Wednesday, July 20, 2011

An Open-Air Introduction and Declaration

I recently preached a sermon on the importance of the street evangelist's relationship to the local assembly of believers. The sermon was born out of an article I wrote about the issue of Nomadism within the street evangelism community. Another sermon I've preached in a few churches, including the recent "Jersey Fire" conference, is a message titled Him We Proclaim, which emphasizes the importance of exalting Christ in open-air preaching.

One of the things I love about preaching the Word of God is the study that goes into preparing to open the Word of God and teach it and preach it to others. The sermons I have recently preached is affecting change in my own open-air preaching.

The photo is of my waterproof open-air preaching Bible (I will provide a detailed review of this Bible later this year). One of the things I have written inside the Bible is my "Open-Air Declaration." From now on, along with a personal introduction, I plan to make this verbal declaration before I open air preach.

I believe it is very important that those who hear me preach in the open-air know two things about me--which Jesus I represent, and to which church I belong.

What follows is my personal introduction and declaration. I want to encourage my Christian brethren who herald the gospel in the open-air to do something similar in a way that is consistent with your unique personality and church affiliation.
My name is Tony Miano. I am a member of Granada Hills Community Church where I serve as an evangelist and Bible study leader. I am here, today, with the prayerful support of my church leaders and church family.

I am here to proclaim to you this day the One whose name is above every name—the One before whom every knee will one-day bow and every tongue will one-day confess. For “there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. He is the Author and Perfecter of our faith, and the Author of our salvation. He is the Bread of Heaven, the Bread of Life, and the Bridegroom. He is the Chief Shepherd, the Christ of God, and the Cornerstone. He is the Deliverer, the Descendant of David, and the Door of the sheep. He is the Eternal Father and Eternal Life. He is the firstborn among many brethren, the firstborn from the dead, and the firstborn of all creation.

He is God with us, the Good Shepherd, and the Guardian of our souls. He is the head over all rule and authority, the head of the Church, and the head of every man. He is the great I AM, the image of the invisible God, and Immanuel. He is Jesus of Nazareth, Jesus the Son of God, and the Judge of the living and the dead. He is the King of Kings, the King of the Jews, and the King of Zion. And He is the Lamb of God, the life-giving Spirit, and the Lion from the Tribe of Judah. He is our Mediator before God the Father, the Messiah, and the Mighty God.

Jesus Christ is the Majestic One! And it is Him I exalt and His gospel I am here to proclaim.
Again, the purpose of this introduction and declaration is to let listeners know that I represent the only true Jesus Christ who has revealed Himself in His Word (and not a false Jesus like the ones propagated by the Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, Muslims, and liberal quasi-Christian denominations); and to let them know that I have the support of a local church.

I hope other street evangelists will do the same to show their submission to Christ and His Body.