One Church, Holy Catholic & Apostolic Church

Many don’t understand what’s One Church, Apostolic & Catholic church. Most charismatics Christians don’t know what that is, and it will affect our understanding of the universal church, and our heritage and historical church. Not that it will hurt any walk in your spiritual life, but this will help you to know our heritage and therefore be more cognizant of our views towards other denominations, churches. Essentially we are one church under the Lord Jesus, theologically, and historically. What does one church mean?

One Church

Ephesians 4:3–6 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

Paul writes here that we should maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, that means cross denominations, cross churches, charismatic or cessationists, Catholics or Protestants, all are in one church. We should unite.

Holy Church

Because it is consecrated to God corporately, as each Christian is individually. [1]

Ephesians 2:21–22 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.

We can’t be doing anything else, if we are not growing into a holy temple. Our lives need to grow in holiness, not worldliness. Holiness is not an option, but a requirement to see the Lord. Without holiness, you won’t see the Lord. But holiness should be generated from within by the Holy Spirit by the transforming of our lives through the renewing of our mind.

Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Catholic Church

Catholic” (because it is worldwide in extent and seeks to hold the fullness of the faith)[2]

It does not mean the Catholic church led by the Pope. It means the universal church that holds the fulness of the faith. Not partial.

 “Apostolic” Church

(because it is founded on apostolic teaching, Eph. 2:20). All four qualities may be illustrated from Ephesians 2:19-22.[3]

Ephesians 2:19–22 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.

Our churches overall are built upon the foundation of the apostles, with Christ as the corner stone (v20). That’s why we are to be called an apostolic church. Not from some fairy tales, but from the apostles themselves like Paul, Peter, James etc. They were the eyewitnesses of the Lord Jesus himself, they walked with him, ate with him, saw him cast out demons, opened blind eyes, cleansed lepers, taught sermon on the mount and many others on the Kingdom of God, and the transfiguration of Jesus with Moses and Elijah. These are our witnesses and apostles upon whom we can trust theologically and historically. That gives more credential with our message of the gospel.


[1] JI Packer, Concise Theology, The Church https://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/sdg/The%20Church%20by%20J.I.%20Packer.html

[2] Ibid

[3] JI Packer, Concise Theology, The Church https://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/sdg/The%20Church%20by%20J.I.%20Packer.html

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