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Christian lingo and words for new believers and those interested

Do you ever hear some words that Christians say that are hard to understand from an outside perspective? Or, maybe you're new to the faith and just don't know all the terms Christians say.

This is often referred to as "Christianese". Here are some words that Christians say that may not make sense to those new to faith:

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Credits for the idea of the list to Dave Adamson @aussiedave.

Accountability Partner

A person who coaches another person in terms of helping the other person keep a commitment.

Advent

The period of four Sundays and weeks before Christmas (or sometimes from the 1st December to Christmas Day!). Advent means 'Coming' in Latin. This is the coming of Jesus into the world.

Amen

A word used at the end of prayers, meaning "so be it".

Alpha and Omega

A title of God and of Christ in the Book of Revelation, meaning the beginning and the end.

Apologetics

The religious discipline of defending religious doctrines through systematic argumentation and discourse.

Apostle

The term "apostle" comes from the Greek word "apostolos," which means "one who is sent out." In the New Testament, it is primarily used to refer to the 12 disciples chosen by Jesus Christ. These individuals were given a special office in the early Christian church, commissioned directly by Christ, and spoke with His authority. The term can also be applied to others, such as Paul, who was converted to Christianity a few years after Jesus' death and claimed the title of Apostle because he had seen the Lord and received a commission directly from Him.

Ascension

The ascent of Christ into heaven on the fortieth day after the Resurrection. (The resurrection refers to the moment Jesus came back to life after 3 days of death that came from dying on the cross.)

Atonement / Atone

The reconciliation of God and humans brought about by the redemptive life and death of Jesus.

Backslidden / Backslide

A term used to describe someone who has reverted to sin or has fallen away from their faith.

Baptism / Baptize

The Christian tradition of being immersed or sprinkled with water, indicating that the old life you once lived is washed away and has been buried with Jesus (referencing when Jesus was in the tomb for 3 days after his death) and that you raise up in new life made possible by faith in Jesus. (This raising up in new life is referencing when Jesus defeated death by coming back to life after 3 days of being dead.)

Beatitudes

The blessings listed by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount. These teachings can be found in the Bible in the book of Matthew chapters 5 through 7.

Bible

The Bible is the sacred scripture of Christians, consisting of the Old Testament and the New Testament. It is considered by believers to be divinely inspired and authoritative in matters of faith and practice. The BibleProject says that the Bible is "a unified story that leads to Jesus." You can get a free bible today at bible.com.

Blasphemy

The act or offense of speaking wrongly about God or against God.

Blessed / Blessing

A state of divine favor; often used to describe a person who is favored by God. This can also mean "happy."

Born Again

A term used to describe the spiritual rebirth, or regeneration, of a person who has accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and has received the Holy Spirit. The old life is gone and the new life has come.

Charismatic

A Christian who believes in the active presence and work of the Holy Spirit, including spiritual gifts such as speaking in tongues and healing.

Christian

A Christian is a person who follows Jesus as the lord (or savior) of their lives. Christians believe in the teachings of Jesus and strive to live according to His teachings that can be found in the Bible.

Communion / Breaking Bread

Also known as the Lord's Supper or Eucharist, it is a Christian sacrament in which bread and wine are consumed as memorials of Jesus' death and as symbols of the believer's unity with Christ.

Condemnation

Condemnation refers to the legal status of liability to punishment or the actual punishment itself. It is part of legal terminology, indicating that a person is accountable to the law's penalty for a crime committed. In Christian theology, condemnation is often associated with sin and disobedience against God's will.

Consecration / Consecrate

The action of making or declaring something, typically a church, sacred; or dedicating something to a divine purpose.

Covenant

A binding agreement made by God with humans; covenants in the Bible include those with Noah, Abraham, and Moses, and the New Covenant through Jesus Christ.

Crucifixion

The execution of Jesus on the cross. Dying on a cross was one of the most excruciating ways to die.

Discernment / Discern

The ability to judge well; in a Christian context, it often refers to the ability to distinguish truth from error, right from wrong, and to make decisions based on wisdom and understanding.

Discipleship / Disciple

The process of learning about the teachings of Jesus, following his example, and teaching others to do the same.

Edification

The instruction or improvement of a person morally or intellectually, especially through the teachings of the Bible.

Eternal Life

Life that lasts forever, often in the context of life after death. This can also be referenced as "Heaven".

Evangelism

The spreading of the Christian gospel by public preaching or personal witness.

Exalt

To lift high; in a biblical context, it often means to glorify or honor God.

Faith

A trust in God and in His promises as made through Christ and the Scriptures by which humans are justified or saved.

Fellowship

The community of believers or a group of people sharing a common interest, often in a religious context.

Fruit of the Spirit

The virtues of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Gift of Singleness

A term used in the Christian community to describe the ability to be content without a romantic relationship, and to be dedicated to service without marital responsibilities.

Glory

The radiant beauty, magnificence, or grandeur of God; also used to describe the honor, praise, and worship given to God.

God's Will

The will of God is a complex concept that encompasses His entire plan for creation. It is expressed in specific terms in practical applications, guiding people in their everyday situations. God's will can be viewed from its active side as His conscious "deciding," "willing," and "choosing" to do something. It is also revealed in His laws and commandments, which express what is right and proper for people to do. Understanding and following God's will is a central part of Christian faith and practice.

Gospel

The teaching or revelation of Christ, that you can be saved from your wrongdoings by confessing your wrongdoings, turning away from them, believing in the life, death, and coming back to life (also known as the resurrection) of Jesus, and surrendering your life to Jesus by following him daily. Gospel can also refer to the first four books of the New Testament of the Bible that tells the life of Jesus Christ.

Grace

The unmerited favor of God towards humans, which includes forgiveness, kindness, and salvation.

Great Commission

The instruction of the resurrected Jesus Christ (the son of God who died and came back to life) to his disciples to spread his teachings to all the nations of the world.

Hedge of Protection

A metaphorical barrier of protection that believers ask God to place around those they pray for.

Holy

The state of being perfect, fully sanctified, and set apart. In the context of God, holiness refers to His absolute purity, unstained by sin and evil. It is the opposite of sin and represents goodness, love, and wisdom.

Holy Spirit / Holy Ghost

In Christian theology, the Holy Spirit is believed to be the third person of the Trinity, which includes God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is considered to be God's presence and power in the world, guiding and empowering believers, and is associated with acts of healing, prophecy, and speaking in tongues. The terms "Holy Spirit" and "Holy Ghost" are synonyms, with "Holy Spirit" being the more commonly used term in modern translations of the Bible.

Incarnation

The Christian doctrine that God took human form in Jesus Christ.

Intercession

The act of intervening on behalf of another person through prayer.

Justification

The act of God declaring a sinner to be righteous on the basis of faith in Jesus Christ and on faith alone, not based on the good things you do.

Kingdom of God

The reign or sovereignty of God, demonstrating in the world and in the hearts of individuals.

Lamb of God

A title for Jesus that appears in the Gospel of John, signifying Jesus as the perfect sacrificial offering that atones for the sins of humanity. An offering? A sacrifice? Yes, before Jesus, animals such as lambs were sacrificed to clean a person or persons from their sins and wrongdoings. Jesus became the sacrificed lamb that once and for all cleansed us of our sins, for those who believe in Jesus.

Laying on of Hands

A religious practice in which a person places their hands on the body of another, with the intent to pray for physical healing, to ordain to a church position, or to impart spiritual blessing.

Lord

The term "Lord" in the Bible often represents the most sacred Hebrew name for God, Yahweh, expressing high amount of reverence, dignity, honor. It is used to denote God's supreme power and authority. In the New Testament, "Lord" is a title frequently used for Jesus Christ, indicating His authority, power, and control as the head of the church and the ruler over all creation.

Lost / The Lost

A person who does not know Jesus and follow Him. This person is usually described as living in sin, or wrongdoings against God, themselves, and/or others. The belief is that Jesus could free them from any bondage they may be facing, such as addiction, self hatred, and more.

Martyr

A person who is killed because of their religious or other beliefs.

Messiah

The promised deliverer of the Jewish nation foretold in the Old Testament, identified by Christians as Jesus.

Miracle

A supernatural act of God.

New Life

New life refers to the spiritual transformation that occurs when a person becomes a believer in Jesus Christ. This new life is described as being born again by the Spirit, leading to a new creation. It is a gift of salvation from God, described throughout the Scriptures as new life.

New Testament

The New Testament is the second part of the Christian Bible, and it focuses on the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It also includes the Acts of the Apostles, the letters of the Apostle Paul and other apostles to various churches, and the Book of Revelation.

Old Testament

The Old Testament is the first part of the Christian Bible, based primarily upon the 24 books of the Hebrew Bible. It contains a collection of ancient religious writings by the Israelites, including history, poetry, prophecy, and law. For Christians, the Old Testament is seen as laying the foundation for the coming of Jesus Christ, who is believed to fulfill its prophecies.

Omnipotence

The quality of having unlimited or very great power, which in a Christian context, is an attribute of God.

Omnipresence

The state of being widespread or constantly encountered; in theology, it refers to the presence of God everywhere at the same time.

Omniscience

The state of knowing everything; in Christian theology, it is an attribute of God.

Original Sin

The tendency to sin innate in all human beings, held in Christian theology to be inherited from Adam and Eve's first sin. Adam and Eve were considered the first human beings that God created.

Parable

A simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson, as told by Jesus in the Gospels (the first 4 books of the New Testament in the Bible).

Pentecost

The Christian festival celebrating the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples of Jesus after his Ascension, held on the seventh Sunday after Easter.

Predestination

The doctrine that all events have been willed by God, usually with reference to the eventual fate of the individual soul. Not all Christian circles are in agreement with this idea.

Prophecy

A prophecy is an inspired spoken word of a prophet, which often involves a prediction of something to come or the declaration of divine will and purpose. In the Bible, prophecies are messages given by God to prophets, which can include foretelling future events or providing guidance and instruction.

Prophet

A person regarded as an inspired teacher or proclaimer of God's words to man and coming plans of God.

Propitiation

The act of gaining or regaining the favor or goodwill of someone; in Christianity, it refers to the reconciliation of God and humankind through Jesus Christ.

Providence

The protective care of God or of nature as a spiritual power, often seen as God's intervention in the world.

Quiet Time

A period set aside for private prayer, reflection, Bible reading, and meditation.

Rapture

The belief in some Christian denominations that there will be an end time event when all Christian believers who are alive will rise along with the resurrected dead believers into Heaven to meet Jesus Christ.

Redemption

The action of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil; in Christianity, it often refers to the salvation brought by Jesus.

Reformation

A 16th-century movement for the reform of abuses in the Roman Catholic Church ending in the establishment of the Reformed and Protestant Churches, led by Martin Luther.

Repentance

The action of feeling or expressing sincere regret or remorse about one's wrongdoing or sin, and turning away from it towards God.

Resurrection

The concept of coming back to life after death. In Christianity, it most commonly refers to Christ's resurrection from the dead.

Revelation

The divine or supernatural disclosure to humans of something relating to human existence or the world. In Christianity, it often refers to God's self-disclosure in the Bible. And, it's also the last book of the Bible, foreshadowing times to come.

Righteousness

The quality of being morally right or justifiable; in a Christian context, it often refers to the righteousness of God or the righteousness imputed to believers through faith in Jesus Christ.

Sabbath

A day of religious observance and abstinence from work, kept by Jews from Friday evening to Saturday evening, and by most Christians on Sunday.

Sacrament

A religious ceremony or act of the Christian Church that is regarded as an outward and visible sign of inward and spiritual divine grace, such as baptism.

Saved / Salvation

The act of being saved from sin and its consequences through faith in Jesus Christ.

Savior

The term "Savior" refers to one who saves from any form or degree of evil. In its highest sense, it indicates the relation sustained by Jesus Christ to His redeemed ones. The great message of the gospel is about salvation and the Savior. Faith in Jesus Christ secures to the sinner a personal salvation, which is redemption made effectual to the individual by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Sanctification

The act or process of acquiring sanctity, of being made or becoming holy. In Christianity, it's often viewed as being set apart for God's service.

Sanctify

To set apart for sacred use, or to make holy.

Second Coming

The prophesied return of Christ to earth at the Last Judgment.

Sin / Sins

Sin is an act or a state of disobedience against the will of God. In Christian belief, sin is what separates humanity from God, and it can manifest in various forms, such as actions, thoughts, or attitudes that go against God's commands. The concept of sin is central to Christian theology, emphasizing the need for salvation through Jesus Christ.

Sin Nature

The inherent inclination to act contrary to God's will or design for our lives.

Small Group/Home Group/Life Group/Missional Community

Different terms for a group of Christians who meet regularly for connection, conversation, Bible study, and prayer. Sometimes this is a group who spends life together, a good group of friends in the faith who encourage and challenge one another.

Speaking in Tongues

A supernatural ability, given by the Holy Spirit, to speak in languages not known to the speaker.

Stewardship

The job of supervising or taking care of something, such as an organization or property. In a Christian context, it refers to the responsible management of God's creation and blessings.

Testimony

A formal written or spoken statement, especially one given in a court of law. In Christianity, it often refers to a believer's personal story of faith and how they came to know Jesus.

Temptation

In a Christian context, temptation refers to the intentional enticement of a person, usually by pride or self-gratification, to disobey God's revealed Word. The source of temptation can be demonic or fleshly, but the objective is always the distortion of God's world and the defiance of God's mission in the world. It's important to note that while humans may experience temptation, God does not tempt people. Instead, He provides the strength to resist temptation.

Theology

The study of the nature of God and religious belief.

The Law

In the Bible, "the law" often refers to the commandments given by God to the Israelites, specifically the decrees found in the first five books of the Old Testament, also known as the Torah. The law was seen as a guide for living a life pleasing to God. However, in the New Testament, the law is contrasted with the grace and forgiveness offered through Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul emphasizes that while the law helps us understand the difference between good and evil, it is through Christ's sacrifice, not strict adherence to the law, that we receive forgiveness and acceptance by God.

Tithe

One tenth of annual produce or earnings, formerly taken as a tax for the support of the church and clergy. In modern times, it often refers to a voluntary contribution of one tenth of a person's income for the support of the church.

Transfiguration

The event reported in the New Testament when Jesus was transfigured (transformed into something more beautiful or elevated) and became radiant in glory upon a mountain.

Trinity

The Christian doctrine of one God in three persons Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Winning Souls

The act of leading people to faith in Jesus Christ.

Worship

The feeling or expression of reverence and adoration. In Christianity, it often refers to the act of expressing such reverence and adoration for God. Often this is talked about as synonymous with music, but it's more than music.


After going through this list of words, I am in awe of how Christians sometimes can speak in a way that really doesn't make sense to someone new. I will be more mindful of the words I use, so that those who are new to the faith or remotely interested can feel part of the conversation.

What words are you curious about that didn't make it on the list? let me know by sending an email.

I want to note that these words and definitions were compiled (put together) with the help of Perplexity.ai. I do not own the rights to these definitions, but I did make sure to review them for accuracy. If you know the origins of one of these definitions, please let me know by sending me an email so I can properly attribute the right person(s).

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