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Christian glossary for new Christians

This glossary is for new Christians reading the Bible and feeling overwhelmed with many foreign words!

Remember, the only authority is our Lord. All of his answers are in the Bible. This is a mere human guide to help us understand his Word.

 

Apostle

An apostle is...

Jesus appointed twelve apostles (Mark 3: 14-19). They were:

  1. Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter)
  2. James, son of Zebedee
  3. John, James' brother (to them he gave the name Boanerges, which means “sons of thunder”)
  4. Andrew
  5. Philip
  6. Bartholomew
  7. Matthew
  8. Thomas
  9. James, son of Alphaeus
  10. Thaddaeus
  11. Simon the Zealot
  12. Judas Iscariot

 

Atonement

 

Centurion

A soldier.

 

Covenant

A contract between God and His people.

 

Disciple

A dedicated follower and pupil of Jesus Christ.

Further reading: Desiring God: What is a disciple?

Enmity

 

Exhort or exhorting

 

Evangelism

 

Faith

 

Good

 

Gospel

  1. A Greek word meaning 'Good News', the Gospel is the message about Jesus' life, death and resurrection and what it means for us and the world.
     
  2. A genre of bible writing. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John (the first four books of the New Testament) are gospels. These gospels are about Jesus' life, death, resurrection and teaching, written by people who were eyewitnesses.

Justified

 

Kingdom

 

Pentecost

 

Preach

To deliver the word of God from the Bible.

Further reading: Desiring God: What I mean by preaching

 

Prophecy

 

Prophesy

 

Prophet

A person used as God's mouthpiece to deliver His message. Moses, Isaiah and Jesus himself were prophets.

 

Propitiation

 

Redemption

 

Righteousness

 

Sermon

explain the Bible and then apply to lives

 

Sin

A thought, word, action or inaction that goes against God's will.

Everything that God is not.

We are all sinners. The only one who never sinned was Jesus.

 

Teach

 

Temptation