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I need some more time of studying before I begin my Series: Is Justification by Faith Taught in the Old Testament?  I bite off more than I can chew this week in terms of ministry and blogging.

Since its Sunday here’s a sermon from a dear brother name Michael Coughlin that he preached on a few days ago.

 

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His sermon is titled The Invitation.

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Its the Christmas season and I’ve been yearning to make jingles of truths that are biblical.

This year I’ve been attempting to write posts that puts theology into bite size memorable ditties.  Little rhymes to drive the point home.

Here’s one to encourage faithful evangelism:

 

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(Note: This is a guest post written by Michael Coughlin who tweets here and blogs here.  I am currently away and thank Michael for this guest post.  If you have thoughts and questions, feel free to comment and when he has time he will respond.)

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It is really wonderful that so many people are taking on a good biblical mindset and embracing the spirit and discipline of presuppositional apologetics. This blog is a prime example of Christians who desire to honor the Lord by always believing what He has revealed and then acting accordingly.

I want to address a trend which I have noticed. Allow me to introduce a phenomenon I hope will be nipped in the bud in Christianity. A Christian evangelist or apologist “C” embarks on a conversation with an atheist “A.” It may go something like this:

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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.

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Previously, we’ve discussed the open air preacher’s need to be prepared, have correct presuppositions, love people and for earnest prayer. Today we’ll wrap up the series with the very practical concept of projection.

You need a way to project your voice. If no one hears you then you might as well attempt to engage in one on one conversations or hand out tracts (neither of which are bad ways to evangelize). Whether you use amplification or not, know how to get your voice heard over a large radius so more people will hear God’s Word! Some preachers do not like to use amplification. This is OK too. Regardless, the following tips can help.

Be aware of your surroundings. Bus stops are fine, when there are no busses. Residential areas can be tricky as people have some right to sleep without your voice amplified in their ears. This is why so many open air preacher go to college campuses or sports events where there are large gatherings of people in an area where “shouting” is essentially accepted.

Something else to consider is what you sound like when you get louder. Most people sound angry. Learn how to project your voice without sounding like you are just yelling. On the same topic, many people strain to raise their voice and contort their face. Again, the same problem occurs where you may have a look on your face which looks angry! Practice preaching and smiling; or at least practice avoiding the angry look. It will make you more approachable and it will help you distinguish between when you may in fact be preaching in the flesh or not. Because the day you find it harder to keep a kind and friendly face may be the day you realize you are there that day with the wrong heart.

Dear brother, I do hope this list helps you to remember some basic open air preaching practical pointers.

  1. Presuppositions
  2. Preparation
  3. People
  4. Prayer
  5. Projection

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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.

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In the previous post, we explored the practical side of being prepared to open air preach by looking at the types of habits a faithful open air preacher ought to have. Today, let’s look at people.

Loving people is essential to being a God-honoring preacher. You can very easily search YouTube for open air preachers and find a number of examples of preachers who do not love people. Preaching comes with an element of “you’re in the center.” Unfortunately, for some people, that is the end goal.

A true man of God will neither loathe the attention received from preaching nor covet it, necessarily. Each man may have a different comfort level in that regard. The question to ask yourself is: why are you there?  If your answer is only “to glorify God,” then you may be lacking love for sinners which is vital to your Christian life. Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost! Is that not your goal as well, dear brother? Why not? I suspect you are not asking God in prayer to break your heart for sinners who are in the same state you once were! God forbid we lack the desire to see people forgiven of their sins! Be not as Jonah!

My dear saint, reaching people must be part of your goal, but not only that. You must love your neighbor as yourself. Are you prepared to love sinners who do not repent and treat them with kindness, mercy and grace? I’m not talking about the violent hecklers, and I’m not saying you do not have a retort for mockers and scoffers of our Great and Marvelous Savior, Jesus Christ, but you need to have a heart which is right with God that really cares about people’s well-being.

The Gospel frees you to love people in a way in which they are not capable of loving you back. Show people your love through your preaching and identify with your hearers as a sinner in need of Christ yourself!

Preacher, you must love your brethren as well. Are you living a nomadic existence without attachment to a local church? Or are you a member, but no one at that church really knows you? If you do not love the brethren enough to fellowship, break bread, pray, listen to the preaching of God’s Word and sing with them – why do you think you love lost people? And why would you want to make more brethren if you do not love the ones you have?

In the next post, we will investigate some key points concerning prayer.

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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.

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Previously, we looked at our need to presuppose the inerrancy, sufficiency and infallibility of the Bible when we open air preach in order to faithfully proclaim God’s good news. In this post, let’s look at some key areas of preparation.

For each preacher specific preparation may look different. Some folks are more comfortable with a prepared ‘sermon’ to preach in the open air, some preachers may even read the text from a tract, and others cheerfully preach with no notes or sermon. These types of preparations are optional and stylistic, meaning that there is no one size fits all approach.

But EVERY man who aspires to open air preach ought to have certain godly disciplines. The man who is daily in the Word and prayer is the only man qualified to stand (anywhere) on the street and herald for Christ. It doesn’t matter if you have a pre-written manuscript; if you are missing these basic habits of the Christian life, you are not qualified to preach.

What I am saying is this: Unless you are first being a good Christian, you are not prepared to be an open air preacher.

If you are not in the Word and prayer, you are in danger of violating God’s will. We are hypocrites if we stand on the street exhorting people to repent of sin because of the impendingjudgment, yet we ourselves do not love the Lord enough to search His Scriptures daily!Our lives ought to be examples for someone converted under our ministry to imitate.

There is physical preparation too. Have your stuff ready: your amp, your throat lozenges, your soapbox, water bottles, honey and lemon tea, whatever you need. Do voice exercises and bodily exercise to increase your stamina and help you to breathe easily. If you are tired and out of breath after a few minutes of preaching, how will you reach as many as you could by preaching 1 hour? Be wise! Know the local laws concerning amplification and what is public property.

Be prepared, in season and out, to herald the full counsel of God, respond to good questions that teach people, and to handle people in a respectable way.

In the next post we will look at practical pointers for our relationships to people in our open air preaching.

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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.

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Introduction

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!

  1. Presuppositions
  2. Preparation
  3. People
  4. Prayer
  5. Projection

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.

  1. You are a born-again Christian
  2. You are a male who has a local church and you are a member with faithful attendance
  3. 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.

 

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