Newsletter Archive: Street Preachers Draw Crowds in Fort Worth – 8/21/2005

For many years, the newsletters for Open Air Outreach were only published through email. Those newsletters were not posted online. We are now in the process of archiving these old newsletters online so that they are available to the body of Christ at large to read and be encouraged and edified by them.

The contents from this post was an email newsletter sent out on 8/21/2005

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-STORY FROM THE STREETS: Fantastic Crowds in Fort Worth
-PRAYER REQUEST: Upcoming Tyler court trial

*SNEAK PEAK from upcoming article: “A Christians Duty”

On Preaching Christ:
“But how must we preach Christ? The popular thought today is that preaching in actions alone, without the use of words, is adequate enough to express the truth of God. Though this concept is held dearly by masses and is viciously defended by multitudes, when Christ said “preach the gospel” (Mark 16:15) He meant actual preaching with actual words as He had already shown them by example.

The supposition of preaching through actions alone begins to take on water and to quickly sink when we view the scriptures which state the contrary. “And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14) And so we see the gospel is meant to be heard, and that through a preacher men are to hear it. Another deadly blow to this thinking is “Faith comes by hearing” (Romans 10:17). There is no doubt that a man is disqualified from preaching if his actions are contradictory and inconsistent to the Word of God. Preaching must be confirmed by actions and deeds. We must be both “mighty in deed and word before God and all people” (Luke 24:19) if we are to be what God intends for us to be. Christianity must be seen by the world in the actions of Christians and not only heard about in the talk of the Church. But our actions and works alone are not adequate and sufficient enough to fully communicate the gospel message “that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15).

What would the preaching of John the Baptist have been if he never used words? How many would have comprehended the Sermon on the Mount if Jesus never spoke? How many would have been converted on the Day of Pentecost if Peter remained silent? How impacting would the preaching of Stephen or Paul or any of the early disciples and Apostles had been if they never used words to communicate the gospel but only let their lifestyles speak for themselves? These questions may sound absurd and even ridiculous, and that’s because they are. The whole theory of merely preaching in actions and not in words is illogical, preposterous, and has been taken too far.

“Lifestyle Evangelism” as it is called seems to be the barracks that many of our troops are cowering behind for fear of injury and casualty. But our mission is of such importance that it is worth our lives as well as our deaths. Therefore we must preach Christ!”

On Warning the Wicked:
“Christian you must give the wicked warning. Yes warn the drunkard that his alcohol will drown his soul and that in his drunken stupor he will wonder into hell, where he will soberly awake in horror (1 Cor 6:10). Declare to the liar the honest truth that his own words will testify of his guilt (Rom 14:12) and that they will condemn him (Mt 12:37). Announce to the harlot that the money she collects for her whoredom is the very money for which she sold not only her body, but also her soul (Isaiah 5:1). Inform the adulterer that the pleasure of his lust is the mere bait to Satan’s malignant trap. Warn the damned that the pleasure of sin is for a season (Heb 11:25) but that the punishment of sin is for eternity (Mr 9:43).

How strange and foreign all this sounds in our day of therapeutic ministry with our psychology preaching. We make men feel as though they were victims to be pitied rather then criminals to be blamed. Yet until a man can see himself as desperately beyond any chance of saving himself he will never look to God for saving. Until he sees that he is guilty of transgression he cannot be justified in Christ. Before he sees that he is damned to hell for all eternity he cannot be saved to everlasting Heaven. Christ came to “save sinners” (1Ti 1:15), and as long as men see themselves as victims rather then as sinners Christ cannot save them.”

*FANTASTIC CROWDS IN FORT WORTH
August 20th, 2005

A musician was occupying the usual street corner we preach on, so we selected the corner of Third and Main, in Sundance Square. There was plenty of continual traffic flow, which gave us plenty of fish to try to catch in our nets. I had friends from Teen Mania come to preach and we met up with other local Christians, which made a team of ten total. We set up the sound system, easel and displays, and table with free bibles to start our night of preaching for the Lord!

I had the privilege of breaking the sound barrier first for the night and ended up having a nice size crowd of 20 or more. It started with the trivia and then went straight to the good-test. After he admitted to being a sinner I told him that he lost the money but that he doesn’t have to loose his soul. Although I can’t give him the money, I told him what I could give him was the truth. I then continued on to preach the unadulterated gospel while he and the crowd stayed and listened the entire time.

“If any of you were to die tonight in your sins you’d go straight to hell. You have your sins and you have your soul. You can either keep your sins and loose your soul, or you can loose your sins and keep your soul. Which one are you going to keep and which are you going to loose? We all need Jesus Christ. Repent and believe and you “shall be saved from wrath through Him” (Romans 5:9).”

After that Stephan preached and drew in a very great crowd. He preached his heart out against sin and also passionately for the Lord Jesus Christ. After Stephan a women named Tamra preached open-air for the fifth time ever! She ended up getting the biggest crowds of us all! She had anywhere between 30-40 people listening to the gospel right there on the street corner! She didn’t just preach once, after she finished with one group she would preach again and draw another crowd, and then again and again! It was a beautiful sight.

We went on to do one2one witnessing.  We would ask groups of teenagers if they could name 10 beers and then if they could name the10 commandments. One guy, Ben, had been doing it all night. Then Tamra stopped a large group of teens. I had given tracts to a group of college girls who ended up going through the 10 beers, 10 Commandment quiz with Stephan. Afterwards there was another group of African American kids I spoke with. One of them seemed to have tears in his eyes as I took him through the Ten Commandments. He had no idea what true repentance was so I told him “true repentance is stopping it. If you lie, you stop it. If you steal, you stop it. If you lust, you stop it. Etc” He eventually said he knew all that so I encouraged him to live it.

*PRAYER REQUEST:

This upcoming Wednesday I have trial in Tyler, Tx for attempting to preach on the Tyler Junior College public Campus. My lawyer already spoke with the prosecutor who wants to go ahead and prosecute this case claiming that I was trespassing. We are going to ask for a continuance to try to find a video my friend might still have of some of the open-air. Please pray that Gods perfect, holy, and awesome will to be done, and if it be His will that it won’t even go to trial, but if it does that we will have a favorable jury that will recognize that none of my intentions or actions were criminal.

For the Audience of One
Jesse Morrell

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