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~*~ Does The True Church Still Exist Today? ~*~
Rick La Riviere
Jan 3, 2004

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The True Church
by J. C. Ryle
(First Bishop of Liverpool)

Where is this one true Church? What is this one true Church like? What are the marks by which this one true Church may be known? You may well ask such questions. The one true Church is composed of all believers in the Lord Jesus. It is made up of all God's elect - of all converted men and women - of all true Christians. In whomsoever we can discern the election of God the Father, the sprinkling of the blood of God the Son, the sanctifying work of God the Spirit, in that person we see a member of Christ's true Church. It is a Church in which all the members have the same marks. They are all born again of the Spirit: they all possess "repentance towards God, faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ", and holiness of life and conversation. They all hate sin, and they all love Christ. They worship differently, and after various fashions; some worship with a form of prayer, and some with none; some worship kneeling, and some standing; but they all worship with one heart. They are all led by one Spirit; they all build upon one foundation; they all draw their religion from one single book - that is the Bible. They are all joined to one great centre - that is Jesus Christ. They all, even now, can say with one heart, "Hallelujah"; and they can all respond with one heart and voice, "Amen and Amen".

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Rick La Riviere

copy below from Cross and Pen Home site;

Welcome to Cross and Pen

Our purpose at Cross and Pen is to help carry the Gospel of Jesus Christ into all the world as commanded by our Lord. "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you..." (Matthew 28:19-20*). With this goal in mind we want to serve in three main areas: evangelism, missions, and the defense of the gospel - apologetics. Not only are we, as believers, commanded to fulfill the "Great Commission", but we are also exhorted to "...earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints." (Jude 3) The ability to defend our faith is essential to evangelism. We are to "...be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you..." (I Peter 3:15) May our Lord help us all toward these ends. Amen.

* All Bible quotes on this site are from the King James Version unless otherwise

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