“If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.” John 13:17 (NRSV)

We practice as a way of growing into something that may not come naturally. Over time, we learn and practice, and practice and learn. Following Jesus is no different. The scriptures outline a number of things we are to do—share bread, anoint with oil, wash feet, and baptize with water—to guide us into Christ-like living in our day to day lives.

These practices are repeated regularly in our life together as the people of God. We do them, not to effect some magical transformation, but to form ourselves over a lifetime of following Jesus.

These practices of Christian discipleship are described below through images and words. They are tools for teaching about what Brethren have called ordinances. Share these images. Post them on your church website. Print them to share in your congregation. Pin them on Pinterest, share them on Facebook.

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To explore these and other practices more deeply, contact Congregational Life Ministries:
(800) 323-8039, ext. 303