7 Greek Words Christians Should Know

As a Christian, you will come across many Greek words at church, during Bible study, sermons or in conversation. Here are some common Koine (Biblical) Greek words worth knowing. 


Kerygma (Proclamation of God’s Word)
Kerygma (from the Greek word κήρυγμα kérugma), a Greek word used in the New Testament for "preaching" (see Luke 4:18-19, Romans 10:14, Matthew 3:1). It is related to the Greek verb κηρύσσω kērússō, literally meaning "to cry or proclaim as a herald" and being used in the sense of "to proclaim, announce, preach".




Koinonia (Christian fellowship)
Koinonia is a transliterated form of the Greek word, κοινωνία, which means communion, joint participation; the share which one has in anything, participation, a gift jointly contributed, a collection, a contribution, etc. It identifies the idealized state of fellowship and unity that should exist within the Christian church, the Body of Christ.




Diakonia (Service)
Diakonia, (διακονία, Greek transliteration diakonia) means service, to serve, to render selfless service unto. Can refer to helps and service of various kinds which can range in meaning from spiritual biblical teaching (Ac 6:4) to the practical giving of provisions, supplies, support, and finances to those in need (2 Co 9:12.)




Kenosis (Self-emptying)
In Christian theology, kenosis (Greek: κένωσις, kénōsis, lit. emptiness) is the 'self-emptying' of one's own will and becoming entirely receptive to God's divine will. 




Logos (Word of God)
Logos (λόγος) is the Word of God, or principle of divine reason and creative order, identified in the Gospel of John with the second person of the Trinity incarnate in Jesus Christ.




Agape (Selfless love)
Agape (ἀγάπη) is selfless, sacrificial, unconditional love, the highest of the four types of love in the Bible.




Ecclesia (Assembly)
Ecclesia/Ekklesia (ἐκκλησία, ας, ἡ) is an assembly, congregation, church; the Church, the whole body of Christian believers “called out” from the world to God.


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