If you have other Christians with you, have them form
an audience and look as though they are listening to
your preaching. This will encourage others to stop and
listen. Tell the Christians to never stand with their
back to the preacher. I have seen open-air meetings
when a fellow laborer is preaching for the first time,
and what are the Christians doing? They are talking
among themselves. Why then should anyone stop and listen
if those in front of the speaker aren’t even attentive?
It is so easy to chat with friends when you’ve
heard the gospel a million times before. I have found
myself doing it, but it is so disheartening for the
preacher to speak to the backs of a crowd.
Also, instruct Christians not to argue with hecklers.
That will ruin an open-air meeting. I have seen an old
lady hit a heckler with her umbrella and turn the crowd
from listening to the gospel to watching the fight she
has just started. Who can blame them? Remember, the
enemy will do everything he can to distract your listeners.
Don’t let him. See 2 Timothy 2:24–26 comment.