Isaiah 58:1 “Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet. Declare to my people their rebellion and to the descendants of Jacob their sins.”
1. To share and defend the Christian faith in public.
2. To encourage believers to share and defend their faith in public.
3. To publicly rebuke wickedness wherever it rears it’s ugly head.
Many people do not realize that Jesus was a street preacher. So was his cousin John the Baptist. The Bible speaks of many street preachers who took God’s message of repentance and salvation to all sorts of people (i.e. Moses, Jonah, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Peter, Paul, Stephen, etc).
The message of Jesus was simple: Matthew 4:17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”
The message today is the same: R E P E N T !
Noah Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines REPENTANCE as follows:
3. Real penitence; sorrow or deep contrition for sin, as an offense and dishonor to God, a violation of his holy law, and the basest ingratitude towards a Being of infinite benevolence. This is called evangelical repentance, and is accompanied and followed by amendment of life.
Repentance is a change of mind, or a conversion from sin to God. – Hammond.
Godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation. 2Cor. 7 Matt. 3
Repentance is the relinquishment of any practice, from conviction that it has offended God. – Johnson.
Many preachers of today will proclaim God’s grace without presenting God’s Law. The Church is doing a great disservice by not including the Law in evangelism.
Evangelist A. B. Earle was a strong believer in the preaching of future punishment:
“I have found by long experience that the severest threatenings of the Law of God have a prominent place in leading men to Christ. They must see themselves lost before they will cry for mercy. They will not escape from danger until they see it.” – A. B. Earle
John 14:15 “If you love me, you will obey what I command.”
God’s Law/ Exodus 20:1-17
1. YOU SHALL HAVE NO OTHER GODS BEFORE ME.
2. YOU SHALL NOT MAKE FOR YOURSELF ANY GRAVEN IMAGE.
3. YOU SHALL NOT TAKE THE NAME OF THE LORD YOUR GOD IN VAIN.
4. REMEMBER THE SABBATH DAY, TO KEEP IT HOLY.
5. HONOR YOUR FATHER AND YOUR MOTHER.
6. YOU SHALL NOT MURDER.
7. YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY.
8. YOU SHALL NOT STEAL.
9. YOU SHALL NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS.
10. YOU SHALL NOT COVET.
Everyone is in need of a Savior because everyone has violated the law of God. Everyone deserves the fires of hell as a just punishment for their sins, but Jesus paid the price as a sacrifice for you.
There is only one way to God.
John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
One must repent and put his faith in Jesus Christ in order to be forgiven of his sins and receive the gift of eternal life.
Many Christians feel that pointing out sin and preaching the Law is wrong, and that evangelists should stick with preaching the Love & Grace of God. This method of evangelism has the great potential of making false converts.
Many people believe they have done nothing wrong and do not need to repent. If you are not sorry for your sins, you will not ask God to forgive you. The law must be used to convict the sinner.
Jonathan Edwards preached a sermon entitled The Justice of God in the Damnation of Sinners. When sinners are damned to hell for eternity, that is God’s justice at work. You get what you deserve, and you reap what you sow.
Acts 3:19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord…
Acts 26:20 … I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.
Jeremiah 6:17 I appointed watchmen over you and said, “Listen to the sound of the trumpet!” But you said, “We will not listen.”
Fellow Christian, is the Lord calling you to raise your voice like a trumpet? Does the Almighty want you to rebuke the wicked and warn them of their impending doom in hell? Do you sense an urgency to warn lukewarm Christians that they have lost their saltiness and they are good for nothing but to be trampled under the foot of men?
Be encouraged! Step out in faith. Follow Jesus and become a fisher of men.
Matthew 9:37,38 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
Ezekiel 3:17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me.”