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Orders of ministry

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Richard Hooker begins the exposition of his doctrine of orders with a fundamental definition of Christian ministry. He works from the assumption that all things pertaining to Christian ministry have a firm anchor in the very being of God. It is equally important for Hooker to explain that Christian ministry is fundamentally soteriological because initiated by God?s mercy and God?s authority. Those who work in Christian ministry are foremost ministers of God, not of men, and they must always be accountable to God himself and his spiritual authority, an authority exercised by Christ in the church without any mediation. For Hooker, Christian ministry is dependent on God in all respects for the simple reason that Christ himself commanded his ministers to feed the church, preach the Word of God, baptize and forgive sins in the name of God, and administer the Eucharist in remembrance of Christ.

Keywords: Christian ministry; Richard Hooker

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