By Kathy Widenhouse, award-winning content writer and author who specializes in writing for nonprofits and faith-based organizations.
An online devotional for writers
Peter began speaking and proceeded to explain in an orderly sequence. (Acts 11:4, NASB)
Peter shows how to write a persuasive sequence that moves your reader to act.
A sequence is a series of related facts, events, or items. It is a powerful tool when you’re writing persuasive content.
Peter modeled the sequence beautifully when he made a presentation to the early church leaders.
These leaders heard that Peter had met with Gentiles, ate with them, and shared about Jesus with them. In doing so, Peter violated Old Testament laws of ceremonial cleanliness. He, a Jew, had eaten with Gentiles! The leaders demanded an explanation.
Peter needed to present a convincing, persuasive argument to help the leaders understand what he did and why he did it. The future of the fledgling church was at stake.
So Peter gave the leaders an orderly sequence of events.
Peter’s logical, orderly presentation moved the church leaders to act. They embraced the Gentiles’ conversion as a movement of God.
The sequence of facts convinced them.
An orderly sequence of facts presents a persuasive argument.
You are a God of logic and order. As I write to persuade my reader, show me how to present facts in an orderly sequence. Let me be clear and truthful so they understand and take action.
In Jesus’s name, Amen.
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