Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Stoplight Preaching

Kevin St. John, an Ambassadors' Academy grad, leads one the Ambassadors' Alliance's allied ministries--Calgary Peacemakers. In the following video Kevin and his team give a demonstration of a variation, of "stoplight preaching."

Many Christians who desire to share the gospel live in small communities or in communities where there are no places where large crowds of people gather. They don't have places like Hollywood Boulevard, Third Street Promenade, or Huntington Beach where tens of thousands of residents and tourists gather every day. Still other evangelistic Christians live in areas where good weather is something to talk about, because it is such a rarity. Yet they want to preach the gospel in the open-air.

"Stoplight preaching" is one way to herald the gospel in areas where it is difficult to find and/or draw a crowd. As the name implies, "stoplight preaching" is a format designed for presenting the gospel in one minute or less, at locations where people gather for a relatively short period of time (i.e. crosswalks at busy intersections, bus stops, and train stations."

Here's the audio for my "stoplight" gospel presentation:

If you have difficulty with the embedded player above, you can listen to and/or download the audio, here.

And here's the text:

"Folks, be careful on the road today. 150,000 people die every day; many of them on roads like this.

"When we die, we are going to stand before God and give an account for our lives. Because God is good, He is going to judge each of us according to the perfect, moral standard of His Law. If we've ever lied, stolen, taken His name in vain, He will find us guilty of breaking His Law. And because God is good, He must punish our sin; and the punishment God has ascribed for sin is eternity in Hell.

"But God is also merciful, loving, and kind in that He provided one way to escape that punishment; and that was through the gift of His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ: fully-God and fully-Man, without sin. He died a horrible, bloody death on the cross that He did not deserve in order to take upon Himself the punishment we rightly deserve for our sins against God. And then three days later He forever defeated sin and death when He rose from the grave.

"What God requires of you and me is that we repent--that we turn from our sin, and by faith and by faith alone, receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Jesus said, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.'

"So, please, repent and believe the gospel while God has given you time. And be careful on the road today."

Now, go out and give it a try! And may the Lord bless your efforts!