Thursday, June 28, 2007
"It is the great business of every Christian to save souls. People complain that they do not know how to take hold of this matter. Why, the reason is plain enough; they have never studied it. They have never taken the proper pains to qualify themselves for the work. If you do not make it a matter of study, how you may successful act in building up the kingdom of Christ, are you acting a very wicked and absurd part as a Christian." - Charles Finney
Open Air Outreach not only desires to fulfill the Great Commission but also to rise up other laborers for the task.
Here is some information that may help you understand our methods of fulfilling every Christian's duty: The Great Commission.
Prayer is absolutely vital to our ministry. Ministry without God is about as vain as you can get.
-"The person who long groans before God for the conversion of another, whenever that soul is converted to God, they are the chief cause of it."
-"Preaching... .affects men; prayer affects God. Preaching affects time; prayer affects eternity."
Resources on prayer:
Leonard Ravenhill has published a great book on prayer called "Revival Praying."
GOSPEL TRACTS AND BIBLE DISTRIBUTION
Gospel tracts are great because with them you can reach multitudes of people in a short period of time. Tracts have many advantages such as: they never get into arguments, they state the truth plainly, people read them when they are ready, and they make there ways into peoples homes when we can not.
-"The only way to carry out the Great Commission will be by the means of the printed page."
Dr. Oswald J. Smith
Some of the most powerful and effective witnessing encounters come from talking to someone on a personal level. One on one evangelism is something every Christian can and should do.
-"If we expect souls to be won to our Lord, then we must go out to where they are and talk to them as they are."
OPEN AIR PREACHING
Never do you feel more in the Lords will then when your preaching open-air. Preaching in the open-air is truly the way of our Master. Open air ministry is the main ministry of Belfast Outreach. The more biblical street preachers the better!
-"Every great preacher of the bible was an open-air preacher, Peter was an open-air preacher, Paul was an open-air preacher, and so were Elijah, Moses, and Ezra. More importantly then all, Jesus Christ Himself was an open-air preacher and preached, for the most part, outdoors. Every great sermon recorded in the Bible was preached in the open-air, the sermon on the Day of Pentecost, the sermon on the Mount, the sermon on Mars Hill, etc."
R. A. Torrey