Open-air preaching, street preaching, or public preaching is the act of evangelizing a religious faith in public places. It is an ancient method of proselytizing a religious or social message and has been used by many cultures and religious traditions, but today it is usually associated with Evangelical Protestant Christianity.
Motives for open-air preaching include to glorify God and to fulfill the command to preach and make God's Word known.
Some who believe street preaching is Biblical include examples such as Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount that of the prophet Jonah, who reluctantly obeys the command of God to go to the city of Nineveh and preach "Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!".[original research?] Others listed include Paul's speech to the Athenians in Acts 17. However, others believe from scripture that Jesus was not technically a street preacher nor could possibly be one, "He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets."[original research?]
The Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry lists the "many examples of street preaching in the Bible" as including Noah, Solomon, Ezra, Jeremiah, Jonah, John the Baptist, Jesus Christ, Peter, Paul, Phillip and Apollos.
- JOHN WESLEY.; G. Holden Pike's History of the Great Methodist and His Associates, New York Times
- The first Great Awakening Archived 2010-01-25 at the Wayback Machine, Tony Cauchi, Jamaica Gleaner
- "The Motive for Open-Air Preaching". Archived from the original on January 24, 2013. Retrieved September 2, 2016., American Gospel Missions Inc
- Jonah 3:4 KJV
- Matthew 12:19 KJV
- Tony Miano/Matt Slick, "Are There Examples of Street Preaching in the Bible?" Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry http://www.carm.org/biblical-examples-street-preaching
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