[As many of the New Testament letters (epistles) were written to churches in specific cities, i.e. Rome, Corinth, Thessalonica, the pastors associated with One Christ / Won City thought it a worthy exercise to address the “Church in Venice” in Biblical tone. To be sure, the Biblically literate will recognize forms and phrases from the Apostle Paul’s letters.]
One Christ Won City Followers, Believers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, By the will of God, To the Church of Jesus Christ in Venice, Florida. Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
We do not cease to give thanks to God for you; and to our Lord Jesus Christ! By His mercy and grace, He has raised you up to be His people in this community. He has done this through the renewing work of His Holy Spirit, bringing life and light to lost souls through the power of the good news of Jesus Christ! In Him (Jesus Christ), you are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.
We know you meet in many “houses” throughout our city. We accept the reality of distinctions forged by sincere hearts and submissive minds to Christ and His Word. We realize that Christ’s body is diverse and we embrace the beauty, yes, even the messiness, of our Lord’s Bride in this world. We know the ultimate expression of our unity awaits us in the life to come, even as we seek to understand His Word better in these days!
Nevertheless, we still believe in the unity of God’s people, wrought by the Holy Spirit, and the bond of peace He forges. We are eager to do our part to seek to maintain it. We believe in One Body, One Spirit, One Hope, One Lord, One faith, One baptism, and One God and Father of us all.
One Christ Won City, a gathering and loose association of local followers of Jesus in Venice, exists to seek to express this unity and share in ways we can – a united witness to our Lord Jesus Christ in this community where our Lord has placed us!
With this in mind, we invite you to join with us in shared gatherings and endeavors in this year of Christ’s Reign, 2017! We believe our Lord will grant us grace sufficient, and wisdom - as we ask Him in faith – to glorify His name in Venice through worship and deeds of service – done together in Christ’s name. Please be in prayer for our Lord’s blessing upon us!
Now, may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God the Father, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all! Amen!
In His Service
We the Servants of One Christ Won City
Epistle to the Church in Venice