A question I have been often asked or in some parts of a city they axed me “how do I find places to street preach?” I generally do not just stand on a street corner and preach to no one, so if I go out there is a reason and a message that will be preached to those particular people. I don’t like to preach to passing cars and a few pigeons, but sinners that need a savior, unless that intersection or highway is a good artery. I go places where people are and the way of finding such places is looking in your weekend newspaper.
If you live by a big city, check the Saturday or Sunday newspaper and inside those pages you will find events to preach, such as concerts, maybe outside a movie house, or at a book signing, maybe a politician will be speaking and there is always a religious section. So you can see what cult, guru, false teacher is in town, also that weekend paper will give you locations of any city fests. In the sports section, you can find the times and places for any home game played. When I read a newspaper, I am not concerned with what happened yesterday, but what I can say publicly for God tomorrow. Another place to preach is a convention center, as every big city has one, just go online and check their event calendar and that will inform you on what is going on. You may also tap into the city permit site and find out who the city has permitted a protest, rally or march to and go protest the protesters. I also get many newsletters emailed to me from homosexuals, atheists, religious, cults, political, court verdicts and more, just to keep tabs on what is coming.
Before the internet we had newsletters and announcements sent to several P.O. boxes in two counties so we can know what was coming to Los Angeles and preach a personalized message to those people. Often times before we would stand outside the venue, we would send someone inside to gather all the free literature and flyers they had so we can subscribe to their cause before we preach to them. These are just a few ideas where you can find an event and go preach a tailored messaged to ears that need to hear.
Places and Methods to Public Preach
How often have you heard a Christian say “we are sinners too” or read something from a believer where they write “we are no better than any sinner.” As if he is trying to find middle ground with an unbeliever going to hell.
I hate to break the news to them but I am in better shape than someone going into an everlasting fire. First off let me state that I am not a sinner but a living saint, as I am someone redeemed from my sin and seated with Christ Jesus.
Sounds boastful you say? No just the fact. Do not mistake being boastful with someone who is confident.
The Epistles were written to saints. LIVING SAINTS, not dead saints not dead sinners.Romans chapter 1
“To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints”
1 Corinthians chapter 1
“Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints”
2 Corinthians chapter 1
“unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia”
Ephesians chapter 1
“to the saints which are at Ephesus”
Philippians chapter 1
“Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi”
Colossians chapter 1
“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light”
Saints are not a football team, saints are not someone dead as the Catholics believe, they should be living breathing humans that serve God today.
No need to be ashamed of the title saints. Again the emphasis in the Epistles were not to for sinners but living saints:“All the saints salute you”
“All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar's household”
“Salute every saint in Christ Jesus”
Catholics believe in ‘saints’ but they must be dead and there are conditions to meet to gain that title. Such as, they must perform a miracle witnessed by many while they walked on earth. Well if that is true John the Baptist should not be considered a saint as he never performed any miracles as per John 10:41; “And many resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true”
Many believers take pleasure in saying to a sinner “I am no better than you.” Oh really, so being saved by the blood of the Lamb is the same and those who reject the cross and go into eternal hellfire? Don’t play games with their minds, as this is no better than parents saying there is a santa, tooth fairy and easter bunny. Having your name written in the book of life, would be the same as having your name blotted out of that book? Having the Holy Ghost fill your body for service is the same as someone without the Holy Spirit or a person with demons?
Reconfigure your thinking for heaven’s sake. A number of believers advocate such under the umbrella that they are just being humble, but what they are is proud of being modest. We are not sinners but saints, and I repeat, do not mistake being boastful with someone who is confident. Many will quote Paul saying;
“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief”
Don't stop there where Paul considered himself a chief sinner. This was Paul’s testimony as the pervious verse reads;
“And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief”
Did you note the words ‘Who was before…..” as in past tense. And the very next chapter we read; “Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity”
Does not sound like a man living in the past? Paul was giving his testimony when he said “of whom I am chief.” A better way to explain is like viewing a theatrical play where you will have ‘scene 1’ ‘scene 2’ all the way to ‘scene 6’ and the ‘finial scene’ which is the end. When Paul wrote that he was a chief-sinner, it was ‘scene 3’ of that play. The play is not over there are more scenes to view and add to the story, but many believers will stop as ‘scene 3’ and leave the theater.
Who would go to a baseball ball game and leave at the third inning and think they will know the finial score and details of the game, just based on what they witnessed after three innings?
That is like reading Matthew 7, where Jesus says “Judge not,” and many will conclude not to judge anyone, because those two words are there no one will deny that, however if you read on one can understand that is a pro-judging text.
He also writes to Timothy “lifting up holy hands” to which I say how can someone be a sinner and lift up holy hands?
When Paul wrote the first letter to the Corinthians regarding the state of sin with believers he writes; “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?”
“Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God”
This does not sound like a man living in sin is a present Christian, if so they are deceived. Then Paul writes this….
“And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God”
I do not see a sinner here but a living saint as per “such WERE some of you.” He continued in the same letter;
“Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led” Again note the word ‘were’ found not once but twice in that very verse, as in the past not the here and now. Are they not better now than someone with dumb idols?
Still think Christians are sinners?
In the same Epistle, Paul writes;
“Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus”
“But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption”
We are sanctified, made holy and righteous, not active in sin.
Will sinners be condemned on Judgment Day?
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit”
We are different, we should be peculiar, if we do not walk after the flesh.
Still wish to consider yourself in the same category as a sinner?
“Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus”
Now are all sinners justified and do all sinners get salvation and grace, other than it was
offered to them?
When God looks at believer today, what does He see? A hopeless sinner or someone washed in the blood of the lamb?
Hopefully John can shed light to this as he writes; “Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world”
“as he is, so are we in this world”
is Jesus a sinner?
the word 'saint' is not a New Testament name as we find that same word in Psalms and Daniel;
“They envied Moses also in the camp, and Aaron the saint of the LORD.”
“Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom”
“And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time”
“Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?”
In the book of Revelation we find the blood of the ‘saints’ mingled with the blood of the prophets, not the blood of the sinners.
“And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth”
“And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration”
This sure does not sound like sinners to me. Now there are believers who will call Jesus Lord and live in sin, therefore these people are unworthy to call themselves a saint as per Matthew 7:21-23.
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity”
Be a saint and do not mistake being boastful with someone who is confident.
NEED A VISUAL ON THE BLIND LEADING THE BLIND?
Everyone believes in a Jesus, everyone believes God is all loving and all forgiving and everyone thinks they are saved and their Church is the true Church. Yet they follow a lifestyle of sin and lies being led by those blinded.
“They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate”
SHINE THAT LIGHT
“Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light”
Jesus said let your light shine before men. Are you a beacon of light in this world of darkness or just a flickering match that is blown out with the wind?
Many can use the keyboard to be a light but what about the real world. Does your family know you are a believer? How about your friends, neighbors, co-workers do they know you are a saved?
Have you shined that light publicly and do you radiant the glory of God, or just keep your faith personal and private.
This is not an New Testament thing, as Isaiah understood this when he wrote;
“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee”