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Some churches, especially those of Asia, were called by this name by those who disagreed with them for their practice of observing the Passion of Christ on the date of the Passover. The fourteenth of Nisan falls on random days of the week according to the Jewish calander; most churches opted to celebrate the death and resurrection of Christ on the Sunday after the full moon of spring.  The controversy between the two dates is known as the Paschal Controversy, which led to the great majority declaring that the Lord's resurrection should be celebrated on Sunday, and the paschal fast should end on that day.1

1Ferguson, Everett. Church History Volume One: From Christ to Pre-Reformation. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2005.

Entry link: Quartodecimans


The practice of celebrating Easter on the same day as Passover
Entry link: Quatodecimanism


Manifestation of life
Entry link: Quicken


One of the seven hills on which ancient Rome was built which denotes the Italian civil authority and government.
Entry link: Quirinal


The ancient Roman god of war identified with deified Romulus, an embodiment of the Roman nation.
Entry link: Quirinus


Ancient roman citizens acting in civil capacity
Entry link: Quirites


A theological point of debate with subtle or elaborate argument.
Entry link: Quodlibet



The mostly pretribulationism belief that the Lord Jesus Christ will come for Christians before the wrath of God is visited upon the world in tribulation in the last days.

“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive [and] remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:14-18 AV)
Entry link: Rapture

Reaching People

Making contact with unsaved people and motivating them to listen to the Gospel with honest ears
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Summarizing and restating the main points of something.  Irenaeus's key theological idea of recapitulation combined with Ephesians 1:10, reveals the Lord Jesus Christ as the climax of the LORD God's salvation plan and harmonizes the Old and New Testaments as one complete works by Him.

Entry link: Recapitulation

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