Weird Words Christians Say

If you've been a Christian for a long time you may not realize it, but truth be told, we church folk use a bunch of weird words that newbie Christians might not understand. Sometimes it's like we're speaking in our own Jesus-y language! At East Ave Church, we believe that scripture should be understood by all. After all, that's what Jesus' intention was when he spoke to the masses 2000 years ago. Jesus intentionally spoke simply and used stories that everyone could understand. There's a reason we use the CEB (Common English Bible) translation at our church - everyone should understand the word of God!

That being said, there are still a few confusing words and terms that get thrown around. We brainstormed and came up with a few of the confusing words churchy people use so that we can explain them!

Sanctification - This is from the root word "sanctify". It means to make holy, or pure; free from sin. It is our goal as Christ-followers to live our lives striving for holiness. Our goal is to be like Jesus - free from sin, and we choose daily to lay down our brokenness at His feet and follow Him.

The gospel - These are just fancy words that mean the story of Jesus. It literally means "good news", and we believe that it's true - the story of Jesus and the hope that He brings IS good news, indeed!

Born again - This one is tricky, because it's physically impossible. Your mother would definitely confirm that! It refers to something Jesus Himself said (John 3:3), and means someone who has accepted Jesus as their Savior and become a part of the kingdom of God. It's as if you have begun living a brand new life - born into the family of God.

Kingdom of God - Yeah, I knew you were gonna ask this one next! Weird phrase, but it simply means anyone who has become a Christian through their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior, and is working to bring about transformation of the world through their obedience to Jesus alongside other Christians.

Conversion - In common terms it means to change from one state to another, in either character, form, or function. And in churchy culture, we use to to mean a heart change, when someone transforms their lives by accepting Jesus as their Savior, King, and Friend. A complete life change, from being the boss of your own life, to allowing Jesus to be your #1.

Disciple - This one just means a personal follower of Jesus. So once you become a Christian, you can call yourself a disciple. Disciples follow after their leader, striving with every ounce of their being to learn and grow more like their leader.

Have any other words or phrases that you've heard in church that you'd like us to explain? Let us know in the comments!

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Mimi - March 12th, 2021 at 12:05pm

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