How to Draw a Crowd
One of the most difficult
things to do is draw a crowd to hear the gospel. Today’s
society has been programmed to want immediate action,
and open-air preaching isn’t too attractive to
guilty sinners. Therefore we have to be as wise as serpents
and as gentle as doves. A serpent gets its heart’s
desire subtly. Our desire is for sinners to gather under
the sound of the gospel.
Ask people passing by what they think is the greatest
killer of drivers in the U.S. This stirs their curiosity.
Some begin calling out “Alcohol!” or “Falling
asleep at the wheel!” Tell them it’s not
and repeat the question a few more times, saying that
you will give a dollar to the person who gets the answer.
Tell them that they will never guess what it is that
kills more drivers than anything else in America. A
few more shouts emit from the crowd. People are now
waiting around for the answer. What is it that kills
more drivers than anything else in the United States?
What is it that could be the death of you and me? You
won’t believe this, but it is “trees.”
Millions of them line our highways, waiting for a driver
to kill. When one is struck, the tree stays still, sending
the driver into eternity.
MORE QUESTIONS FOR CROWD DRAWING
- Who wrote, “Ask not what
your country can do for you. Ask what you can
do for your country”? (President Kennedy’s
- What is the only fish that
can blink with both eyes? (A shark)
- Who was John Lennon’s
first girlfriend? (Thelma Pickles)
- How long does it take the
average person to fall asleep: 2 minutes, 7
minutes, or 4 hours? (7 minutes)
- How long is a goldfish’s
memory span: 3 seconds, 3 minutes, or 3 hours?
- How many muscles does a cat
have in each ear: 2, 32, or 426? (32)
Then tell the crowd that you have another question
for them. Ask what they think is the most common food
on which people choke to death in U.S. restaurants.
Over the next few minutes, go through the same scenario.
People call out “Steak!” “Chicken
bones!” Believe it or not, the answer is “hard-boiled
By now you have a crowd that is enjoying what is going
on. Ask them what they think is the most dangerous job
in America. Someone calls out “cop.” It’s
not. Someone else may name another dangerous profession
like “fire fighter.” Say, “Good one...but
wrong.” Give a suggestion by saying, “Why
doesn’t someone say ‘electrician’?”
Someone takes the suggestion and says, “Electrician!”
Say, “Sorry, it’s not electrician.”
The most dangerous job in the United States ...is to
be the president. Out of forty or so, four have been
murdered while on the job.
Then tell the crowd you have another question. “Does
anyone in the crowd consider himself to be a “good
person”? By now you will have noted who in the
crowd has the self-confidence to speak out. Point to
one or two and ask, “Sir, do you consider yourself
to be a good person?” The Bible tells us that
“every man will proclaim his own goodness”
(Proverbs 20:6), and he does. He smiles and says, “Yes,
I do consider myself to be a good person.” Ask
him if he has ever told a lie. Has he stolen, lusted,
blasphemed, etc.? That’s when all heaven breaks
loose. There is conviction of sin. Sinners hear the
gospel, and angels rejoice.