Church (Matthew, 70s/80s AD)
The word church is a translation of the Greek
. The word is used only twice in the
Gospels, in Mt 16:18 and Mt 18:17. The Greek and the
Hebrew mean God's people, called, convoked, formed by
Him as the object of His designs. The word generally
means the constitution of the community of those who will
be sharers in salvation.
Christian (Luke, 70s/80s AD)
The term "christian" is used to denote the followers of
Jesus Christ. Acts 11:26 records that "it was in Antioch that
the disciples were called Christians for the first time."