Some notes on "First Contact Evangelism" from a seminar I recently ran (audio here). Some call it "Cold contact evangelism", but it doesn't have to be cold. Some call it "Stranger evangelism", but it's not a great name. Here's some thoughts on the motivations for open air and door-to-door evangelism...
John 4 - First contact evangelism Master-class
See the heart of the Lord for a woman who is wrong race/religion/gender/lifestyle
See the thirst-quenching waters of the Spirit given so profligately
See the nature of the Father - seeking such worshippers
See the satisfaction of doing such evangelism - it's food for Jesus!
See the fields as ripe for harvest
Potential problems with Open Air evangelism
It can be...
Why do it then?
Big reason - God has placed you in your locality for an evangelistic purpose:
Acts 17:26-27 From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.
God has not simply called you to particular ministries but to a particular geographical location.
Nothing reaches your locality like door-to-door or open air. It mirrors the profligacy of the Gospel.
Because the Gospel is....
Apocalyptic / Revelatory - not a process!
A message - not a life-style!
A summons - not a world view!
For all - not just people like us!
are witnesses (Acts 1:8; 1 Pet 2:9-12)
are intentionally placed in the world (Acts 17:26f)
have authority (Matt 28:18-20; 2 Cor 5:18-20)
appreciate the Gospel by sharing it (Philemon 6)
When you sow on all the soils, you get all the responses.
You will be shocked by how hard some people are and by how responsive others can be.
There's more in the seminar audio.