I don't know about you, but I hate being in any setting where I feel I have no idea what the speaker is talking about (for me that was always symbolic literature!) I am a curious learner and will ask or research to find answers, but I also know how we can begin to repeat words we have heard, but not have a clear way to communicate it to help others.
I wanted to SIMPLIFY some of those 'CHURCHY' words for us all. Of course this isn't all, but some I knew were popular. If you think of more, list them in the comments or let me know you would like it added! :)
BELIEVER- Someone who has accepted Jesus Christ as Savior & Lord
BORN AGAIN- Describing what takes place when one accepts Jesus Christ. Becoming 're-born" spiritually. Escaping spiritual death as they receive Eternal Life now.
CHURCH- NOT the building, but the collective body of believers worldwide
CONVICTION- genuine feeling of sorrow, guilt & remorse after committing a sin(wrongdoing) because they are aware of going against God's way.
DOCTRINE- Cornerstones of the Christian belief
FLESH- Refers to our inborn human, and sinful, nature and tendencies
GOSPEL- the GOOD NEWS of salvation. Explanation of how one can be saved or 'Born Again" as explained above.
GRACE- The UNDESERVED FAVOR, forgiveness and acceptance from God through our acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior & Lord.
HOLY SPIRIT- ONE of the distinct, powerful personalities of the GOD. Convicts, leads, and helps us grow in faith after we become a believer.
JUDGEMENT- Refers to God's divine judgement at the end of time. Each person will stand before God & be found GUILTY or INNOCENT based upon the rejection or acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior & Lord of their personal life.
PRAYER- Conversation with God
REDEMPTION- The price Jesus paid for the sins of us all.
REPENT- "TO CHANGE YOUR DIRECTION". To turn away from the things that displease God & start doing the things that please Him.
RESURRECTION- When Christ rose from the dead the third day after his crucifixion, breaking the power of death. This act completes the act of salvation. NO OTHER 'god' has been resurrected!
SIN- (verb)"Miss the mark", or fall short of God's level of perfection; to break God's commands. (noun) The ONE THING that separates us from a relationship with God.
TESTIMONY- The story of how you came into relationship with Jesus Christ. Also an account of what God has been doing in your life.
TRINITY- The three persons who make up the GODhead: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit. see more on TRINITY HERE
WALK- or journey of faith. Describes your daily relationship with God. Description of your spiritual growth or progress.
WORD- refers to God's word to us which is the BIBLE
WORLD- as in 'the world' or 'worldy'- present condition of human society that are in opposition to God and the ways He would have us live.
WORSHIP- sincere expression of reverence and devotion to God. Worship can be singing praises, praying, meditating on God's Word.
I HOPE THIS HELPS EXPLAIN SOME OF THE WORDS TO GIVE YOU A BETTER UNDERSTANDING WHEN YOU HEAR IT MENTIONED! IF THERE ARE ANY THAT I DID NOT LIST, AND YOU WOULD LIKE TO KNOW, PLEASE COMMENT OR EMAIL ME & I WILL TRY MY BEST TO ADD THEM!
REMEMBER...IF YOU NEED TO KNOW, I PROMISE YOU SOMEONE ELSE DOES TOO!!!
You may find the rest of this BASICS 101 helpful too!