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Should I become a street preacher?

Should I become a street preacher?

I have been street witnessing for a few years now and always carry Gospel tracts with me where ever I go but I have never street preached. I have heard a number of evangelism ministries promote street preaching as a natural progression for anyone who does 1-on-1 witnessing. They say start with handing out tracts and you will progress to street preaching.

What if I don't have a desire to street preach?
Is that a bad thing? I enjoy evangelism one on one, having discussions with unsaved people and sharing the Gospel.

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Hi HeavyJ,

like you, I do witnessing on the street and giving out tracts, but so far have not preached in the street.

Lately, I have felt a desire to get started with preaching in the open air and have discussed it with a fellow Christian who would be happy to support me. He loves giving our tracts and would also like to preach sometime. In preaching outdoors I would also like to offer healing to my listeners, as I have been having healing adventures with Jesus for the last couple of years.

I recently read a quote from William Booth (Salvation army founder)where he said:
“No sort of defense is needed for preaching outdoors, but it would take a very strong argument to prove that a man who has never preached beyond the walls of his meetinghouse has done his duty. A defense is required for services within buildings rather than for worship outside of them.”

Just also come across this interesting document on street preaching: Inspired Quotes On Street Preaching

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Thanks #preachandheal,

There sure are some powerful quotes there that you linked to. I really admire street preachers but don't feel convicted to do it myself (yet!! default/smile Having said that, I DO feel very convicted about handing out tracts, one on one witnessing and sharing the good news with everyone I meet.

So, while I love engaging in spiritual discussions with strangers and make a point of doing it at almost every opportunity, I have never really done any public speaking and open-air preaching would have to be the most difficult public speaking gig around.

Some believers are gifted more for one on one chats and others are gifted in drawing a crowd and engaging with an audience.

Is there anyone that thinks every Christian should be street-preaching?

I believe that every Christian should be sharing their faith in an active and deliberate manner, but I believe that the methods are "up for discussion". ie: God does gift each believer uniquely. God knows that some of us are better at evangelizing on community radio, others are better preaching on a soap-box and others are better walking the streets and preaching individually in a dialogue discussion. As long as we do something and don't just sit on the couch complaining about the methods that others are using.

From what I am gathering #preachandheal, you are involved in a healing/prayer ministry which would surely lend itself better to personal, individual encounters?

What was it that made you feel convicted to move from one-on-one witnessing to street-preaching?

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Hi HeavyJ,

I would hope that it was the Lord who was leading me to preach. In the natural, I'm a bit of an introvert, with a tendency to timidity, so street preaching is definitely NOT my natural environment! I have no natural gift of speech, and am normally hesitant when talking in front of any small group of people, even those I know.However, when out witnessing with others (two by two, the Jesus model)I find a boldness that I never have when on my own. I have prayed about preaching in the open air and felt the Lord was saying "go ahead". I must admit, when I listen to some street preachers I find myself cringing inwardly. If I had the same effect I would be mortified! 

It's easy to stay in your comfort zone, and sharing the gospel on the streets one-on-one, or even with a group of teenagers, holds no terrors for me now. When you've got thieves, druggies, prostitutes and tramps as your local acquaintances, "normal people" don't give you many worries. But if I want to grow in my faith I need, like Peter, to "step out of the boat and start walking on the water", looking to Jesus as I go.   

While one-to-one witnessing is great, you are only reaching one at a time. In the open, many more hear your voice and, hopefully, some will listen if what you say reaches their hearts. I would envisage offering healing as part of a "preach", otherwise you are using only words. Jesus never modelled a "words only" gospel to the 12 or 70. His teaching - and practice - was "show and tell". Come to think of it, I can't recall ever seeing a street preacher offer healing as part of his gospel message. See my page on "Reach The Lost The Biblical Way"

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well done on handing out tracts!  at least it shows people that we care about them and the Message we have.  I think you shouldn't worry about if you are witnessing versus preaching and just get out there and do what comes naturally.  I really believe conversation is the most important thing- listening and also speaking the truth in love. 

Col 4:5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

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I'm the same: I am happy to chat but not likely to stand on a soap box.

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I'm out a few nights per week, giving out tracts, speaking with anyone who stops and spending time with people that are on the streets a lot.
My friends who street preach encourage me to do so and I may one day.
I think all facets of evangelism are important. Some of my friends usually only preach. Others do all three (tracts, one to one or many, preaching).
Some mainly hand out tracts and spend a lot of time talking with one or more people and might preach once that night.
The only reason that I might like to preach is because I think the full gospel (God's Kingdom - salvation, healing and deliverance) needs to be voiced more loudly. I agree with "Reach The Lost The Biblical Way" and was in fact teaching it at my place last night with born again Christians.
In answer to your question HeavyJ - you are already evangelising, I don't think you necessarily have to preach. If fear were stopping you, then it would be something to pray about. You may feel compelled later…

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Re: Should I become a street preacher?

If it is God's calling to you to do it, yes you should become a street preacher. Because he wants you to bring him glory by doing that!

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