Pastor/Bishop – It is the overseer of the local church called by God to minister to, pray for and watch over the flock that he has been called to lead.  The qualification as laid out in 1 Timothy 3:2-7 reads as follows: “2)A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; 3) Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; 4)One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; 5) (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) 6) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7) Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.”

Prayer – It is the solemn communication to God to express thanks, petition for a request or worship.

Prophecy – It is a prediction or predictions about the future and the end-times.  These are special messages given by God.

Prophet – One who reveals special messages from God on events that are of the future.

Religion – It is the belief and/or worship in a supernatural being or deity.  Religion in its self does not translate into belief in Jesus Christ.  Here is a list of some of the world religions today: Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoism, and Zoroastrianism.

Righteous – To be morally right as outlined by God’s word.  Since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, no man can be morally right with God except through Jesus Christ.

Satan – One of the names given the chief fallen Angel the devil.

Salvation – It is the deliverance from sin through Jesus Christ.  The bible tells us in Roman 6:23 that “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Scripture – The sacred writings of the old and new testament contained in the bible.

Scripture Notation - This how the scripture is noted when writing.  It names the book then the chapter and then a colon and then the verse or verses.  Example John chapter 3 verse 7 would be written as John 3:7 or if it John chapter 3 verses 7 through 14 it would read like this John 3:7-14.

Sin – It is lawlessness or transgression of God’s will by either omitting what God ask us to do or doing what he ask us not to do.

Submit – This means to yield or give into the authority of God.  It is the voluntary denial of one’s own will to the will of God.

Ten Commandments – God’s original law given to Moses on Mt Sinai regarding the standard his chosen people should live by.  Exodus 20:1-12 list them as follows (short form paraphrased)

1) “Thou shall have no other gods before Me.
2) “Thou shall not make for yourself a carved image--any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.”
3) “Thou shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.'
4) “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.”
5) “Honor your father and your mother.’
6) ‘Thou shall not murder.”
7)”Thou shall not commit adultery.”
8) “Thou shall not steal.”
9)”Thou shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”
10) “Thou shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's.”.

Gospel – It means story or account of.  In the bible it means the story of or account of Jesus Christ. There are four Gospels regarding Jesus Christ from four different writers.  The Gospel of Matthew, The Gospel of Mark, The Gospel of Luke and The Gospel of John, each giving a different aspect of the life of Jesus.  The Gospel of Matthew looks at Jesus from the perspective of him as the King.  The Gospel of Mark gives us the perspective of him as a servant.  The Gospel of Luke gives us the perspective of him as the man.  The Gospel of John gives us the perspective of him in his Deity. 

Grace – It is the unmerited favor given by God.

Holy Spirit – This is God spiritually active in the world.  It is separate from God but a part of God as Jesus command new believers to be baptized in the name of the God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

Hope– It is a confident expectancy.

Jesus – The son of God and savior (the messiah) of the world. Love – It is a sacrificial deep tenderness of one who seeks nothing in return.

Mercy – It is the power and compassion to forgive someone of something even though they are deserving of the punishment.

Missionary - An individual who is sent on a religious mission, especially one sent to promote Christianity in a foreign country

Parable – It is a short simple story designed to deliver a spiritual truth.  This spiritual truth is sometimes hidden or not revealed to those who do not believe.  Jesus spoke many parables.

New Testament – The second part of the bible that focuses on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.  The New Testament is made up of twenty-seven (27) books which include four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) on Jesus Christ and 1 Book on Church History (The Book of Acts) 21 Epistles (letters) and the book of Revelations.

Old Testament – The first thirty-nine (39) books of the bible that deals with the creation, the fall of man, God’s law, many prophecies, the history of Israel, and the Psalms..

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Deacon– One of two offices in the Church whose function is to serve and be helper in to the pastor and the church.

Demon– A fallen Angel whose actions are against the will of God.

Devil– Chief of the fallen Angels who has rule of the world systems, whose sole purpose at this time is to go against the will of God and manipulate others to go against the will of God.

Disciple – A disciple is a believer and follower of the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Faith – It is a strong belief or conviction; in something for which there may be no tangible proof; but one has complete trust, confidence, reliance or devotion to it.

Father– God, the creator and ruler of the heavens, universe and the earth.  The creator and sustainer of all things.

Freewill – The ability to choose from various actions while knowing the consequences of each action.

God– The Father, the creator and ruler of the heavens, universe and the earth.  The creator and sustainer of all things.

Golden Rule – Standard and principle by God in which Jesus taught in a parable that says we are to treat others the way we want to be treated.

Good Samaritan – This is a parable taught by Jesus in whom he describes a man who have been beaten and left for dead.  Three people walked by the man but only one stopped to help and clean the person up.  This individual showed more compassion on the person than the individuals whom should have had compassion.

The context clarifies the meaning of the word, phrase, sentence, etc. With the Bible, it is important to know the context of the particular passage you are studying. It is also important to understand the context of the entire book in which the passage is found and how that book fits into the context of Scripture.

Key Definitions to Help You in Your Journey

Angel - A spiritual being created by God to act as an attendant, agent, or messenger of God.

Apostle - An apostle was one of Jesus Christ’s 12 closest disciples, chosen by him early in his ministry to spread the gospel after his death and resurrection. In the Bible, they are called Jesus' disciples until the Lord's ascension into heaven, and then they are referred to as apostles.  The term apostle also means one sent out as authorized agents to preach the gospel.

Baptism– It is the application of water to the body through submersion, sprinkling or washing of the body that represents that death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Jesus gave this as a command that individual that accept Jesus Christ as their savior should be baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Bible – It is the inspired word of God written in scriptures consisting of 66 books (39 Old Testament and 27 New Testament) by 40 different writers during period of over 2000 years.

Church – The Church is the elect group of called individuals or baptized believers in Jesus Christ that makes up the body.  The Church is also the physical place of public worship for Christians.

Commandment – A command or edict

Crucified – A form of punishment unto death by nailing or binding an individual to a cross.  This is an ancient punishment.

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