BCL Grow: What is "catholic"? — Revelation 5:9-10

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Revelation 5:9-10 (Church)

Bible Passage

And they sang a new song, saying,

“Worthy are you to take the scroll
     and to open its seals,
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
     from every tribe and language and people and nation,
and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
     and they shall reign on the earth.” — Revelation 5:9-10

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Q. What do you believe concerning the holy catholic Christian church?

A. I believe that the Son of God, out of the whole human race, from the beginning of the world to its end, gathers, defends, and preserves for himself, by his Spirit and Word, in the unity of the true faith, a church chosen to everlasting life. And I believe that I am and forever shall remain a living member of it.  — The Heidelberg Catechism, Q & A 54.

Steps to Take

1. Consider: What do you think of when you hear or read the word “catholic”? For many people, their first thought is that the word refers to the Roman Catholic Church, but this is not the meaning for Protestants.

2. Know: In the Apostles’ Creed, we find the following: “I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.” The word “catholic” refers to the universal church throughout the ages and around the world, to which all believers in Christ belong.

3. Rejoice: As believers, we belong to the biggest and best family anyone could ever hope to have: the family of God! And one day we shall have the most amazing family reunion ever when we all sit down at the marriage supper of the Lamb to celebrate with our glorious King. Praise the Lord for our salvation in Christ Jesus!

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