So, last night a few of us went out to do our first organized attempt at street preaching. We had musicians, preachers, and others ready to follow up and counsel. It was good, hard, educational, and we hope that the word sown will bear fruit. If I'm honest I;d say most of us would rather not do this. I mean, we like the idea, but we are wildly uncomfortable doing it ourselves. This whole thing is less a matter of what we want to do, and what we believe we need to do to try everything we can to reach the lost.
If you've been following along we did what we had planned. Musicians played music. A preacher would stand up and address the crowd of families, couples, and teens. I preached twice last night, and during the first message got so rattled I sort of forgot where I was going for a bit. Awesome. The other brothers preached very well, and those who spoke with our hearers were great following up on the gospel and handing out invitation cards.
Here are just three things we took away from last night.
Open air preaching is a very different animal. We knew this going in, but we didn't know it. We all found it uncomfortable/awkward, but also profitable. We are still figuring out the best way for us to preach in our context.
We need a broader strategy when going out. We went out to preach, but there were more opportunities to just do simple evangelism. The guys we have listened to on the subject have given wise counsel concerning the audience and when to shift to simple evangelism vs going full Whitfield. But my mindset was so focused on street preaching that conversational evangelism fell to the wayside. Next time we will go out prepared to do either, and let God's providence determine what we do based on the number of people present and passing through.
This has strengthened our desire to do more. All involved last night, from the preachers to the musicians to those there to counsel, all practice evangelism. But last night has really encouraged us to do more--to simply get out more and talk to strangers about Jesus.
Our next organized outing with be in a couple weeks, but we will keep pressing forward in our evangelistic endeavors individually until then. Thanks again for praying for a bunch of noobs who are compelled to do something outside of our comfort zone!