I found a book at a bookstore the other day by A. W. Tozer.
When I was flipping through the book the word “street preacher” caught my eye.
I’ve known for years that A. W. Tozer was converted as a young man after hearing a street preacher, though I don’t remember how I knew this.
I haven’t been able to find a written account of his conversion and the role a street preacher played until now.
This is especially good for all the critics who say, “You won’t reach anyone through this method.”
While I do see sinners come to repentance and put their faith in the Lord all the time through our street preaching, it is good also to see that great men of God like A. W. Tozer were also converted through street preaching.
There was more to the story than I had known – the personal witnessing of Tozer’s neighbor. This goes to show how one plants, one waters, but God gives the increase.
The Account of A. W. Tozer’s Salvation Testimony
& The Role of a Street Preacher and Personal Witnessing
“I have thanked God many times for the sweet, winsome ways of the Holy Spirit in dealing with the heart of this untaught lad when I was only 17. We had a neighbor by the name of Holman. I do not know his first name or initials. He was just Mr. Holman. He lived next door to us. I had heard that he was a Christian. But he had never talked to me about Christ.
Then one day I was walking up the street with this friendly neighbor. Suddenly, he put his hand on my shoulder.
‘You know,’ he said, ‘I have been wondering about you. I have been wondering if you are a Christian, if you are converted. I just wanted the chance to talk it over with you.’
‘No, Mr. Holman,’ I answered, ‘I am not converted, but I thank you for saying this to me. I am going to give it some serious thought.’
A little while later, I stopped on a street corner to hear a man preaching. He quoted Jesus’ invitation, ‘Come unto me,’ and the sinner’s prayer, ‘Have mercy on me.’
Those were the two things – the concerned remarks of our neighbor and the exhortation of the street preacher – that bumped me into the kingdom of God. I have always thanked God for our neighbor’s witness that helped stir in me the desire for God’s forgiveness and eternal life.”
~ Men Who Met God, page 127-128
You just never know who is listening and who might be converted when you go out street preaching!
~ Jesse Morrell
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