Look at the letters to the churches in Revelation 2–3 and make a chart of them showing the message of each letter in light of Jesus’ (1) commendation or praise of the church, (2) complaint or rebuke, (3) warning, and (4) promise. Focus on which of the seven churches are presented positively and which are presented negatively and why they are presented in this manner. Then do the same thing for the church which you currently attend. How do you think the things Jesus says to these seven historical churches applies to your church?
List and define the 3 types of rhetoric in Roman letters according to Klein, Blomberg, and Hubbard. List and define the 6 elements generally found in rhetorical writings. Give examples of these elements from the letters of the New Testament. Of the 3 types of rhetoric, which is the most common in the New Testament letters? How do authors of the New Testament letters utilize the types of rhetoric? Why is an understanding of rhetoric important for the study the letters of the New Testament? How can we use these principles today in presenting the truth of God’s Word to those who are not Christians?