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These are terms that I don't remember hearing in the simple biblical church I grew up in. I became familiarized with them later - mainly through my more intellectual college fellowship group.
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The teaching that the Son and the Holy Spirit are not full deity in the same sense that the Father is and are not co-eternal with the Father, but are, rather, created beings.
The abandonment or renunciation of a profession of the Christian faith.
The art and science of interpreting the Bible.
The process of drawing out the original (or author-intended) meaning of a text of scripture.
The teaching that those who are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and thus truly believe in Jesus Christ will be kept by God so that they persevere in faith until their death.
The reformation slogan meaning that faith—that is, complete trust in Christ and his saving work— is the alone instrument [or means] of justification.
That perfection of God by which He does not change in His being, perfections, purposes, or promises.
The act of God in which God the son, the 2nd person of the Trinity, took upon himself a human nature so that his divine nature and human nature were joined together in one person.
A setting of something to the account of; a reckoning or attributing or crediting of something to a person. The accounting of the righteousness of Christ to believers.
The teaching that God’s saving grace is effectually applied to those he has chosen to save so that their natural enmity to him disappears so they willingly repent and believe.
A judicial act of God in which he pardons sinners and accepts them as righteous on the basis of Christ’s work on their behalf.
The tendency to rely on self-effort—doing good deeds or following certain rules and regulation—as a way to gain God’s favor.
The teaching that God’s design and intent in sending Christ to die on the cross was to pay for the sins and secure the redemption of those whom God has predetermined to save.
That perfection of God whereby he has the power to execute his will; his infinite power to do everything that is possible except for that which is against his nature.
That perfection of God whereby he is infinite with respect to space, with his whole being present everywhere all the time, yet he cannot be contained by space.
God’s perfection whereby He….knows himself and all things possible and actual in one eternal and most simple act.
The sinful state and condition in which all human beings are born, which includes both the imputed guilt of Adam's sin and inherited corruption (a disposition toward sin).
The Wesleyan teaching that after the new birth, there may be a distinct second transforming work of grace in which God roots all sinful motivation out of a Christian’s heart.
The work of God in which he actively preserves and directs all his creation and all his creatures so that his purpose for creation is fulfilled.
A sacrifice that satisfies the wrath of God and thus averts God’s wrath toward sinners.
An act of God whereby a soul, previously dead to him, experiences a spiritual resurrection into a new sphere of life, in which he is alive to God.
An ongoing inner transformation in which the Holy Spirit works to make the believer more and more like Christ in every way, including desires, thoughts and actions.
God’s dominion over the whole universe that he has created; his rule over all things so as to “secure the accomplishment of the divine purposes.”
The reformation slogan meaning that scripture is the only infallible rule of faith, the absolute authority in all things, revealing all knowledge necessary for salvation and necess
The careful study of ancient texts in an effort to establish what the original manuscripts of the Bible said.
God’s choice in eternity of certain persons to fulfill his purposes whom he would redeem, bring to faith, justify, and glorify in and through Jesus Christ.
The doctrine that the inherent corruption of humankind extends to every part of our nature, to all the faculties and powers of both soul and body.
The view that all persons will ultimately be saved, even those who die in unbelief.
The theological discipline concerned with explaining and defending the truthfulness of the Christian faith.
The teaching that after death unbelievers suffer the penalty of God’s wrath for a time, and then are ‘annihilated,’ or destroyed, so that they no longer exist.
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