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Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by Salty, Oct 26, 2014.
Found these links for street preaching
Do you want to open air?
Like a moth to a light...:laugh:
Yes we all have different gifts and passions.
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The following are some of the unethical ways of street preaching:
Gravelled Voice: The content of the gospel message itself is an offence to some. Yet, I have heard street preachers preach in such an obnoxious, gravelled, harsh, and brash voice that though they may have mentioned the love of God, it sounded as though it had come from the exhaust of a garbage truck!
Telling Them Off: The street meeting is not the proper place for simply venting your spleen.
Name Calling: Preaching directed at individuals combined with ethnic or derogatory name-calling is not only unseemly (I Cor. 13:5), but it can be illegal.
Facial Expressions: It will take some practice, but you need to wear a neutral expression on your face. No one is going to feel comfortable approaching or listening to a preacher who looks like a gorilla robbed of his last banana! Try to match your expressions to your subject. For example, Heaven — expectancy and joy; Hell — concern and compassion; Sin - strong against it, yet compassionate.
Personal Convictions: Preach the gospel — share your personal convictions with inquiring born-again Christians.
Preaching to Get Arrested: Any idiot can get arrested and probably will. I heard of two guys up in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, both of whom I have preached with, who had their toothbrushes in their pockets as they preached in anticipation of being arrested. Check your motive, He-Man.
Bad Timing: I preached during a parade on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. I must say, I was tempted to preach on integration, but we rose above the temptation and preached Christ crucified.
No Wisdom: There is not much wisdom in preaching to a captive audience gathered for another purpose — for instance, at a little league baseball game or an outdoor music concert.
Too Long: Some preachers don’t know when to quit. Too much coal can burn the house down.
I will have to say that most of the street preachers I have heard and of violate one or several if not all of these. Gees.
I have not always preached my testimony, and sometime have gone too long but what is too long? Usually my messages are about 10 minutes but I have preached for a half hour before which was way too long. I only preach on streets and not in front of a apostate church or abortion center or at the Gymn which would be inappropriate.
I do not name call not target people and I have asked unbelievers their opinions before and have been told I am not a hateful preacher but just stick to the truth.
Out of curiosity, why would it be inappropriate to preach outside of the gym...or is Gymn something else entirely that I'm missing?
People go to the gymn to exercise. People walk the 16th street mall and its more of a public zone.
I still don't get it unless you mean it is prohibited. But I'm not a street evangelist. I'll take your word for it that its a bad idea to witness in that manner at the gym.
You 'speak' with an accent. Where are you from originally?
Open air, in a society that is as fast-paced as ours has become, then yeah, ten minutes might be good and a half-hour might be a tad long. In a church setting, where I'm accustomed to preaching, 30 minutes is fairly average. I typically go about 20 or 30 minutes. Longest I've ever preached is about 40 minutes. It really depends on the message and the way in which the Lord is leading.
The early preachers often preached in "inappropriate" places. The world today has decided for us what places are "inappropriate." Today, for instance, I was one of three ministers preaching my own grandmother's funeral. I heard some people after the service saying that the way we preached was "inappropriate" for a funeral. But it was what she wanted. I've even told my family that, should I go before they, I want my funeral preached to the point that there is an altar call. After all, it's the "inappropriate" places in which you'll actually reach people who need the Lord and need to hear the Gospel.
There is a time to preach God's Love and there's a time to preach God's wrath. In fact, it's easily argued that preaching one requires preaching the other. Name calling, as you said, is completely unnecessary. Targeting any one group is unnecessary. The gospel is an offense to people in sin, but it is also a requirement to salvation per Paul's writing to the Romans.
Whom here has ever been to a gymn?
The scripture say's the sorrow of the world worketh death. It is not appropriate to give a altar call at a funeral. This is a time of natural grieving, which is not a godly sorrow that leaded to salvation. You come to Christ when you are convicted of your sins not because a love one has died and you want to go to heaven with them. This kind of repentance will wear of and is not lasting. You have heard of a fire escape religion. Coming to a altar at a funeral is exactly the same thing but using different tactics. People say, what does it matter as long as they come, it does matter, it is Gods way or no way. A deacon of a free will Baptist church came to my house one day years ago and ask me to come to his home church because they had a man whose wife had left him for another man down at the altar, as the deacon said trying to get him saved. I would not go, this man had a worldly sorrow, he was grieving over his wife that had left him, not a godly sorrow.
I think we'll have to agree to disagree, salzer, if only for the fact that quite often the people who attend funerals never attend church to hear any other kind of preaching. As Paul wrote in Romans 10:13-15, " For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!"
Also, I do come from a background of hardshell baptist churches in which funerals are not "celebration of life" services, but often involve actual preaching.
I agree Tony. My husband is a late in life pastor (midlife crisis career change) and he makes sure no one ever leaves a funeral service without hearing the Gospel. No, he doesn't do an altar call (although I know pastors who do) because we don't believe in the typical altar call but no question about it - they cannot walk out of there saying they didn't know. It is respectful and God honoring and he's been commended by believers and unbelievers alike for being sensitive.
Brian Croft is a pastor who has a great blog called Practical Shepherding and he says that he was taught "“Don’t preach them into heaven. Don’t preach them into hell. Just preach the gospel for the people who are there.” I agree with him!
Hey Gib..., like you, I've never been to a gymn. I do have a brother-in-law named "Jim". He's dying though. Has one foot in the grave; on oxygen 24/7; has no use for any god..., but like the rich man..., that will change once he does "cross" over.
On the serious side of this issue I am of the opinion that Street Preachers cause more harm than good. Not that spreading the Word to the public at large is wrong but folks just aren't interested. In their minds you're but a pest for which they have no time for.
...when did Jesus or any of His disciples ever take to a street corner trying to captivate a crowd?
I only pass out tracts there
Have you ever made a spelling error? Get off that high horse of yours and show grace.
Alter calls come from the 19th century and are not in the bible. Instead preach hell, judgment, sin, the cross, and repentance and plead with people to call out to The Lord and meet with a pastor afterward.
I never said anything about not preaching the gospel at a funeral and I also don't agree in replacing the gospel with a celebration of life ceremony but even if the gospel is preached the speaker almost always say's things like this, Don't you want to go be with _____ when you die ? or the only way you will ever see ______ again is to be saved. This kind of preaching is playing off the emotions of bereaved individuals.