Open-Air street preaching existed way before the first print of the Bible and was demonstrated throughout the Scriptures. Later the Lord mightily used street preachers (aka Heralds) during the first and second ‘great awakenings.’ If the Lord tarries, I believe He ‘may’ give America a third chance, a third great awakening (Lord willing).
But sadly, many professing Christians and even many pastors are opposed to open-air preaching (perhaps a majority). The most consistent complaint Heralds receive from both the world and professing Christians, is that we’re merely “yelling at people.”
If you’re against the public proclamation of the Gospel, I would examine the Scriptures and test yourself to see if you are in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5). Either way, you need to repent (as I do to).
“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish (apollumi) foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18).
We must also preach the whole counsel of His inerrant sufficient infallible Word. To willfully truncate or mitigate Gods Word is sinful.
To simply smile while telling others that ‘Jesus loves you,’ is not evangelism, nor witnessing. That is not only unbiblical, it is anti-biblical. To only do good works, and not preach; is nothing more than being a humanitarian.
The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes, not our own words (Romans 1:16). 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 (Hebrews 4:12-13.) Our words (my words,) can do more damage than good.
While preaching, I will attempt up to get professing new converts into a Biblical church nearest to them, and as the Lord wills, disciple 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).
The Apostle Paul set his sights to preach in places where Christ had never been preached. That is also what the Lord is pressing me to do. As the Apostle Paul said, “And so I have made it my aim to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build on another man’s foundation” (Romans 15:20).
As Paul Bunyan said, “Christianity: We can do it the easy way, or Gods way.” We chose to do it Gods way. We confront them with the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.
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 too repetitive, we will not upload every video of every open-air outreach.
In the meantime below I have placed different videos from various outreaches, which will demonstrate different preaching styles and venues.