Paul Essay

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Introduction In this article, William sets forth his observations on Paul’s work and writings revealing his dual responsibilities firstly, as a missionary on a mission for Christ and secondly, as a pastor preaching to the church of Christ. In the first half of this article (Initial five pages); William describes Paul as a missionary of Christ. He begins with a few examples of Paul’s sermons that were preached at Antioch, Lystra and Athens. His main focus and references were mainly based on the book of Acts written by Luke. In the second half of his article, William describes Paul as a church preacher. His main focus and references were derived from the various epistles that Paul wrote to the Church of Rome, Corinth etc in the Holy Bible. Analysis Part 1 - Paul as a Missionary Preacher Qualities of Paul’s Preaching: 1. He had the gift of beginning where his hearers were: Paul had the gift of discernment that empowered him to read the minds of his audience. This is demonstrated by the many diverse approaches that Paul took for each of his sermon. Paul preached three sermons: First at Antioch in Pisidia (Acts 13:16-41); 2) followed by the sermon preached in Lystra (Acts 14:15-17) and finally the sermon preached in Athens (Acts 17:22-31). It may be noted here that Paul’s encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus, not only changed his life’s perspectives but also blessed him with gifts of teachings that helped him to carry out the message of Jesus Christ to generations. Further, the reader needs to understand the insights into Paul’s past that were related with the persecution of Christians, making them a major hurdle in convincing an audience that had not accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior. Therefore, it was all the more important for Paul to go straight to the point in order to eliminate any suspicions that might have muddled and diverted his main

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