1. Does Christ communicate the benefits of redemption? Yes: for of his fulness have all we received, John 1:16. Does he ordinarily communicate them by means? Yes: I will for this be inquired of, Ezek. 36:37. Is he tied to those means? No: for the Spirit, as the wind, bloweth where he listeth, John 3:8. But are we tied to the use of them? Yes: Where I record my name, I will come to thee, and will bless thee, Exod. 20:24. Are the ordinances the outward and ordinary means of grace? Yes: I the Lord do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them, Ezek. 37:28.
2. Are the word, sacraments, and prayer, the great gospel ordinances? Yes: Then they that gladly received his Word were baptized, and they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking bread, and in prayers, Acts 2:41,42. Is singing of psalms also a gospel ordinance? Yes: Speaking to yourselves in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, Eph. 5:19. Is it appointed for our own consolation? Yes: Is any merry, let him sing psalms, Jam. 5:13. And for mutual instruction? Yes: Teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, Col. 3:16. And for God's glory? Yes: Singing with grace in your heart to the Lord, Col. 3:16.
3. Has Christ appointed ministers of the gospel? Yes: he hath given pastors and teachers for the edifying of the body of Christ, Eph. 4:11, 12. Is the administration of ordinances committed to them? Yes: for they are the stewards of the mysteries of God, 1 Cor. 4:1. And must they attend that service? Yes: We will give ourselves to prayer, and to the ministry of the word, Acts 6:4.
4. Are gospel ordinances made effectual to all for salvation? No: for with many of them God was not well pleased, 1 Cor. 10:5. But are they made effectual to the elect? Yes: As many as were ordained to eternal life believed, Acts 13:48.