Open air preaching sermon

God willing, on friday, 2nd July 2010, from 18h00, I would be delivering this sermon to countless of people who will making their way to Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg, for the Uruguay vs Ghana game. If things go as planned, then I would be doing the same at Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg, on the 3rd, for the Spain vs Paraguay game. Many people don’t write sermons for open air preaching, but I have found that it’s the most proper way for me to do open air preaching. Here’s the sermon:

Ladies and gentlemen, I want to talk to you about something very important, it’s called eternity. The bible says God has “set eternity in the hearts of men” (Proverbs 3:11). That means we would still exist billions of years from now, and when we die it would only be the beginning of our eternal lives. The most important question is where are you going to spend your eternity?

Many people don’t know what is going to happen to them after they die, while some are fooling themselves into thinking that they know when they infact are misguided. Somebody will ask why he should be bothered by what is going to happen to him when he dies, even though he still has many years to live. The bible says “death is the destiny of every man; the living should take this to heart” (Ecclesiastes 7:2). Are you taking your impending death to heart? Do you know what is going to happen to you after you die?

The bible teaches that “a man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). From the bible we learn that there will be a time when all dead people will be judged according to what they have done in this life (see Revelations 20:12). Everything that you have ever done on this world, even the secret things, because “nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight, everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13). The next thing that is going to happen to you after you die is face the judgment of God. Reality is all of us will stand in front of God’s Judgment Seat one day, and we will have to give account to Him. If God judged you by the Ten Commandments, which He is going to, how would you fare? Would you be able to stand in front of God Almighty and give account of your life with confidence?

  • The 10th commandment says you shall not covet. Have you ever jealously wanted something that belongs to another person? Have you ever seen someone driving a nice car, and wished it was your car and not his? If you have, then you have broken the 10th commandment.
  • The 9th commandment says you shall not lie. Have you ever told a lie, regardless of the reasons you lied? A person who lies is a liar, and those who lie have broken the 9th commandment.
  • The 8th commandment says you shall not steal. Have you ever stolen anything regardless of its value? If you have then you are thief, and all thieves have broken the 8th commandment.
  • Jesus said “anyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:28). Have you ever looked at a woman with lust, and undressed her with your eyes? Have you as a woman ever looked at a man with lust? If you have, then the bible says you are already an adulterer at heart. If a person becomes an adulterer from just looking lustfully at a woman, then how much more adulterers are those who cheat on their spouses, how much more adulterers are those who have sex outside marriage.
  • The bible says “anyone who hates his brother is a murderer” (1 John 3:15). Have you ever hated anyone? If you have, then you are a murderer at heart, and have broken the 6th commandment.

 The bible says “whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it” (James 2:10). If you have kept nine of the Ten Commandments, yet you are a liar, then the bible says you have broken all of the Commandments, because they are all interlinked and you can’t keep one without keeping the others. This is the reason the bible says “who can say ‘I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin’” (Proverbs 20:9). It goes further and says “there is no one righteous, not even one;……there is no one who does good, not even one” (Romans 3:10-12). The sad part about breaking God’s Law (the Ten Commandments) is that we get separated from God. The bible says “your iniquities (sins) have separated you from God (Isaiah 59:2). When you break God’s Law then you are sinning (see 1 John 3:4), and there is punishment for sin. The bible teaches that “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). It also saysrebels and sinners will both be broken, and those who forsake the LORD will perish” (Isaiah 1:28).

 The bible says “do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God”. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). It also says “The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. ………. those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19-21).

Just like we have jail for all those who break our country’s law, God also has a jail, for all those who break His Law (Ten Commandments). His jail is called hell, and everybody who breaks God’s Law will be sentenced to hell. For every commandment of God that you break, there is hell to pay. Revelation 20:15 says hell is a lake of fire. Psalm 11:6 says it’s a horrible tempest. Psalm 18:5 says it’s a place of sorrows. Matthew 13:42 says it’s a place of wailing, a furnace of fire. Luke 16:23 says it’s a place of torments. Matthew 8:12 says it’s a place of outer darkness. Revelation 14:11 says it’s a place of unrest. Luke 16:24 says it’s a place where people scream for mercy. Matthew 25:46 says it’s a place of everlasting punishment. 

Does it concern you that when you die right now then you might be destined to hell, because you have broken the Ten Commandments which are God’s eternal Law? The bible says “death is the destiny of every man; the living should take this to heart” (Ecclesiastes 7:2). If you are not concerned about hell, then the bible says to you “there is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death” (Proverbs 14:12). If you claim to be without sin, you deceive yourself and the truth is not in you (see 1 John 1:8). Your sins (lying, stealing, hate, jealousy, sexual immorality, etc) deserve punishment in hell for all eternity, because God’s justice demands it. If you are concerned about your predicament, then I have good news for you. The good news is that “God showed his own love for us in that: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (see Romans 5:8). Through Jesus Christ, God provided a way through which you can have your sins pardoned. The bible says Jesus “was pierced for our sins, he was crushed for our sins, the punishment that brought us peace was upon him…….and the Lord has laid on him the sins of us all” (see Isaiah 53:5-6).

When Jesus died on the cross, He took the punishment that you deserved. Your lying, stealing, hatred, jealousy, adultery, etc deserved punishment, but Jesus took that punishment on Himself so you won’t have to suffer punishment. It is because of Jesus that the bible says to you “let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon” (see Isaiah 55:7). You don’t have to die in your sins, because God has provided a way, for you to be pardoned from every sin you have ever committed. It doesn’t matter what sins you have committed, because God can forgive them all. The bible says “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). All you need to do is leave your sins (repent), and ask God for forgiveness for all those sins you have committed. How about you repent from your sins now, the bible says “now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). You might not have tomorrow!

Somebody would say I am scaring people with hell, so they can come to God through fear. But the bible says “The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death” (Proverbs 14:27), “through the fear of the Lord a man avoids evil” (Proverbs 16:6). There’s nothing wrong with coming to God through fear, because there is wrath to come that we need to run away from. The reality of hell should make us fear God like we have never feared Him before, and we should tremble to His knees asking for forgiveness for all our sins. The bible says “fools laugh at making amends for sin” (see Proverbs 14:9), so I won’t be surprised if there are people who are mocking the concept of repentance, and the need for a person to be reconciled with God.

It doesn’t matter which church you go to, but unless you have repented from your sins, then the bible says you are condemned already (see John 3:18). Are you certain you’ll be in heaven after you die? You can make sure, by repenting from your sins, and trusting in Jesus Christ. Then read your bible, and follow it’s commandments.

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6 Comments »

  1. Balstrome said

    Provided of course there is a god, he cares enough to make an eternal hell to punish you for the things that he created in you in the first place.

    None of these can you show to be true, you may wish them to be true, but you have not one bit of evidence to support your claims, of God, hell, or even life after death. And no, the bible does not count as proof.

    • You either believe or not believe in God, for those who don’t its hell without the Savior.

  2. I don’t have to provide proof, you conscience testifies against you, and that’s all the proof you need.

  3. Mike said

    This is a great open air sermon, and the reasons for preaching in the column on the right I want to use myself. God has put it on my heart to share the Gospel, but It is difficult for me to write a good sermon to open air preach, and this is a good way to start. The main thing is to stick to God’s word. If you don’t mind I want to uset part of the above. Thank you,

    • I would be very glad if you could use it. Get someone to record you while preaching and post it on youtube. I love seeing people open air preach, it’s one thing that’s guaranteed to get my eyes wet. There’s power in public proclamation of the Gospel.

  4. Akoh said

    Salvation and motivational messages

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