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The One True Church – J.C.Ryle. Part 1

07/11/2011

Another great sermon by J C Ryle, to be serialised all week on Semper-Reformata.com. Ryle begins…

I want you to belong to the one true Church: to the Church outside of which there is no salvation. I do not ask where you go on a Sunday; I only ask, “Do you belong to the one true Church?” 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. Give me your attention, and I will provide you with some answers.

1. 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.

2. It is a Church OF 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.

To be continued…

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