Paul's Rhetorical Analysis

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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.…show more content…
Preaching was not a monologue but a dialogue: Paul’s preaching’s were more of a dialogue with his audience. Paul’s audience consisted of Jews and Gentiles. Paul believed in his heart that if he wanted positive results, two important things were crucial to happen among his audiences. Firstly, the recognition in the minds of his audience the fact that Christ is the only savior. Secondly, the transformation of their hearts to accept Christianity fully. Therefore, Paul took many pains in clarifying any doubts that arose in the minds of his listeners after each sermon. He also took much care in guarding his message reflective of Christ against evil forces. Pattern of Paul’s sermon: By taking a close look at the details of each of Paul’s Sermon we can come to an overall conclusion of a pattern. We must further realize that some of the sermons do not speak directly of the exact pattern mentioned in the points below, however, the overall intension and conclusion of his message was the same. 1. History a) It is the foundation that tells us about the coming of Jesus…show more content…
In those days, Christianity was not centuries old religion as it is recently. Today it has spread its roots and grown across the universe. Non-believers had their own past and beliefs that surrounded the new converts. Let us take a look at two common risks that the new converts would likely fall into. 1. Backsliding into legalism: Non-believers were legalistic people who believed and followed the law religiously and rigorously. To such extend that these rules and regulations become a part of their daily routine and life. Once covered they had to realize and understand that Jesus is above the Law. This was like going against their natural instinct. 2. Backsliding into astralism: In those days Astrology was a common medium that influenced the minds of non-believers to such an extent that they believed in the super natural power of stars, moon and the planets to direct their life and deliver them from their tribulations. After conversion seeing the stars and moon in daily life and getting influenced was a temptation that was very difficult to

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