Religious Language is used with little thought about
Their Authentic Spiritual Counterparts
The classical symbol of Christianity; a popular jewelry adornment.
consider this: How Jesus Christ was "made sin" for us that
we could be made righteous in Him. (Galatians 2:20;3:13; Colossians
The meeting house for religious programs.
consider this: The mystical body of believers who are born of the
spirit and whose names are written in the "book of life."
(John 3:3;Phillipians 4:3; Revelation 13.8)
A building or edifice where rituals and sacrifices are conducted to
elicit G-d's favor and blessings.
consider this: The believer's own body is the temple. 'Do you not
know that you are the temple." (1Corinthians 3:16;6:19)
A member of any of several hundred sects or religious denominations.
consider this: One whose life has been re-formed and renewed by the
grace of G-d by virtue of believing in Jesus of Nazareth as Lord and
messiah and receiving His Spirit. (Ephesians 2:1-5)
A worship service; the order of worship in a church or in a religious
consider this: Fellowship with the Spirit of G-d; speaking to and
hearing from G-d; communion with the Father in heaven. (John 4:23,4)
Those trained in religious rituals designed to bring G-d's favor and
benefits upon the people.
consider this: Each believer is called a priest unto G-d, communing
with Him; ministering to Him, and ministering to others on His behalf.
The twelve original followers of Jesus, those who on rare occasion display
unusual virtue or G-dliness.
consider this: Each believer is called to be disciple and a saint;
these are general designations for all believers. (John 8:31,2;Acts
(noun): The person who is placed in leadership to conduct worship services.
consider this: That which a disciple does to share G-d love
and promises to the world; as individuals need to experience the power
and compassion of G-d. Minister (verb) the act of service generated
by a heart of compassion. What G-d wants to do through His servants.
The Lord sees "needs" in every life. G-d's heart toward us,
is to bless, restore and make us free. These spiritual intents require
the use of human vessels. (Matt 20;26,7,8)
(noun): The profession of a pastor or person of the cloth. Ordained
and credentialed professional who occupies a pulpit or is given the
oversight of a congregation consider this Ministry (verb) the act
of service generated by a heart of compassion. What G-d wants to do
through His servants. The calling of each believer/disciples through
the knowledge and power of the Spirit of G-d directing them from within.
The minister's main oratory or address within the worship service.
consider this: Each believer bearing witness to unbelievers, giving
account of the simple realities of G-d's promises in the Word; promises
regarding redemption through Jesus' death, burial and resurrection;
guided by the power of the Spirit; the authority of His name over powers
of darkness and salvation from the wrath to come. (Mark 16:15,16;
Teach: The minister's exposition of doctrines given from the
pulpit as an expert and authority. Usually encompassed within a sermon.
consider this: Each believer sharing insight of his or her own revelations
of the reality of G-d, his Word, and experiences in the Kingdom of G-d.
as Religion, even weakened by its detriments, has provided a social
foundation for millions. Children are nurtured in homes where traditions
of church life are practiced. For generations the values system of Christian
teachings and beliefs have provided some moral framework and influence
to the culture of nations.
But having said this it remains a tragic misfortune that the morality
and the social foundations of Christianity are rapidly dissolving in
the face of secularism and unbelief. The Spiritual truths of Christianity
are steadily being exchanged for a system of secular values promoted
in education and in the popular media. Eventually, fewer and fewer will
be able to say I am a Christian believer or know what that means. Ideally,
that meaning is the testimony that we have personally tasted of the
Grace and goodness of G-d through Jesus Christ the Messiah.
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