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Jesus used many similar stories and illustrations to teach the people as much as they could understand. (Mark 4:33, NLT)
Short stories are a way to illustrate a point in your content writing.
Jesus was a master at this.
By using short stories – parables – Jesus was able to paint word pictures that appeal to our senses and reveal a spiritual lesson at the same time.
His parables boil down to three main types.
1. Comparison: In these parables, Jesus used an object lesson to explain a spiritual truth. He often used “like” or “as” and made a direct comparison between an object and a lesson. Examples: The Parable of the Mustard Seed or The Parable of the Yeast
2. Narrative: In these parables, Jesus told a tiny short story to teach a lesson. The story included a main character, a problem, and a resolution. Examples: The Parable of the Lost Coin, The Parable of the Persistent Widow.
3. Example: In these parables, Jesus gave a clear model of behavior to be followed or avoided. Examples: The Parable of the Good Samaritan or The Parable of the Rich Fool.
Surely if the Master Storyteller used short stories to make a point, then I can, too.
Use short stories to illustrate a point in copywriting and content writing.
Thank you for Jesus’s parables. They are beautiful examples of how to make a point. I want to use word pictures to reveal lessons to my readers. Show me how to follow His model.
In Jesus’s name, Amen.
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