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Summary: How Paul used wise principles of communication to inspire, instruct and persuade people with love

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A Few of Paul’s Principles of Communication

Acts 26:1-25

Quote:I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.

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1. Paul practiced wise diplomacy in the way he dealt with King Agrippa to enhance the effectiveness of his communications. By using such tact, adroitness and statesmanship, Paul was nearly about to convince the power King to become a Christian.

Illustration:Tact learns how to put it nicely, but not quite precisely.

Norma Becket, quoted by Mack McGinnis.

2. Paul’s prudence evidenced the Spirit’s leading not only in his content but also in his approach to people. Paul’s politically sensitive manner impressed the King and diffused a hostile opponent in Festus.

Illustration:

When pointing out a mistake by another person, always consider the person’s feelings. Milton Berle was dining with his wife, Ruth, in a Hollywood restaurant. When a waiter put too much pepper on her salad. Mrs. Berle tasted it and said, "Hmm. Needs more salad."

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3. Paul’s presented the gospel with wise negotiating skills in a way that helped King Agrippa see the advantages of truth from his cultural, rational and political perspective.

4. Paul used the power of prayer to give continual supernatural intercession to bear on the King and all who heard his message. Without a dependence on the Lord, Paul knew that his words would have little effect.

Illustration:When we pray, remember:

1. The love of God that wants the best for us.

2. The wisdom of God that knows what is best for us.

3. The power of God that can accomplish it.

William Barclay, Prodigals and Those Who Love.

5. Paul used the power of his own transformation to allow the King to recognize that a relationship with Christ begins with God’s pro-active love. Salvation was presented in a way of simply receiving the free gift of God’s grace and forgiveness found in Christ Jesus the Lord.

6. Paul spoke with great compliments, respect and admiration for the position of the King and his people.

7. Paul addressed the King with all humility recognizing that it was a privilege to share of Christ’s love.

8. Paul spoke with a well-researched knowledge of the King’s culture, world- view and concerns.

9. Paul based his presentation on the hope given to him through Christ not on a successful response.

10. Paul used his past accomplishments as a bridge of credibility to his audience not for self-glory.

11. Paul used his Jewish heritage as significant reason for bringing corporate as well as personal redemption to all peoples for the peace of everyone and every nation.

12. Paul confesses his past mistakes and sins publicly to show how Christ rescued him from self-destruction.

13. Paul admits to be obsessed with persecuting Christians because of his own mis-perceptions of truth.

14. Paul cries out, "O King" to maintain the attention of Agrippa to minimize the tendency for his audience’s minds to wander. He was a master of communication in every sense.

15. Paul used the art and science of dialogue in his presentation when he recalled, "Then I ask, Who are you Lord and what do you want me to do?" Crucial questions throughout his presentations are immaculately timed to give the greatest emphasis to the most important truths.


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