Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you. Acts 17:22-23
In the four sermons that Luke records in the book of Acts, Peter, Stephen, and Paul, all practiced the Law of Connection, which says that leaders touch a heart before they ask for a hand. Paul’s sermon recorded in Acts 17 is a masterpiece. He connected brilliantly with people from a different culture, showing he understood both Greek society and human needs. Notice how a master communicator connected with his audience:
* He began with affirmation.
* He bridged his subjects with the familiar.
* He enlarged their vision of God.
* He used inclusive language.
* He gave them encouragement and hope.
* He identified with some of their own poets.
* He gave them specific action steps.
* Only when Paul had built relational bridges with the people, did he issue a clear call to repent.