Further on Andrew Fuller's ordination sermon for his friend William Carey

Did you notice what Fuller said about the way God would dwell among his people? " 'Will God indeed dwell with men?' He will; and how? It is by the means of ordinance and ministers. A church of Christ is God’s house, and where anyone builds a house it is a token he means to dwell there.” (Importance of Christian Ministers considered as the Gift of Christ inThe Complete Works of the Rev. Andrew Fuller [Repr. Harrisonburg, Virginia: Sprinkle Publications, 1988], I, 522).

In other words, the ordinances, including baptism and the Lord's Table, are means by which God dwells among us. This is in line with Baptist thought from the 17th and early 18th centuries but a distinct challenge to us today. On the other hand, Fuller's close friend, John Sutcliff, argued that Christ was absent from his ordinance of the Table. Yet, they were close friends. This is glorious--I mean their friendship despite such differences.