This is a subsidiary post of Other Names for the Disciples of Jesus Christ.

Subsidiary post:  Christians Are Disciples

Related post:  The People of God

The term “Christian” derives, of course, from the term “Christ.”  The term “Christian” only appears in the Bible three times (all listed below).  The term “Christianity” is not in the Bible at all.  Instead, the Bible usually uses the term “the way” (e.g. Acts 9:2) or “the faith” (e.g. Acts 6:7) when describing what we call “Christianity.”

(An asterisk at the beginning of the citation indicates an allusion to the term “Christian.”)

Acts 11:26  –  “…and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.”

Acts 26:28  –  “…’In a short time you will persuade me to become a Christian.'”

*James 2:7  –  “…the fair name by which you have been called?”

1 Peter 4:16  –  “but if anyone suffers as a Christian…”

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