Lesson 3 – Terminology Used to Identify God’s People


Preach the kingdom of God (transcendent). 4:43

Little flock the Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 12:32

The kingdom of God is within you (immanent).

17:20, 21

Merciful believers are sons of the Most High. 6:35

“And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be My disciple.” 14:27

Good soil. 8:15; 13:6-9

“My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice.” 8:21; 11:28

Christians are salt and light and we help other disciples become salt and light. 8:16-18; 11:33-36; 14:34

People of light are stewards over God’s worldly wealth. They use it in their labor of love to attain a welcome into eternal dwellings. 16:9, 12

You will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous. 14:14

Church, the saved. 2:47.

Believers. 2:44; 4:32; 5:12; 9:41; 11:2; 15:23

Your servants. 4:29

Church. 5:11; 8:1, 3, 13; 9:31; 11:22, 26: 12:1, 5; 13:1; 14:27; 15:3, 30; 18:22

Churches. 16:5

Elders in every church. 14:23. See 11:30; 15:2, 6, 22; 16:4; 20:17, 28

Disciples. 6:1, 7; 9:10, 19, 26, 36; 11:29; 14:20-22; 18:23, 27; 19:9; 20:1; 21:4

Disciples called Christians. 11:26

The brothers. 15:1, 32, 33, 36; 17:10; 18:18; 21:7, 17; 28:14, 15

Sanctified. 20:32

No other name. 4:12, 30; 5:41; 9:14, 21, 27

Christians are the church, the body of Christ; a holy temple in which God dwells by His Spirit. Ephesians 1:23; 2:21, 22; 4:14-16

We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works according to God’s advanced plan. Eph. 2:10

We are fellow citizens in God’s household with people from all races and walks of life. We have personal access to the Father through Jesus’ priesthood by the Holy Spirit. Eph. 2:14-17

The manifold wisdom of God is being made known to rulers and authorities in heavenly realms through Jesus’ believing, serving, sanctified disciples. Eph. 3:10, 11

Our inner being is being strengthened to love because of our fellowship with the Holy Spirit and our faith in Christ Jesus as our Prince and Savior. Eph. 3:13-19

Christians are God’s temple on earth. We are the same people that have been transferred from Satan’s kingdom and we are now being built together for a dwelling place on earth for God. He lives here by His Spirit. Eph. 2:22: I Cor. 3:16

We are a letter of Christ. II Cor. 3:2

We are the “circumcision” who worships God in the Spirit. Phil. 2:3

Our citizenship is in heaven. Phil. 3:20

“But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the first born, whose names are written in heaven.” Heb. 12:22,23

We are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken. Heb. 12:28


Please note the heading above the three columns.

In the first column please note the terminology Jesus used to identify God’s people with the kingdom of God. This the terminology Luke used in his gospel.

In column two we have a list of terms used by Luke in Acts to identify people who have been called out of the world and into Christ. Usually, we call this group of people the church. This word is also used by Luke; however, we need to become fully aware of the other terms he freely used.

All of these words found in Acts are descriptive terms used to identify people who have been transferred

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