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John Calvin

1509-1564

Calvin's Sermons

French Theologian of the Protestant Reformation

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Calvin was one of the great theologians of the Protestant Reformation. He was a prolific writer, and his works include Institutes of the Christian Religion, commentaries on almost every book of the Bible, and a large number of sermons. See our pages where we have reprinted excerpts from his Institutes and his commentaries.

In Calvin's sermons we see another side of this great man of God. He was not just an academician; he was also a pastor who made the Scriptures very practical to his congregation. As an example, here is Calvin's conclusion to Sermon 7:

"Therefore, we may be so much the more assured that God takes and holds us for his children if we endeavor to bring those to him who are afar off. Let us comfort ourselves and take courage in this our calling. Although there be at this day a great forlornness, though we seem to be miserable creatures utterly cast away and condemned, yet we must labor as much as possible to draw those to salvation who seem to be afar off. And above all things, let us pray to God for them, waiting patiently till it pleases him to show his good will toward them as he has shown it to us."

These sermons were taken from A Selection of the Most Celebrated Sermons of John Calvin (New York: S. & D. A. Forbes Printers, 1830). According to the publisher, this translation into English was made in 1580. Our reprint here is an exact copy of the translation except for two changes: (1) we changed older English forms of some words to the modern spelling (e.g., "speaketh" to "speaks") and (2) we have changed some commas, colons, and semicolons to conform to modern punctuation usage.

Sermon 7

"1 Timothy, Chap. ii, Verses 3, 4, and 5."

This sermon discusses the statement, "Who will have all men to be saved."

Sermon 9

"2 Timothy, Chap. iii, Verses 16 and 17."

Calvin gives us insight here on what Paul means when he says, "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."

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