Make every Effort - How to be Saved! - Bishop J. C. Ryle Sermon/Audio
John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
Luke 13:24 “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to."
J. C. Ryle - (1816-1900), first Anglican bishop of Liverpool
John Charles Ryle was born at Macclesfield and was educated at Eton and at Christ Church, Oxford. He was a fine athlete who rowed and played Cricket for Oxford, where he took a first class degree in Greats and was offered a college fellowship (teaching position) which he declined. The son of a wealthy banker, he was destined for a career in politics before answering a call to ordained ministry.
He was spiritually awakened in 1838 while hearing Ephesians 2 read in church. He was ordained by Bishop Sumner at Winchester in 1842. After holding a curacy at Exbury in Hampshire, he became rector of St Thomas's, Winchester (1843), rector of Helmingham, Suffolk (1844), vicar of Stradbroke (1861), honorary canon of Norwich (1872), and dean of Salisbury (1880). In 1880, at age 64, he became the first bishop of Liverpool, at the recommendation of Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli. He retired in 1900 at age 83 and died later the same year.
Ryle was a strong supporter of the evangelical school and a critic of Ritualism. Among his longer works are Christian Leaders of the Eighteenth Century (1869), Expository Thoughts on the Gospels (7 vols, 1856-69) and Principles for Churchmen (1884).
Lukas 13:24 Kämpa för att komma in genom den trånga porten. Ty många, säger jag er, skall försöka komma in men inte kunna det.
Romarbrevet 8:1-4 Så finns nu ingen fördömelse för dem som är i Kristus Jesus. 2 Ty livets Andes lag har i Kristus Jesus gjort mig fri från syndens och dödens lag. 3 Det som var omöjligt för lagen, svag som den var genom den syndiga naturen, det gjorde Gud genom att sända sin egen Son som syndoffer, han som till det yttre var lik en syndig människa, och i hans kropp fördömde Gud synden. 4 Så skulle lagens krav uppfyllas i oss som inte lever efter köttet utan efter Anden.