Out and about Preaching in the Open Air
Preaching in the Open Air
Unusual, curious, out of date? But every weekday at over 300 locations throughout the UK, you’ll find the Plymouth Brethren with their Bibles talking to passers-by and distributing gospel leaflets.
Why do they do it? And even quite young people not embarrassed to tell people what they believe!
Firstly, they are not ashamed of their beliefs. If you really believe in something, why keep it to yourself?
Secondly, they have genuine goodwill towards the community. They know from the Bible that God wants “all men to be saved” (1 Timothy 2 verse 4) and they’d like to share with others what they enjoy themselves.
Thirdly, they have evidence that the preaching of the gospel has a beneficial effect on society. In one place where the preaching had temporarily lapsed a policeman said to the Brethren: “I’m glad to see you back, the crime rate has gone right up since you stopped!”
Interestingly Peter’s first gospel preaching in Acts was in the open air, like many since including John Wesley, George Whitfield and others, so the practice is nothing new or peculiar to the Brethren.
If anyone has had experience, positive or negative, of hearing a street preaching by the Brethren we’re interested to hear from you.