Based on his more than forty years of open-air preaching, Ray Comfort has discovered certain principles that can help you preach the gospel effectively: how to draw a crowd, how to begin speaking, how to hold their attention, what subjects to cover. When he began preaching outside a local courthouse, he found a completely different dynamic. He didn’t have to gather an audience—it was already there.
For more than two and a half years, Ray Comfort and Emeal Zwayne preached the gospel open-air to the crowds waiting daily outside the courtroom in Bellflower, California. During that time, an estimated 30,000 people heard the gospel.
On September 30, 2005, a Los Angeles County judge issued a court order forbidding public speaking, affecting not only this court but the grounds of more than forty courtrooms in L.A. County, despite the fact that it is public soil. Fortunately, our sound man Stuart Scott recorded the last 28 days of the preaching.
These messages are packed with illustrations and springboards for open-air preachers, so you can learn how to speak boldly while we still have an opportunity.
Whether you speak to a captive audience or need to draw a crowd, these messages from 40 open-air sessions will offer helpful tips and illustrations to capture and keep their attention. Just as Jesus used parables to garner the attention of the crowds around Him, painting vivid pictures in the minds of His hearers to press home eternal truths, these creative “springboards” are modern-day parables to help you bring understanding of the gospel to your listeners.