322 – Do You Speak Churchenese in Public?
#faithbites #faithjourney Churchenese
“Peace be with You”. “Love God, Love People.” “What a glorious day the Lord has made”. These sayings and many more make up Churchenese. Our common language that shares our faith, Hope’s, dreams and goals. Do you only speak this on Sunday or at worship or do you speak it in public?
Today during worship our pastor introduced us to Churchenese. The language we use to live in the Word during worship. This can be scriptures, paraphrases of scripture, or just that warmth of Christ. It warms to soul and helps you to be part of a community.
The question is when you leave the comfort zone of Worship, do you still speak in Churchenese or do you leave it at the door?
Keep in mind, speaking in Churchenese can be the specific words but also our intent of sharing the love of Christ.
- Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conformto the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. – Romans 12:1-2
- Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. – Romans 12:9-10
All that we have is from God and for God’s use. If we truly believe in his Word and his gifts, why wouldn’t we share that.
Many years ago when I graduated high school, I was in a drive through for Arby’s with my mother. The guy gave us our food and I said “Thank you so much. Have a great day”. My mother, who was from California , asked me if I knew that guy. I told her I didn’t and she said I should be careful who talk to.
To me, that’s a prime example of speaking Churchenese. I was warm and open to him, long before I knew the love of Christ. We don’t need to use the same exact words in public as we do in worship but through our intentions, emotions, and love of Christ, our words will come across. Think of it as a universal translator for Churchenese to common language.
As our verses show, we are to love honesty and give our bodies in service. How better than to speak the word in a way that others can understand in everything we do?
Do you share your faith in public? How do you share your relationship with Christ and all the gifts he gives you to others? Take time to find one person who doesn’t speak Churchenese to talk with. Use common words and the Holy Spirit will translate.
Lord, all me to be your vessel. Give me strength to speak your truth outside the comfort of Worship and your physical church. Hell us to always share your word in a way others can understand.