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Outside the church environment, our Christian language can bring a response like a German nodding to someone speaking Chinese. Herr Schultz might give a courteous smile, but he isn’t grasping the full meaning of words that aren’t part of his everyday speech.

When we speak Christianese, we express our convictions that mean everything to us. Our words are real to us because they support our individual relationships with God. But what about the outsiders? If we really want to be understood by others, we should address the other guy’s concerns using his language.

Here are some religious words and phrases we might watch for:

Anointed
Armor of God
Assurance
Atonement
Baptism
Body of Christ
Born Again
Communion
Confess
Conversion
Devotion
Discipleship
Eschatology
Evangelical
Evangelism
Faith
Fellowship
Flaming Darts
Flesh
Found the Lord
Fruit of the Spirit
Get into God’s Word
Gospel
Grace
Have a Burden”
Heavenly Father
Hedge of Protection
Holy
Holy Spirit
Justification
Kingdom of God
Laid on My Heart
Last Days
Lift Up in Prayer
Lord
Lost
Master
Mission
New Birth
New Covenant
New Wine
Non-Christian
Offering
Old Man/New Man
Omnipotent
Omnipresent
Omniscient
Outreach
Praise
Prayer Warrior
Purity
Redeemed
Redeemer
Redemption
Regeneration
Repentance
Reprobate
Saint
Salvation
Sanctification
Saved
Savior
Secular
Seeker
Sinner
Spiritual Battle
Spiritual Gift
Sword of the Spirit
Testimony
Traveling Mercies
Trinity
Walk with God
Washed in the blood
Witness
Word
Worship

These words are not necessarily wrong. We just need to be careful, making sure our audience understands what we’re saying. That’s because we have many hypocrites and unbelievers in our churches, who act like they believe but are actually still searching.