Paul in Athens 2.png
WhitefieldPreaching.jpg
MSU2.JPG

Why We preach


SCROLL DOWN

Why We preach


Paul in Athens 2.png

It's Scriptural


It's Scriptural


 

Paul in athens

Public preaching is found throughout the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, but we are especially shaped by the Acts of the Apostles. In Acts 17, Paul is provoked that the city is filled with idols, "so he reasons in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there."  In short, Paul was engaged in the public square.  He preached and reasoned with the Athenians and the foreigners in the marketplace.  We, too, reason with the Americans and the foreigners in our modern marketplaces.

 
WhitefieldPreaching.jpg

It's Historical


It's Historical


History of the Church

 

It's easy to list names from Church Fathers to the Middle Ages, the Reformation and Modern Times to demonstrate God's use of public preaching, but Charles Spurgeon, the great 19th century preacher, said it well, "There are some customs for which nothing can be pleaded, except that they are very old...It is a happy circumstance when the usage of ages can be pleaded for a really good and scriptural practice, for it invests it with a halo of reverence. Now, it can be argued, with small fear of refutation, that open-air preaching is as old as preaching itself."  

 
MSU2.JPG

It's Practical


It's Practical


Is it for today?

 

I met with a couple pastors one time and one said to me, "Well, you can defend Biblically and historically, but is it relevant?" That might be what you're thinking. Yes, we need wisdom on time, place, and manner, but is there an "Athens" or "Tyrannus" (Acts 19.9) today? I'm convinced it's the university and college campus. It's here that "Americans and foreigners gather to hear and tell the latest ideas." Public preaching is not for every place or everyone, but the college campus is a wonderful venue to publicly debate and exchange ideas. Is it still relevant? Come and see.