Yes, I know the word “catholic” in my title is not capitalized. I purposely didn’t capitalize the word catholic because, if you didn’t know, when the word is written with a small “c” it means “universal.” Thus, I love the catholic/universal church representing all those who have a pure and simple devotion to Jesus as Savior and Lord, covering all time, and all space, and all divisions of the 33,000 Protestant denominations, the Roman Catholic church, and my Orthodox sister and brothers of faith. This catholic body will make up the people described in Revelation where it says, “I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:9)
This coming Sunday I’m going to be preaching at Santa Cruz Bible Church, and their pastor Richard Gotthardt is going to be preaching at the church where I serve – Faith Community Church. Why are we swapping churches? There reason is pretty simple – we want to tangibly share in the unity of Jesus’ body. Richard has become a brother as a pastor and I appreciate him, and I want our people to hear from a great pastor from the church just around the corner. I am eager to speak at Santa Cruz Bible Church because I want to thank them for the many ways they are pursuing Christ and loving the city of Santa Cruz. My hope is that this Sunday will be a way for our two churches to tangibly practice and protect the unity of the church in our city. I guess my question to you, my reader, is how are you practicing and protecting the unity of the church in your area?