Note: I am overseas at the moment and will not have any internet. This is a guest post by Michael A. Coughlin. His blog can be found HERE.
For those who are biblically qualified to open air preach with accountability to a local church, I offer the following open air preaching practical pointers!
This series is planned to span 5 posts. A few items as far as introductions go. These posts were written with certain presuppositions about the reader in mind.
- You are a born-again Christian
- You are a male who has a local church and you are a member with faithful attendance
- Your local church is aware of your open air preaching and your leadership supports you continuing
For the sake of alliteration I have created 5 Ps of Open Air Preaching. This list is not comprehensive. In fact, the list and posts have been kept intentionally short to allow for discussion in the comments and to discourage people from “not reading because it was soooooo long.” If you are reading this blog, you likely know that as a presupposition we believe the Word of God to be inerrant, infallible and sufficient: an attribute without which you’ll have no ground to stand upon when preaching.
As far as personal qualifications go, these posts are a mix of my Bible knowledge, reading and personal experience as an open air preacher for 5 years at a number of different venues.
Finally, these posts aren’t meant to be a formula for “making converts,” nor will failure to adhere to my guidelines automatically result in “no one getting saved.” God will save whomsoever He wills in His good timing. The question is – will you act in such a way as to make your preaching usable and your life above reproach?
Enter your questions in the comment boxes if you have any! And finally, please don’t turn this into a women preaching debate as that is for another day. In the next post, we will look at some key factors to being a prepared open air preacher.