The Holy Catholic Church
by: John Tousley
Christ’s church is holy (Bible-believing and Bible-practicing) and catholic (universal, reaching both Nebraska and Nepal and everywhere in between!). Paul’s goal in Ephesians 4 was to graciously encourage his readers to be a loving family, Christ’s “one body,” the church (vv. 4-6).
The Apostles’ Creed summarizes essential Christian beliefs. The Creed, although not written by the apostles, highlights the apostles’ main teachings. The Creed has a long history; it has been used for basic Christian instruction, together with the Ten Commandments and the Lord’s Prayer, for many centuries. The Creed serves to unite members of the universal church community!
Arlene is an older person, who (like Paul) seeks to encourage Christ’s church. With well-chosen words, Arlene sends cards and letters, not only to her relatives but also to her church family and beyond. Arlene received a letter from a missionary couple in Taiwan that concluded with a note of appreciation. In looking back over letters sent to them through the years, they realized how many of them had been penned by Arlene.
In a visit with my wife and me, she said, “I enjoy visiting with you, because we’re alike!” Arlene was right. Although we are members of different congregations, we are part of the same holy, catholic church.