I have been given the charge to read Grudems Systematic Theology. I have found many things disagreeable in the text. The latest area of struggle is in his means of grace within the church chapter. He says, He then in his footnotes gives clarification to whom he is speaking, Having said that, he goes on in the footnotes to explain his concern with Berkhoffs position. Now he goes on to say that the threefold means of grace which is understood in reformed traditions is limited. He says that, "it would seem more helpful to list all of the many varied activities within the church that God has given as special ways of receiving His grace day by day and week by week." His list is such: 1. Teaching of the Word 2. Baptism 3. The Lord`s supper 4. Prayer for one another 5. Worship 6. Church discipline 7. Giving 8. Spiritual gifts 9. Fellowship 10. Evangelism 11. Personal ministry to individuals I need help working this out. Are these 11 means of grace? I have subscribed to the Word and the sacraments as the true means of grace. Am I mistaken or is Grudem taking liberties and wrongly identifying these activities? What is it that sets apart the 3 traditional means of grace?