From the book, What People Ask About The Church, by Dale A. Robbins
Frequently asked questions about the church often include the many
cliches, theological terms, and vernacular used by ministers and laymen. Many of these
terms originated from scripture or tradition, perhaps taken from Greek or Latin words, or
from the old English vernacular of the King James Version. The following are many of such
terms and their meaning:
Anathema The Greek word for cursed or
condemned, as used in the King James Version. "If any man love not the Lord Jesus
Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha" (1 Cor. 16:22 KJV).
Anointing A biblical term to describe the
application of oil (a symbol of the Holy Spirit) in an act of consecrating sacred objects
or persons, such as a priest or King. It also refers to an endowment of God's Spirit,
blessing, or approval upon a servant of God. The Messiah literally means "anointed
one." "But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you
do not need that anyone teach you..." (1 John 2:27).
Anointing the sick From the New Testament,
this refers to elders of the church, applying oil (a symbol of the Holy Spirit) upon the
body of one who is sick, to be followed by prayer. Olive oil is believed to be the
original type used. "Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the
church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord"
Apocalypse From the Greek, APOKALYPSIS,
meaning "revelation or unveiling," as used in Rev. 1:1. The New Testament book
of Revelation is frequently referred to as the Apocalypse.
Apostle A person sent by God. One of five
office gifts described in Ephesians 4:11.
Arminian Generally used as a reference to
subscribers of a theological view held by Arminius, A Dutch Protestant theologian (1560 -
1609). Arminius refuted Calvin's doctrine of unconditional predestination, limited
atonement and unresistable grace, and stood for universal salvation for all.
Atonement Literally, "a covering,"
as in covering our sins from God's sight. It is used in reference to a sinner's
reconciliation with God through the sufferings of Christ. "Help us, O God of our
salvation, For the glory of Your name; And deliver us, and provide atonement for our sins,
For Your name's sake!" (Psa. 79:9).
Apology A theological term to describe a
contention made in defense of the Christian faith. It is derived from the Greek, APOLOGIA,
meaning "a defense in conduct or procedure." Apologetics is the study of this
explanation or defense.
Baptism in water The act of being immersed
in water in obedience to scripture, as a statement of faith in Christ. "Go therefore
and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the
Son and of the Holy Spirit" (Matt. 28:19).
Baptism in Holy Spirit The experience of
being immersed and filled with the Holy Spirit. "...for John truly baptized with
water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now" (Acts
Baptismal A term describing the event of
baptizing or the place where baptisms are performed.
Bishop An overseer, originally the principle
officer of a local church, but evolved into a position of supervision over multiple
churches. Elder or presbyter usually referred to the same person. "This is a faithful
saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work" (1 Tim.
Body of Christ The universal assembly of all
believers. "Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually" (1 Cor.
Born-again The state of being born in the
Spirit, resulting from placing faith in Jesus Christ. "Jesus answered and said to
him, Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of
God" (John 3:3).
Brethren A plural term for brothers, either
as siblings or Christian brothers. "Who is My mother and who are My brothers? And He
stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, Here are My mother and My
brothers!" (Matt. 12:48-49).
Bride of Christ The church, or the body of
Christ. "...Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the
Lamb!" (Rev. 19:9). "Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb's wife"
Called To be chosen of God for a particular
purpose. "Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of
God..." (1 Cor. 1:1).
Calvinist A reference to those who subscribe
to the doctrines of John Calvin (1509-64), who taught the concept of unconditional
predestination, limited atonement, and irresistible grace, sometimes referred to as
Canon A Greek reference to a
"reed" or measuring rule. This pertains to those writings which are considered
to be sacred or divinely inspired.
Canticles From Latin, CANTICUM which means a
"song." Often interchanged as the title of the Old Testament book, Song of
Catholic A Latin term taken from the Greek,
KATHOLIKOS, meaning "universal," referring to all believers.
Charismatic Comes from the Greek word
CHARISMATA which means gifted. A Christian who believes in or practices speaking in
tongues and the present-day operation of the spiritual gifts.
Church Hopper A person who attends different
churches without a commitment to any one in particular, or one who changes churches
Communion A memorial supper of bread and
wine, symbolizing the broken body and shed blood of Jesus. "The cup of blessing which
we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it
not the communion of the body of Christ?" (1 Cor. 10:16).
Contrition An expression of humility, sorrow
or repentance for sin. "The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves
such as have a contrite spirit" (Psa. 34:18).
Convert One who has been
"converted" as a Christian by placing faith in Jesus Christ. "Assuredly, I
say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means
enter the kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 18:3).
Covenant A sacred, irrevocable promise
between God and man. "You are sons of the prophets, and of the covenant which God
made with our fathers, saying to Abraham, And in your seed all the families of the earth
shall be blessed" (Acts 3:25).
Conviction An inner awareness of truth.
"Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one,
beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman
standing in the midst" (John 8:9).
Creed A statement of beliefs which include
the fundamentals considered necessary to salvation.
Deacon Literally a servant. An office of
servant ministry within the church. "But let these also first be proved; then let
them serve as deacons, being found blameless" (1 Tim. 3:10).
Decalogue A reference to the ten
Demon A devil, an agent of Satan.
Demon possessed To have a demon or demons.
Sometimes interpreted as being possessed by demons. "When evening had come, they
brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and
healed all who were sick" (Matt. 8:16).
Denomination A cluster of individual
churches, which have unified together due to their agreement on certain issues, and
perhaps due to their disagreement with the viewpoints of other churches or denominations.
Devil A reference to Satan, or one of his
demon agents. "Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against
the wiles of the devil" (Eph. 6:11).
Disciple One who is taught or trained.
"And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple"
Dispensation A determined period of time.
"...that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in
one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth; in Him"
Doctrine A teaching; That which is taught as
the belief of a church. "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in
righteousness" (2 Tim. 3:16).
Dogma A belief which is held as
authoritative and indisputable by a religious body.
Ecclesiastical A term from the Greek,
EKKLESIA, pertaining to the church or used in association with clergymen.
Edification To build up and strengthen.
"He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the
church" (1 Cor. 14:4).
Elder A mature believer charged with
spiritual supervision and ministry within the church. Elder and bishop are generally used
interchangeably in the New Testament. "Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy
of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine" (1 Tim. 5:17).
Election A term which means the process by
which God selects someone to be saved. "...knowing, beloved brethren, your election
by God" (1 Thes. 1:4).
Enemy A synonym for Satan. "Behold, I
give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the
enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you" (Luke 10:19).
Epistles Letters written under inspiration
of the Holy Spirit, to be read as instruction to the churches. "I charge you by the
Lord that this epistle be read to all the holy brethren" (1 Thes. 5:27).
Eschatology A theological term to describe
the study of last events.
Esoteric A term based upon customs in
mysterious Greek religions to explain advanced doctrines only to the fully enlightened, as
was probably inferred by this passage: "For all the Athenians and the foreigners who
were there spent their time in nothing else but either to tell or to hear some new
thing" (Acts 17:21).
Eternal Security A term which generally
refers to the doctrine of Calvinism and predestination. Stated simply, it suggests that
once a person is saved, they cannot lose that salvation they are eternally secure.
Eucharist The Lord's supper, communion.
Evangelical A term to describe those with
devotion to the Gospel of Jesus instead of the ecclesiastical or rationalistic forms of
Christianity Spiritual mindedness and zeal for Christ rather than ritualism.
Evangelist A proclaimer or preacher of the
good news. One of five office gifts described in Ephesians 4:11.
Fall of Man Mankind's estranged condition
from God through sin, as originated with the disobedience of Adam and Eve in the garden.
Fasting Abstaining from eating food for
specified periods of time. "So when they had appointed elders in every church, and
prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed" (Acts
Fellowship The spiritual relationship
between believers and the Lord, and the gathering together of Christians in the name of
Jesus. "If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and
do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have
fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all
sin" (1 John 1:6-7).
Fishers of men A term Jesus first used to
describe the soul-winning mission of his disciples. "And He said to them, Follow Me,
and I will make you fishers of men" (Matt. 4:19).
Fornication Any act of unsanctioned sexual
behavior or perversion, especially used in association with sex outside the realm of
marriage. "But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be
named among you, as is fitting for saints;" (Eph. 5:3).
Fundamentalist One who believes in the
infallibility of the Bible as inspired by God and that it should be accepted literally.
Glossolalia A theological term to describe
the doctrine of speaking in tongues. "And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit
and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance" (Acts 2:4).
Gospel Literally, "good news." The
story of Christ's life, His death and resurrection, as described from different
perspectives by eye-witness authors, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Their four individual
records of Christ are each called a Gospel, entitled with each authors name which
comprise the first four books of the New Testament. "For I am not ashamed of the
gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for
the Jew first and also for the Greek" (Rom. 1:16).
Hallelujah A variation of a Hebrew word,
Allelujah, which means Praise the Lord. "After these things I heard a loud voice of a
great multitude in heaven, saying, Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power to
the Lord our God!" (Rev. 19:1).
Heaven The eternal realm and dwelling place
of God. "Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little
children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven" (Mat 18:3).
Hell From the Greek, GEHENNA (valley of
Ge-Hinnom) used figuratively to describe the place of everlasting punishment for the
unrighteous. (Also used for SHEOL and HADES, "the abode of the dead.") "And
if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to
enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire"
Holy Roller This term has been used as a
reference to Pentecostal believers, who are often associated with more emotional,
Charismatic displays of worship. It is believed the term was coined to describe those so
overwhelmed by the Spirit, that they would fall to the floor and roll in the aisles.
Indulgence A term used by the Roman Catholic
church to describe a remission of temporal punishment due to sins. The sale of indulgences
by the church was the one of the first issues refuted by Martin Luther which inadvertently
brought about reformation.
Inspired A term which means originated of
God or God breathed. "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable
for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness" (2 Tim.
Intercession To intercede in behalf of
another person or cause in prayer. "...It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also
risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us"
Jehovah (Yahweh) The English rendering of
the Hebrew consonants, JHVA. This is God's sacred name, used over 7,000 times in the Old
Testament. The Jews considered this name to be so sacred that when reading scripture
aloud, they preferred not to utter it, but would use the word Adonai, which means
"Lord," in its place. The transliteral pronunciation, Jehovah, was formed from
the Hebrew consonants JHVA and the vowels from Adonai. However, scholars of ancient Hebrew
say that JHVA was originally pronounced as "Yahweh." The King James Version
translated it as Jehovah, while new translations use Yahweh or Lord. "That men may
know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth."
(Psalms 83:18 KJV)
Justified To be made just and right in God's
sight which occurs through our faith in Christ. "...being justified freely by His
grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus" (Rom. 3:24).
Laity The laymen or non-clergy members of
Lake of fire The place of everlasting
punishment hell, GEHENNA. "And anyone not found written in the Book of Life
was cast into the lake of fire" (Rev. 20:15).
Lamb of God A figurative term to describe
Jesus as the lamb sacrifice for our sins, relating from the lamb sacrifices of the Old
Testament. "The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold!
The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29).
Laying on of hands The act of placing hands
upon a person, in conjunction with prayer, to invoke God's blessing or anointing.
"...they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover" (Mark 16:18).
Litany A prescribed form of prayer made by
minister or priest with congregational responses.
Liturgy This is a prescribed form or
collection of forms for public worship. In liturgical churches, the rite and ceremony is
more prominent than the emphasis on preaching, evangelism, or spontaneous expressions of
Lord's Supper A memorial meal for believers
to commemorate Jesus' death and suffering, using bread and wine as symbols of His broken
body and shed blood, as was portrayed at His last supper with His disciples. It is also
referred to as Holy Communion. "Therefore when you come together in one place, it is
not to eat the Lord's Supper" (1 Cor. 11:20).
Lost The state of not knowing God, unsaved,
unregenerated. "For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost" (Matt.
Lucifer The name of one of the Lord's three
archangels, who rebelled and was cast out of Heaven to the earth, where he dwells as Satan
or the Devil. "How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you
are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations!" (Isa. 14:12).
Mainline A reference to long-standing
denominational establishments; mainline churches are those such as the Presbyterians,
Episcopalians, and others.
Manifestation The act of making obvious or
bringing out in the open. "In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God
has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him" (1
Maranatha A Greek word which means "Our
Lord comes," or the coming of the Lord, used literally in the King James Version.
"If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha" (1
Corinthians 16:22 KJV).
Messiah A reference to Jesus Christ.
Literally, "The Anointed One" (Dan. 9:25).
Millennium A word that literally means
"thousand," referring to the future thousand years of Christ's reign upon the
earth. "Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the
second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign
with Him a thousand years" (Rev. 20:6).
Minister One who serves in a ministerial
role of a church, as to preach sermons or conduct religious services, or to perform some
service to the spiritual benefit of others. It literally means to serve, help or
encourage. "...I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to
me by the effective working of His power" (Eph. 3:7).
Monotheism The belief in one God.
Move of God A traditional term to describe a
spiritual stirring among God's people, or the activity or manifestation of the Holy
Mt. Zion The mountain on which Jerusalem is
built, where Solomon's Temple rested. Frequently used metaphorically as where God dwells.
"Beautiful in elevation, The joy of the whole earth, Is Mount Zion on the sides of
the north, The city of the great King" (Psa. 48:2).
Offering A gift given from our own
possessions or riches. "Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, In
what way have we robbed You? In tithes and offerings" (Mal. 3:8).
Omnipotent A theological term to describe
the all-powerful characteristics of God.
Omnipresent A theological term to express
God's characteristic of being everywhere at once.
Omniscient A theological term to describe
God's all-knowing characteristics.
Ordained Chosen, authorized or endorsed.
Generally used to describe God's approval. Ordination of a minister is the act of
recognizing God's endorsement upon an individual for a ministry office, implemented by the
laying on of hands or the issuance of ministerial credentials. "...He has appointed a
day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He
has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead" (Acts 17:31).
Ordinance A religious rite or ceremony
performed in obedience to scripture, but not considered a sacrament.
Orthodoxy A belief in doctrines which are
considered correct or sound.
Outpouring A reference to a generous
showering effect often in association with the Holy Spirit. "And it shall come
to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; your
sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men
shall dream dreams" (Acts 2:17).
Parishioner A constituent or member of a
church congregation or parish.
Pastor By modern tradition, a person who is
a minister and spiritual overseer of a church congregation an elder or bishop. A
pastor literally means "a shepherd," a metaphoric description of one who cares
for and leads a flock of God's sheep. One of five office gifts described in Ephesians
Pentateuch A reference to the first five
books of the Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, & Deuteronomy.
Pentecostal A believer who claims the same
experience of the early disciples on the day of Pentecost the infilling of the Holy
Spirit with evidence of speaking in tongues (Acts 2:1-4). The Pentecostal embraces the
present-day operation of the gifts of the Spirit.
Pews The traditional bench-long seats in
churches. The term originated from the French word, PUIE, "a raised place,"
which was used to describe the boxed, balcony seats in a theater. In precolonial days, the
term became identified with the enclosed boxed seats in a church sanctuary, and later to
all church bench seats. Other tradition says that the term originated from pioneer days
when bathing was sometimes infrequent, and the bench seats retained the odor from users.
Plead the blood A term whose origin is
associated with the story of the Passover, when the death angel passed over the home of
Israelites who had wiped lamb's blood on their doorposts (Ex. 12:1-15). It is sometimes
used to describe a prayer appeal for God's protection, symbolically covering us with
Polytheism The belief in many Gods.
Pray-through An older traditional term used
to express earnest seeking of God in prayer until an inner confidence or peace is
Preacher One who proclaims monologues, or
brings forth sermons or messages in relationship to the Bible. "How then shall they
call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they
have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?" (Rom. 10:14).
Protestant A term which originated with
regards to Martin Luther and his followers. Because they "protested" against
certain nonscriptural practices of the Roman Catholic Church, they were called
Prophecy The act of speaking from the mind
of God. Either to forthtell or foretell. "...for prophecy never came by the will of
man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit" (2 Pet. 1:21).
Prophet One who speaks in God's behalf,
either to proclaim His written Word or to speak from His supernatural revelation. One of
five office gifts described in Eph. 4:11.
Pulpit The podium from which a minister
preaches. The term was used in the King James Version, where a pulpit was something stood
on for elevation when speaking to a crowd. "And Ezra the scribe stood upon a pulpit
of wood..." (Nehemiah 8:4 KJV).
Rapture This term comes from the Latin word,
RAPTO, to "seize" or "snatch," which was used in the Latin Vulgate
version of the New Testament to describe the saints being "caught up" to meet
the Lord in the air (1 Thes. 4:17). This event will occur in the last days, preceding
Christ's return to the earth. "For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a
shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ
will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in
the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord" (1
Rebuke An expression of disapproval or
reprimand. "Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him;
and if he repents, forgive him" (Luke 17:3).
Reconciliation A term which means being
brought back. "And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked
works, yet now He has reconciled" (Col. 1:21).
Redeemed A term which means bought or
purchased. "...knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like
silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but
with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot" (1
Regenerated A theological term, describing
the state of new life, resulting from the new birth in Christ.
Repent To be remorseful for sin, and to turn
around and go in a new direction. "Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins
may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the
Lord" (Acts 3:19).
Saints Persons who are separated unto God. A
term which refers to all believers. "Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and
foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God"
Salvation A term which describes the rescue
of our soul from eternal death. "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and
that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should
boast" (Eph. 2:8-9).
Sanctified To be made separate for holy use.
"For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from
sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in
sanctification and honor" (1 Thes. 4:3-4).
Sanctuary Often used to describe the
auditorium used for church gatherings. The term originates from reference to the temple or
tabernacle, coming from the term "sanctify," to set apart for the Lord's use.
"Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, And bless the LORD" (Psa. 134:2).
Sawdust trail A traditional term which
refers to the aisles between seats in the revival preacher's gospel tents. Timber was cut
to erect poles for the tents, leaving sawdust behind on the floor of the tent. Thus, the
preacher would call for the lost to come down the aisles the sawdust trail
to accept Christ.
Secular That which is not sacred or
ecclesiastical. It pertains to things not Christian or church related, such as unbelieving
Second Coming A reference to the end-time
return of Jesus Christ to the earth, His second appearance, which He promised and which is
predicted throughout the Old and New Testaments. "You also be patient. Establish your
hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand" (James 5:8).
Seeking God A reference to praying to God or
attempting to attain his attention or favor. "Seek the LORD and His strength; seek
His face evermore!" (1 Chron. 16:11).
Sermon An oral presentation of teachings or
Slain in the Spirit An extrabiblical term
used to describe a phenomenon which brings about an overwhelming awareness of the Holy
Spirit, causing a person to fall prostrate. "Then; when He said to them, I am He;
they drew back and fell to the ground" (John 18:6).
Soteriology A theological term used to
describe the doctrine of salvation. Taken from the Greek word for salvation, SOTERIA..
Soul-winner A person who wins souls to Jesus
Christ. "...he who wins souls is wise" (Prov. 11:30).
Speaking in tongues An utterance in another
language supernaturally enabled by the Holy Spirit. "And they were all filled with
the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them
utterance" (Acts 2:4).
Spirit-filled To be full of the Holy Spirit.
"And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the
Spirit" (Eph. 5:18).
Spiritual gifts Manifestations or gifts of
the Holy Spirit which provide ministry to the body of Christ. "Now concerning
spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant:" (1 Cor. 12:1).
Tarry A term which means to wait, sometimes
used to describe waiting on the Lord through prayer. "Behold, I send the Promise of
My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power
from on high" (Luke 24:49).
Teacher One who seeks to instill knowledge
in others by methods of instruction. One of five office gifts described in Ephesians 4:11.
Testament A sacred covenant or promise, as
in the Old or New Testaments. "But their minds were hardened. For until this day the
same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken
away in Christ" (2 Cor. 3:14).
Testimony A solemn affirmation of some fact.
In modern church tradition this frequently describes a public testimonial of thanksgiving
to God for an answered prayer. "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by
the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death" (Rev.
Theology The study of God (Greek, THEO).
Throne of grace A term which refers to God's
presence and His character of granting undeserved favor through prayer. "Let us
therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to
help in time of need" (Heb. 4:16).
Tithe The first ten percent of our increase
or income which God claims as His. "Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that
there may be food in My house, and prove Me now in this, says the LORD of hosts, If I will
not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will
not be room enough to receive it" (Mal. 3:10).
Tract A brief pamphlet designed to share
Gospel truths or to invite persons to accept Jesus Christ.
Trespass A sin or offense. "And
whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your
Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses" (Mark 11:25).
Tribulation Trouble or calamity. The
"Great Tribulation" is a seven-year period of unparalleled calamity upon the
earth, immediately prior to the return of Christ. "For then there will be great
tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no,
nor ever shall be" (Matt. 24:21).
Trinity A theological term which describes
the three persons of the Godhead, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. A church which embraces
this doctrine is called "Trinitarian." "For there are three who bear
witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are
one" (1 John 5:7).
Trouble-Maker A term often used to describe
a person who stirs up strife or causes tension or trouble in the church.
Unregenerated A theological term referring
to the natural, sinful state of man; without having been regenerated or born-again.
Wildfire A traditional term which is
sometimes used to describe spiritual disorder in a church service resulting from highly
fanatical, emotional outbursts or sensational displays which are determined to be of a
fleshly origin rather than inspired of the Holy Spirit.
Witness To share the Gospel of Christ with
others; to bear witness of His presence in our life. "But you shall receive power
when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and
in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth" (Acts 1:8).
Word "The" Word, God's Word, the Bible. Jesus Christ is the Word who was made flesh. "Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word" (Acts 8:4).
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