“The Reformation understood the Word and sacraments to be God’s ordinary means of imparting grace. The church is the mother of believers, and the offices are instituted for the administration of the Word and sacraments. Means of grace may never be detached from the person and work of Christ nor from the church he instituted on earth. The most important means of grace is the word of God.….
According to the Reformation, Christ is the complete Savior, the only Mediator between God and humanity, and the church is first of all the communion of saints, not the mediatrix of salvation but the assembly of believers who live in communion with Christ. Christ indeed instituted offices in that believing community, but all these offices do not constitute a priesthood (sacerdotium) but a body of ministers (ministerium), bound absolutely to Christ’s word and having no other power than the power of that word."