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Street Preaching-Yea, Nay, and How?

  
 Rev.Wm.J.Romansky
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 “We are not so smart as He is dumb.”


And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.  Mark 16:15-18 KJV
  • What about those crazy street preachers?  Well, I must confess to several arrests for street preaching over the years, but moreso to the souls that came to know the unfathomable love of Jesus Christ, our Risen Savior.  I’m a ringer in this argument.  Why, among all the other ministries one can perform in the kingdom of God, would any person stand on a street corner and shout out to passers by that they can “repent and be saved”?
  • This passage from Mark clearly delineates the Great Commission.  Is it just to the apostles?  Acts indicates that this is not the case, that “preach[ing] the gospel to every creature” is the duty of all Christians.  Paul asked, “How shall they…hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14)  If those people in our lives do not hear the gospel, guess who God calls in to question?  Us, that’s you and me, brothers and sisters.  Can I get an “Amen”? (can you hear the pin drop?)
  • Street preaching is not a gift of the Spirit, not an Ephesians 4 body ministry, none of that. Rather, it is a practical fulfillment of Jesus’ Great Commission mandate to all Christians.  The man who introduced me to street preaching in 1976 put it like this.  The person we’re preaching to on the street awakes in his air conditioned house, gets into his air conditioned car in his air conditioned garage, drives to secured indoor parking at his job, and goes to work in his air conditioned office. He lives in a bubble that he has created, that is void of Jesus.  Enters the street preacher who shares the Word of God, preach out in the street, who bursts that bubble for perhaps the first, and maybe the last, time in this person’s life.  This might be this person’s only call to the Cross, their one chance.  What a wonderful description of what a street preacher does.
  • Again in 1976, the pastor of my church told me that “preach” doesn’t mean to go out on street corners, preaching to and talking with people about Jesus.  Out came the Strong’s Concordance. The original Greek translates “to proclaim as a town crier”.  I shared this with my Spirit filled, gospel preaching pastor, and he really had no reply; he was frankly ashamed but, regretfully, unrepentant of his contrary stand.  Of course, my friends and I continued our preaching.
  • You don’t have to be ordained to preach.  You don’t have to be a particularly good speaker.  A young man came out with me last week, got bogged down in an existential philosophical crisis during the middle of his street sermon, and I told him “say the Name”.  He stopped philosophizing, shouted out the name of Jesus, people stopped and were positively impacted.  You don’t have to be a Bible scholar, my friends.  You don’t have to have years as a Christian.  You just need to know Jesus as your Lord, Savior, and Friend.  Share that aspect of Jesus, the Person you know and appreciate, share why you love Him, what He personally did for you.  Jesus in your life is the very best sermon you can ever share.
  • And that’s all you really need to do.  Find a well traveled area in your town or in a neighboring city, stand up and loudly say “Jesus”.  Most people know exactly who you’re talking about.  For those who don’t, expand on His death in our stead, His resurrection, His ascension, and His justification through the Blood.  You might even want to say “Jesus loves you”, which is the best thing to say if you’ve forgotten your pre-prepared ideas which you will, of course, keep short and sweet, always including the Name.  Saying the name “Jesus” is as powerful a sermon as you’ll ever hear.
  • My best advice is to take a buddy to run interference, to be respectful to the police without letting them to ultimately cause you to stop preaching (submit peacefully to arrest if that’s the case), don’t block the sidewalk or entrances, and don’t grab anybody.  Someone might say to you  “I’m Jewish”, “I’m gay”, “I’m an atheist”; to these folks I reply,”That doesn’t exclude you from the unfathomable love of Jesus Christ.  Jesus loves you, He died for your sins, He rose again from the dead just for you!”  Offer to pray with these people.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen miracles happen right on the street when praying with folks.  For practical tips, there are some great videos on Youtube.  Just look up “street preacher” to get an idea of how it’s done.  As well, the internet offers sites specific to street preaching. 
  • Is street preaching radical?  You better believe it.  But the angels rejoice when that man or woman has their bubble burst, goes home from your street sermon, and gives their life to Jesus Christ.
  • And as to this passage found at the end of Mark?  Some modern Bible translations discredit it, but not my Textus Receptus KJV. If it’s good enough for Martin Luther, it’s good enough for me.

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September 18, 2008 Posted by | atheism, atheist, christian, christianity, Commentary, faith, islam, philosophy, politics, quran, religion, Uncategorized | 7 Comments