Words of the Word (Glossary)

Glossary of Glossolalia*

We in the church use certain words that, though their meaning is imprecise for most of us in the in-group, have a comforting sound.  For those outside the church, they are just ‘churchy’ words that, if understood at all, are probably misunderstood. In this section, we will try to unpack some of the more common ‘words of the Word’.  (Click on the words below to reveal their meaning.)

 *Note: “Glossolalia” is the term used for speaking in an unknown language, particularly in religious worship. Although it refers to the phenomenon as it appears in (mainly) Pentecostal churches, I suggest that, with our jargon-loaded religious language, we do it all the time 🙂

Faith

Grace

Salvation

Eternal (as in eternal life)

Trial (as in “save us from the time of…)

Sin

Atonement

Religion/Theology

Worship

Judgment

Inspiration

Prayer

Kingdom of God

Repentance

Resurrection

Church

Pentecost/Holy Spirit

The Trinity

Sacrament (Baptism & Communion)

Son (of God?) (of Man?)

Messiah or Christ

The Devil, a.k.a. Satan

Fundamentalism