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Walter Scott's Five-Finger Exercise:
A Way to Proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the World.
Walter Scott (1796-1861) was one of three founders of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Of the three, Alexander
Campbell and Barton Stone being the other two, Scott was known as the great evangelist. Scott was able to reduce
the gospel story down to five main points known as the "five-finger exercise". This could be easily memorized and used to proclaim the gospel.
The Five Fingers:
The first three steps involve human action:
we build our lives around. We believe that Jesus is the Christ, the son of the Living God and is our Lord and Savior.
a new life in Jesus Christ). This is also reminiscent of the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River by John the Baptizer.
The last two steps belong to God and are associated with the third step: as baptism is completed,
forgiveness for we recognize ourselves as sinful by nature and desire to have God cleanse us daily of those things that
keep us from feeling God's blessedness.
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