Key Terms


The term “apostle” is used in scripture by those who walked with and lived during Jesus’ ministry on Earth. In its simplest form, it’s one who has been sent by Christ. So although we haven’t walked the Earth at the same time as Jesus during his earthly ministry, we are all sent by God to do His work.


Going up into heaven.

In the Family of God, you may hear Christians refer to each other as brothers and sisters. This is because we are all in the “Family of Faith.” Although less common, those more mature in their faith may be referred to as spiritual fathers or fathers of the faith.
A religious group of Christian believers composed of all church congregations of the same kind; with similar names, history, and ways of “doing church.” Some examples would be Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran, and Presbyterian.
A disciple is a follower of Jesus Christ. The process of discipleship starts with the believer’s salvation and is followed by observing and practicing a life committed to Christ. Every believer is called to make disciples and to never stop growing in their relationship with Christ: practicing not just religious life but stretching our spiritual muscles, trusting in ourselves less, depending on this world less, and making much more of Jesus today than we did yesterday. Discipleship is the act of following Christ and leading others to Him. As believers, we must strive to be committed to discipleship, for it is crucial to our relationship with Christ and fulfilling His mission on earth.
a belief or set of beliefs held and taught by the church.
Is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed. Glorification is the ultimate stage of salvation, where the believer is transformed into the image of Christ and is given a glorified body. This stage occurs at the end of time when Jesus Christ returns to earth. Philippians 3:20-21 ESV says, “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all

things to himself.”

The undeserved love and favor that God alone gives - through Christ alone.
Intervene on behalf of another.
The act of declaring or making righteous in the sight of God. It is God’s gracious and full acquittal upon principles of His righteousness of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ. Justification brings the believer into a relationship of peace and favor with God. It is the stage of salvation which refers to the legal pardon of sins granted to the believer through faith in Jesus Christ. This justification is a gift from God, and it cannot be earned or deserved. Romans 3:23-24 ESV says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”
In all capital letters means “Jehovah,” which is the Jewish national name for God.

When speaking of money to God, an offering is typically

any amount you give over ten percent of your income.


Is the stage of salvation referring to the spiritual re- birth that occurs when a person accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. This rebirth is necessary because all humans are born sinful and need spiritual renewal. The Bible says in John 3:3 ESV, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”


Morally right or justifiable; virtuous.


The action or process of being freed from sin or purified. It is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God’s purposes and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerated person’s life. Sanctification is the ongoing process of being made holy, which is achieved through the power of the Holy Spirit. This process involves the transformation of the believer’s heart and mind as they are conformed to the image of Christ. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 3:18 ESV, “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”

Spiritual Gifts

special abilities that God gives to His followers to use for His glory and for the benefit of others (1 Corinthians 12:7). Each of us has at least one spiritual gift, and it’s important to discover what ours are so that we can use them to serve others.

The Great Commission - Matthew 28:19-20 ESV:

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to ovserve all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."

The Lord's Prayer - Matthew 6:9-13 ESV:

"Pray then life this: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil."

The Lord's Supper

Is sometimes called Holy Communion. It is the Christian ordinance which Jesus Christ instructed that His followers do in Luke 22:14-20.


The study of the nature of God and religious belief.


The word “tithe” comes from Greek and Hebrew words that are translated as “ten percent.” Although this is a requirement for Old Testament believers, today we live by a new standard of grace. Even though we are not required by the church to give ten percent, it is a good starting point for those who want to sacrifice for the furtherance of the gospel through the ministry entrusted to your local church.