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CALLED CHRISTIANS. ACTS 11:26. Called by a new name. The term called used in acts 11:26 is always a divine speaking, utterance, or warning Noah was warned of the flood – Hebrews 11:7 Joseph was warned by god – matthew 2:12 Cornelius was warned from god – acts 10:22

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called by a new name
Called by a new name
  • The term called used in acts 11:26 is always a divine speaking, utterance, or warning
    • Noah was warned of the flood – Hebrews 11:7
    • Joseph was warned by god – matthew 2:12
    • Cornelius was warned from god – acts 10:22
  • God uttered a new name for his people – Isaiah 62:2

“And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.”

Acts 11:26

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Called by a new name
  • People are typically called by their business and character:
    • Rahab the harlot – Hebrews 11:31
    • Matthew the publican – matthew 10:3
    • Luke the physician – colossians 4:14
    • Jesus the carpenter – mark 6:3

“And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.”

Acts 11:26

called by a new name2
Called by a new name
  • Christians are to conduct themselves in a way that is honorable and worthy of the name – James 2:9
  • We are to remove ungodliness and worldliness from our lives – Titus 2:12
  • Sin gives cause for unbelievers to blaspheme the name of god – romans 2:24

“And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.”

Acts 11:26

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Called by a new name
  • The name Christian did not originate from mockery, ridicule, or derision. Peter used the name in a positive manner – 1 peter 4:16
  • The name that arose out of unbelief was “Nazarene” – acts 24:5

“And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.”

Acts 11:26

a christian is not
A Christian is not…
  • MERELY A MORAL PERSON – ACTS 10:2
  • THE PERSON WHO IS SAVED “BY FAITH ALONE” – JAMES 2:19, 24
  • A PERSON THAT IS MERELY IMMERSED IN WATER – ACTS 19:5
  • THE SIMPLE CHURCH GOER

“And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.”

Acts 11:26

a christian is
A CHRISTIAN IS…
  • A DISCIPLE – ACTS 11:26
    • DISCIPLES ARE TO BECOME LIKE THEIR TEACHERS – 1 CORINTHIANS 11:1
    • The name that disciples are called will reveal whom they follow, e.g., Lutherans, Methodists, Christians, etc.
    • Following men is condemned – 1 Corinthians 1:12

“And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.”

Acts 11:26

a christian is1
A CHRISTIAN IS…
  • A part of the bride of Christ, the church – acts 11:26
    • The gentiles would see the righteousness of god – Isaiah 62:2; acts 11:1; 15:17
    • After the gentiles saw the righteousness of god, then they would be called by the new name – acts 11:26

“And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.”

Acts 11:26

a christian is2
A CHRISTIAN IS…
  • A part of the bride of Christ, the church – acts 11:26
    • Believers would be married to the lord – Isaiah 62:4
    • All Christians are members of his church – ephesians 5:23-27
    • Those who are saved are added to his church by the lord – acts 2:41, 47

“And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.”

Acts 11:26

how to become a christian
How to become a christian
  • All those who were baptized and saved were added to the church – acts 2:40, 41
    • Baptism is not…a formalistic church rite.
    • Baptism is not…something I do because I am already saved.
    • Baptism is not…working my way to heaven.

“And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.”

Acts 11:26

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How to become a christian
  • All those who were baptized and saved were added to the church – acts 2:40, 41
    • Baptism is…an act of faith based upon my trust in the god of grace to forgive me of my sins.
    • Baptism is…an appeal to god for a good conscience.

Will you become a Christian?

“And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.”

Acts 11:26