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An online devotional for writers
The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book. But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name. (John 20:30-31, NLT)
A thesis statement summarizes my content’s main idea and persuades my reader to embrace my point of view.
I find thesis statements particularly helpful when I write devotional content. The reason is simple: I get excited about the oodles of ways I see God working. Then I end up with too much material. And then I get stuck. One glance at my thesis tells me I’ve headed down a rabbit trail and I need to get back on track.
But what stays in and what gets eliminated? Now, that’s a tough choice.
I get great encouragement from writers who have used thesis statements in order to stay on point – writers like the Apostle John.
He wrote this thesis statement for his biography of Jesus: “The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book,” he said. “But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah” (John 20:30-31, NLT).
Think of it: Jesus performed plenty of miracles, but the Holy Spirit led John to hand-select certain ones to be included in the gospel of John.
John had to pick and choose what to include in his book to explain who Jesus is and in order to persuade readers to consider those facts: “So that readers would continue to believe … and have life.”
I pray I can pick and choose wisely.
Pick and choose content to achieve your project’s purpose.
You provide me with plenty of material to work with. I ask for wisdom. Let me intentionally pick and choose content to best achieve the purpose of my writing project.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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