Words matter. Words are the basic building blocks of sentences. The gospel comes with words. That's why the gospel has to be verbalized.
The Greek New Testament contains some 130,000 words. Many of them are participles. Hebrews alone has 315 participles in 303 verses.
They break down as follows:
- 182 present participles
- 95 aorist participles
- 36 perfect participles
- 2 future participles
If you are a pastor and all of this is Greek to you, do not despair. A knowledge of Greek is well within your grasp. All you have to do is reach for it. I hope you do!