What does the word "Christian" mean?


The Greek word for "Christian," is Christianos. This means "follower of Christ; Christian." According to Hayford’s Bible Handbook (page 570):

The word occurs three times in the New Testament.

The designation of the early followers of Christ as Christians was initiated by the non-Christian population of Antioch (Acts 11:26), and originally it was probably a term of mocking or derision – "little Christs." Eventually, however, Christians used it of themselves as a name of honor, not of shame (Acts 26:28; I Peter 4:16). Prior to their adoption of the name, the Christians called themselves believers (Acts 5:14), brothers (Acts 6:3), or saints (Acts 9:13), names which also continued to be used…."

Resource:
Tape #2256 "What on Earth is Going On? – Part 1


Home | Contact Us | Copyright | Direct Donations |
Pledge of Financial Accountability
TAPE SUBSCRIPTION

"Brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which He consecrated for us..."
Hebrews 10:19-20


Living Way Ministries
14820 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, CA 91405-2233
(800) 776-8180 * (818) 779-8400 * FAX: (818) 779-8411

Donate to Living Way MinistriesGo to the BookstorePrivacy Statement
Last updated on: 07/11/2001
This site is best viewed with
IE 5 or Navigator 4 & Above