Terms and Definitions

Amillennialism – the view which states that Christ is presently reigning through the Church, and that the “1000 years” of Revelation 20:1-6 is a metaphorical reference to the present church age which will culminate in Christ’s return

Arminian – the doctrinal teachings of Jacobus Arminius or his followers, especially the doctrine that Christ died for all people and not only for the elect.

Calvinist - The doctrines and teachings of John Calvin or his followers, emphasizing predestination, the sovereignty of God, the supreme authority of the Scriptures, and the irresistibility of grace.

Complementarian -  theological view that although men and women are created equal in their being and personhood, they are created to complement each other via different roles and responsibilities as manifested in marriage, family life, religious leadership, and elsewhere.

Dispensationalism – a theological system that teaches biblical history is best understood in light of a number of successive administrations of God’s dealings with mankind, “dispensations.” In addition, Dispensationalism maintains: a fundamental distinction between Israel and the church, i.e. there are two peoples of God with two different destinies, earthly Israel and the spiritual church; a fundamental distinction between the Law and Grace; the view that the New Testament church is a parenthesis in God’s plan which was not foreseen by the Old Testament; and a distinction between the Rapture and the Second Coming of Christ, i.e. the rapture of the church at Christ’s coming “in the air” (1 Thess. 4:17) precedes the “official” second coming (to the earth) by 7 years of tribulation. See also definition in Theopedia.

Egalitarian - a movement based on the theological view that not only are all people equal before God in their personhood, but there are no gender-based limitations of what functions or roles each can fulfill in the home, the church, and the society. See also definition in Theopedia

Eschatology – the part of theology concerned with death, judgment, and the final destiny of the soul and of humankind

Predestination - the believe that God has foreordained, or already decided, which souls will be saved

Premillennialism - the doctrine or belief that the Second Coming of Christ will precede the millennium, which will be a literal 1,000 year reign of Christ

Postmillennialismthe doctrine or belief that the second coming of Christ will follow the millennium

Theology – the study and analysis of God and his attributes and relations to the universe

Wesleyan - the doctrines and teachings of John Wesley and his followers

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