As ambassadors for Jesus, and his kingdom – we have a mandate to do our very best to seek out and save our friends, family and even strangers. We overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb, the word of our testimony, and by denying ourselves – not loving our lives even unto death (Revelation 12:11).
Sometimes, sharing the gospel publicly can be extremely effective. Paul pleaded with people in the market places, Peter addressed over 3000 people in Jerusalem at Pentecost, and Jesus taught in the countryside before thousands and thousands of people beyond the walls of Synagogues and places of sheltered worship.
Open air preaching is something that God used prominently in the New Testament, but is it useful today?
I know of two kinds of open air preaching. Sometimes people preach without compassion, and in a harsh manner – not displaying the fruit of Gods Holy Spirit – this has turned a lot of people of open air preaching. But others, preach because God gave them a deep burden for the lost; having prayed in a secret place, an unquenchable desire driven by compassion for souls arose and drove them to share the way of salvation publicly. I have no doubt this was the case with Paul, Peter, Jesus, Steven and much of the early church.
When people share the gospel publicly – even from good motives, and in the right manner, having made their gentleness known to all men (Philippians 4:5), people still can react negatively. Paul after all had an entire town riot against him.
This doesn’t mean we’ve done something wrong. Our culture is moving further and further away from Gods laws, and as it does, darkness spreads further throughout our culture.
This means that the gospel will be despised by those who all the more don’t want to come into the light!
How did the apostles respond to persecution?
They departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name. Acts 5:41
Let’s ask God to give us that same attitude, compassion, and desire for those around us that need saving. But also that we can be used to effectively disciple those we bring into the kingdom.