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Why We preach


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Why We preach


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It's Scriptural


It's Scriptural


 

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There are many texts that point to public preaching in the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, but we are especially shaped by the Acts of the Apostles.  In Acts 17, Paul is provoked because of the cities idolatry, "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 publicly with the Athenians and the foreigners in the marketplace.  We, too, reason with the Americans and the foreigners in our modern marketplace.

 
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It's Historical


It's Historical


History of the Church

 

It would be easy to list names from the Church Fathers to the Middle Ages, from the Reformation to the Modern Times to demonstrate God's use of open-air preaching, but Charles Spurgeon, the great 19th century preacher, says 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."  

 
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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, we just don't think it's relevant."  That might be what you're thinking.  Now, we need wisdom on time, place and manner, but is there an "Athens" or "Mars Hill" of the day?  I'm convinced it's the college campus.  It's here that "Americans and foreigners gather to hear and tell the latest ideas."  Public preaching is not for every place, but the college campus is a wonderful venue to publicly debate and exchange ideas.  Is it still relevant?  Come and see.

 
What We Do

What We Do

What We Believe

What We Believe