The Common Means of Grace

Q. 88.
What are the outward and ordinary means whereby Christ communicateth to us the benefits of redemption?

A. The outward and ordinary means whereby Christ communicateth to us the benefits of redemption are, his ordinances, especially the Word, sacraments, and prayer; all which are made effectual to the elect for salvation.
~Westminster Shorter Catechism

Friends, there is no better way to pursue the Lord than in pursuing the means He has given to us. He has given us His Word, the sacraments, and the blessing of prayer. In these means, He promises to sanctify us, as Jesus says in His High Priestly Prayer: “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” John 17:17.

There is no better way to follow the Lord than in following the simple, ordinary means that He has given to us. These means are old as Christianity itself, and they work always just as well. In these common means, we pursue the Lord’s strength and blessing, and He works in us through His Spirit to purge away the dross and refine us in truth.

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