Being a preacher, especially a street preacher, is a unique calling of God, not one to take lightly.
“And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.” Luke 14:23 (KJV)
Let me start by saying right off that if you love the Lord Jesus Christ, and are grateful for your salvation, then I cannot imagine why you wouldn’t want to tell other people about what the Lord did for you. If you are saved according to John 3:3 and Ephesians 2:8,9, then you already have your biblical commission to go and tell those around you. Not everyone is called to be a preacher, pastor or evangelist, but all saved people are called to be a witness.
See what is happening here in this photo? I am out in the street, prayed up, and handing a woman an NTEB Gospel tract. You do not need any special training to do that, none at all. You just have to love Jesus and be happy you are not heading to the Hell you so rightly deserve. He SAVED you from that! Now, can you go and tell someone else just what He did for you? Sure you can. It takes no seminary training of any kind. Ok good, let’s move on.
Men, after you realize that you already have been called to be a witness, now you need to pray and see what else the Lord might have for you. Being a preacher, especially a street preacher, is a unique calling of God, not one to take lightly. It comes with a high price tag if you preach the truth. Satan will raise up an army of haters against you, many of them “christians” who will come against you with unbelievable attacks and acts of betrayals. Just like Jesus got from his “friends”. Be aware of that, it’s not a free ride. Being a street preacher will cost you in time, finances, and friends. But trust me when I tell you that it is so very much worth whatever it costs you. We have been blessed to see many people pray to receive Christ, many prodigals come home, and tens of thousands encouraged by our old-fashioned gospel message.
Women, there is so much you can do on the streets. You can’t preach but you can hand out tracts and be a witness to everyone that passes you by. Many other women will stop and ask for prayer with you, and it will be such a blessing. Perhaps the Lord will lead you to start a women’s Bible study with some of the people He puts in your path. There is so much you the Lord can use you to do if you will just be willing.
Children, you can stand with your parents and hand out tracts. My kids have handed out thousands of gospel tracts over the years, and have a great time serving the Lord while they do it. It’s also one of the best way to show your kids what serving the Lord looks and sounds like.
Lastly, do what you do for the Lord Jesus Christ and no one else. Don’t do it for your pastor, for your parents, or for your spouse. Do it cheerfully as unto the Lord because He who has called you is faithful. If you preach at the beach, wear shorts and sandals, if you preach on Wall Street, wear a collared shirt. In other words, dress appropriate for your audience. Nothing worse than trying to minister to homeless people when you are wearing a new suit and tie. Makes it seem like you think you are better than they are, and they will not be able to relate to you. Use some common sense. This is what Paul says about that:
“To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.” 1 Corinthians 9:22,23 (KJV)
A NOTE OF CAUTION: Don’t say inflammatory things so you can get hits with a YouTube video. Don’t provoke the police. If they ask you to move then move. If you are asked to produce ID, then do it immediately and with a smile. In the 4 years we have done street preaching, the number of problems we have had with the police registers exactly at zero. None of any kind. Be courteous and respectful to them, and they will do the same with you. I get a little short of patience when I hear that street preachers were “persecuted for preaching the gospel” then I later find out they provoked the police. If you provoke the police you deserve what you get. Case closed.
Please write to us and we will be happy to pray with you as you begin to follow the Lord’s call on your life to be a witness of the truth of the Gospel. I will close with this story about one of my heros of the faith, DL Moody.
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While in England Moody heard evangelist Henry Varley say, “The world has yet to see what God can do with and for and through and in a man who is fully and wholly consecrated to Him” Moody was captivated by these words and resolved, “By the Grace of God, I will be that man!”
Go thou and do likewise!