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Ask Phillip - Meaning of 'catholic'?

What does the word 'catholic' mean? Phillip Jensen says it means 'universal' and so refers to the 'worldwide' church. He explains that Roman Catholicism identifies itself as the Church, but Jensen argues that the Bible defines the Church as a heavenly reality made up of those who are in Christ and that this reality is expressed when they gather in the name of Jesus.

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In "Ask Phillip" Phillip Jensen answers tricky questions in 5 minutes or less.

Phillip Jensen is a leading Australian evangelical and previously ministered at University Church, New South Wales, the St Matthias Group of Churches and Sydney Cathedral. He now works with Two Ways Ministries and also regularly speaks at national and international churches and conferences, where he continues to model preaching the gospel by teaching the Bible. Check out further videos and free resources from Phillip Jensen at