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Peter stepped forward with the eleven other apostles and shouted to the crowd, “Listen carefully, all of you, fellow Jews and residents of Jerusalem!” (Acts 2:14, NLT)
A persuasive speech compels listeners to act.
A persuasive speech explains “why.” People act when you give them a good reason, whether it’s to deliver a minority’s rights, resist a dictator’s advances, or embrace a nation’s recovery from financial crisis.
In his Pentecost speech, Peter gives a neat little example for making a persuasive speech.
First, he stated his premise: the multiple languages spoken at Pentecost were the work of the Holy Spirit … and those present could be a part of that great movement, too (2:15-17).
Peter’s technique was not only persuasive, but also powerful. Three thousand people were added to the church that day.
A persuasive speech explains why.
Thank you for those who have gone before me that demonstrate how to write and deliver a persuasive speech. Show me how to answer “why” to motivate others.
In Jesus’s name, Amen.
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