Every new era introduces or popularizes a new vocabulary. Several years ago, words like pandemic or Zoom were words known only by specialists in a few select fields. Now they are regularly used in common, everyday conversation. The dictionary is expanding at a rapid rate.
The believers in the New Testament Church were also part of a new era. God was doing amazing things and the early church encountered many new experiences. The arrival of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost propelled the church into a remarkable trajectory of growth. This radical religious movement was establishing its identity, and a new word was introduced to describe it. Acts 11:26 tells us that “the disciples were called ‘Christians’ first at Antioch.” It was a new word.
As we witness the baptism of several believers today, we will explore the origin, meaning, and significance of the term “Christian” as used in Acts 11:26.