings/

    The (Lost) Art of Street Preaching — Must It Be Resurrected?
    http://thecripplegate.com/the-lost-art-of-street-preaching-must-it-be-resurrected/

  2. Bill Rhetts says:

    Understandably so, Open Air preachers are hated by the world. But sadly this Biblical gift / calling is foreign to most of the post-modern Christianity withing America. Recently a professed Christian espoused his views (on Facebook) against open-air preaching into the open-air, to total unwilling strangers. He was criticizing another preacher (Adam), who preaches to unwilling crowds. Following was my response to him.

    I would disagree with you on this. Did you actually watch the entire video? There were many people just standing and listening. One lady said how she was encouraged. Many of those on Adams team came to Christ via the Gospel that Adam was preaching. Many others are edified and emboldened thru it.

    There is a rapidly growing number of believers today that do not believe in preaching into the open-air to a group of total strangers. I’m going to resist the temptation of this postmodern evangelicalism, and submit to the Word of God, and His Holy Spirit. Some can only muster up the courage to share the Gospel only thru a causal conversation (which is fine and good,) but it takes great courage and boldness to evangelize this way. I don’t agree with all of Adams videos, nor 100% of his doctrine; but I give Adam an A+ for effort. Not too mention all thee results and fruit that does come via his preaching.

    Shall Adam stand on a box, raise a $20 bill into the air and say “who would like to try my ‘are you a good person test?’ And if you pass you win $20” (which is deception because NO ONE can pass that test.) I have a video of a Jew in Hollywood getting very angry with a co-laborer doing this. I had to go apologize for my partner’s deception. Frankly if I had a $20 bill in my pocket, I would have given it to him.

    Shall Adam ask people “what do you do when you get to a red light?

    Shall he tickle their itchy ears by utilizing tricks, gimmicks, gadgets, skits, magic, entertainment, word games, jokes, or comedy to evangelize, and/or to draw crowds (I say that because MANY street preachers do that).

    Shall Adam only read pre-scripted sermons?

    Shall he giggle, smile, and laugh in hopes to draw a crowd (as many do?)

    Shall he resort to and use only extra-biblical methodologies (which many do)?

    I trust in the Lord’s Word, which says His Gospel is very effective. And we’re to simply preach it, and trust in Him for the results. At timestamp 12:00 Adam even goes thru a long list of verses as to why he is out there preaching like this. While doing so, MANY just stood quietly and listened.

    Adam is preaching both the severity and goodness of God. Love, judgment, wrath, sin, consequences, salvation, grace and mercy.

    Adam has been beat many times (for preaching the Gospel), as well as arrested many times; he’s got my support, and I am thankful for him.

    Let’s remember what the Word of God says about preachers that you or I may agree with.

    http://www.theexpositor.tv/blog/the-apostle-pauls-attitude-towards-other-preachers-that-he-did-not-agree-with-excluding-false-teachings/

  3. Bill Rhetts says:

    Sadly too many professed Christians are not willing to proclaim the truth out in the world. Sure many of them do a fine job on Facebook, or inside the four walls of that building that they call their church, or inside their home Bible studies; but they fail to ‘go out’ and boldly preach (or share) the Gospel. Even worse, they criticize those that do.

    My dear friends the Lord Jesus made it very clear in Rev 21:8, that the “cowardly” will be cast into the lake of fire, which is the second death. I believe that ‘cowardliness’ is the most prevalent un-repented sin amongst those that profess to be Christians. Courage is not an option, it is a commandment. Similarly to ‘repentance,’ courage and confidence comes from the Lord. If you lack courage, pray that the Lord gives you courage.

    When preaching the Gospel out in the world, I’m amazed how many ‘professed’ believers will try to impede (or interrupt) the preaching. Jesus also warned in Luke 9:26, ‘For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.”

    If you’re ashamed of the Gospel being preached out in the public square, then you’re ashamed of Christ. Please re read what Jesus said in Luke 9:26. That is the fruit of a non-believer. Repent and believe in the Gospel. Repent and don’t be ashamed of the public preaching of the Gospel.

    “No sort of defense is needed for preaching out-of-doors; but it would need very potent arguments to prove that a man had done his duty who has never preached beyond the walls of his meetinghouse.” ~ Charles H. Spurgeon

    “You are either called to go down into the well, or hold the rope for those who go down. Either way, there will be scars on your hands.” ~ Paul Washer – HeartCry Missionary Society.

    “If sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay. If hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for.” ~ Charles Spurgeon.

    “Do you want to go to heaven alone? I fear you will never go there. Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you are not saved yourself. Be sure of that.” ~ Charles Spurgeon.

  4. Bill Rhetts says:

    Is casual conversationalism “preaching?”

    At times I have been told by some that when they go out and share the Gospel via one on one conversations, that they went out and “preached.”

    It’s incorrect when postmodern evangelists call causal conversationalism “preaching.” It’s a direct insult to the heroes of the Bible that truly did ‘preach’ by lifting up their voices into the open-air, even to people that did not want to hear their message.
    Though talking to people is an important part of evangelism, but we were also commanded to “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine” (2 Tim 4:2).

    The word PREACH in the Greek word ‘kērusso’ (pronounced kay-roos’-so). It means of uncertain affinity; to herald (as a public crier), especially divine truth (the gospel):–preacher(-er), proclaim, publish.

    Thayer’s Greek Lexicon on kērussō says –

    1) to be a herald, to officiate as a herald
    1a) to proclaim after the manner of a herald
    1b) always with the suggestion of formality, gravity and an authority which must be listened to and obeyed

    2) to publish, proclaim openly: something which has been done

    3) used of the public proclamation of the gospel and matters pertaining to it, made by John the Baptist, by Jesus, by the apostles and other Christian teachers

    Part of Speech: verb
    Relation: of uncertain affinity.

    We should encourage others to continue their ‘one on one’ evangelism. However there is a difference between talking to people, or sharing the Gospel in ‘one on one’ conversations; compared to standing and being a herald of the Gospel.

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