The Means of Grace in Clear and Unmistakable Terms

Jesus Christ officially instituted the means of grace in clear and unmistakable terms: preaching the gospel, baptizing and discipline – that is, teaching people to observe everything he commanded (Matthew 28:19-20).  In other words, it is what the reformed confessions define as the “three marks of the church”: no more, no fewer.  There is no bait-and-switch.  You don’t start with “what the people want” in order to get them to “what they need”.  The same means of grace that bring them in keep them in.  We are passive recipients of Christ with all of his benefits, but this makes us active in everyday ways as we live with and love others.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 85