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The Body of Christ

The Body of Christ is God's heart's desire. This page includes relevant information, articles, and encouragement for all believers in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Martyrs throughout church history have not died in vain. Here is one example:

Watchman Nee, a Chinese church leader, had only six hours. He must lead the guard in front of his prison cell to Christ so that his letter of encouragement to Christians outside the prison could be delivered. Chairman Mao's government was infuriated by the spread of Christianity in China. In order to stop the spread of this "foreign cult," they had forced out or killed all foreign missionaries and had sent thousands of Chinese church leaders to prison or to "re-education through labor" camps. But the church still grew!

Then the police discovered that Nee's beautiful, powerful letters of encouragement were making their way out of the prison and into the hands of Christians, they doubled the number of guards and never allowed a guard to stand outside Nee's cell more than once. They shortened shifts to six hours, hoping Nee would not have time to convert the guard. Nee told the guard about the Father's love and willingness to give up His own flesh and blood so the guard could live forever with Him. "Communism cannot get you to the Lord," he said. "Only the blood of Jesus Christ can do that."

Five hours into the sermon, with tears streaming from his eyes, the guard accepted Christ. Yet another soul was won for the Kingdom, and another of Watchman Nee's letters would be safely delivered.

If Christian martyrs teach us anything, it is that we must use creative energy in order to promote the gospel. Their ingenuity, courage, and even prudence ought to awaken our own spirit for spreading the Good News. While not everyone has the opportunity to smuggle scriptures into restricted areas, we can still be willing servants for the Kingdom of God. It might mean having a cookout in the driveway for neighbors. It may mean signing up for golf lessons or another community class in order to meet unbelievers. A new method of witness always risks consequences. But we should always be willing to take the risk instead of settling for mediocrity.

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Biographical Sketches

Many brothers and sisters throughout church history have had profound experiences of the Lord; some have paid the ultimate price and were martyred for their faith.  Unfortunately, these precious spiritual experiences can get lost over time or because they may not match our personal doctrinal understanding. The following document presents a variety of saints who have had significant impact upon the Lord's work in the New Testament age. This list is by no means all inclusive and the hope is to add more of these crucial gifts from the Lord in the future.  Saints are listed chronologically.

Craig T. Riesen

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