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Sermons on the Acts of the Apostles Chapters 1-7
Calvin, John

Sermons on the Acts of the Apostles Chapters 1-7

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How to answer the question 'Is your conscience at peace?' A reading of any or all of these forty-four extant sermons on Acts by John Calvin will help the reader determine whether his conscience is at peace or simply asleep!

Calvin's vigorous presentation of the gospel of Jesus Christ in its full extent shows the sixteenth-century expositor understood the ramifications of New Testament theology, just as did his mentor, the apostle Paul, who, after presenting his reasoned understanding of the meaning of Christ's work, immediately follows it with the 'therefore' of consequence. Calvin mixes biblical teaching and its demands on the believer's life together so closely that the theology and its effects cannot be easily separated. Divine judgment and mercy underlie this 'effects theology', and it is the sense of judgment versus the promises of and the conditions for forgiveness and acceptance that informs the reader's conscience whether he is indeed forgiven and at peace, a member of the body of Christ.

On the other hand, the reader of the sleeping conscience, by comparison and self-examination, will be incited to awaken to a new or renewed relationship with the pressing demands of Christian 'effects theology'. Calvin pulls no punches. If belief does not end in an increasingly Christlike character, it is as good as no belief, no theology. The reader is either at peace or asleep.

'One wonders, after perusing any sequence of Calvin's sermons, whether Calvin would be welcomed in many Protestant, even Presbyterian, pulpits today. Calvin is hailed for his biblical theology, but largely ignored with respect to his insistence upon the transformed-life, life-long self-abnegation demanded of genuine Christian discipleship. The motive behind his insistence arises from his acute awareness that God, after expressing his fatherly love and gracious acceptance of the wayward, remains the uncompromising judge of all humankind, Christian or not. That awareness of judgment should, Calvin says, "make our hair stand on end" and drive us to repentance, without which there is no forgiveness.'

'It is hoped that the reader of these sermons will seek not just to confirm the sermons' agreement with Calvinistic theology, but particularly to experience Calvin's sincere and profound personal response to the loving and merciful God whose Son is on the threshold of judging with finality the whole world with mercy and justice.'

Table of Contents:
Jesus' Work and Teaching until His Ascension (Acts 1:1-2)
How Peter's Sermon Bore Fruit (Acts 2:36-38)
On Coming to Christ (Acts 2:38)
To Whom the Promise Belongs (Acts 2:39-40)
The Three Marks of the Church (Acts 2:41-42)
Bearing the Marks of the Church (Acts 2:43-45)
The Purpose of Miracles (Acts 3:6-13)
The Way to Forgiveness (Acts 3:17-19)
The Preachers of the Gospel Persecuted (Acts 4:1-4)
Preaching in the Power of the Spirit (Acts 4:5-12)
The Source of All Authority (Acts 4:16, 18-19) 137
No Peace Where There Is Preaching (Acts 4:21-26)
The Prayer of Faith (Acts 4:24-31)
The Fellowship of Saints (Acts 4:32-37)
The Motives for Christian Generosity (Acts 5:1-6)
Judged According to Our Merits and Demerits (Acts 5:7-15)
Reverence for God's Majesty (Acts 5:13-16)
Strong in the Lord (Acts 5:17-21)
All to Submit to the Word's Authority (Acts 5:25-32)
All Things Made New (Acts 5:30-32)
God Preserves His Church (Acts 5:33-35, 38-39)
The Honour of Suffering for Christ's Name (Acts 5:40-42)
The Qualifications of Deacons (Acts 6:1-3)
True Discipleship (Acts 6:1-6)
Learning, Teaching, and Living the Gospel Message (Acts 6:7-9)
Defending the True Observance of the Sacraments (Acts 6:11-15)
Faith's Total Commitment (Acts 7:1-4)
Faith Must Be Tested (Acts 7:4-6)
The Meaning and Use of the Sacraments (Acts 7:8-9)
Our Shield and Defender (Acts 7:9-16)
Pride and Presumption Impede God's Grace (Acts 7:15-19)
Faith's Struggle against Unbelief (Acts 7:20-22)
Persevering after a Good Beginning (Acts 7:23-31)
Released from Fear through God's Mercy (Acts 7:31-35)
Redemption Is of God Alone (Acts 7:35-37)
God Speaks through His Servants (Acts 7:37-38)
God's Word Frees from Idolatry (Acts 7:38-42)
The Penalty for Idolatry (Acts 7:42-43)
Divinely Directed Worship (Acts 7:42-44)
Worship Is Spiritual and Personal (Acts 7:45-50)
God's Authority Rejected (Acts 7:51)
Sustained When Persecuted and Afflicted (Acts 7:52-56)
Rewards and Reprisals (Acts 7:55-58) Faith in Practice (Acts 7:58-60)


John Calvin (1509-1564) was a theological giant of the Protestant Reformation. A contemporary of Martin Luther, he had as much influence over this period of history as his German counterpart. In 1536 he published his famous Institutes of the Christian Religion, which was a systematic presentation of the Protestant position. His writings are still cherished and relevant today.

Additional Information:

Cover: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 657
Author: Calvin, John
Publisher: Banner of Truth Trust
Publication Date: 2008