Preach Like John Wesley and George Whitefield!

See also: Soteriology for Open Air Preachers

THE ART OF OPEN AIR PREACHING:
EVANGELISTIC AND EXTEMPORANEOUS

As of now, I would rank them in this order as the top ten:

1a. John Wesley on Pulpit Oratory. Beacon Hill. 21 pages.

1b. Adam Clarke and Thomas Coke’s The Preacher’s Manual. 250 pages. (old school Methodist preachers; friends of Wesley).

1c. Abel Stevens’ Essays on the Preaching Required by the Times (old school Methodist extemporaneous)

2a. Charles Finney’s “How to Preach the Gospel” in Lectures on Revivals of ReligionVideo 1   Video 2

2b. Edwin Hatfield’s Eminent Authors on Effective Revival Preaching

3. Richard Lischer’s The Company of Preachers (Edwards, Wesley, Finney, Spurgeon)

4. Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron’s The World’s Greatest Preachers (Torrey, Wesley, Spurgeon)

5. Wesley Tracy’s When Adam Clarke Preached, People Listened

6. R. W. Dale’s “Extemporaneous Preaching and Style” and “Evangelistic Preaching” in Nine Lectures on Preaching

7. Henry Ware’s Hints on Extemporaneous Preaching

8. Wilder Smith’s Extempore Preaching

9. William G. T. Shedd’s “Extemporaneous Preaching” and “The Matter, Manner, and Spirit of Preaching” in Homiletics and Pastoral Theology

10. Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ Preaching and Preachers
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Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron’s The World’s Greatest Preachers; Charles Spurgeon’s Lectures to My Students and The Soul-Winner; Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ Preaching and Preachers; Charles Finney’s “How to Preach the Gospel” in Lectures on Revivals of Religion; Wesley Tracy’s When Adam Clarke Preached, People Listened; Joel Gerlach and Richard Balge’s Preach the Gospel; Steve Deneff’s Irresistible Preaching: How to Preach So People Will Listen; Wilder Smith’s Extempore Preaching; P. T. Forsyth’s Positive Preaching and the Modern Mind; David Larsen’s The Company of the Preachers: A History of Biblical Preaching; Edwin Dargan’s A History of Preaching; R. W. Dale’s “Extemporaneous Preaching and Style” and “Evangelistic Preaching” in Nine Lectures on Preaching; Henry Ware’s Hints on Extemporaneous Preaching; John Piper’s The Supremacy of God in Preaching (on Jonathan Edwards); John Koessler’s The Moody Handbook of Preaching; RICHARD LISCHER’S THE COMPANY OF PREACHERS (an anthology of wisdom on preaching from preachers like Richard Baxter, Phoebe Palmer—on women preachers, P. T. Forsyth, Jonathan Edwards—on preaching the terrors, John Wesley—on preaching law and Gospel, Charles Finney—on preaching conversion, Charles Spurgeon—on preaching with illustrations, John Henry Newman—on university preaching, etc); William G. T. Shedd’s “Extemporaneous Preaching” and “The Matter, Manner, and Spirit of Preaching” in Homiletics and Pastoral Theology; Lon Allison and Mark Anderson’s Going Public with the Gospel; Joseph Webb’s Preaching Without Notes (on extemporaneous preaching); Charles Koller’s How to Preach Without Notes (a couple references to Wesley and Finney); ABEL STEVENS’ ESSAYS ON THE PREACHING REQUIRED BY THE TIMES (ALL TAKEN FROM OLD-TIME METHODIST EXTEMPORANEOUS PREACHERS!!!),

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About John Boruff

John Boruff is the founder of WesleyGospel.com, a husband, father, and sometimes an open air preacher. He graduated from UNC Pembroke in 2008 with a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion and views himself as a Wesleyan-Arminian Reformed Pentecostal. As a Christian, he feels connected with all members of the body of Christ, but can identify the most with churches like the Assemblies of God and the Vineyard. In 2015, he released "The Gospel of Jesus Christ," which is meant to be a Bible study for open air preaching. For his other writings, search articles on this site or see the E-Books section.
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