Matthew 28:19

King James Version (KJV)

 

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

We travel “where no one wants to go,” proclaiming the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to anyone who will listen. Equipped with the Armor of God, We wage war in the tough streets and neighborhoods of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area (DC, MD, and VA). Our mission is straightforward, our message is simple: The Kingdom of God is THE source of love, hope, and deliverance from sin. We offer restoration and prayer to the backslider—believers and nonbelievers alike—as well as Christian literature and referrals for discipleship training.

STREET/DOOR TO DOOR

 

MARKET PLACE

 

Marketplace preaching is a call to get outside the walls and find out once again what people's interests and needs really are.

 

The narrow-walled focus of the sermon has been made narrow by three handicaps that the preacher must overcome. First is the handicap of a world that is listening for quick-fix answers. The sermon must speak the biblical reply clearly and with passion so the sermon presents the answer.

The second and worse handicap is this: The church is talking to itself. The church, in building its own radio, TV, and publishing empires, has become so interiorized that it only "reads its own mail" and only "speaks its own interests to the people of Zion."

 

Marketplace preaching is a call to get outside the walls and find out once again what people's interests and needs really are.

The third handicap is that the sermon and worship are prepared to minister to those who "own" the church. Those who come into such self-absorbed worship are not likely to be drawn back.

 

Sermons preached outside have a chance to be heard by those who compose the culture. Their verbiage, reasoning, content, and appeal are not for those who "own" the church, but for all whom Christ calls the church to "own."

The very heart of the marketplace sermon is not talking but listening. The outside sermon listens hard because life is hard. The outside sermon is Scripture saturated, for it knows the Word of God is all that authenticates. Outside sermons teach, but only after they have reasoned and, above all, listened. Outside sermons dialogue; inside sermons tend to pontificate.

 

"Preach to the suffering and you will never lack a congregation,"

 

Vance R. Oldes

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