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Words used to reflect God’s heart

February 4, 2008

In my quiet times this week I have been reflecting on how to present the gospel to those around me who do not know Christ. Most of these people will not sit down and read a quantity of scripture to extract meaning, but instead want facts and straight forward truth. I started looking up words we commonly use in Christian circles and was amazed at how seldom they appear in scripture, or the fact that they do not appear there at all. The numbers below come from the NIV translation, and they include some headings that are included in that translation, but as you can see there are words like Believer, Christian, Communion, Mission, Partner, and Relationship that very uncommon words.

How can we communicate God’s heart for connecting through relationship if scripture must be read for context? Are we forgetting to communicate about concepts God must believe are important such as believe, faith, listen, peace, sacrifice, and wisdom?  Why are wives mentioned 324 times when husbands are only mentioned 129 and marriage comes up only 49 times?

Abuse = 6
Baptism = 21
Belief = 2
Believe = 259
Believer = 7
Betrayal = 59
Body = 232
Boundary = 53
Burden = 51
Carry = 177
Charity = 0
Choice = 47
Christian = 4
Church = 112
Common = 27
Communion = 0
Community = 84
Connect = 10
Convert/Converted = 5
Disciple = 28
Faith = 422
Family = 179
Fidelity = 0
Free = 186
Free choice = 0
Friend = 172
Gossip= 10
Grace = 124
Healing = 39
Hope = 174
Hurt = 12
Husband = 129
Joy = 242
Judge = 211
Learn = 105
Listen = 413
Love = 697
Marriage = 49
Meaning = 61
Mission = 6
Money = 114
Partner = 10
Peace = 247
Redeem = 116
Redemption = 25
Relationship = 4
Righteousness = 232
Sacrifice = 357
Saved = 109
Sex = 56
Speech = 41
Struggle = 12
Stumble  = 53
Support = 48
Talk = 124
Testimony = 106
Tongue = 137
Trinity = 0
Trust = 164
Unbeliever = 5
Uplift = 12
Wife = 324
Wisdom = 215
Wise = 104
Wrong = 126

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