Scripture: “Do you understand what you are reading?” Phillip asked.
      “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?
Acts 8:30b-31a., NIV

The Churchy Quiz
   It’s time for a pop quiz.

Hey!!  Come back here. You won’t be graded; it is only a means to make a point.
  
 How many of these ‘churchy’ terms are you familiar with?
    1. Acolytes
        
    2. Psalter  
      
    3. Pentecost   
     
    4. Communion 
        
    5. Sanctification
  

    6. Eucharist

     7. Host

    8. Narthex

    9. Apse

  10. Sexton


    Started out with things you are familiar with, and went downhill from there, didn't it?

1. Acolyte - One who assists the clergyman in a liturgical service by performing minor duties; one who attends or assists : FOLLOWER
 
2. Psalter - The Book of Psalms;  also, a collection of Psalms for liturgical or devotional use.

3. Pentecost - Literally, fiftieth day; a Christian feast on the seventh Sunday after Easter commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles (called also Whitsunday.)

4. Communion - A Christian sacrament in which consecrated bread and wine are consumed as memorials of Christ's death or as symbols for the realization of a spiritual union between Christ and communicant or as the body and blood of Christ.

5. Sanctification - The state of growing in divine grace as a result of Christian commitment after baptism or conversion.

6. Eucharist - Communion

7. Host -  the eucharistic bread.

8. Narthex -  a vestibule leading to the nave (the main part of the interior) of a church.

9. Apse -  a projecting part of a building (as a church) that is usually semicircular in plan and vaulted.

10. Sexton -  a church officer or employee who takes care of the church property and performs related minor duties (as ringing the bell for services and digging graves).

    These are all commonly used ‘churchy’ words or terms. I found them in various church bulletins and news articles. 
(Definitions from Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

    However, not all terms are used in all churches. It seems that the higher you go up the Ecclesiastical   ladder, the higher-falutin’ the words become! (You look up Ecclesiastical).
    Now, the point!   . . . If we, who have been ‘churchy’ folk for years, couldn’t define many of these words, we should not expect people without a church background to understand these, and many other terms with which we are familiar.
    So!
Become Knowledgeable.
Teach/help others.

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