The Visible Church

The visible Church of Christ is a congregation of faithful men in which the pure word of God is preached and the sacraments be duly administered, according to Christ’s ordinance in all those things that of necessity are requisite to the same.


– Thomas Cranmer, in the Forty-two Articles of the Church of England

as quoted by Mark Dever, Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, copyright 2000, page 9