Shouting “Fire” In A Crowded Church

I was driving to another town and I saw a church sign that called out to me. It was the name of the church that struck me, “Church On Fire.” I wondered if the average non-church-going person would know the implied meaning of this name. 

What are some of the idioms we have developed n the church? Are they useful? Can they be harmful? Take a step back and picture yourself walking into a church with no prior knowledge of christianese.

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Comment by Admin - Paul on November 16, 2013 at 11:17pm
I do know that the term confounds many. I noticed in L A, the term for Christians was"a born again"
Comment by Shelly Sangrey on November 16, 2013 at 10:24pm
Thank you! That's going to be my new response! I'm going to try it out on my niece first. (She's only 5 years younger than I). Just the other day she was insisting that I'm under some form of mind-control just because I can calmly (most of the time) manage my eleven children without being on some form of medication. Sad, but true.

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Comment by Evonne Mandella on November 16, 2013 at 10:15pm

I have definitely heard misconceptions about the term born again! People used to insist I was in a cult, I would explain I was not, then they would insist, I was ...

Finally, I said, okay, I am in a cult, will you talk to me now:) and then they would, lol.

Comment by Shelly Sangrey on November 16, 2013 at 9:42pm
I think even the phrase ”born-again” can elicit misunderstandings because most unbelievers have no idea what that means. I grew up in a house where born-again Christians were considered to be loonies because of the few, very few, born-again Christians my family actually met. Most people don't understand the context in which Jesus was saying this and think of being born-again as being born again into some strange cult. When I accepted Christ as my Savior, I began attending membership classes for my church. When the Pastor referred to us as born-again believers, I was taken aback because I truly had no idea that that was what had happened. It didn't fit what I grew up believing about born-again Christians. Unfortunately, the rest of my family are still nominal Christians, and some still refer to my Baptist church as a cult.
Comment by Admin - Paul on November 14, 2013 at 8:55am

Many of the terms we use on a regular basis can seem to lose their meaning. It is good to step back and ask ourselves what they mean. Take the lyrics of the songs that are normally up on the powerpoint at church and ask yourself what they all mean. I have found myself singing them and asking, "Huh? What do I mean?"

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Comment by Evonne Mandella on November 13, 2013 at 7:09pm

I think about the word "saved." We use it a lot. But, if you asked someone what are we saved from, hmmm?

I have heard someone say from God's wrath. Well, then you can have something to talk about.

Why does God have wrath? What does it mean when you say saved. 

We have been studying about using the word "law."

What does it mean to love God's law... to not be under the law...

Great questions you asked!

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