storytelling

 

Then Jesus went over to their synagogue, where he noticed a man with a deformed hand. The Pharisees asked Jesus, “Does the law permit a person to work by healing on the Sabbath?” (They were hoping he would say yes, so they could bring charges against him.)
And he answered, “If you had a sheep that fell into a well on the Sabbath, wouldn’t you work to pull it out? Of course you would.  And how much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Yes, the law permits a person to do good on the Sabbath.”  – Mt 12:9-12

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This is a great example of how Jesus would answer questions in order to teach a point.  He would use a story. 

Pastor Wayne Cordeiro is a master at teaching through story.  In trying to explain a concept or answer a question, instead of giving a vanilla answer, he would use a story.

What does using a story do?

  1. Cements the concept in the mind of the hearer, making it easier to recall.
  2. Increases the chance that the story will be told again.
  3. Grabs the emotions.
  4. Clarifies the answer

I still remember several of the stories that Wayne used as he answered questions and taught in the Leadership Practicums.  Take into account that I have a terrible memory, and you can see the power of a story. 

Next time you need to teach something or answer a question, use a quick story.  You may be surprised at the results.

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