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John Calvin

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july 10, 1509
catholic home
mother died at age 4
went to university at age 14
nicknamed the “accusative case”
loved books
He had a sudden conversion to the faith in his late teens - he doesn’t write much about it
“by a sudden conversion God subdued and brought my mind to a teachable frame”
1532 - first book published
1533 - on run for his life - wrote address that his friend gave - pro-lutheran
some of John Calvin’s friends were executed
he ran to Basel
while there worked on french translation of the Bible
completed his first edition of “The Institutes of the Christian religion” - most famous work at 26 or 27
God’s providence
Calvin decided to settle in Strasbourg, Germany
Road he would have taken was closed due to military exercises
Stopped over in Geneva
Geneva had just sided with the Reformation
political reasons mainly
basically they were forced to become a reformed city
Man that was there helping Geneva come to understanding of the Reformation, William Farel
William Farel decided he had to meet John Calvin
Asked him to stay and help lead the Reformation
Calvin was a self-proclaimed “bashful and shy” individual
Wanted privacy and security
So Calvin stayed and began preaching daily
“This I can truly testify, that not a day passed that I did not long for death ten times over.”
About Geneva “There is no place under Heaven that I am more afraid of. I would submit to death 100 times rather than to that cross which I had died daily a 1,000 deaths”
In 1538 he was kicked out of Geneva
1538-1541 - Lives and ministers in Strasbourg, where he wanted to be
Pastored a church
Close friendship with Martin Bucer
Wrote commentaries
Got married
In 1541, Farel again called him back to Geneva
Calvin writes this, “When I remember that I am not my own, I offer up my heart presented as a sacrifice to the Lord.”
Returned and goes up to the pulpit and turns to the very next text he had left off on when he was kicked out of Geneva.
1549 onward, twice on Sunday, ten sermons every two weeks
Usually with no notes or preparation
123 Genesis
107 1 Sam
174 Ezekiel
159 Job
200 Deut
342 Isaiah
Intensely protected the Lord’s Supper
may 27, 1564, almost 55, Calvin passed away from a lifetime of illnesses
buried in an unmarked grave so that none would idolize him
Calvin is most commonly known today for Calvinism
Explain
TULIP
Total depravity
Man is totally sinful…original sin
Unconditional Election
God decides to save us independent of anything we do
Limited Atonement
Christ only died for those who would believe
Does not mean we don’t witness
Irresistable Grace
We only come because he called us to Himself, not by any work we can do
And when he calls us we cant resist it, because he changes us and we desire Him opposed to this world
Perseverance of the Saints
Once saved always saved.
Europe’s greatest church planter and missionary
by 1562, his church in geneva had started sending missionaries to France to plant churches, and they had planted 2000!!!!!
What can we learn from Calvin?
He gave God authority over his life and his wants
Even if his wants were good (theological books desire)
To the glory of God alone
He left a legacy that has lasted 500 years bc he was willing to be used
What kind of legacy is the life we’re leading going to leave for our family and future generations
He was focused on spreading the good news of Jesus
He never got too big for his own good.
he was the most well known reformer by the end of his life
And it was for this reason:
Calvin quote: “We are not our own: let not our reason nor our will, therefore, sway our plans and deeds. We are not our own: let us therefore not set it as our goal to seek what is expedient for us according to the flesh. We are not our own: in so far as we can, let us therefore forget ourselves and all that is ours. Conversely, we are God's: let us therefore live for him and die for him. We are God's: let his wisdom and will therefore rule all our actions. We are God's: let all the parts of our life accordingly strive toward him as our only lawful goal.”
We are not our own: let not our reason nor our will, therefore, sway our plans and deeds. We are not our own: let us therefore not set it as our goal to seek what is expedient for us according to the flesh. We are not our own: in so far as we can, let us therefore forget ourselves and all that is ours. Conversely, we are God's: let us therefore live for him and die for him. We are God's: let his wisdom and will therefore rule all our actions. We are God's: let all the parts of our life accordingly strive toward him as our only lawful goal.
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