Christian Jargon Buster

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I wonder, how often those outside the church, feel like, when they hear Christians talk?

If we hope to communicate with non-Christians about Christ, we must learn to speak to them in a language they can understand.

“Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don’t see many of “the brightest and the best” among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these “nobodies” to expose the pigshollow pretensions of the “somebodies”?

That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God. Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. That’s why we have the saying, “If you’re going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God.”-1 Corinthians 1:27-31

The Message (MSG)
Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

Here are some ways we can weed Christian jargon out of our conversation:

Identify jargon

1. Pray, asking God to make us sensitive to jargon terms.

2. Imagine we’re foreigners. What words would baffle us? Which phrases might we not understand?


3. When we’re grappling for a word, notice what term we “stick in”: Bless? Grace? Mercy? I’ve learned I use jargon when I’m tired or in a hurry and don’t have the energy or time to figure out what word I really want.


4. Notice if our listener “shuts down.” If I lose my listener’s eye contact and his or her mind seems to wander, then–if I consider what I just said–I often realize I’ve used a jargon term like “sin” or “saved.” I’ve found many people will listen to Christian truths when I avoid using terms laden with religious connotations.


Cheers & Blessings

Eric (Australia)

“You Speak,
We’ll Listen”.



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