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2 Introducing the Sermon Literary Focus: Figures of Speech Feature Menu from Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards

3 O Sinner! Consider the fearful danger you are in: It is a great furnace of wrath, a wide and bottomless pit, full of the fire of wrath... from Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards

4 Introducing the sermon This is Edwards’s most famous sermon, delivered in Edwards, like English philosopher John Locke ( ), believed that everything we know comes from experience understanding and feeling are two distinct kinds of knowledge from Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards

5 In this fire-and-brimstone sermon, Edwards uses the metaphor of fire to link his listeners’ experience of fire to the idea of burning in the fires of Hell because of their sins. [End of Section] How do you think Edwards would change his sermon if he were preaching today? from Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards

6 Figures of speech are words or phrases that compare one thing to another, unlike thing. Edwards uses figures of speech to compare God’s wrath to ordinary, everyday things that his listeners could relate to and understand. from Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God Literary Focus: Figures of Speech

7 Edwards uses personification to focus his audience’s attention. Hell has a mouth and hands. God has hands. from Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God Literary Focus: Figures of Speech

8 Edwards uses the metaphor of God as an archer. The flight of an arrow is compared to the swiftness of God’s justice. from Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God Literary Focus: Figures of Speech [End of Section]

9 knew about the Gospel, that is, the biblical accounts of Jesus’ ministry, death, and resurrection The “natural men” Edwards was trying to awaken were those in the congregation who had never made a personal commitment to Jesus were complacent in their religious tradition from Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God Background [End of Section]

10 Quickwrite

11 Make the Connection from Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God Quickwrite [End of Section] Many people would agree that fear is one of the most powerful motivators of human behavior. Fear of injury makes us buckle our seat belts. Fear of failure makes us study or work harder. Edwards and other pastors used harsh warnings in their sermons to make “sinners” understand the precariousness of their situation by actually feeling the fear and horror of their sinful state. Do you think fear is a great motivator? Write about what motivates you and whether you would use fear to motivate someone else.

12 Vocabulary

13 Previewing the Vocabulary provoked v. used as adj.: angered appease v.: calm; satisfy constitution n.: physical condition contrivance n.: scheme; plan inconceivable adj.: unimaginable; beyond understanding omnipotent adj.: all-powerful from Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God Vocabulary

14 Previewing the Vocabulary abhors v.: scorns; hates abominable adj.: disgusting; loathsome ascribed v.: regarded as coming from a certain cause induce v.: persuade; force; cause from Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God Vocabulary

15 a. omnipotent b. induce c. inconceivable d. appease e. provoked f. ascribed 1. enraged___ 2. unimaginable___ 3. attributed___ 4. satisfy___ 5. all-powerful___ 6. persuade___ Vocabulary Activity: Synonyms Match the synonyms in the left-hand column with the Vocabulary words in the right. e c f d a b from Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God Vocabulary [End of Section]

16 Meet the Writer

17 Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758) was not merely a stern, zealous preacher. He was a brilliant, thoughtful, and complicated man. Science, reason, and observation of the physical world confirmed Edwards’s deeply spiritual vision of a universe filled with the presence of God. More About the Writer from Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God Meet the Writer [End of Section]


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