Christians sometimes speak a language that is almost unintelligible to those outside the church. Think of how phrases such as “I’ve been redeemed”, “filled with the Holy Spirit” and “personal relationship with Jesus” sound to those who don’t know Jesus. What must go through the mind of a guest when they hear at the conclusion of the worship service, “Following the benediction there will be coffee fellowship in the narthex”? For that matter why do we call “worship” a service?
In some ways it seems like our “Christian” language has become a new kind of speaking in tongues. It’s all good stuff, but it’s not helpful for others if they don’t understand it. The Apostle Paul says to the Corinthian church, “Unless you speak intelligible words with your tongue, how will anyone know what you are saying? You will just be speaking into the air.” (1 Corinthians 14:9)
Christians use all sorts of weird words – “Atonement”…”Sanctification”…”The Fall” – so many that even if you’ve been a lifelong Christian you may be confused.
Starting October 3rd, I’ll begin a fall message series unpacking some of these weird words so you can understand the good news in them. If you’ve ever wondered what in the world Christians are talking about this is your chance to find out.