How To Preach it || Gospel Open Air Preaching

The Value of Street Preaching: A.W. Tozer … Hailing from a tiny farming community in western La Jose, Pennsylvania, his conversion was as a teenager in Akron, Ohio. While on his way home from work at a tire company, he overheard a street preacher say: “If you don’t know how to be saved… just call on God.” Upon returning home, he climbed into the attic and heeded the preacher’s advice.

It’s amazing that He Overheard a street preacher…. you have no idea how many people hear you when you are preaching and will be the fruit of your voice.

My Son Max Understands His Call: For those of you who don’t know us, Danae and I make a practice of handing out Gospel tracts wherever we go. Max has watched us evangelize ever since he was 3 years old and now he has felt the burden for souls that we have modelled for him, his understanding of the gospel is taking root in his 5 year old frame through the amazing grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Generally speaking Danae and I will give tracts out as we go through the drive-thru, grocery check out, or after we have had a brief conversation with people. Not Max, he gets in the mall, pulls out his tracts and heads for the first person he sees. Many times though he will be looking at someone and all of a sudden say, “Mommy and Daddy! That lady needs a gospel tract”, then he’ll proceed to walk right up to her and give her a tract. The other day Danae went with the kids to the swimming pool and as soon as he got in there he wanted to hand out tracts. Danae told him that he should try and have a conversation with people first so that they will receive it better. Max never really has a conversation with strangers at all, simply because he usually has about a million other things going through his head, but he took her advice and as soon as they got into the elevator he jumped right into a conversation with some strangers. He chatted with them the whole ride down and at the bottom before they got out he handed the mom and her little boy a gospel message. Just hearing Danae tell the story stirred my heart so much, to see this little boy who has as many hang ups as any kid his age, loving people that much that he’s willing to engage in a conversation in order to give perfect strangers the eternally altering message of the gospel. I hold on to the eternal hope that God will draw and save all my children for His glory and fame, and that Max would be a faithful servant for the rest of his life.

My First Time Open Air Preaching: This video was shot at 3rd street promenade in Santa Monica and it was the first time I had ever done any open air preaching. If it hadn’t been for Tony Miano from Living Waters (LivingWaters.com) / Way of the Master, I would still most likely be a car preacher. You know, the kind of person who can preach up a storm from the safety of their vehicle. Tony told me it was time I stepped out of the car and stepped up on the box. Was I nervous? Of course I was, following Jesus’ call to preach the Gospel is always a scary thing, but that’s when we can boast in our weakness and His strength which gives God the Glory. We can know that without His grace we would never have the ability to carry out the commission.

Speaking of the Great Commission, in our modern day North American pop culture I think we can pretty much call it the “Great Omission”. Jesus calls us to preach the Gospel everywhere to all people, yet most of the church is so busy with church programs and their own life plans that the call to preach the Gospel pretty much gets ignored all together.

If you’re like I was, you know that you are supposed to obey the call of Christ to preach the Gospel, but you just don’t know how. I hope that this video will somehow be a tool in helping stir you up so that you go from resisting to enlisting.

As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
(2 Timothy 4:5 ESV)

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