“Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong (1 Corinthians 16:13). Christianity’s Apostle Paul wrote these words approximately two thousand years ago, but when you consider current world events, you have to acknowledge that the time to live… Read More ›
The early church was called “saints.” They were later called Christians. Christianity is the most widely practiced religion in the world. It has more than 2.4 billion followers as of 2020. Christianity is an Abrahamic, monotheistic, religion. It revolves around beliefs regarding the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The religion started with a small group of adherents. Christianity’s rapid growth and acceptance make it one of the most successful spiritual missions in human history.
Christians practice the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, They believe that Jesus is the Messiah. They also believe His coming was prophesied in the Old Testament of the Hebrew Bible.
According to Christianity, people are not justified by the works of the law. They are justified but by faith in Jesus Christ (Galatians 2:16). Justification is God’s righteous act of removing the guilt and penalty of sin. Justification also declares that the ungodly are righteous, through faith in Christ’s atoning sacrifice.
The early Church did not call themselves Christians. Instead, they called themselves “saints.” Jesus’ disciples did not call themselves Christians. The first mention of “Christians” was in Antioch (Acts 11:26).
When the Church came to Antioch, it broke down the dividing barriers in a way that upset the society’s existing categories. Jews and Gentiles from all parts of the city were suddenly coming together. This group of people was redefining the community in a radical and unprecedented way. Hence they were given the name Christians.