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An enormous range of words and phrases are entirely acceptable as Christians write about God, the life of faith, Christian groups and denominations, theology, and so on. For consistency in positiveeast.org communications, please use the styles set forth below, and spell and capitalize them as shown by example.

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the Almightyauthor of our faithbread of lifeChrist, the Christthe comforterthe Creatorthe Divinityeternal Godthe FatherGod, God the Fatherthe great shepherdthe Holy Spirit

he, him, histhe great I Amthe great high priestthe great shepherdJesus Christthe King, King eternal, King of Glory, King of kingsthe Lamb of GodLord, Lord of all, Lord of hosts

the man of sorrowsthe only begotten Sonthe Prince of peaceour Redeemerthe rock of our salvationthe rose of SharonSaviorthe shepherdthe Son, Son of God, Son of manSpirit of Godthe true foundationthe Trinitythe true lightthe true foundationthe Truththe Waythe Word

Other words that refer to God and to the Bible

In general, positiveeast.org's style is to lowercase words that refer to God and the Bible, and are not used as "names."

apocryphabiblical, biblically, biblically-based/ biblically basedthe divine

godlythe majesty of Godscriptural

A special case:

capitalize Gospel when you refer to a specific book of the Bible (the Gospel of Mark) or to the four-book division of the New Testament (the Gospels)lowercase gospel in general references to the Christian messagecapitalize Kingdom as in Kingdom of GodTHEBIBLE

Acts, the Acts, Acts of the Apostles

the Biblethe Gospels (to refer to all four books); gospel in general references to the Christian messagethe Holy BibleKing James Version, New International Version (et al)New TestamentOld Testamentthe Prophets (to refer to the Old Testament books of prophecy); the prophets (to refer to the individuals)Psalms; a psalm; Psalm 23; Psalms 23:2ScriptureWord of God

Quoting Scripture

Treat quotations from the Bible as you would a quotation from another work. Use double quotation marks before and after it; do not italicize it.

In College communications, always spell out the name of the book; if it includes a number, use an Arabic numeral. Use numerals to indicate chapter and verse. Don't italicize.


Capitalize the major words in the names of denominations, their individual members, and organizations and general categories that include multiple denominations and whose names share a widely-recognized word or phrase. Capitalize the word Church only if it is part of the denomination's formal name.

evangelical Lowercase evangelical when it refers to a system of beliefs in the Protestant framework, and also when using it as an adjective in reference to the act of evangelizing, as in evangelical outreach.

Church / church Capitalize when referring to the universal body of believers, and in the official name of a church or denomination. Lowercase it in general references, second shortened references to a particular church or when referring to the early church.

We are the Church—God's instruments on Earth.

We're going to church this morning at the State Street Baptist Church.

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