The Ordinary Church

The Ordinary Church
Matthew 28:18-20
Introduction
I. The Meaning of Ordinary Means
A. Defining Ordinary
B. The Meaning of Means
II. The Ministry of Ordinary Means
A. This is What We Do
i. Word
ii. Sacraments
iii. Prayer
B. This is Not All We Do, But all We Do is About This
III. The Mandate of Ordinary Means
A. Not Shaped by the World
B. Shaped by the Word
The Westminster Larger Catechism
What doth every sin deserve at the hands of God?
Every sin, even the least, being against the sovereignty, goodness, and
holiness of God, and against his righteous law, deserves his wrath and
curse, both in this life, and that which is to come; and cannot be expiated
but by the blood of Christ. #152
What doth God require of us, that we may escape his wrath and curse
due to us by reason of the transgression of the law?
That we may escape the wrath and curse of God due to us by reason of
the transgression of the law, he requires of us repentance toward God,
and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ, and the diligent use of the
outward means whereby Christ communicates to us the benefits of his
mediation. #153
What are the outward means whereby Christ communicates to us the
benefits of his mediation?
The outward and ordinary means whereby Christ communicates to his
church the benefits of his mediation, are all his ordinances; especially the
word, sacraments, and prayer; all which are made effectual to the elect
for their salvation. #154