Re: "Sacrament" and "Ordinance"
- Hi Whit,
I hope I can help you a little. All sacraments are ordinances, but
not all ordinances are sacraments. An ordinances is anything
ordained by God regarding His worship. Thus the ordinance of praise,
the ordinance of prayer, of preaching the Word, of the Lord's Supper,
of baptism, etc. The latter two (baptism and the Lord's Supper) are
a special kind of ordinance called a Sacrament.
Shorter Catechism --
Q92: What is a sacrament?
A92: A sacrament is an holy ordinance instituted by Christ, wherein,
by sensible signs, Christ, and the benefits of the new covenant, are
represented, sealed, and applied to believers.
1. Gen. 17:10
2. Rom. 4:11
A Sacrament is a kind of ordinance that uses something as a sign
(application of water in baptism, consuming bread and wine in the
Lord's Supper) which carries some spiritual meaning (regeneration and
the washing away of sins in the case of baptism, and spiritual
nourishment in Christ in the case of the Lord's Supper). As
Calvinists (and not Zwinglians or Anabaptists) we believe that the
Sacraments do not only signify these spiritual truths, but when
rightly received, God does use them efficaciously towards the elect
in actually sealing and applying to them the benefits signified.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Whit"
> I am having difficulty discerning the difference
> and "sacrament". I know that there are 2 Sacraments of the Church,does
> that those 2 Sacraments are also ordinances of the Church. I also
> know from our faithful brother Thomas Watson that the other
> ordinances of the Church are the Word and Prayer (from his "Ten
> Commandments") and that not all ordinances are Sacraments. How
> an ordinance differ from a Sacrament? In other words, what
> distinguishes the Word and Prayer as being ordinances only and the
> Lord's Supper and Baptism as being both ordinances and the 2