1. What’s a sacrament?
A sacrament is an outward and visual signal of an inward and religious grace. God offers us the signal as a way by which we obtain that grace and as a tangible assurance that we do in truth obtain it. (Genesis 17:1 21; John 6:5358; Romans 2:2529; 1 Corinthians 10:16; 1662 Catechism)
2. How must you obtain the sacraments?
I ought to obtain the sacraments by religion in Christ, with repentance and thanksgiving. Religion in Christ is critical to obtain the grace of the sacraments, and obedience to Christ is critical for the advantages of the sacraments to bear fruit in my life. (Mark 16:16; John 6:5258; Acts 2:3847; 1 Corinthians 11:2732; 1662 Catechism; Articles of Faith, 28)
3. What sacraments had been ordained by Christ?
The 2 sacraments ordained by Christ which are usually essential to salvation (1662 Catechism) are Baptism and Holy Communion (additionally referred to as the Lords Supper or the Holy Eucharist). These are generally referred to as sacraments of the Gospel. (Articles of Faith, 25; see additionally Matthew 28:1920; Luke 22:1420; John 6:5258; 1 Corinthians 11:2326; 2 2 Corinthians 1:2122)
I ought to obtain the sacraments by religion in Christ, with repentance and thanksgiving.
4. Are there different sacraments?
Different rites and establishments generally referred to as sacraments embody affirmation (2 Timothy 1:67; Hebrews 6:12), ordination (Numbers 8:914; 27:1823; 1 Timothy 4:14), marriage (Genesis 2:1824; Matthew 19:46; John 2:111), absolution ( John 20:2123; Acts 2:37 41), and the anointing of the sick ( James 5:14). These are generally referred to as sacraments of the Church.
5. How do these differ from the sacraments of the Gospel?
They weren’t ordained by Christ as essential to salvation, however arose from the practices of the apostles and the Early Church, or had been blessed by God in Scripture. God clearly makes use of them as technique of grace. (Articles of Faith, 25)
This text is tailored from The way to Be a Christian: An Anglican Catechism.