This is part of a series of posts on my understanding of faith, ministry and the church. I would enjoy feedback and your response to my answers to these questions.
Question – Explain the role and significance of the sacraments in the ministry to which you have been called.
Response – My response begins:
The sacraments are an integral part of the ministry to which I have been called. “Elders have a four-fold ministry of Word, Sacrament, Order and Service within the connection ad thus serve in the church and the world.” My role in the ministry to which I have been called is “to administer the sacraments of baptism and the Supper of the Lord according to Christ’s ordinance.” The unity of the church is found in Jesus Christ and through the sacraments which attest to the good news. Baptism is the sacrament of the church that initiates individuals into the community of believers. Eucharist, or Holy Communion, is the sacrament of the church that unites individuals as sisters and brothers in Christ in which the past is remembered and the future anticipated. (Quotes from The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, paragraphs 340 and 340.2).
- How would you respond to this question?
- Where do you agree with my response?
- Where do you disagree with my response?