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