Welcome to the Discipleship Minute. I’m Maurice Smith. Acts 11:26 tells us that “the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.” The Greek word for “Christians” is what grammarians call a “diminutive, ” a word formed by adding a suffix to “diminish” the root concept. The Greek term “Christians” literally means “little Christ-ones.” We don’t know who first referred to the disciples as “Christians.” Probably people outside the Church who intended the label as something of a slur. If so, they unwittingly paid those early disciples the highest possible compliment. They accused them of looking like Jesus. And isn’t that what a disciple is supposed to be? Someone who looks like Jesus? Discover more about discipleship in our book, And They Dreamt Of A Kingdom: Biblical Studies In Discipleship And The Kingdom of God. Find it on our website at risingrivermedia.org; that’s risingrivermedia.org.
(From And They Dreamt Of A Kingdom, Volume 1, page 59)
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