A New Name
In the book of Isaiah God tells us we will be given a new name:
The nations shall see your righteousness, and all the kings your glory, and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will give. (Is. 62:2)
When we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior we are given a new name, “Christian”. The term “Christian” was a term used to describe a Christ follower. The term Christian is given to every person who trusts in Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Then Barnabas went on to Tarsus to look for Saul. When he found him, he brought him back to Antioch. Both of them stayed there with the church for a full year, teaching large crowds of people. (It was at Antioch that the believers were first called Christians.) (Acts 11:25,26)
Throughout this Reflection series “What’s in a Name”, we have discovered that a New Name describes our new identity in the Lord. A New Name identifies not only what the person has become, but what God will be doing through the person.
The meaning behind the term "Baptist" has changed, the name "Baptist" no longer is viewed in a positive way by many people. Because of this, we feel that the name “Baptist” has hindered our growth and has been a key factor for many from visiting our Church.
In discussing how to best to overcome this challenge, we feel it is best to put forth the following recommendation: the legal name of the church shall be called “Denison Baptist Church” dba (doing business as) “Journey Church”. This small change will allow those who desire to call our Church “Dension Baptist Church” can do so while freeing others to identify the church with a New name,