Acts 22:1 The Art of Effective Persuasion

Acts 22:1 (KJV)
Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defence which I make now unto you.

“the art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing, especially the use of figures of speech and other compositional techniques.”[1]

The Apostle was well-trained even before his salvation and calling. He was also highly experienced by this time, having spent years in public preaching. While he was unsuccessful in persuading this audience (there are significant lessons to be learned even from that observation), he was nonetheless masterful in his presentation.

Men, brethren, and fathers
My understanding is that this was a traditional opening meant to express respect.

General audience. All who would hear.

Of the same family, sentiments, and background.

Leaders, elders, counselors, and teachers.

This opening could be thought of individually or corporately. He was one of them, respected them, and appealed to their reason and emotions.

We do not have to be obnoxious in our appeals. Neither do we have to be dripping with false affections. We can: 

  • Identify with our audience, 
  • Give them proper respect, and 
  • Deliver doctrinal truth to which they may choose their own responses


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Acts 22:1 The Art of Effective Persuasion

Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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