On Saturday January 12, 2013, I sat with Chris Bean and asked him some questions about open air preaching. Here is the interview, along with his points.
“Why is open air preaching important?”
Open air preaching is important for many different reasons. First of all, it’s biblical. As you read through the gospels and the book of Acts you find out something interesting. The apostles, as well as Jesus himself were open air preachers. It was also common throughout church history for people to be actively involved in the open proclamation of the gospel.
Another reason that I want to give for the importance of open air preaching is that it is the one method where people can hear the gospel whether they want to or not. Anytime you start preaching to a crowd that is not leaving, they are hearing what you are saying. Often they want to hear what you have to say anyway.
“Is it effective? Do people respond to open air preaching the same as they did in the bible days?”
I believe that it is just as important, and just as effective today to open air preach. The gospel is not a seasonal message. It does not get old or irrelevant through the passing of time. The gospel changes lives and anytime it is openly proclaimed it will be effective.
“How do I overcome my fear of open air preaching?”
Fear is common in any evangelistic endeavor. Whether it be preaching open air, or just one on one conversations, fear is always something we must face as believers. The only way we can overcome fear is to act against it. As we step out in faith and preach, the courage will come. Ray Comfort made a statement that explains it best. “Courage is not the absence of fear, but the conquering of it.”
“How do I start?”
That is an easy question. Find a crowd, open your mouth and speak.
“What do I say?”
The gospel is the message for every situation or encounter. The gospel is the power of God unto salvation. Just remember that the gospel will always magnify the grace of God. Look around the site to get a full grasp on the gospel. www.combatingunbelief.com/gospel
“How long should I preach?”
Anytime you open air preach keep the sermon to a minimum. If you are preaching at a stop light then you must present the gospel in about 30 to 40 seconds depending on the light change. If you are preaching to a stationary crowd then you can preach for about 5 to 15 minutes. Just use your judgment. Remember the only thing that you say that is important is the gospel. That is your goal.
“Where should I preach?”
Preach anywhere there is a crowd. You can preach at bus stops, fairs, farmer markets, street corners, or even college campuses. It really doesn’t matter where you preach as long as you preach. So Go…