Q. 95. What are the outward and ordinary means whereby Christ communicates to us the benefits of redemption?
A. The outward and ordinary means whereby Christ communicates to us the benefits of redemption are His ordinances, especially the Word, Baptism, the Lord’s Supper and Prayer; all which are made effectual to the elect for salvation.
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. James 1:18
What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each.
1 Corinthians 3:5
Now at Iconium they entered together into the Jewish synagogue and spoke in such a way that a great number of both Jews and Greeks believed.
So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. And they devoted themselves to the apostles ‘ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.