“Sacraments” was a term I rejected because of its association with the Roman Catholic Church. Like many in the Protestant world I was more comfortable with the term “ordinances.”
With the term “ordinances” baptism and the Lord’s Supper were viewed as outward expressions of my faith. The emphasis was on my performance–what I did.
With the term “sacraments,” however, there has been something of a paradigm shift–it’s no longer what I do. Rather, it is what God does. I’ve come to believe that at the heart of the sacraments is God’s gracious covenant promise to be our God and we His people–a promise that is confirmed whenever we receive the sacraments through faith. Simply put, in baptism we are washed and welcomed while in the Supper we are nourished and strengthened.
So I conclude: the term “sacraments” DO NOT belong to Rome.