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Church Meeting Words

Posted by on Feb 23, 2010 in blog links, gathering | 2 comments

Steven at “Biblically Speaking” has written a post called “Words defined that effect how we function in the body of Christ.” He gives definitions of some of the ways that Scripture says we should speak to one another when we meet together as brothers and sisters in Christ:

ADMONISH: to caution, advise, or counsel against something. 2. To reprove or scold, 3. to urge to duty; remind

BUILD UP: a process of growth, strengthening; development. A process of preparation. An increase, as in potential, intensity, pressure or the like. Encouragement.

EDIFY: to build up or increase the faith.

EXHORT: to urge, advise, or caution earnestly, admonish urgently.

EXHORTATION: an utterance, discourse, or address conveying urgent advice or recommendations

REBUKE: to express sharp stern disapproval of; reprove, reprimand

STIR: to incite, instigate, or prompt , to affect strongly; rouse, foment, arouse, provoke, stimulate, goad, spur.

WARN: to give notice, or intimidation (to a person or group) of danger, impending evil, possible harm or anything else unfavorable

WARNING: the act of utterance of one who warns

Are we speaking to one another in scriptural ways when we meet together?


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  1. 2-23-2010

    I think a more detailed definition of “edify” is called for, especially since it is such an important part of the meeting. The Blue Letter Bible (i.e. Vines) says it means “to promote growth in Christian wisdom, affection, grace, virtue, holiness, blessedness.” And I’m wondering whether calling it “Christian” wisdom might be too restrictive, or at least a temptation to narrow the bounds of edification to topics where we’re most comfortable, e.g. theological haggling or pious practices.

  2. 2-23-2010


    My dissertation will necessarily include a more detailed definition of “edification” and “edify”. I think its possible to show that Paul’s usage include the general meaning of “promote growth”, but then went further to include the kind of growth.