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The Word on the Street

From Ray Comfort’s book, The Word on the Street.

I would like to see more Christians reach out to unreached people groups. These millions who live in gross spiritual darkness have never heard the gospel. They are extremely primitive in their thinking, are idolatrous in nature, are morally anarchistic, speak in a corrupt language, have rings through their ears and noses, kill their own offspring, believe they are related to monkeys, and abide at your local university. In this “enemy territory,” you are likely to encounter angry listeners controlled by worldly influences.

Could you preach at a university? Does the thought scare you? Don’t let it, because universities are not filled with intelligent people who are going to run rings around you and make you look like a fool. Universities rather are filled with lost and gullible people who have been brainwashed by this blind, secular world. Always keep in mind that if you address the carnal mind with apologetics, now and then you will confront a brainiac. But all you need to do to bring in a level playing field is address the conscience with the Law.

“You never know who is listening as you preach, or how God will use the seeds that you sow.”

I would also like you to keep in mind that open-air preaching is a thankless task this side of Heaven. Even more than that, it elicits the world’s frown. It is a ministry of sowing in tears, of not seeing “results” at the altar, no applause, and no honorarium. When I preached in New Zealand almost daily for twelve years, I saw little fruit. It was only after I left the country to live in the United States that I started to see what God was doing. Here is one such encouraging email I received:

I met Ray in Christchurch, New Zealand, when he was preaching in Cathedral Square. He did battle with the Official Christchurch Wizard, The Bible Lady, a guy dressed up as Sherlock Holmes, a short Chinese guy in a mini kilt and an elderly man in a raincoat who had a crowd of seagulls sitting on him. It was very colorful and quite a unique time. I was probably only 18 at that stage and my journey with God was many years away in the future. Ray was talking one day about salvation and I laughed when others laughed. Yet something Ray said then caused me to consider his words. Well, nearly thirty years later (last year) I took heed of those words on the floor of an auditorium in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe (I was born again). —B. Samson, Auckland, New Zealand

You never know who is listening as you preach, or how God will use the seeds that you sow. So don’t get discouraged—keep faithfully preaching, and in His timing, God will bring the increase.

From Ray Comfort’s book, The Word on the Street.

The Word on the Street
1. Why This Controversial Open-Air Preaching Tactic Is Actually Biblical
2. Want to Open-Air Preach? Use a Talent to Draw a Crowd
3. Without Repentance, Sinners Will Perish
4. How Should Open-Air Preachers Handle Hecklers?
5. Should a Woman Open-Air Preach?
6. How to Share the Gospel with a Muslim… WITHOUT Offending Them
7. Overcoming Fear When Sharing Your Faith
8. These Bible Verses Prove a Literal Hell
9. Is Water Baptism Essential for Salvation?
10. The Mission Field at the College Campus
11. Ray Comfort’s Tips for Picking an Open-Air Location

Ray Comfort

Ray Comfort is the Founder and CEO of Living Waters, a bestselling author, and has written more than 100 books, including, The Evidence Study Bible. He cohosts the award-winning television program Way of the Master, which airs in 190 countries.

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